Archive for August, 2011
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.
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).
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.
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
- When to go? To choose the right time to visit the region we published the post when to visit the Amazon region. And to understand how the rainy changes the landscape of the region we published “cheia” and “seca” on the Amazon region.
- Where to stay? To understand better accommodation in the forest we wrote on Jungle Lodges in the Amazon. And to ease your angst, we reflected on how tourism on the Amazon region is a foreign affair.
- How to travel? riverboats across the Amazon – schedules / timetables is a core entry you should check if you are planning a boat trip on the region. Amazon riverboat trips contains some tips on the issue.
- To avoid disappointment, we wrote on unreasonable expectations: the Amazon is not a zoo.
- Having the chance to see first-hand how rubber is harvested will lead you to a better understanding of its importance for the sustainable development of the Amazon.
- If guidebooks are your thing, you should be aware of the existence of 7 full (and free!) tourist guides on Brazil available online. One is devoted to the Amazon.
2. Information on destinations
We have five information cards for Amazon destinations:
We have written with quite some detail on two of those destinations:
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
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.
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.