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Pantanal North: A glimpse of Amazon

Pantanal North is a natural destination that will surely captivate your mind and environmental awareness

General info about Pantanal North

At the heart of South America, to the West of Brazil and extend to Bolivia and some parts of Paraguay, plays an important living system. Pantanal is a precious gem in the heart of South America and it is one of the biggest of not the biggest freshwater wetland ecosystems in the world. Extending from an area of around 145,000km2 to around 200,000km2 Pantanal is an important source of life to this area of the world and consequently the rest of the world. The home to more than 3000 species of animals and a dwelling place to exotic animals, Pantanal North are much influenced by the mighty Amazonia compared to the South which is influenced by the Chaco and Atlantic rainforest. Of course they do have differences but they are both impeccable and appealing.

Accommodations in Pantanal North

To stay in Pantanal, you should explore the fazendas and these are great locations to experience the beauty of Pantanal. They are owned by cattle herders and they are simple lodges that give good views to the rainforest. It is authentic scenery so it really adds up to the appeal and glory of Pantanal. You can go to other lodges but they do not have that authentic appeal thus they do not offer that much excitement compared to authentic fazendas. You are there for the experience so make sure to go for authenticity. How about Araras Lodge, Rio Mutum or Jaguar Research for some nice hotel options.

Pantanal North - Waterfall

Activities in Pantanal North

Seeing the inside of Pantanal North is like exploring the world at its best. Look at the many species of birds, insects and reptiles in Pantanal North and check out the amazing appeal of the broadleaf forest of the Amazon. Take pictures or better yet, capture the beauty of Pantanal in video. You will love the immaculate beauty of this location as different from anything else that the world could offer. There is much beauty in the world than just mere buildings and the natural system of Pantanal serves as a majestic symbol of the might nature and how we should preserve it.

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Porto de Galinhas: Discovering a nice getaway

You will love Porto de Galinhas as there are so many things to do here!

General info about Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas is a town in Pernambuco at the northeastern part of Brazil. This is a fantastic beach town and is a weekend getaway from the city of Recife. It has amazing reefs and it is generally a pleasant area to visit if you are in need of some underwater adventure. The place is teeming with amazing accommodations. It has a very laidback and pleasant atmosphere and is just a fun and amazing place to go to recharge and relax. Porto de Galinhas is quite small so walking around is the best way to travel in this place. You can reach Porto de Galinhas from Recife by taxi or by bus.

Accommodations in Porto de Galinhas

The accommodations in Porto de Galinhas range from posadas to 5 start hotels. There are great pousadas that you can take advantage of because some of them are really spacious for family usage instead of having a massive room in a hotel that could cost so much more. The pousadas are usually in strategic locations around Porto de Galinhas so you are sure that you will get a pleasant view of the sea. If you wish to go high end, there are 5 start hotels that can attend to your luxury needs. This is a great location for exciting experiences so splurge all you want because you deserve it. Check out options like Dorisol Porto De Galinhas, Solar Porto De Galinhas, Summerville and Nannai Resort.

Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil - Aereal view of the beach w reefs

Activities in Porto de Galinhas

The most glamorous things can be done in Porto de Galinhas. You can go swimming, check the reefs on a low tide (authorization required), watch surfers, go to a Caribbean-style island, rent a boat, ride a buggy and just enjoy the sun and the waves. You should also go by the beach to eat some of the scrumptious barbecued seafood and meats. Check out the streets for some nice arts and crafts that you can buy as a souvenir of your stay here in Porto de Galinhas.

Learn more about Porto de Galinhas: List of hotels, tours, packages and much more!

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Top Do’s in Rio de Janeiro Carnival

So how to best leverage your participation in the Rio de Janeiro Carnival? Here are some great suggestions:

1. Book yourself ahead. The festival attracts a lot of of people all over the world. So it is possible that most of the accommodation options, especially near the Sambadrome, where the performances are held, and also the cheapest ones, are going to be fully booked before you know it. Airfares are also less expensive if you buy that in advance.

Websites such as http://www.brazilbookers.com can already sell you the tickets at least a year to four months before the actual event. Also, you can easily pick the airfare, your choice of accommodation, tours and transfers and customize your own package. This way you will have more time to plan what you are going to do once you reach Rio de Janeiro. You will probably have a lot of questions and the knowledgeable specialists will always be there to help you, by phone or email.

2. Get a costume. You can surely watch the dances on the sidelines, either on the benches or on the ground, but if you truly want to experience the carnival, then you should aspire to become one of the dancers. And you can do so by buying a costume.

Along with the tickets, the dresses will also be sold online, at http://www.brazilbookers.com and the pictures will be there so you can just choose the kind of dress you want to wear. A sort of options will be available. This will be your pass, so you can join the samba schools, most of them belonging to the access group that parades on Saturday. Costumes for the Special league parade on Sunday and Monday will also be available. Yes, you will have the opportunity to dance on the platform and to the unique samba beat and in front of millions of people – a once in a lifetime experience.

Carnival in Rio de Janiero, Brazil - Flag bearer at the samba parade

3. Forget about renting a car. It will save you time and hassle if you’re just use the subway, public buses or by taxi when you’re already in the city, especially if you’re going to watch the Rio de Janeiro Carnival parade. You will hardly ever find the parking lot around the area, as most remaining space would probably be converted into a party area. Rio de Janeiro is well provided in terms of public transportation and all the main attractions are easily accessible, including the Sambadrome, so you really don`t have to worry.

4. Bring along your friends. Travelling alone may be a great experience. It’s easy for you to meet a lot of new friends, especially in Rio de Janeiro during the Carnival. But it’s still different when you get the chance to share the entire experience with your loved ones. Besides, a lot of travel agencies can offer discounts in travel packages when you decide to go to Brazil with a group. Even if you come only in 2 the price per person will be much less expensive. You can also have someone to share the experiences and expenses with, making the entire trip more affordable and pleasant for you at the end.

5. Watch a samba school rehearsal. There are a number of performers in the Rio Janeiro Carnival that come from the various samba schools, access and special league, and the carnival is all about the competition among these schools. So you can have the opportunity to spend a lot of time dancing, or simply stand there and watch - the drums, the music, and the beautiful people will really catch your attention. They give their hearts to the Carnival. Expose yourself to these samba schools and learn some basic movements! The best thing is that, even if you are not able to watch the parades by any chance; you can always go to any samba school rehearsal and learn some moves before you fly back to your country.

6. Roam around. If you have the time to visit Rio de Janeiro only, don’t miss out the Scala balls, and the different bars and nightclubs around the city, not to mention the countless street parties. You can literally spend 5 sleepless nights in Rio. But don’t limit yourself to one place. If you have a little more time, you can head on to the beaches around Rio, or the historical towns such as Salvador or Recife, very well known for their street Carnival as well. Or even the Amazon if you are a nature lover! Explore as much as possible about Brazil and its culture during the Carnival period. 

More information about Carnival !

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Porto Alegre: A peaceful city

Porto Alegre is all about beautiful women, great books and a rich culture

General info about Porto Alegre

The biggest city by the south of Brazil and the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre is a flourishing city with impeccable literacy and economic advantage. It is also the city that merges the diverse cultures of Portuguese, Spanish, Platinian and Brazilian cultures. It is where many Brazilian consider the most beautiful women in Brazil are. It could only mean that the concept of beauty in Brazil is not only based on looks but also based on literacy and independence. It is a place of great revolutionaries and at the present time, it’s a peaceful city filled with amazing energy and its economy is service based.

Porto Alegre, Rio GRande do Sul, Brazil - City Park

Accommodations in Porto Alegre

Since Porto Alegre is undoubtedly a massive city, there is no denying that this place is teeming with amazing hotels that can fit the budget of every traveler. If you are a backpacker, then do not worry. There are some good budget hotels that offer basic room amenities and some others offer breakfast and much more. Prices are very cheap so you can rally stretch the value of your vacation money. For those who know how to splurge and spend on amazing hotels, there are amazing luxury hotels in Porto Alegre. If you are on a business trip or you were invited to stay in Porto Alegre, choose these hotels, it is a great experience staying in one of Porto Alegre’s amazing hotel offerings. Some good options are Blue Tree Millenium, Plaza Sao Rafael and Sheraton four Points.

Activities in Porto Alegre

This city is filled with urban parks with lakes in them, churches, museums and establishments. You should also check out some great deals on books in October at the book fair since the prices for some rare books and new ones are in a very low price. You should also check the central market and shopping malls for some supplies, fresh food and great prices. Restaurants are also very popular here so choose from budget ones, and maybe splurge on one of the more expensive restaurants for balance.

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Hotel Accommodation in Rio

7 Things You Need to Remember when Reserving your Room.

Here’s the good news: there are several choices for your accommodation in Rio. The bad news is that if you don’t choose the right room, you may end up spending more in the end or not taking the best out of your investment.

To avoid making the booking of your accommodation in Rio an unpleasant experience, take note of these 7 tips:

1. Book ahead. Don’t wait until the last week before the carnival to start booking your room. In fact, it’s recommended that you do so at least 4 months, or even a year before your trip. You must remember that it’s going to be peak season there in Rio de Janeiro, and thousands of people from all over the world would like to be there too.

Reserving a room in advance also allows you to be more prepared for your trip. You can spend the rest of the months checking out the best places to go to and activities to add to your package rather than looking for a place to stay.

There’s also a huge possibility to take advantage of the hotels special rates and even the early bird discounts.

Hotel Accommodation in Rio - Copacabana View

2. Know where you are going to stay. Your needs do matter, so don’t book a hotel just because it’s cheap. For example, if you have a baby with you, it’s important that the accommodation offers child-proofing kits such as plug covers or balcony rails to avoid any accident. A couple would perhaps be happy to find room service as one of the provisions of the accommodation since they do value their privacy. Or even a balcony with great view to the sea is a must for you.

3. Pick one that gives you instant access. Though there are a lot of transportation modes in the country, not all of them would be ideal once the carnival begins. Taxis and cars are almost useless since the streets can get pretty crowded, and there’s too much traffic. Buses are unsafe when you’re travelling at night, while there are only few subway lines available. Of course you will need to use that anyway, but it is recommendable to avoid any kind of transportation and walk.

So it is essential to choose an accommodation that is very close to what is really important for you. For example, the beach, the Sambadrome, where the samba parades are held, or the clubs, such as Scala Rio where the best carnival balls are staged. Of course, it would be an added bonus if you’re near several attractions or landmarks of the city, but usually the hotels are located close to the beach, in the downtown area or a little further, like Barra da Tijuca, and you definitely need transportation to visit the main attractions.

4. Know how much you’re willing to spend. You have to be aware that it’s a common practice in Rio de Janeiro to charge you an additional 10 to 15 percent for every room you’re going to reserve. It’s also natural to pay a service fee when you’re dining out in restaurants. If you really want to cut down the costs, it may be wise to consider apartments, hostels, and bed and breakfasts, before hotels.

5. Find out about its reputation. It’s normal for the hotel management to speak highly of their services and amenities they have to offer. That’s how they attract guests. However, if you want to know if they are true to their claims, you need to read several reviews before making a reservation. 

List of hotels for all budgets!

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Making your choice among all the Rio Accommodation Options

Finding the perfect accommodation that suits your style and budget during Carnival.

Unless you know someone who can take care of you in during your trip to Brazil, for free of course, then you will definitely need to look for the right kind of accommodation. The good news is that you do have a sort of options:

Hotels

If you do not mind spending a good amount of money on your accommodation, then you should stay in any of the luxury hotels that are all around the city. They do offer a sort of amenities and are known for their excellent customer service, making it worth every penny spent.

Some of them give you excellent views of the city and its beautiful beaches, and others may also feature rooftop restaurants that provide you great food with a view that can give you an idea of the vastness of the ocean. You can also wake up into the sounds and sights of other attractions that are within Rio de Janeiro.

Moreover, if you can get to stay at Copacabana Palace Hotel, you can have immediate access to one of the most anticipated balls in the country: the magic ball. This is the only carnival ball that most of the well-known personalities participate in the country.

Hostels

If you are running out of a budget, or you are travelling as a group, you can definitely go cheap with the hostels. They are definitely way smaller than the hotels, and it is common for you to share the room with other guests. However, comfort does not diminish when you choose this kind of accommodation.

Hostels have greatly improved the facilities and the guests can take advantage of that. First, you can already have your own luggage storage or safety deposit box where you can keep all your valuable things. They feature a mixed dorm where a large group composed of as many as 10 people can stay. Moreover, since it is more oriented to the younger travellers, there are passes and informational brochures on pubs, nightclubs, and other scheduled events during the carnival season. They also do not implement curfews anymore.

Rio Carnaval Samba float at the parade

Apartments

If you are staying in the city for a long time such as for a month or so, it is a good idea to rent an apartment. They can also come in different forms. The luxury apartments, including your own butler; the middle-class apartment may have 24-hour security, as well as the budget most accommodation providing just your basic needs. It depends on your budget, but if you are going to compare how much you are going to spend if you stay at a hotel, you will save a lot of money if you get an apartment.

Bed and Breakfast

With a bed and breakfast accommodation, you will hardly miss home. This is just the cosiest place that you could be while staying in the Carnival city. As the name suggests, you can wake up with a homemade breakfast buffet prepared by the owner of the property. You can also have peace and privacy since the number of rooms is very limited. The only issue is that they are usually found a little further from the beach, and also from the subway stations. So you would probably need to take a bus or even a cab to get somewhere.

Various packages and tours around the Marvelous City!

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