Archive for March, 2012
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).
- 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.
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:
- main section of the larger-than-life river Negro
- a tributary
- Tumbira, the largest community on the reserve
- other communities
- a hike in the middle of the jungle
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.
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.
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.