Archive for August, 2010

photos of Alter do Chão and the Amazon jungle

photos of Alter do Chão and the Amazon jungle

We have just completed uploading our extense Flickr album devoted to Alter do Chão and the Amazon jungle.

We visited the village of Alter do Chão in the midst of World Cup fever.

Alter do Chão, BrazilAlter do Chão, Brazil

And reached the beaches that gave Alter do Chão worldwide fame.

Praia do Amor, Alter do Chão, BrazilAlter do Chão, Brazil

In June the Tapajós river is still covering most beaches.

Alter do Chão, BrazilPraia do Amor, Alter do Chão, Brazil

On a boat trip through the canal do Jari, linking the Tapajós and the Amazon rivers, we discovered what is life like in the flooded Amazon.

Canal do Jari, the Amazon, BrazilCanal do Jari, Brazil

Canal do Jari, BrazilCanal do Jari, Brazil

Oh, wonderful vitórias-regias!

vitória-regia, Amazon, Brazilvitória-regia, Amazonia, Brazil

We spent some terrific time canoeing through the mesmerizing igapós (flooded forests).

"igapó", Alter do Chão, Amazon, BrazilJamaraquá, Amazon, Brazil

"igapó", Alter do Chão, Amazon, BrazilFloresta Encantada, Alter do Chão, Brazil

We learned how the local communities make a living.

Maguary, FLONA do Tapajós, Brazilcasa de farinha, Amazon, Brazil

And entered the jungle for a close encounters with its mighty giants: the samaúmas.

Floresta Nacional do Tapajós, Amazon, BrazilFloresta Nacional do Tapajós, Amazon, Brazil

At Alter do Chão and the river Tapajós you will find all the travel information you need about a place we consider to be the perfect base for an Amazon experience.

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August 30, 2010 | By More
discount websites have landed in Brazil, for real!

discount websites have landed in Brazil, for real!




Discount websites have arrived in Brazil. An ever-increasing number of sites offer substantial discounts on food and services being advertised through their web pages. Every day I receive on my inbox a daily offer being sent by some of those websites. I’ve been using ValeJunto brings discounts from several websites together in one page.

Most sites cover all the big Brazilian cities. You need to select which city you are interested in. By giving your email address, you will get a daily offer on your mailbox.

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August 26, 2010 | By More
the 2011 edition of the Rock in Rio festival will take place… in Rio de Janeiro!

the 2011 edition of the Rock in Rio festival will take place… in Rio de Janeiro!

rock in rio

After a long pilgrimage through faraway lands, the Rock in Rio festival returns home. It has just been announced that the 2011 edition of the festival will take place in Rio de Janeiro, during two weekends at the end of September and beginning of October. The event will take place in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio and the idea of the organizers is turn it into a bianual event.

The official Rock in Rio website features all sorts of informations about the event. You can expect a line-up with the elite of Brazilian music and a considerable selection of international artists. Below is the first promotional clip released by the organizers of Rock in Rio featuring well-known faces of the Brazilian music scene.

And for nostalgics, Queen performing at Rock in Rio back in 1895.

The entry point to all the information on Rio we have at the Brazil Travel Blog is our blog post destination: Rio de Janeiro.

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August 23, 2010 | By More
photos of Curitiba and Morretes

photos of Curitiba and Morretes

We have just completed uploading our extense Flickr albums devoted to Curitiba and to Morretes and the Paranagua railway journey.

The fantastic Museu Niemeyer gets special attention in the album.

Museu Niemeyer, CuritibaMuseu Niemeyer, Curitiba

The delightful silhouettes of the greenhouse at the Botanic Gardens also feature prominently.

Jardim Botânico, CuritibaJardim Botânico, Curitiba

Traces of European colonization can be seen at the Bosque Alemão and the Memorial Ucraniano.

Bosque Alemão, CuritibaMemorial Ucraniano, Curitiba

What an incredible building the Ópera de Arame is!

Ópera de Arame, CuritibaÓpera de Arame, Curitiba

Walking through the Universidade Livre do Meio Ambiente one can easily forget it is in the middle of one of the biggest Brazilian cities.

Universidade Livre do Meio Ambiente, CuritibaUniversidade Livre do Meio Ambiente, Curitiba

Curitiba doesn’t lack for beautiful parks, such as the Parque Tanguá or the Bosque do Papa.

Parque Tanguá, CuritibaBosque João Paulo II, Curitiba

The buildings at its historic centre are worth a detailed look.

Curitiba, BrasilCuritiba, Brasil

And how about the unexpected Arab presence in Curitiba?

mezquita, Curitiba, BrasilMemorial Árabe, Curitiba

Difficult to forget the awesome views of the city from the top of the Torre Panorâmica.

Torre Panorâmica, CuritibaTorre Panorâmica, Curitiba

Time to take the train down the tropical rainforest.

Trem da Serra, Curitiba-Morretes, BrasilTrem da Serra, Curitiba-Morretes, Brasil

And stroll around the delightful village of Morretes.

Morretes, Paraná, BrasilMorretes, Paraná, Brasil

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August 19, 2010 | By More
hotels in Brasilia

hotels in Brasilia

Affordable accommodation in Brasilia is not easy to find. You can search for hotels in Brasilia through our Hotels Combined search engine, a unique free tool that searches multiple hotel reservation websites simultaneously to help you find the lowest rate instantly. It eliminates the need to search major websites one by one in order to compare prices and availability. An amazing time and money saver!

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How to find the best rates for hotels in Brasilia

Most hotels in Brasilia cater for the large political machine based in the capital of Brazil. Hotels are usually packed during the week and become suddenly empty during the weekend. Many hotels offer substantially reduced rates for weekend stays. If you choose to visit Brasilia during the weekend you might pay half the standard rates. On top of that, the weekend is an excellent time to visit the city as the maddening traffic of the week comes to a halt and the vast majority of the tourist sights are open to the public.

Below you will find a list of blog posts we have devoted to Brasilia.

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August 16, 2010 | By More