Archive for July, 2011

since 2003, the value of Brazilian real has increased 122 percent against the once mighty dollar

since 2003, the value of Brazilian real has increased 122 percent against the once mighty dollar

Michael Sommers, author of the Moon Travel Guide to Brazil, published recently a blog post with the title The World’s Most Overvalued Currency reflecting on how expensive Brazilian has become in recent years – for those coming to visit the country but for those living in Brazil too!

Essential reading, as it is the case with anything written by one of the best-informed travel writers on Brazil.

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July 25, 2011 | By More
Rio, world capital of gay tourism

Rio, world capital of gay tourism

A recent article from The Guardian newspaper explores the ever increasing role of gay tourism in Rio de Janeiro. Read at Rio de Janeiro aims to become world capital of gay tourism how gay-friendly initatives are gaining ground in a city whose tourism authorities want to boost gay tourism – with an eye on the pink dollar. Within Brazil, it should be noted that for quite some time it has been São Paulo, host to the largest gay parade in the world, who has led the iniative (see our blog post gay São Paulo – a website and a free guide).

Our main blog post on Rio de Janeiro is destination: Rio de Janeiro, where you will find plenty of information and links.

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July 18, 2011 | By More
institutional videos: state of Amazonas

institutional videos: state of Amazonas

This is the eighth 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.

state of Amazonas:

We have plenty of information on the Amazon region here at the Brazil Travel Blog. Check the list of entries out here.

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July 14, 2011 | By More
the dark side of Fernando de Noronha

the dark side of Fernando de Noronha

noronha as avessas

Jornal do Commercio published recently an outstanding piece of journalism that unfortunately will be restricted to those with certain fluency in Brazilian Portuguese. The feature, with the title Noronha às Avessas (something like “the other side of Noronha”) contains a harrowing tale of corruption, misery, suffering and environmental crime that you will never find on a tourist magazine or blog. After reading the article one is left with the feeling that we will no longer be able to use the word “paradise” associated to Noronha.

Does that mean we are no longer recommending a visit to Noronha? Far from it. All that it makes Noronha excel as probably the most beautiful (certainly the most expensive) Brazilian destination is still there in place. But for those who want to go beyond the fairy tale, the article does supply background information of a different kind on the island.

Our main entry here at the blog on the archipelago is destination: Fernando de Noronha

Many thanks to Ernesto from A Gringo in Olinda for sending the link to the article.

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July 11, 2011 | By More
Brasilia wonders: the Esplanada dos Ministérios

Brasilia wonders: the Esplanada dos Ministérios

Esplanada dos Ministérios, Brasilia

We are posting a video today where we drive along the Esplanada dos Ministérios in the center of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. On an eastwards direction, we start off at the National Library and end up at the National Congress. Along the way, some outstanding buildings of the capital.

Looks dead easy from the window of a car, but on one of those notorious Brasilia’s summer days a walk along the avenue will test you to the limit.

There’s plenty of info here at the blog on Brasilia. Check it out at destination: Brasilia.

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July 7, 2011 | By More