Archive for October, 2010

daylight savings time 2010/2011

daylight savings time 2010/2011

Daylight savings time begins at midnight on Saturday 16 for the regions South, South East and Centre-West (they include the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Distrito Federal). We’ll have to put the clocks forward (by) an hour. Summer time savings end on 20 February 2011.

At what time is it in Brazil? I explained how to find out, real time, what time is it on each and every Brazilian state. Bear in mind that Brazil has several time zones and also be aware that the change does not apply to the Northeast region.

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October 13, 2010 | By More
the sordid reality of Brazil as a child sex tourism destination

the sordid reality of Brazil as a child sex tourism destination

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The headline reads: “Minister [of Tourism] denies Brazil is a sex tourism destination”. Denial is the authorities’ major contribution to solving a sordid reality: according to UNICEF, there are 250,000 children forced into prostitution across Brazil. In the words of Sarah de Carvalho of Happy Child International:

“the crisis for these children turning to prostitution has increased significantly in the north-east of Brazil over the last few years, fuelled by increasing numbers of foreign tourists who travel to Brazil for sex holidays.”

These and other informations can be seen on a recent BBC documentary with the title Brazil’s Child Prostitutes. According to Chris Rogers, the BBC jornalist responsible for the program, Brazil is overtaking Thailand as the preferred sex tourism destination worldwide.

The World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016 loom ahead. Drastic and definitive action, of the kind I haven’t seen in Brazil in the ten years I’ve been living here, is needed.

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October 7, 2010 | By More
Google’s Street View has landed in Brazil

Google’s Street View has landed in Brazil

Google’s long-awaited Street View imagery of Brazil is finally here. For months, Google’s fleet drove throughout the streets of Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and a substantial number of towns in the metropolitan area of the mentioned cities taking thousands of photographs and documenting visually what Brazil looks like from ground level. Google’s cameras also photographed cities on the São Paulo coast (Santos, Praia Grande, Guarujá) and the Historical Cities of Minas Gerais (Congonhas, Mariana, Tiradentes, Diamantina, São João Del Rei and Ouro Preto).

To use Street View you need to access Google Maps, view any of the three cities mentioned above and drag the “yellow man” (on top of the zoom tool, left-hand side of the map) to see the outline of the steets with Street View coverage appear in blue colour. Drop the man and off you go, start visiting the city from a different perpective.

Street View has many uses. And obvious one is to check the location of a hotel or see the external appearance of tourist sight.

Here’s a few images of known tourist sights of the three cities mentioned above. Do you recognize them?

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Street View in Belo Horizonte

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Street View in the Historical Cities of Minas Gerais

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Street View in Río de Janeiro
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Street View in São Paulo

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And to end this blog post, a surprise at the São Paulo sambadrome. Enter the venue and you’ll find yourself in the middle of a carnival parade! Smashing!

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October 4, 2010 | By More
October

October

Amazon, Brazil

October is here – oh what a splendid month to travel throughout Brazil! It’s time to look back at the blog posts we published during September.

We opened September with the results of a survey showing what foreign tourists feel about Rio de Janeiro.

We uncovered a fascinating reality of life in the Amazon region at “cheia” and “seca” on the Amazon region.

Our challenge of the year was accomplished and we told you everything about it at five days in Noronha for R$900 total – how we did it.

After repeated requests, I finally drew up a post with guidelines for guest posts at the Brazil Travel Blog.

Continuing our series on the Amazon, we gave advice on when to visit the Amazon region.

On World Car Free Day we saw how monster traffic jams are spreading throughout the large Brazilian cities.

There’s an unmissable encounter for art lovers, the São Paulo’s 29th Art Biennial.

We continued through the Amazon with details of an Amazon adventure: trips around Alter do Chão.

Finally, we visited Ilha Grande from above making the most of the new updated hi-res images the island.

A happy October to all of you!

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October 1, 2010 | By More