Archive for December, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012 to all our readers

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012 to all our readers

Dear friends, Christmas is here and we’re taking a small break, resuming all activity on January 3. I’d like to take the opportunity to wish you the best for the holiday season and specially for the year 2012. May it come loaded with travel! Thanks for following the Brazil Travel Blog all this time.

December 23, 2011 | By More
New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro 2011 – 2012

New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro 2011 – 2012

Río de Janeiro, Brasil

Most of you have probably heard of the big (massive!) party taking place every year at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the New Year. The most famous Brazilian réveillon (as it is known the New Year’s Eve) offers options for all tastes and budgets. From the free open air party at the beach to exclusive and pricey private parties. You will find some details in English at Concerts and fireworks make up New Year’s Eve in Rio; plan to be there and the full line-up at Rio’s official tourism website: Events calendar: réveillon.

Always bear in mind that while partying in Rio during the New Year doesn’t need to be a costly event, finding decent and affordable accommodation for the period is quite a different story.

Our main blog post on Rio de Janeiro is destination: Rio de Janeiro.

December 21, 2011 | By More
Brasil 360° Experience – panoramic videos of Brazil

Brasil 360° Experience – panoramic videos of Brazil

The Brazilian tourism authorities recently launched the website Brasil 360° Experience, with versions in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

While most travelers are familiar with panoramic and 360° photos, 360° videos will be a novelty for many. As the image moves, the viewer can change the angle of vision and point the camera in whichever direction he chooses. It is a technology that produces surprising and fascinating results. Brasil 360° Experience aims at surprising the views with moving images of a handful of Brazilian tourist destinations.

The website contains videos of Rio de Janeiro, Cuiabá and the Pantanal, Curitiba and Foz de Iguazú, Manaos and the Amazon and Salvador de Bahía.

The page contains a link “Know more about…” that takes the reader to the Brazilian Tourism Portal, a true liability for the promotion of Brazil as a tourist destination. At the portal, when the tourist tries to find out more information about, say, tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro, he or she will find the following screen:

Worry not. If you want more info on the destinations covered by the new website, you can check our very own entries for those destinations:

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December 19, 2011 | By More
weekly shot: going insane in Fortaleza

weekly shot: going insane in Fortaleza

Beach Park, Fortaleza
Beach Park, Fortaleza

At the Fortaleza Beach Park you will come across the more than aptly named Insano. It is the highest water slide in the world, its height being the equivalent of a 14-storey building. Because of its slope, the descent is extremely quickly and carried out at a speed of 105 km/h.

For adrenaline junkies.

We have travel info on Fortaleza at our blog post destination: Fortaleza. You can see more photos of Búzios at our Flickr album.

December 16, 2011 | By More
a new tourist attraction for Búzios, Rio de Janeiro

a new tourist attraction for Búzios, Rio de Janeiro

Búzios

We’ve learned through several unofficial sources that Búzios has just opened the doors of a new tourist attraction, the Centro de Visitantes do Parque Natural dos Corais (the Visitor’s Center for the Coral Natural Park). It seems like a very interesting place, with a central location at Rua das Pedras, 141. It opens from Tuesday to Sunday. From December to March its opening times are 11am till midnight. From April to November it will open from 5pm till 11pm. Tickets cost R$10 and all the income goes to a local environmental project (Projeto Coral Vivo).

I am not surprised to see no mention of the new attraction at the two official tourism websites for Búzios (Destino Búzios and Visite Buzios). It is a pity that a new attraction should be launched right at the beginning of the high season and it should get no proper coverage.

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December 13, 2011 | By More