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Holy Week and Easter in Brazil - read about celebrations and travel planning.
Ten reasons why you should visit Brazil.
A list of Rio de Janeiro's top 10 restaurants by specialty, ranging from upscale to casual.
Find Brazil nude beaches where the principles of true naturism are observed.
Learn the abbreviations for Brazilian states and Federal District.
A list of countries whose nationals need neither a tourist or a business visa to enter Brazil. Brazil visa requirements vary and Brazil travelers must check with Brazilian Embassies and Consulates whether their country is still exempted.
A list of all-inclusive resorts in Brazil. Brazil has few, but excellent all-inclusive resorts: Miramar Maragogi, Blue Tree Angra, three Club Med locations, Superclubs Breezes and Starfish, Ponta dos Ganchos, Enotel and Vila Gale.
The Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil's top attractions. Read about the Sugarloaf cable car, its hours and ticket prices.
Driving in Brazil - Safety information for travelers. Things you need to know about traffic in Brazil before you rent a car.
Highlights of Brazil in June, with an overview of weather, holidays, and events.
Ten things Brazil travelers can do to enjoy the natural beauty of Iguassu Falls and the surrounding area to the fullest.
Highlights of Brazil in July, with an overview of weather, holidays, and events.
You're wondering where you can buy a pair on Sunday morning, before going to the beach, when most stores in Rio are still closed. Read on.
Portuguese is the only romanic language in which all the days of the week have their origin in the Catholic liturgical calendar, and not in pagan traditions.
A list of Brazilian bikini and swimsuit designer websites featuring the latest Brazil beachwear collections.
The 12 best tourist attractions in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.
A guide to the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Havaianas, the best-loved flip flops in Brazil, can now be found worldwide, but lower prices and great variety still make them a hot souvenir for Brazil travelers. The creative design and the unique kind of rubber material that make Havaianas attractive and comfortable, aided by strong marketing campaigns and export strategies, have kept them ahead of the competition and singled them out as a sandal brand that is popular among all social classes.
Despite reassuring reports issued regularly by water providers, the consumption of filtered or bottled mineral water is widespread in Brazil.
Travel information about Brazil in May, including an overview of May weather, holidays, and events.
Fun things to do in Belo Horizonte, Brazil's third largest city and one of the host cities in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Discover fun options in and near town.
Caminho da Fe, or the Walk of Faith, is a walking and cycling pilgrimage route in Brazil inspired in the Camino de Santiago
What documents do you need to drive in Brazil? Read about the 2010 resolution concerning driver licenses for tourists in Brazil.
Sao Paulo Airport Bus Service is a transportation alternative to taxis that's worth considering. With two different kinds of buses - a more comfortable and a more affordable one - the service connects travelers to subway stations and key areas in Sao Paulo.
A list of American foods that can't be found, are hard to find, don't taste as good, or are too expensive to buy in Brazil.
The scenic Curitiba-Paranagua train ride in Parana, Brazil, is one of the most exciting and beautiful travel experiences in Brazil. The Curitiba-Paranagua train ride takes passengers through Serra do Mar, Brazil's coastal mountain range, and passes many charming points along the way.
Learn about the Brazilian Ministry of Health standards for yellow fever vaccination prior to Brazil travel.
Rio Scenarium is the best-known bar in the historic Lapa district in Rio de Janeiro. Decorated with antiques, it spreads over three floors and four remodeled buildings on Rua do Lavradio. The crowd is a mix of locals and foreigners.
Festas Juninas, or June Festivals, are folk celebrations that take place all over Brazil, with traditional music, dances, and food. They're often referred to simply as Sao Joao, or St. John, one of the saints honored in the celebrations. The festival was introduced in Brazil by the Portuguese colonizers. In a great part of Brazil, bumba-meu-boi, also known as boi-bumba, is the core of celebrations.
A guide to the best of Rio de Janeiro museums and historic attractions. Page 4.
Petropolis, just an hour away from Rio de Janeiro, is a mountain town with historic appeal and a number of ecotourism and adventure leisure options.
A guide to great seafood restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, from budget to sophisticated.
Brazil Postal Codes - How to find Brazil postal codes in the Correios (Brazil Postal Service) website when you have a street address.
Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, greets travelers with amazing beaches, sand dunes, lots of sunshine and wind. Natal attractions include Genipabu and the famous buggy rides, one of the oldest fortresses in Brazil, great sand and water sports, fun nightlife, and delicious regional cuisine.
Learn what Brazil travel requirements are for children - including Brazil visas, vaccination and special authorizations necessary to enter Brazil.
Prepare your pet's documents and carrier for Brazil travel.
Brazil visa extensions must be applied for at Brazil's Federal Police. Learn how to apply for a Brazil visa extension.
Lencois Maranhenses National Park, in Maranhao, Brazil, is one of Brazil's top natural attractions - sand dunes that stretch over 383,000 acres and are dotted with rainwater lagoons.
Basic information for the visitor to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The drinking and driving law issued on June 19, 2008 in Brazil (Lei 11.705) establishes zero tolerance for any measurable amount of alcohol content in the blood, for all drivers. Learn what travelers planning to drive in Brazil need to know about Brazil's Dry Law.
Getting around Rio de Janeiro by bus is practical and easy. Here are some tips for Brazil travelers getting around Rio by bus.
Learn how to make a collect call from any telephone in Brazil.
What do women wear in Rio de Janeiro in the winter? Know what to pack so you're comfortable and stylish in the Rio winter.
Paixão de Cristo, the Passion Play in Nova Jerusalém, Pernambuco, Brazil, takes place every year during Easter Week.
Hotel Gloria, a legendary Rio de Janeiro hotel opened in 1922, has been bought by EBX and is expected to reopen in 2014 as Gloria Palace.
Passos, or Steps, are tiny chapels - self-standing or embedded in colonial constructions, that open once a year during Holy Week rituals in Brazil.
Getting Around Rio de Janeiro by taxi can be a safe option for travelers. Learn how to improve your chances of being safe while getting around Rio by taxi.
Guide Morro de Sao Paulo, a picturesque village on Tinhare Island, south of Salvador, Brazil.
Antiquarius set a new standard for Portuguese cuisine when it opened in the 1970s, and it's still one of Rio's best restaurants.
On June 18, 2008, the first Japanese immigrants arrived in Brazil aboard the Kasato Maru. The trip from the Kobe port in Japan to Santos, in Sao Paulo State, lasted 52 days. The first immigrants were about to start a new era for Brazilian culture and ethnic makeup. In 2008, Brazil celebrates the Centennial of Japanese Immigration with a great number of events, including the presence of Prince Heir Naruhito, from Japan.
Discover Sao Paulo's best churrascarias in the rodizio (continuous serving) category.
Santa Teresa stands out among Rio de Janeiro districts with its hilltop location, historic sites, charming B&Bs and bohemian vibe.
Brigadeiros, or chocolate fudge truffles, are what Brazilian kids expect to find at birthday parties.
There's plenty to do in Ubatuba, on the Sao Paulo North Shore. Here are 15 ideas for a fun Ubatuba beach vacation, including adventure, nightlife, local food and culture.
Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará, is a top Brazil beach destination and a gateway to some of the country's most stunning coastal landscapes.
Brazilian money - learn about the currency in Brazil - the real - and its anti-counterfeit features.
Brazil tourist visa fees are subject to a reciprocity principle. As of January 2008, American and Canadian citizens have had their Brazil tourist visa fees increased in reciprocity for a raise in tourist visa fees for Brazilian travelers to the US and Canada.
Catupiry is a kind of cream cheese made in Brazil.
Guaruja is a top beach destination in Brazil and one of the best day and weekend trips from Sao Paulo. Discover its attractions.
Campos do Jordao, in Sao Paulo State, Brazil, is a town in the Mantiqueira mountain range. With German and Swiss-style architecture, excellent hotels, a prestigious International Winter Music Festival and lots of outdoor activities, Campos do Jordao is one of the most popular mountain destinations in Brazil. The district of Capivari and Pedra do Bau - a trunk-shaped rock with great climbing - are some of its greatest attractions.
Farofa is a dish made with toasted manioc flour and complements. It's also a Brazilian slang term.
Information for travelers about April in Brazil, with an overview of weather, holidays and events.
In Brazil, a motel is a short-stay hotel which affords couples privacy for sexual encounters.
Paçoca is a Brazilian sweet made of ground peanuts, sugar and cassava flour, mashed together and pressed. It's a typical Festa Junina food. Another kind of food also called paçoca is a mix of sun-dried meat and cassava flour, seasoned and ground in a mortar. This dish is widely popular in northeastern Brazil.
Cacau Show, the world's largest fine chocolate chain, has hundreds of shops in Brazil. Read about Cacau Show and find a store.
A guide to Amazon jungle lodges in Brazil.
MAM Rio, one of the top cultural attractions in Rio de Janeiro, has over 15,000 works
Parque Lage, near the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, is another verdant getaway with lots of history.
Florianópolis, island capital of Santa Catarina, is one of the top beach destinations in Brazil. Famous for its great surfing, laid-back atmosphere and fun nightlife, Florianópolis boasts an attractive mix of urban attractions and preserved natural beauty.
The wish ribbons tied to the fence and gates of Senhor Bom Jesus do Bonfim Church in Salvador, Brazil are an attraction in themselves. Page 2.
Azul is Brazil's newest airline. Find out about Azul, its current flights, and growth plans.
Ubatuba, on Sao Paulo's North Shore, has a great mix of beaches, Atlantic forest, mountains and city life. Read about Ubatuba and get some helpful travel tips.
Discover Maracana, in Rio de Janeiro, one of the host stadiums in FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Discover the Great Brazil Express, Brazil's luxury train in Parana.
Boipeba, on Bahia's Dende Coast, is one of Brazil's most attractive and peaceful coastal destinations and an ecological haven.
JK Iguatemi, opened in mid-2012, is Sao Paulo's new ultimate spot for luxurious shopping. Learn about its attractions.
The sloth sanctuary in Ilheus, Southern Bahia, (Centro de Reabilitacao Reserva Zoobotanica)
View photos of Lencois Maranhenses National Park, one of Brazil top natural attractions. Page 12.
Queijo Minas is a kind of cheese originally made in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Handcrafted Minas cheese production is a Brazilian Immaterial Cultural Heritage. The cheese is made from raw cow milk and it can be ripened or not.
The Inhotim Art Institute and Botanical Garden, in Brumadinho, is one of the top attractions near Belo Horizonte and in Brazil.
Buzios beaches are all attractive in their own special way. Learn more about them and find the one that's right for your mood and style. Page 3.
Learn about Brazil traffic and road signs. See the official list with all the 10 categories of traffic and road signs in Brazil.
São Luís, in Northeastern Brazil, is one of three Brazilian state capitals located on an island. Discover São Luís attractions, such as its folklore and architecture (a Unesco World Heritage site).
A Trancoso travel guide with tips about Trancoso beaches, accommodations, tours, restaurants, nightlife and New Year's Eve.
Cupuaçu, an Amazon fruit, has been officially listed as a Brazilian national fruit. Read about the cupuaçu and where you can try it in Brazil.
Casa Rosa, in Laranjeiras, once Brazil's most famous brothel, is today one of the best places for dancing and nightlife in Rio de Janeiro. Discover Casa Rosa (The Pink House).
Brazil weather maps from the Center for Weather Forecast and Climate Studies (CPTEC) offer an overview of Brazil average, low and high temperatures, rainfall patterns, and humidity indexes at a glance.
Arpoador - Photos of Arpoador, one of Rio de Janeiro's most scenic landmarks.
Praia do Campeche, one of the best beaches in Florianopolis, has great surf, budget pousadas, a party scene, and ties to writer Saint-Exupery.
X-Tudo is a Brazil cheese burger with several toppings, ranging from reasonably-sized to eat-it-if-you-can challenges.
Ziriguidum - definition, examples and pronunciation of this Brazil samba term.
Liberdade, the Japanese district in São Paulo, Brazil, is a great place to experience Korean and Chinese cultures as well.
The Tourist Police in Rio (DEAT) is prepared to support travelers in several languages. Learn how to get help from the Tourist Police and look at their crime statistics.
How to get to Praia do Forte, one of Bahia's top beach destinations, from Salvador. Page 4.
Mocoto, or cow's foot, is an important item in Brazil culinary, especially in the Northeast and in the deep South. Read about mocoto and its uses.
Goiabada is a sweet made from guavas, known in English as guava paste or guava marmelade.
Dan Babush, Rent in Rio founder and president, shares tips about vacation rentals and safety in Rio de Janeiro in this exclusive interview to the About.com Guide to Brazil Travel.
Important facts about the 2007/2008 yellow fever outbreak in Brazil.
Prainha, one of the best and most beautiful beaches in Rio de Janeiro, is surrounded by native rainforest, popular among surfers and non-surfers alike.
Forte dos Reis Magos, in Natal, is one of the best known fors on the Brazil coast and a top Natal attraction.Built in 1598, the fort was invaded by the Dutch in 1633 and recovered by the Portuguese in 1598
Campeche Island (Ilha do Campeche), an ecological haven off the coast of Florianopolis, is open to controlled visitation. Here's a guide.
The Rio Art Museum, opened on March 1, 2013 - Rio's 448th anniversary - is a top cultural attraction in the revitalized Portuary Zone.
Salvador's luxury and boutique hotels are an obvious sign of the city's great strides in luxury travel.
A travel planner for a budget weekend in Rio de Janeiro - where to stay, what to do, sightseeing, restaurants and attractions.
The Carmen Miranda Museum in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, has clothes and other memorabilia that help honor the memory of the great Carmen Miranda.
The Imperial Museum in Petropolis, built in 1845-1862, was the summer palace of emperor Pedro II. Discover the Imperial Museum, one of the richest collections in Brazil.
Whale watching season in Santa Catarina goes from July to November. Watch southern right whales (Eubaleana Australis) as they seek the Santa Catarina coast to mate and give birth to their young.
Feira Hippie de Ipanema, Brazil's best-known arts and crafts fair, was started in 1968 by a group of hippies and has run every Sunday without fail ever since. Feira Hippie de Ipanema is popular with international and Brazilian tourists as well as Rio locals.
Ilha do Mel, off the coast of Parana, is one of the most beautiful destinations in southern Brazil. Learn about the island's top attractions and beaches.
The children's parade on the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro is a fun Carnival activity for the whole family. Learn about the next kids' parade on Marques de Sapucai.
Sao Paulo has a vehicle rotation system, according to license plate number, to reduce the number of vehicles at peak traffic hours.
The world's largest cashew tree in easy to get to from Pirangi do Norte, a beach in Parnamirim, near Natal, Brazil. Page 8.
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Pelourinho, the famous historical district in Salvador, has several places to stay, from boutique hotels to charming and affordable pousadas.
The Monument to the Bandeiras (by Victor Brecheret) at Ibirapuera Park is a highly symbolic Sao Paulo landmark.
Camburi and Camburizinho are among the most attractive beaches in Sao Sebastiao, on Sao Paulo State's North Shore.
Pirao is usually a kind of gravy made from fish stew juices, to be served as a side dish.
Lagoa Limpa, or Clean Lagoon, is a 30-month recovery project for Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Rio by Eike Batista's holding EBX, in a partnership with public institutions.
Museu Paulista (also known as Museu do Ipiranga), in Sao Paulo, is a monument to Brazil's Proclamation of Independence. Museu Paulista, one of the best museums in Brazil, opened in 1890, nearly seven decades after the Proclamation of Independence, in 1822.
Find great places - mid-priced to budget - to stay in Praia da Pipa, the most touristic beach district of Tibau do Sul, Brazil. Page 2.
The fight against the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism in Brazil.
Salgueiro is a samba school from Rio's North Side. Read about Salgueiro and its plans for the next Carnival.
Information for travelers about January in Brazil, with an overview of weather, holidays and events.
Discover climbing in Rio de Janeiro and view photos of climbers on Sugarloaf and other mountains by Rio-based Companhia da Escalada.
Clinica Galdino Campos, in Rio de Janeiro, has a multi-lingual team and specializes in traveler's health.
The Amazonas Opera Festival is an annual event which has taken place at Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil since 1996.
Get real time Sao Paulo traffic reports online from CET, Sao Paulo's Traffic Engineering Company.
Belo Horizonte travel guide for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, from About.com Brazil Travel.
The International Museum of Naive Art of Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, has the largest collection of naive art in the world, with over 6,000 works.
Praia do Rosa, one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, is a crescent-shaped bay in Santa Catarina State, great for whale watching. Praia do Rosa is a member of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World Club, a non-governmental organization.
Praia do Futuro, one of the top beaches in Fortaleza, Brazil, is famous for its large barracas de praia, or casual, kiosk-style beach lounges.
Natal beaches fascinate travelers with their wild mix of intense sunshine, wind, and sand dunes. Lined with great hotels, Natal beaches are among the most sought after on the Brazil coast.
Arena Pernambuco, one of the host stadiums in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Porto da Barra, in Salvador, is one of the best-known urban beaches in the world.
Chamma da Amazonia, a sustainable enterprise from Belem do Para, in Brazil, uses Amazon Forest raw materials such as guarana, açaí, cupuaçu, priprioca, various herbs, roots, resins and seeds to make eco-friendly fragrances, beauty products, and sachets. Chamma da Amazonia also makes biojewels. When shopping in Brazil, you can find their products at international airports and shopping malls in some of Brazil's state capitals. They are great Brazil souvenirs.
Chacara is a small Brazilian country property or a large urban property with some rural characteristics, such as an orchard. The term chacara also applies to a property where vegetables, fruit or ornamental plants are grown for sale.
Shopping in Rio's Saara is more than just shopping - it's an immersive experience in local color and atmosphere.
A Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden photo gallery by Patricia Ribeiro, About.com Guide to Brazil Travel.
The Afro-Brazil Museum in São Paulo, features over 3,000 works which highlight the importance of black Brazilians in the creation of national culture, heritage and identity.
The Recife Passion Play is a free, high-quality production directed by Jose Pimentel and watched by over 100,000 people.
Tortas & Tortas, a Manaus patisserie specializing in sweet pies, is a an expanding business and a favorite with locals.
Botafogo Praia Shopping in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a beachfront mall with lots of Rio designer stores, a great food plaza and panoramic views of Sugarloaf Mountain.
The best Florianopolis hotels have great locations - not necessarily on the beach - and outstanding amenities. Learn about the top hotels in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Marajo is a Brazil island at the mouth of the Amazon River. The pororoca, wildlife, water buffalo and unique ceramics are some Marajo symbols.
Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso, one of the top cultural attractions in Manaus, Brazil, recreates a rubber estate from Brazil's Rubber Boom.
Copacabana beachfront hotels from Leme to Ipanema: find a place to stay right on one of the world's most famous beaches.
The antiques fair (Feira do Rio Antigo) on Rua do Lavradio, Lapa is one of the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro, every first Saturday of the month.
Círio de Nazaré is one of the largest Catholic processions in Brazil and in the world. About two million faithful join the Círio de Nazaré, which takes place in Belem, the capital of Para, on the second Sunday of October.
Brazil federal road conditions are updated regularly on the online map created by DNIT. Learn how to use it so you can plan your driving on Brazil federal highways.
Braseiro da Gavea is one of the best points for flirting and people watching in Baixo Gavea in Rio de Janeiro.