Archive for April, 2011
A note on a local blog (Parque Nacional do Iguaçu: menos onças e mais transgênicos) reports on a recent survey of the puma population inside the Iguazu National Park. Scientists aren’t sure at all but estimate the number of individuals left might range between 6 and 12. On the verge of disappearing. At the same time, the park’s advisory body agreed to bring GM crops much closer to the park. The former barrier of 10 kilometers have been reduced to 1.2 km.
Public and private funds are being spent to get the Iguazu Falls elected as one of the new wonders of the world. Under the light of how the environment is being taken care of, money down the drain, if you ask me.
destination: Iguazu Falls
The main car rental multinational companies operate in Brazil. They can be found at the largest cities and most important airports in the country. As well as the international companies, there are Brazilian companies that also operate throughout the country.
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We’ve rented from Avis and from Localiza in the past. Our experiencie with Avis was truly unhappy, we were handed a car with more than 50,000 miles and in a poor state of maintenance. From what the employees of the company told us some Avis units in Brazil operate an ancient fleet. Not up to the Avis standard.
Our experiences with Localiza have been positive so far.
As well as the companies mentioned here, there is a myriad local companies you will find at the most important Brazilian tourist destinations. Many of them offer very competitive rates. We’ve rented from local companies several times, always hassle-free.
We encourage you to read the rental conditions paying extreme attention to detail. Getting proper insurance cover and understanding how far it goes is essential.
The figures for foreign tourism in Brazil in 2010 are just out (Veja dados detalhados dos turistas estrangeiros no País).
The top ten national groups are as follows:
- Argentina – 1,400,000 (27.12% of the total of foreign tourists that visited Brazil in 2010)
- United States – 641,000 (12.43%)
- Italy – 245,500 (4.76%)
- Uruguay – 228,500 (4.43%)
- Germany – 226,600 (4.39%)
- Chile – 200,700 (3.89%)
- France – 199,700 (3.87%)
- Paraguay – 194,300 (3.77%)
- Portugal – 189,000 (3.66%)
- Spain – 179,300 (3.47%)
According to O Globo newspaper (Parque: decreto preserva praias mais cobiçadas de Búzios), the governor of Rio de Janeiro has just passed a decree preventing developers from exploring whatever’s left (and it’s not much) of Búzios original vegetation. A new natural park, the Parque Estadual da Costa do Sol (Pecs), will be created encompassing bits and pieces of 27 different cities.
The beaches that should fall under the protection of the law include:
- Azeda, Azedinha, Brava, Olho de Boi, Forno, Tartaruga, Caravelas and José Gonçalves in Búzios.
- Peró (left corner), Conchas, Brava and Ilha do Japonês in Cabo Frio.
- Grande, Massambaba e Prainhas (pontal do Atalaia) in Arraial do Cabo.
This is certainly good news although only time will tell how effective the park will be in preventing the destruction of the environment at the hands of developers.