Archive for August, 2011

the London Eye to have a counterpart in Rio de Janeiro

the London Eye to have a counterpart in Rio de Janeiro

London Blues

Trem do Corcovado is the company the operates the train service taking tourists to the top of the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro. The company has plans to give Rio a new tourist attraction – in a city that is certainly not devoid of fascinating places. The company wants to build a big wheel / Ferris wheel, 80 meters in diameter, similar to the London Eye.

There are three locations under consideration, the Marina da Glória, the Pier Mauá and the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. If you ask us, we’d love to see the wheel built next to the Forte de Copacabana – where wheels have been set up in the past, to allow for a wonderful view of Ipanama, the Corcovado mountain, Copacabana and the Sugar Loaf mountain.

No one should get to excited about the wheel while it is still at the project stage. Time will tell whether it becomes a feature of the Rio skyscape.

All our info on the most visited Brazilian city is at the blog post destination: Rio de Janeiro.

The source for the news is Panrotas and the beautiful shot ilustrating this post -reproduced here under a Creative Commons licence, belongs to photographer night86mare .

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August 29, 2011 | By More
the weather in Google Maps – for Brazil and the rest of the world

the weather in Google Maps – for Brazil and the rest of the world

If you’ve been reading us for a while you’re probably aware by now that we are big fans of Google Maps and its use to support travel planning (we talked about it at GoogleMaps on the Brazil Travel Blog).

Google has just added a new weather layer to its Google Maps (you can read the official announcement at Rain or Shine, see the weather on Google Maps).

If you enter Google Maps and go to the widget on the top right corner where you select the different view modes (Map, Earth, Traffic, Photos and so on) you will see there is a new layer called “Weather”. If you select it, you will see weather-related symbols appearing on your map. We’ll be using Rio de Janeiro as our example:

If you click on the symbol next to Rio (sun and cloud) you will see a pop up window with the forecast for the coming days (as my settings for the Google Apps are in Spanish I’m seeing the info in Spanish, you will see it in English).

If you click on 10 days you will get yet more weather information.

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August 22, 2011 | By More
Google’s Street View goes… to the Amazon region!

Google’s Street View goes… to the Amazon region!

Google’s Street View mapping facility has been available for a score of Brazilian cities for quite some time now (we have details of the arrival of the service at our blog post Google’s Street View has landed in Brazil).

Amazon river, near Manaus

The news is that Google is now taking its cameras to an unexpected destination: the Amazon river and the jungle nearby. Read more about this fascinating project at Google’s official blog: Street View goes to the Amazon.

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August 18, 2011 | By More
the Amazon: an index of blog posts

the Amazon: an index of blog posts

the Amazon, Brazil

The Brazil Travel Blog has been five years on the road and during that time we’ve devoted plenty of attention to the Amazon region. It is a part of Brazil as coveted by foreign tourists as devoid of reliable and independent travel information. This is a summary of what we have published on the region so far:

1. General information

2. Information on destinations

We have five information cards for Amazon destinations:

We have written with quite some detail on two of those destinations:

2.1 Manaus

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As well as the information card destination: Manaus, we prepared a map of Manaus, blogged on the wonderful Teatro Amazonas, perhaps the only unmissable sight in the city; went off the beaten track to eat at the peixaria do Jokka Loureiro fish restaurant in Manaus; visited the awesome Meeting of the Waters and the Janauary Ecological Park, near Manaus and became worried by a new threat in the shape of a gigantic bridge.

2.2 Alter do Chão

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As well as the information card destination: Alter do Chão and the river Tapajós, on our favourite Amazon destination, we gave plenty of details on the trips around Alter do Chão.

3. Photos

All the photos you will see on this blog post as well as many more can be found at our Flickr albums:

Google made it possible recently to tour the Amazon with Street View.

August 15, 2011 | By More
the Brazilian states most visited by foreign tourists

the Brazilian states most visited by foreign tourists

I recently came across some data from Embratur that caused me quite a lot of surprise (accesible through edition 972 of Jornal Panrotas).

The first surprise was to learn that only 7,5% of foreign tourists arriving in Brazil visit the northeast states of Brazil. I was expecting a much higher figure. The second surprise was motivated by the 40% of foreign tourists that visit the state of São Paulo.

Those figures are quite interesting as they reveal the ever-increasing role of business trips. Without the tourists that arrive in Brazil to attend a conference or a trade fair, and those that come to do business of one kind or another, Brazil’s share in world tourism would be negligible. By focusing on business tourists, we believe Embratur is making a costly mistake. Help for independent travelers is hard to come by and is condemning Brazil to an irrelevant role in world tourism.

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August 8, 2011 | By More