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Ten reasons why you should visit Brazil.
Sorvete Italia is one of the best ice cream shops in Rio de Janeiro, with several franchises in most touristic districts.
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.
Find Brazil nude beaches where the principles of true naturism are observed.
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.
Learn the abbreviations for Brazilian states and Federal District.
The Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil's top attractions. Read about the Sugarloaf cable car, its hours and ticket prices.
Recife-born and -based food writer Diogo Carvalho shares tips on favorite places to eat in Recife, Olinda, Porto de Galinhas and Noronha.
A list of Rio de Janeiro's top 10 restaurants by specialty, ranging from upscale to casual.
Ten things Brazil travelers can do to enjoy the natural beauty of Iguassu Falls and the surrounding area to the fullest.
A Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide with tips about the best of Rio attractions.
Driving in Brazil - Safety information for travelers. Things you need to know about traffic in Brazil before you rent a car.
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.
Brazil visa extensions must be applied for at Brazil's Federal Police. Learn how to apply for a Brazil visa extension.
Despite reassuring reports issued regularly by water providers, the consumption of filtered or bottled mineral water is widespread in Brazil.
Havaianas, the best-loved flip flops from Brazil.
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.
The 12 best tourist attractions in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.
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.
Fading Away is a Brazilian documentary about parental alienation directed by Alan Minas and released in 2009.
What documents do you need to drive in Brazil? Read about the 2010 resolution concerning driver licenses for tourists in 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.
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.
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.
What you need to know when you visit the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Discover Sao Paulo's best churrascarias in the rodizio (continuous serving) category.
Brazil Postal Codes - How to find Brazil postal codes in the Correios (Brazil Postal Service) website when you have a street address.
Learn what Brazil travel requirements are for children - including Brazil visas, vaccination and special authorizations necessary to enter Brazil.
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.
Learn about the Brazilian Ministry of Health standards for yellow fever vaccination prior to Brazil travel.
Senhor Bom Jesus do Bonfim Church is one of the top attractions in Salvador and the site of a major Afro-Brazilian syncretism event: the Washing of the Steps.
The Nation's Pantheon is a building in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, dedicated to honoring the memory of national heroes. Designed by architec Oscar Niemeyer, the Nation's Pantheon is located on Praca dos Tres Poderes.
Brigadeiros, or chocolate fudge truffles, are what Brazilian kids expect to find at birthday parties.
Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano, a top cultural attraction in Sao Paulo, lures visitors with its art collection, garden and performances.
The LGBT Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil is the largest in the world.
Tambaba, in Conde, is one of the best naturist (and non-naturist) beaches in Brazil. Learn about its attractions and places to stay.
A guide to great seafood restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, from budget to sophisticated.
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.
Campeche Island (Ilha do Campeche), an ecological haven off the coast of Florianopolis, is open to controlled visitation. Here's a guide.
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.
Padaria Italianinha, the oldest Italian bakery in the Bixiga/Bela Vista district in Sao Paulo, makes great filone di pane, sweets, antipasti and more.
Prepare your pet's documents and carrier for Brazil travel.
Antiquarius set a new standard for Portuguese cuisine when it opened in the 1970s, and it's still one of Rio's best restaurants.
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.
Basic information for the visitor to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A Chapa, a traditional restaurant with four stores in Sao Paulo, is famous for its cheeseburgers, veggie and breadless burgers.
The Monument to the Bandeiras (by Victor Brecheret) at Ibirapuera Park is a highly symbolic Sao Paulo landmark.
Marajo is a Brazil island at the mouth of the Amazon River. The pororoca, wildlife, water buffalo and unique ceramics are some Marajo symbols.
Catupiry is a kind of cream cheese made in Brazil.
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.
Learn how to make a collect call from any telephone in Brazil.
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.
The Meeting of Traditional Cultures in Chapada dos Veadeiros is a festive time to visit a top ecotourism destination in Brazil.
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.
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.
Browse this list of Brazilian bikini and swimsuit designer websites featuring the latest Brazil beachwear collections.
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.
Bombinhas, in Santa Catarina, is one of the top beach destinations in Brazil, with great beaches for families, diving and natural attractions.
Images from the São Paulo skyline taken from Terraço Itália, a restaurant at the top of Edifício Itália.
Highlights of Brazil in July, with an overview of weather, holidays, and events.
Alexandre Macieira/Riotur. View full-size The Sugarloaf cable car, one of the top touristic attractions in Rio de Janeiro, has some changes in place for
Liberdade, the Japanese district in São Paulo, Brazil, is a great place to experience Korean and Chinese cultures as well.
Information for travelers about February in Brazil, with an overview of weather, holidays and events.
Information for travelers about January in Brazil, with an overview of weather, holidays and events.
Casarao de Minas, in Nova Friburgo, doubles as a food market and one of the city's best spots for happy hour.
Reveillon do Morro celebrates New Year's Eve atop Sugarloaf and Morro da Urca in Rio. Read about the upcoming party.
Praia do Campeche, one of the best beaches in Florianopolis, has great surf, budget pousadas, a party scene, and ties to writer Saint-Exupery.
Salvador's luxury and boutique hotels are an obvious sign of the city's great strides in luxury travel.
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.
The Inhotim Art Institute and Botanical Garden, in Brumadinho, is one of the top attractions near Belo Horizonte and in Brazil.
Bar Luiz, founded in 1887, is Rio de Janeiro's oldest bar. Located in Historic Downtown Rio, Bar Luiz is open long hours every day except Sunday.
X-Tudo is a Brazil cheese burger with several toppings, ranging from reasonably-sized to eat-it-if-you-can challenges.
Brazilian money - learn about the currency in Brazil - the real - and its anti-counterfeit features.
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.
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.
Azul is Brazil's newest airline. Find out about Azul, its current flights, and growth plans.
Sao Paulo has a vehicle rotation system, according to license plate number, to reduce the number of vehicles at peak traffic hours.
Shopping in Rio's Saara is more than just shopping - it's an immersive experience in local color and atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
Guaruja is a top beach destination in Brazil and one of the best day and weekend trips from Sao Paulo. Discover its attractions.
Farofa is a dish made with toasted manioc flour and complements. It's also a Brazilian slang term.
Brazil beach safety tips are all the more important on deserted beaches where there are no life guards.
Tapioca - in Brazil, the term refers to a kind of pancake made with manioc starch and water, then filled with different ingredients such as cheese or bananas.
Oktoberfest Blumenau is the largest Oktoberfest in Brazil. Here's a guide to Oktoberfest Blumenau 2014.
The sloth sanctuary in Ilheus, Southern Bahia, (Centro de Reabilitacao Reserva Zoobotanica)
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.
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.
Photos of the Brazilian National Indian Festival in Bertioga, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photographer: Renata de Brito, from Prefeitura Municipal de Bertioga. Page 4.
Copacabana beachfront hotels from Leme to Ipanema: find a place to stay right on one of the world's most famous beaches.
JK Iguatemi, opened in mid-2012, is Sao Paulo's new ultimate spot for luxurious shopping. Learn about its attractions.
Goiabada is a sweet made from guavas, known in English as guava paste or guava marmelade.
Highlights of Brazil in June, with an overview of weather, holidays, and events.
A Trancoso travel guide with tips about Trancoso beaches, accommodations, tours, restaurants, nightlife and New Year's Eve.
Brazil confirmed a visa exemption for HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region)passport holders for visits of up to 90 days. The measure came into effect on October 22, 2008 and honors a 2005 visa exemption agreement between Brazil and HKSAR.
Gramado Zoo, with an outstanding record in animal well-being, is one of the top attractions in Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul.
A list of countries whose nationals are exempted from a Brazil tourist visa, but need to apply for a Brazil business visa.
Clinica Galdino Campos, in Rio de Janeiro, has a multi-lingual team and specializes in traveler's health.
A guide to Amazon jungle lodges in Brazil.
Boipeba, on Bahia's Dende Coast, is one of Brazil's most attractive and peaceful coastal destinations and an ecological haven.
Information for travelers about April in Brazil, with an overview of weather, holidays and events.
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.
The Gramado Tourism Festival (Festuris), held in one of Brazil's best mountain destinations, is a top tourism trade fair.
Getting around Rio de Janeiro by bus is practical and easy. Here are some tips for Brazil travelers getting around Rio by bus.
Guide Morro de Sao Paulo, a picturesque village on Tinhare Island, south of Salvador, Brazil.
Caminho da Fe, or the Walk of Faith, is a walking and cycling pilgrimage route in Brazil inspired in the Camino de Santiago
In Brazil, a motel is a short-stay hotel which affords couples privacy for sexual encounters.
How to get to Praia do Forte, one of Bahia's top beach destinations, from Salvador.
Sabara, Brazil has Baroque churches, colonial streets, and food as some of its top attractions.
Find hotels and accommodations in Armação dos Búzios, or simply Búzios, Brazil, in this guide with hotels and pousadas listed by beach.
Palm Beach, a shopping gallery on Rua Dias Ferreira, in Baixo Leblon, is one of the charming spots for boutique shopping in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Carnival in Olinda, Pernambuco, is one of the most popular in Brazil. During Carnival in Olinda and neighboring Recife, throngs fill up historic streets as they dance to frevo, maracatu and other rhythms until late Ash Wednesday. Giant puppets are a signature trait of Olinda Carnival.
A list of public clinics in Rio de Janeiro where travelers can get free yellow fever vaccination.
A travel planner for a budget weekend in Rio de Janeiro - where to stay, what to do, sightseeing, restaurants and attractions.
Santa Teresa stands out among Rio de Janeiro districts with its hilltop location, historic sites, charming B&Bs and bohemian vibe.
Frevo, a unique form of Brazilian artistic expression, is on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Definition of queijo de coalho, Brazil.
MAM Rio, one of the top cultural attractions in Rio de Janeiro, has over 15,000 works
Theatro da Paz, in Belém, is a top cultural attraction in the Brazilian Amazon with a great annual opera festival.
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.
One of the companies offering riverboat tours of the Brazilian Amazon is Rainforest Cruises.
Parque Lage, near the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, is another verdant getaway with lots of history.
The best Florianopolis hotels have great locations - not necessarily on the beach - and outstanding amenities. Learn about the top hotels in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Holy Week and Easter in Brazil - read about celebrations and travel planning.
Information about blue and white pottery made in Monte Sião, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Learn about Brazil traffic and road signs. See the official list with all the 10 categories of traffic and road signs in Brazil.
A review of goPortuguese, a Brazilian Portuguese language program by Simon & Schuster, based on the Pimsleur Method.
Information for travelers about March in Brazil, with an overview of weather, holidays and events.
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.
Travel information about Brazil in May, including an overview of May weather, holidays, and events.
The Festival of the Holy Ghost, or Festa do Divino, is celebrated all over Brazil. However, some cities host outstanding festivities with regional folkloric elements that have made them attractive to travelers from Brazil and abroad. The Festival of the Holy Ghost marks the descent of the Holy Ghost upon Jesus Christ's apostles and is usually commemorated 50 days after Easter.
Find charming boutique hotels, pousadas, and guesthouses in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, one of the best island and beach destinations in Brazil.
Watch 10 of the best Salvador Carnival music videos on YouTube
Caracol Waterfall, in the Caracol State Park in Canela, is widely considered one of the most beautiful falls in Brazil.
Poco Azul - Top Attractions in Chapada Diamantina, Brazil
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.
EasyPortuguese.com, a free online Portuguese tutorial, is a valuable resource for Brazil travelers featuring plenty of sound files, useful expressions and vocabulary lists.
Ziriguidum - definition, examples and pronunciation of this Brazil samba term.
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 fight against the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism in Brazil.
How the orelhão (big ear), designed by architect Chu Ming Silveira, became a Brazilian icon.
Bonsai/Ikebana show at Brazil-Japan Cultural Week, Sao Paulo, part of the celebrations of the Centennial of Japanese Immigration in Brazil. Page 10.
Keep track of daily US dollar-Brazilian real exchange rates online.
Bahia is Brazil's top destination for humpback whale watching. Discover the Whale Coast in Bahia, Brazil.
The Metropolitan Cathedral in Brasilia is an architectural wonder containing works by other masters, as well as a place of worship.
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.
Pirao is usually a kind of gravy made from fish stew juices, to be served as a side dish.
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.
The main Rio de Janeiro 2014 Carnival Parades (Special Group) will be on March 2 and 3. Learn about the