Archive for November, 2009
For the last couple of years the Brazil Travel Blog brought you every month a calendar for you to use on your computer desktop. This is the final desktop calendar we will be producing, revisiting Rio de Janeiro and coming a full circle.
During the last few days we’ve added a number of new accommodation listings to our Accommodation in Brazil project. They contains lists of hotels, pousadas, youth hostels and campings in Alter do Chão (Pará), Barra da Lagoa (Santa Catarina), Bonito (Mato Grosso do Sul), Ilha do Marajó (Pará), João Pessoa (Paraíba), Manaus (Amazonas), Maragogi (Alagoas), Ouro Preto (Minas Gerais), Porto Belo (Santa Catarina) and São Luís (Maranhão).
Hope you find them useful.
Soccer has previously featured on the Brazil Travel blog. We visited landmarks such as the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro and the Museu do Futebol (football/soccer museum) and the Morumbi stadium (São Paulo FC) in São Paulo.
A superb alternative to attending a soccer game is to listen to a game on the radio. For those with hardly any grasp of Portuguese, ten minutes of a live transmission should suffice. While TV broadcasts tend to be bland and boring, radio sports commentators deliver their narrative on a unique and hair-raising fashion. Do listen to the following recording and let me know if you agree.
Get to see Noronha for free! As we approached Fernando de Noronha on our Gol flight from Recife, we filmed the entire approach to the airport, including a complete tour around the island. It was late afternoon on a cloudy day. If you want to have an idea of what Noronha looks from the skies, here’s nearly 7 minutes of it.
Fernando de Noronha
The Association of Rio de Janeiro’s Escolas de Samba (LIESA) has announced the prices for the carnival parades at the Sambadrome: LIESA anuncia cronograma de venda de ingressos para o Carnaval 2010. At the same website you can see a map of the venue at Sambadrome map to understand better where each sector is located.
The escolas de samba enter the Sambodrome from the left on the map, right next to Setor 1. Setor 1 tickets are the cheapest of all because from that location you don’t actually get to see the parade but rather the gathering of the different groups. The parade ends on the right hand side of the map, in the part known as Praça da Apoteose (although the name doesn’t feature on the map). Tickets here are more affordable as the escolas arrive here quite tired after one hour parading through the Sambadrome.