Archive for February, 2012

a wonderful video on São Paulo

a wonderful video on São Paulo

We’re introducing you today to a wonderful video on the city of São Paulo. It features a personal and somehow alternative vision of the city, with themes as quintessentially “paulistanos” as soccer and grafitis.

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February 27, 2012 | By More
daylight savings time 2012 comes to an end

daylight savings time 2012 comes to an end

Brazilian summer time comes to an end at midnight on Saturday 25. This change applies to the South, Southeast and Centre-West regions of the country (the states affected by the change are: Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Goiás, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, as well as the Distrito Federal) and the state of Bahia too. Clocks will have to be put back one hour.

The easiest way to find out what time it is on any Brazilian state at a given time is to use the tool I explained at What time is it in Brazil?

February 23, 2012 | By More
two new hotels for the airports of Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro international

two new hotels for the airports of Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro international

aeroporto de Brasilia

Accommodation at an airport might not be the choice for most travelers, but for those unfortunate few with long connecting times or arriving at the airport in the early hours of the morning finding a hotel nearby is a welcome thing.

Two new hotels are being built next to Brazilian airports. Construction work near the Brasilia international airport has begun and work is expected to last for 18 months.

Another hotel is being built near the Rio de Janeiro International airport (Galeão / Tom Jobim). It’s a hotel belonging to the GJP Hotéis & Resorts group and it will have 6 floors and 162 rooms.

We can only hope now for reasonable rates at those hotels!

February 20, 2012 | By More
follow the Salvador carnival on YouTube and Google+

follow the Salvador carnival on YouTube and Google+

For those who won’t be able to make it to Salvador de Bahia this year, Google is bringing the chance to taste a bit of the carnival atmosphere from the distance, with a series of live transmissions and videos of bands appearing in Salvador.

There will be a live feed on a dedicated YouTube Channel and a page with live interviews on a Google+ page. Find full details of Google’s offering at Brazil’s carnival goes social with Google.

It starts today so, wherever you are, join the party!

February 16, 2012 | By More
news from Noronha: paradise to be run by private company and off goes a year of accumulated garbage

news from Noronha: paradise to be run by private company and off goes a year of accumulated garbage

Fernando de Noronha, Brasil

News from paradise. The Brazilian government has handed the running of the island to a private company, the same company in charge of the Iguassu Falls (Concessionária vai gerenciar Noronha, que terá ingresso de R$ 65). It would seem the additional payment to visit the island we referred to at Noronha: ready to fork out a further R$130? is now more than a possibility.

The company promises it will improve the paths leading to the viewpoints and the beaches. It plans to build catwalks, lavatories, showers and information centers. Left-luggage facilities are also part of the agenda as well as bike hire and diving gear hire too. Internet access would complete the pack. Some of the changes being proposed are real improvements to the precarious infrastructure on the archipelago (incompatible with the hefty charges tourists have to pay to visit the island). We just hope the right balance will be found and Noronha won’t be turned into a theme park. It is, above all, a nature destination.

More news from the archipelago. One year and three months of accumulated garbage, a whopping 1,800 tons of rubbish, are being finally removed from the island (Lixo acumulado em Noronha começa a ser retirado). The accumulation was due to the fact that the boat taking the rubbish away from the island couldn’t cope with the amount of waste generated in Noronha. Call that unsustainable development. The rubbish dump provoked serious damage on the environment, never mind the image of paradise. Remember the dark side of Fernando de Noronha?

Our main blog post on the island is destination: Fernando de Noronha and there you’ll find plenty of useful travel information.

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February 15, 2012 | By More