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aquasub in Fernando de Noronha

aquasub in Fernando de Noronha

Aquasub (also known as planasub) is a novelty entertainment you will hear about if you head to Fernando de Noronha. It is basically snorkelling while towed by a boat. To gain estability, you make use of a resin board that allows you to move up and down, left and right. Put your mask and snorkel, wear a life jacket if you wish, and jump into the water.

plana sub, Fernando de Noronha

plana sub, Fernando de Noronha

Although it would appear from the boat that it moves at a really slow speed, once you are in the water you will realize you need strong arms to keep holding the board steadily while moving. If the sea is calm providing good visibility, chances are you will have some beautiful encounters of the underwater kind. If you are very very lucky dolphins might come across your way.

The information we have on the archipelago is at the entry destination Fernando de Noronha.

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March 30, 2010 | By More
Teatro Amazonas, Manaus

Teatro Amazonas, Manaus

Teatro Amazonas, Manaus

The Teatro Amazonas in Manaus is one of those unmissable spots in a city that has lost the charm of times gone by. More than the grandour or luxury of the building, what really makes an impression on the visitor is the way the theatre recalls times of splendour that led to the building of such a massive theatre in the middle of the Amazon jungle.

Teatro Amazonas, Manaus

The Teatro Amazonas was built during the rubber boom that turned Manaus into one of the most prospeours cities in the continent. Construction began in 1884 and the building opened in 1896. Externally, one of the most oustanding features of the building is its dome, covered with 60.000 ceramic tiles that were brought in from the Alsace.

Teatro Amazonas, Manaus

The rest of the materials used on the construction of the theatre were also imported from Europe (iron from England, bronze from Belgium, crystal from Italy). Even Brazilian wood went to Europe to be carved and sent back to Brazil.

Teatro Amazonas, Manaus

The Amazon Opera Festival takes place at the theatre during the second fortnight in April.

GUIDED VISITS

There are several guided visits to the building conducted in English. They last for 1/2 hour. From Monday to Saturday, but do confirm the times if you are going to spend just the one day in Manaus (teatroamazonas@culturamazonas.am.gov.br). The cost of the visit is R$10.

LOCATION

The theatre is located north of the centre of Manaus and can be reached on foot easily.


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MORE PICTURES OF THE THEATRE

You can take pictures inside the building for as long as you don’t use your flash.
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March 22, 2010 | By More
a night at the soccer stadium

a night at the soccer stadium

estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo

On 20 January 2010 Corinthians (the 2nd most popular team in the whole of Brazil) and Bragantino clashed at the Pacaembu stadium in São Paulo. It was Roberto Carlos‘s debut night and Ronaldo‘s first game in 2010. The reunion of both athletes (they had played together in the past at Real Madrid) guaranteed a packed stadium.

estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo

As I was working that night with a Spanish Tv crew, I had access to all areas of the stadium and saw Andrés Sánchez, president of Corinthians, being interviewed.

Andrés Sánchez, estádio do Pacaembu

But the real thrill was to stand at the foot of the Gaviões da Fiel, the hardcore Corinthians supporters.

Gaviões da Fiel, Corinthians
Gaviões da Fiel, Corinthians

While I was filming a shortish home video showing the giant Gaviões da Fiel banner being displayed, the unexpected happens and Corinthians scored its first goal in the game within the first minute of play.

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March 15, 2010 | By More
photos of Belo Horizonte

photos of Belo Horizonte

Our collection of photos taken on our recent trip to Manaus can be seen at our Flickr album Belo Horizonte. Here’s a small selection:

You will see the city from the heights and also feel the presence of Oscar Nieyemer.

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Images of the beautiful church of São Francisco de Assis at the Pampulha, an early Niemeyer work that brought him into conflict with the catholic church.

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A few fascinating discoveries at the Mercado Municipal.

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Excellent examples of classic and modern architecture.

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Capybaras inside the city.

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And a place of devotion for many Belo Horizonte citizens, the Mineirão stadium.

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And quite a few more things.

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March 11, 2010 | By More
10 must-see places in Brazil (2010 edition)

10 must-see places in Brazil (2010 edition)

Here’s our anual rewrite of our list of our list of favourite places in Brazil (previous editions include Top 10: favourite places in Brazil and 10 must-see places in Brazil). Here is the 2010 ranking of my 10 must-see places in Brazil. Click on the names of the places to go to their full destination cards here at the blog, and find out more about them. Some of the destinations are really well-known. Others fall within the hidden jewel description. I have only included places I have been to (places I’ve read/heard about but I haven’t visited didn’t make it into the ranking).

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1. Fernando de Noronha (Pernambuco)

Praia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha

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2. Paraty (Rio de Janeiro)

Paraty, Brasil

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3. Lençóis Maranhenses (Maranhão)

Lençóis Maranhenses

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4. Ilha Grande (Rio de Janeiro)

Ilha Grande

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5. Iguaçu falls (Paraná and Argentina)

Iguazu falls / cataratas de Iguazú

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6. Brasilia (Distrito Federal)

Congresso Nacional, Brasilia

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7. Boipeba (Bahia)

Boipeba, Brasil

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8. Bonito (Mato Grosso do Sul)

caimán / cayman

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9. Inhotim (Minas Gerais)

Inhotim, Brasil

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10. Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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March 8, 2010 | By More