Archive for October, 2011
Welcome to the Brazil Travel Blog and our special report on the 2011 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Interlagos.
1. THE DATES
GP Brasil Formula 1 will be held at the Interlagos circuit on Sunday 27 November 2010 (training sessions on days 25 and 26). Full schedule of events at the GP’s official website (it has an English-language version).
2. HOW TO GET TO INTERLAGOS
Do avoid getting to Interlagos circuit on your own car. During the celebration of the GP, the traffic jams on the region of the circuit are horrendous.
1. Shuttle buses.
Every year the local transport authority runs shuttle buses from five different points in the city of São Paulo:
• Shopping Interlagos
• terminal Jabaquara (subway, line 1, blue)
• Praça da República
• Shopping SP Market
• Congonhas airport (domestic flights, shuttle bus operating from 7 am).
The Praça da República option is good for those staying in the area of Avenida Paulista.
Longer but much faster is the Jabaquara option. Take the subway till the end of the blue line and hop in one of the shuttle buses.
2. Suburban train (CPTM)
This is an option of interest for those staying near the Pinheiros river (mainly in the Avenida Berrini area). Take the train (line 9, direction Grajaú) and get off at the Interlagos station. There is no direct access to the circuit from the station, you will have to find your way around. Follow the crowds.
3. Private transfers
Most hotels hire their own fleet of vans. Do find out.
It is impossible to figure out the cost of a trip to Interlagos, but due to the horrendous traffic it can set you back anything between R$60 and way more than R$100.
3. WHAT TO DO IN SÃO PAULO
If you read Spanish, you might be interested on my very own 142-page Guía de São Paulo.
There can be nothing more Brazilian than an informal soccer game at the beach – played by the locals. You will witness those friendly disputes all along the Brazilian coastline, from the widest strips of land to beaches where the advancing tide threatens to turn soccer into waterpolo. The photos illustrating this entry are from Arraial d’Ajuda and Caraíva, both in the south coast of the state of Bahia.
According to an international hotel price index just published, Río de Janeiro has the most expensive 4* hotels in the world. São Paulo comes second on the list. When all hotel categories are taken into account, Rio de Janeiro features in 9th place while São Paulo takes the 21st place.
The top placings of Rio and São Paulo are due to a large extent to the power of the local currency, the real. While hotels in both cities are expensive, an overvalued real makes them even more so, in particular on the eyes of the foreign traveler. If you’re looking for accommodation on any of those two cities and are bewildered by the range of prices you’re finding out, rest assured the problem is not yours. It is the reality of accommodation in the two largest Brazilian cities.
since 2003, the value of Brazilian real has increased 122 percent against the once mighty dollar
low season in Rio de Janeiro – a thing of the past
sky-high prices, a new Brazilian reality
Wonderful news. IPHAN, the Brazilian’s goverment body responsible for the cultural heritage of the nation, has just listed the bumba-meu-boi festival from Maranhão as cultural heritage of the nation. Those reading this blog from its very beginnings are probably aware of how fond we are of the bumba-meu-boi. In our humble opinion, it is probably the most remarkable and authentic Brazilian festival. As bewildering as it is largely unknown.
Our blog post bumba-meu-boi contains a handful of information on the festival. Make sure you get its dates right: the final 10 days of June.
Fernando de Noronha conjures up images of idylic beaches and awesome underwater landscapes. Few people associate the Brazilian paradise to other interesting aspects of tourism in the country, such as history. And while you wander around the Vila dos Remédios you will hopefully come across the beautifully restored church of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (built on 1772).
If you want to see more photos of Fernando de Noronha check out our Flickr album.
If you want more information on the destination, have a look at our blog post destination: Fernando de Noronha.