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we are now on Flipboard too

we are now on Flipboard too

The BRAZIL TRAVEL BLOG is now on Flipboard. We’ve actually been there for a couple of months, under the disguise of our Travel Brazil magazine.

For those not familiar with Flipboard, it is a an application developed initially for the iPad aggregating web content and presenting it in magazine format. Flipboard is now available in other platforms and on the web, too.

On our Travel Brazil magazine we curate stories from several sources on topics related to Brazil.

  • if you have Flipboard on your portable device, search for us.
  • if you’d like to read our Travel Brazil magazine on the web, click here. To browse through the magazine pages, use the arrow keys on your keyboard. Clicking on a story will open it on its original source.
August 12, 2013 | By More
daylight savings time 2013 comes to an end

daylight savings time 2013 comes to an end

Brazilian summer time (horario de verão in Portuguese) comes to an end at midnight between Saturday 16 and Sunday 17.

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). Clocks will have to be put back one hour.

Bahia, in the Northeast, did not implement daylight saving time this year – reversing a trend from the past when it became the only state in the Northeast region to do so.

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 15, 2013 | By More
80% of Brazil’s coral reefs wiped out in 50 years

80% of Brazil’s coral reefs wiped out in 50 years

Fernando de Noronha

It hit the news a few weeks ago: in just 50 years Brazil has destroyed 80% of its coral reefs. The figure belongs to research carried out by the Federal University of Pernambuco. The study blames massive extraction and pollution derived from urban and industrial areas. As well as human intervention, the study also points out at the rise in ocean temperature.

I would dare to add another factor, predatory explotation of coral reefs in tourist areas, as seen in places like Maracajau, Maragogi, Porto de Galinhas or Porto Seguro.

We all have our share of responsibility. When we buy a souvenir extracted from the bottom of the sea, when we visit a coral reef paying scant attention to is preservation, when we use companies that do not promote sustainable tourism, we are entering the chain of destruction that has deprived Brazil of an environmental treasure.

Fernando de Noronha

Next time you read Brazilian coral reefs can compete in size and beauty with the Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, pay attention. You are not being told the truth. Brazilian coral reefs have entered a seemingly irreversible process of destruction. We would like to believe the handful of initiatives working for the preservation of coral reefs will have a real impact and reverse the trend.

In the meantime, we invite you to read Brazilian coral reefs: a handbook for the environmentally conscious tourist, our modest contribution to the issue.

November 5, 2012 | By More
daylight saving time in Brazil 2012/2013

daylight saving time in Brazil 2012/2013

São Paulo, Brasil

Daylight saving time begins at midnight on Saturday 21 for the regions South, South East and Centre-West (they include the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Distrito Federal).

Bahia, in the Northeast, will not implement daylight saving time this year – reversing a trend from the past when it became the only state in the Northeast region to do so.

We’ll have to put the clocks forward (by) an hour. Summer time savings end on 17 February 2013.

At what time is it in Brazil? I explained how to find out, real time, what time is it on each and every Brazilian state.

October 15, 2012 | By More
where are the foreign tourists?

where are the foreign tourists?

torre de televisão, Brasilia

Financial Times run a while ago a story with the title Brazil tourism: forget the gringos touching briefly on several topics that are constant themes here at the Brazil Travel Blog – you needn’t go further than Brazil needs new strategies to attract foreign tourists.

Brazil’s tourism sector is one of the least international in the world. Figures for tourist arrivals are stagnant, somehow masked by the fact that former leisure travelers are being replaced by business travelers reflecting on the growing importance of Brazil in the business world. In 2011, income generated by foreign tourists was 5% of the total tourism income. Today, tourism in Brazil is mainly a local affair. The emerging middle classes keep the tourism sector alive – the higher middle class and the high classes spend their holidays abroad.

The newspaper quotes as possible reasons for this behaviour the infrastructure limitations (dire airport infrastructure) and visa-related issues. And, last but not least, the shocking discovery that São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro are currently more expensive than London.

July 9, 2012 | By More