Archive for June, 2012
Want to know what the dates of the 2013 carnival in Brazil are? According to the official calendar, the 2013 carnival will take place between 8 and 13 February.
- The Rio de Janeiro escolas de samba will parade at the sambadrome on Sunday 10 and Monday 11.
- The São Paulo parades will take place on Friday 8 and Saturday 9.
Although the dates seem miles away, the farsighted travellers will make accommodation arrangements for the period long in advance – it is the only way of finding good value accommodation for places like Rio de Janeiro or Salvador.
As more details emerge I will keep you posted.
A handful of companies have been working for years in Rio de Janeiro offering bed & breakfast accommodation as well as apartment rental in the city. The big news is that RioTur, Rio’s tourism authority, is launching now a website where tourists planning a visit to Rio will be able to find all the alternative accommodation offering in just the one page. The new project is called Hospedagem Domiciliar and it has a version in English.
Visitors won’t be able to make bookings through the new site; rather, they will be redirected to the businesses that provide them. The site contains a section on Season Rentals too – it is somehow hidden at the bottom of the page.
A good starting point is the FAQ section of the website.
With a version in English and in Spanish, and addressing a pressing need for the tourist visiting Rio de Janeiro, we feel RioTur‘s initiative is spot on. Associating the tourism authority’s name to a series of business brands offering alternative accommmodation gives the tourist reassurances. Knowing the companies have official backing should help ease some fears.
What with the massive events of the coming years, the search for affordable accommodation in Rio de Janeiro will undoubtedly become a sort of Holy Grail(ish) adventure. A few greedy hoteleries have given ample signs that they are in this business to make loads of money. Quite a few tourists fearing for their budgets will no doubt turn to alternative accommodation in what, after all, ranks today as the 13ª most expensive city in the world.
As usual, do remember the door to all the information on Rio here at the BRAZIL TRAVEL BLOG is the blog post destination: Rio de Janeiro.
destination: Rio de Janeiro
Rio launching official app for smartphones
48 hours in Rio de Janeiro – what to do, where to go
24 hours in Rio de Janeiro
hotels in Rio de Janeiro
budget accommodation in Rio de Janeiro
the Rio de Janeiro subway
map of Rio de Janeiro
restaurants in the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, a new tourist attraction
the new official Rio Guide
1746: Rio de Janeiro’s tourist information phone line. In English too!
Rio de Janeiro’s Michelin guide for free
hang-gliding in Rio de Janeiro
Rio bus station: Terminal Novo Rio
Work has started on the construction of a new passenger terminal at the port of Salvador de Bahía. It is expected the new terminal will be ready on 13 May 2013, the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the port. Work at the port is part of the investment on infrastructure associated with the coming World Cup.
Passengers arriving on cruise ships to Salvador will benefit from modern facilities currently non-existent. The existing terminal where boats and catamarans to Morro de São Paulo operate will also be incorporated into the new facilities.
Today’s blog post consolidates texts from all our sources on Brazil, including this Brazil Travel Blog but also D Airfare and the World Cup Brazil 2014. This is a summary of blog posts published during the month of June.
Brazil Travel Blog
The capital of Rio Grande do Sul received good news as a a face lift for Porto Alegre was unveiled.
The Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro opened its doors again giving sports fans the chance to visit the most famous soccer stadium in Brazil.
At our weekly shot we saw images of the the flooded forest.
We mentioned the celebration of the 1st Tourism Fair of Bahia (Salão Baiano de Turismo) and published an homage to Bahia at 20 reasons to visit Bahia.
For those of you keen on attending a soccer match while on holiday in Brazil we published the the calendar for the Brazilian soccer championship 2012.
There were more bad news for Viracopos international airport in Campinas as TAP is cancelling its Lisbon to Campinas flight.
We learned that business travel meant 57% of all air travel in Brazil in 2011.
Korean Airlines might fly to Brazil via Europe offering a different approach to Asia to those travelling from Brazil.
A new connection to Asia is on the making as Etihad Airways plans to fly to South America in 2013.
Important news from the domestic market as Azul and Trip announce their merger.
We rounded up the month with an anniversary, as the Star Alliance is 15 years old
The World Cup Brazil
A new source of information became available as Minas Gerais launched its own World Cup Portal.
And we weren’t the least surprised to know that only 5% of the World Cup work is completed.