Archive for February, 2011

snorkeling in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul

snorkeling in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul

I came across this video that brought back fond memories of a trip to Bonito and a dive in the Sucuri river nearly 9 years ago.

Bonito is an outstanding ecotourism destination in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Destination: Bonito is our information resource for that destination.

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February 24, 2011 | By More
10 must-see places in Brazil (2011 edition)

10 must-see places in Brazil (2011 edition)

Here’s our annual 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 2011 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. the Pantanal (Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul)

yacare caiman, Pantanal, Brazil

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5. Alter do Chão and the river Tapajós (Pará)

Floresta Nacional do Tapajós, Amazon, Brazil

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6. Iguaçu falls (Paraná and Argentina)

Iguazu falls / cataratas de Iguazú

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7. Ilha Grande (Rio de Janeiro)

Ilha Grande

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8. Brasilia (Distrito Federal)

Congresso Nacional, Brasilia

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9. Boipeba (Bahia)

Boipeba, Brasil

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10. Curitiba (Paraná)

Parque Tanguá, Curitiba

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February 21, 2011 | By More
“images of the Pantanal”, our video premiere

“images of the Pantanal”, our video premiere

We are presenting today the first video production of the Brazil Travel Blog. We toyed with images and sound in the past but this is our first project using motion pictures. It contains three minutes of images shot in the Pantanal, state of Mato Grosso. The video was shot in high definition with a compact photo camera. Shooting video and photos at the same time is not something I recommend, even less if you are in wild and often in motion, but here’s our attempt.

If you want to watch the video in high definition:

  1. open it on a new window click on the title of the video on the top left corner.
  2. click on 360p on the bottom side of the video and select 720p.
  3. click on the symbol on the bottom right hand-side corner to see it in Full Screen.

All the information we have on the Pantanal is on this blog’s the Pantanal handbook.

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February 17, 2011 | By More
daylight savings time 2011 comes to an end

daylight savings time 2011 comes to an end

Brazilian summer time comes to an end at midnight on Saturday 19. This change applies to the South, Southeast and Centre-West regions of the country (the states affected by the change are: Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Goiás, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, as well as the Distrito Federal). Clocks will have to be put back one hour.

The easiest way to find out what time it is on any Brazilian state at a given time is to use the tool I explained at What time is it in Brazil?

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February 14, 2011 | By More
2011 GP Brazil Formula 1 – tickets for sale

2011 GP Brazil Formula 1 – tickets for sale

The Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix will take place at a later date than usual: between 25 and 27 November. It will be the very final race of the 2011 championship.

Tickets for the race have just gone on sale at the official GP website. Go to the Portuguese version of the website and select Ingressos>Compre Aqui to see the prices. A map allows you to see where each sector is located.

A few weeks before the date of the race we will publish our special report with plenty on info on what to do in São Paulo (you can check our 2010 report at 2010 Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos – special report).

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February 10, 2011 | By More