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2011 Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos – special report

2011 Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos – special report

Welcome to the Brazil Travel Blog and our special report on the 2011 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Interlagos.

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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).

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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.

4. Taxi

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.

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3. WHAT TO DO IN SÃO PAULO

At São Paulo’s top ten I pointed out a few outstanding highlights in the city. If you have a few days to spare, you have plenty of interesting ideas at São Paulo getaways.

If you read Spanish, you might be interested on my very own 142-page Guía de São Paulo.

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October 31, 2011 | By More
weekly shot: soccer at the beach

weekly shot: soccer at the beach

Arraial d'Ajuda
Caraíva

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.

If you want to see more photos of Arraial d’Ajuda check out our Flickr album. We have our photos of Caraíva at this other Flickr album

If you want more information on the two destinations, have a look at our blog posts destination: Arraial d’Ajuda and destination: Caraíva.

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October 28, 2011 | By More
Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the most expensive 4* hotels in the world

Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the most expensive 4* hotels in the world

hotel Unique, São Paulo

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.

This blog has one main entry devoted to Rio de Janeiro and another one devoted to São Paulo: destination: Rio de Janeiro and destination: São Paulo.

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October 26, 2011 | By More
Maranhão’s “bumba-meu-boi”, listed as Brazilian cultural heritage

Maranhão’s “bumba-meu-boi”, listed as Brazilian cultural heritage

bumba-meu-boi (São Luís)

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.

bumba-meu-boi (São Luís)

bumba-meu-boi (São Luís)

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.

bumba-meu-boi (São Luís)

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October 24, 2011 | By More
weekly shot: colonial architecture in Noronha

weekly shot: colonial architecture in Noronha

Fernando de Noronha, Brasil
Fernando de Noronha, Brasil

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.

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October 21, 2011 | By More