Archive for December, 2010
The year’s coming to an end and it is time to wish you all a Merry Christmas and our very best wishes for the year 2011. Hope it comes filled with travel, to Brazil or anywhere else on the world. A special thanks to all the regular readers of the Brazil Travel Blog for your company. We’re taking a short break and we’ll be back in 2011.
I’ll leave you with a handful of photos from the 2010 crop. They are probably my 10 favourite photos I took this year while travelling through Brazil (you can see my full collection of Brazil albums at my Flickr page). Shown in no particular order.
1. dawn at the Cuiabá river, Pantanal North, Mato Grosso
2. Auditorium, Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo
3. vitórias-regias at the Canal do Jari, near Alter do Chão, Pará
4. early mist in the Pantanal North, Mato Grosso
5. alligator, Pantanal North, Mato Grosso
6. wood stork Pantanal North, Mato Grosso
7. canoeing on a flooded forest at the Reserva Extrativista, near Alter do Chão, Pará
8. view of the Avenida Paulista en São Paulo
9. Museu Niemeyer, Curitiba
10. Corinthians soccer fans, Pacaembú stadium, São Paulo
This is the third on a series of videos produced by the Brazilian tourism authorities. They all have a common theme: those states that will host 2014 World Cup games. During the coming weeks we will present all those videos here in the blog. They are shortish videos, with conventional but beautiful images of the states and its main destinations.
institutional videos: Paraná
institutional videos: São Paulo
institutional videos: Rio Grande do Norte
institutional videos: Pernambuco
institutional videos: Bahia
institutional videos: Rio Grande do Sul
institutional videos: state of Amazonas
institutional videos: Rio de Janeiro
institutional videos: Minas Gerais
virtual walkthroughs: Jericoacoara, Morro de São Paulo, Paraty, Porto de Galinhas and Rio de Janeiro
The website PanMAP, specialized in pano images and virtual walkthroughs, contains a series of photos covering very well known Brazilian destinations. Delight yourself from your very own desktop!
- virtual walkthrough: Jericoacoara (Ceará)
- virtual walkthrough: Morro de São Paulo (Bahía)
- virtual walkthrough: Paraty (Rio de Janeiro)
- virtual walkthrough: Porto de Galinhas (Pernambuco)
- virtual walkthrough: Río de Janeiro
Adrenaline-seekers are in for a treat in Rio de Janeiro. Few experiences surpass that of a hang-gliding flight from the top of the Pedra da Gávea to the sands of the Praia do Pepino in the São Conrado neighbourhood. The next video shows the entire flight sequence, filmed from a camera installed on the tip of the hang-gliders’s wing. There’s a slow build up at the beginning but after take-off it’s all excitement.
Tandem flights do not require any previous experience. The official Rio tourism site lists the companies providing that service. Make sure you choose your company wisely as accidents aren’t unheard of.
destination: Rio de Janeiro
hotels in Rio de Janeiro
budget accommodation in Rio de Janeiro
the Rio de Janeiro subway
map of Rio de Janeiro
the new official Rio Guide
Rio de Janeiro’s Michelin guide for free
Rio bus station: Terminal Novo Rio
New R$50 and R$100 bank notes are being issued today in Brazil. The new notes introduce new anti-counterfeit measures. The Brazilian Central Bank is launching first the notes with the highest values. During 2011 and 2012 the remaining notes will be replaced as well.
Below, the way the new notes look according to the site of the Banco Central do Brasil
The current notes will remain legal tender for as long as they exist. They will be replaced by the new notes as they get worn out.