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a word of warning on accommodation in Rio de Janeiro during June 2012

a word of warning on accommodation in Rio de Janeiro during June 2012

rio+20

If you are heading to Rio de Janeiro in June, pay attention. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 will take place between 20 and 22 June, with preliminary meeting on the previous days and delegates arriving in Rio as early as 13 June.

The Conference is going to wreck havoc with hotel accommodation in the city. Rio doesn’t have enough hotel rooms to host the estimated 50,000 delegates taking part in the event and the local authorities are even considering a scheme to encourage locals to provide accommodation for the participants in the summit (Sem hotéis, campanha incentivará cariocas a hospedar participantes da Rio+20).

So basically:

  • if you have a hotel booking there is no need to worry.
  • if you were planning on visiting Rio during the dates of the summit but you don’t have a hotel booking you need to get that sorted out asap. Or choose another date for your trip.

By all means do not arrive in Rio de Janeiro during the conference without a hotel booked beforehand.

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March 29, 2012 | By More
Brasil 360º for iPhone and iPad

Brasil 360º for iPhone and iPad

brasil 360 ios

Is it still fresh in your memory the website we reviewed at Brasil 360° Experience – panoramic videos of Brazil? A spin-off app for iOS has just been launched so you can take the 360º videos around with you.

The app is quite large, it is free, it has a version in English and can be downloaded from here. If you deny the app permission to use your gelocation it won’t work – I’m telling you from experience.

The website of Brasil 360° Experience does not mention anywhere the iOS app.

March 26, 2012 | By More
tour the Amazon with Google Street View

tour the Amazon with Google Street View

Amazon jungle / selva amazónica

To mark World Forest Day Google has released thousands of photos taken in the River Negro reserve in the Amazon. The photos can be seen through the Street View feature on Google Maps and the following video illustrates the fascinating process leading to the capture of the images:

There were shots taken in the river itself, on some of its tributaries as well as in the forest and the communities living in the reserve.

You can go directly to some of the locations clicking on the following links:

The new collection of images, as well as allowing viewers to reach the Amazon region from the comfort of their homes or workplaces, allows access to places that are out of bounds for tourism.


Ver mapa más grande

We have a wealth of information on the Amazon region here at the Brazil Travel Blog. Check the articles out at the Amazon: an index of blog posts.

March 22, 2012 | By More
a website with info on the bathing conditions on Brazilian beaches

a website with info on the bathing conditions on Brazilian beaches

Brazilian company UOL has an excellent resource called Situação das Praias Brasileiras providing tourist with valuable information on the bathing conditions at beaches on a sizeable part of the Brazilian coast, including beaches in the states of Alagoas (AL), Ceará (CE), Espírito Santo (ES), Paraíba (PB), Pernambuco (PE), Río de Janeiro (RJ), Río Grande do Norte (RN), Santa Catarina (SC), Sergipe (SE) and São Paulo (SP).

The information contained on the website is not as complete as we would like it to be as the states of Bahía, Maranhão, Paraná and Río Grande do Sul stopped releasing data for their beaches – as if they had anything to hide.

Simplicity is the strong and weak point of the website. A green man symbolizes beaches fit for bathing, a red man identifies those beaches unfit for bathing. No more information, no more details.

It is a handy tool when it comes to choosing a beach for your well-deserved holiday.

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March 19, 2012 | By More
weekly shot: the Atlantic rainforest from the train

weekly shot: the Atlantic rainforest from the train

Trem da Serra, Curitiba-Morretes, Brasil
Trem da Serra, Curitiba-Morretes, Brasil

Today we embark on one of the most beautiful train rides in Brazil. It cuts right through the mountains and the Atlantic rainforest on its way from the top of the plateau to sea level. Tree tops as far as your eyes can see! We gave lots of information about the train trip at our blog post the Curitiba-Paranaguá railway journey. If you want to see more photos of the trip and of Morretes, one of its final destinations, check out the following Flickr album.

March 16, 2012 | By More