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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.
Learn the abbreviations for Brazilian states and Federal District.
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.
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.
What you need to know when you visit the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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.
The 12 best tourist attractions in Curitiba, Parana, 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.
What documents do you need to drive in Brazil? Read about the 2010 resolution concerning driver licenses for tourists in Brazil.
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.
Browse this list of Brazilian bikini and swimsuit designer websites featuring the latest Brazil beachwear collections.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Basic information for the visitor to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Learn about the Brazilian Ministry of Health standards for yellow fever vaccination prior to Brazil travel.
Learn what Brazil travel requirements are for children - including Brazil visas, vaccination and special authorizations necessary to enter Brazil.
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.
A Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide with tips about the best of Rio attractions.
Brazil Postal Codes - How to find Brazil postal codes in the Correios (Brazil Postal Service) website when you have a street address.
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.
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.
Discover Sao Paulo's best churrascarias in the rodizio (continuous serving) category.
Getting around Rio de Janeiro by bus is practical and easy. Here are some tips for Brazil travelers getting around Rio by bus.
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.
Caminho da Fe, or the Walk of Faith, is a walking and cycling pilgrimage route in Brazil inspired in the Camino de Santiago
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.
Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará, is a top Brazil beach destination and a gateway to some of the country's most stunning coastal landscapes.
Antiquarius set a new standard for Portuguese cuisine when it opened in the 1970s, and it's still one of Rio's best restaurants.
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.
A guide to Amazon jungle lodges in Brazil.
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.
A guide to great seafood restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, from budget to sophisticated.
Santa Teresa stands out among Rio de Janeiro districts with its hilltop location, historic sites, charming B&Bs and bohemian vibe.
Guide Morro de Sao Paulo, a picturesque village on Tinhare Island, south of Salvador, Brazil.
Learn how to make a collect call from any telephone in Brazil.
Brigadeiros, or chocolate fudge truffles, are what Brazilian kids expect to find at birthday parties.
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.
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.
Paixão de Cristo, the Passion Play in Nova Jerusalém, Pernambuco, Brazil, takes place every year during Easter Week.
JK Iguatemi, opened in mid-2012, is Sao Paulo's new ultimate spot for luxurious shopping. Learn about its attractions.
Passos, or Steps, are tiny chapels - self-standing or embedded in colonial constructions, that open once a year during Holy Week rituals in Brazil.
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.
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 Inhotim Art Institute and Botanical Garden, in Brumadinho, is one of the top attractions near Belo Horizonte and in Brazil.
Farofa is a dish made with toasted manioc flour and complements. It's also a Brazilian slang term.
Catupiry is a kind of cream cheese made in Brazil.
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.
Brazilian money - learn about the currency in Brazil - the real - and its anti-counterfeit features.
Information for travelers about April in Brazil, with an overview of weather, holidays and events.
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.
Guaruja is a top beach destination in Brazil and one of the best day and weekend trips from Sao Paulo. Discover its attractions.
The sloth sanctuary in Ilheus, Southern Bahia, (Centro de Reabilitacao Reserva Zoobotanica)
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).
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.
Liberdade, the Japanese district in São Paulo, Brazil, is a great place to experience Korean and Chinese cultures as well.
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.
Parque Lage, near the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, is another verdant getaway with lots of history.
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.
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.
Salvador's luxury and boutique hotels are an obvious sign of the city's great strides in luxury travel.
Discover Maracana, in Rio de Janeiro, one of the host stadiums in FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Arena Pernambuco, one of the host stadiums in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Azul is Brazil's newest airline. Find out about Azul, its current flights, and growth plans.
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.
In Brazil, a motel is a short-stay hotel which affords couples privacy for sexual encounters.
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).
X-Tudo is a Brazil cheese burger with several toppings, ranging from reasonably-sized to eat-it-if-you-can challenges.
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 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.
Alcantara, in Maranhao, is a colonial town which can be reached by boat from Sao Luis, the state capital. Old architecture, folk culture and museums are some attractions in Alcantara.
Cacau Show, the world's largest fine chocolate chain, has hundreds of shops in Brazil. Read about Cacau Show and find a store.
Marajo is a Brazil island at the mouth of the Amazon River. The pororoca, wildlife, water buffalo and unique ceramics are some Marajo symbols.
View photos of Lencois Maranhenses National Park, one of Brazil top natural attractions. Page 12.
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.
Learn about Brazil traffic and road signs. See the official list with all the 10 categories of traffic and road signs in Brazil.
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.
The International Fishing Festival (FIP) in Cáceres, Mato Grosso, a popular fishing destination in Pantanal, is the largest of its kind in the world. Besides the in
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.
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.
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.
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A travel planner for a budget weekend in Rio de Janeiro - where to stay, what to do, sightseeing, restaurants and attractions.
Information about blue and white pottery made in Monte Sião, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Goiabada is a sweet made from guavas, known in English as guava paste or guava marmelade.
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.
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.
Important facts about the 2007/2008 yellow fever outbreak in Brazil.
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.
The Amazonas Opera Festival is an annual event which has taken place at Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil since 1996.
How to get to Praia do Forte, one of Bahia's top beach destinations, from Salvador. Page 4.
The world's largest cashew tree in easy to get to from Pirangi do Norte, a beach in Parnamirim, near Natal, Brazil. Page 8.
The fight against the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism in Brazil.
Blumenau, in Santa Catarina, is a thriving city which retains the picturesque atmosphere of its European roots, especially German. The Blumenau Oktoberfest is the largest in Brazil.
A Trancoso travel guide with tips about Trancoso beaches, accommodations, tours, restaurants, nightlife and New Year's Eve.
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.
Pelourinho, the famous historical district in Salvador, has several places to stay, from boutique hotels to charming and affordable pousadas.
Discover the Great Brazil Express, Brazil's luxury train in Parana.
MAM Rio, one of the top cultural attractions in Rio de Janeiro, has over 15,000 works
Air travel safety in Brazil: information for travelers about what has changed in air travel safety in Brazil since the two largest plane crashes in Brazilian history happened within less than a year. Information about measures taken at Congonhas airport, site of the TAM Flight 3054 crash.
Porto da Barra, in Salvador, is one of the best-known urban beaches in the world.
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 best Florianopolis hotels have great locations - not necessarily on the beach - and outstanding amenities. Learn about the top hotels in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Praia do Campeche, one of the best beaches in Florianopolis, has great surf, budget pousadas, a party scene, and ties to writer Saint-Exupery.
A review of goPortuguese, a Brazilian Portuguese language program by Simon & Schuster, based on the Pimsleur Method.
Le Pre Catelan at Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, one of the best restaurants in Brazil, serves haute cuisine by chef Roland Villard in a boldly designed area overlooking the beach.
Copacabana beachfront hotels from Leme to Ipanema: find a place to stay right on one of the world's most famous beaches.
Nativo, one of the most attractive spots in Barra da Tijuca, is a beachfront restaurant serving varied food, brownies and, on weekends, authentic acaraje.
Braseiro da Gavea is one of the best points for flirting and people watching in Baixo Gavea in Rio de Janeiro.
Boipeba, on Bahia's Dende Coast, is one of Brazil's most attractive and peaceful coastal destinations and an ecological haven.
Belo Horizonte travel guide for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, from About.com Brazil Travel.
The Rio Art Museum, opened on March 1, 2013 - Rio's 448th anniversary - is a top cultural attraction in the revitalized Portuary Zone.
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.
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.
Get real time Sao Paulo traffic reports online from CET, Sao Paulo's Traffic Engineering Company.
The Recife Passion Play is a free, high-quality production directed by Jose Pimentel and watched by over 100,000 people.
Sao Paulo has a vehicle rotation system, according to license plate number, to reduce the number of vehicles at peak traffic hours.
Salgueiro is a samba school from Rio's North Side. Read about Salgueiro and its plans for the next Carnival.
The Itaunas Forró Festival is a winter event in Itaunas, a Brazil beach famous for its sand dunes and forró.
The top Oktoberfests in Brazil are hosted by the southern states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, which have the strongest German influence in Brazil. Oktoberfest in Blumenau, SC, is one of the world's largest outside Germany.
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.
A Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden photo gallery by Patricia Ribeiro, About.com Guide to Brazil Travel.
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Shopping in Rio's Saara is more than just shopping - it's an immersive experience in local color and atmosphere.
Restaurante por quilo, also known as comida a quilo, is a Brazilian buffet restaurant in which you weigh your plate and only pay for what you choose.
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.
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.
Frevo, a unique form of Brazilian artistic expression, is on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Farol da Barra (Barra Lighthouse) is how the Nautical Museum of Bahia at the Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Barra Lighthouse is commonly referred to.
Amir, in Copacabana, started as a deli. Word of mouth helped it transition into an award-winning restaurant serving Middle Eastern food.
Photos of the International Museum of Naive Art of Brazil, located by the access to the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Church of Our Lady of Candelaria in central Rio de Janeiro is one of the city's most significant religious and historical landmarks.
Information for travelers about February in Brazil, with an overview of weather, holidays and events.
Imbituba, in Santa Catarina, is one the best beach destinations in Brazil for whale watching, surfing, windsurfing,and kitesurfing. Imbituba, formerly a whaling town, has been home to the Southern Right Whale Project since 2000 and it's part of Brazil's APA da Baleia Franca, or the Southern Right Whale Environment Preservation Area.