Sao Luis: Perfectly colonial

Some of the best colonial structures stand in Sao Luis and it has a thriving culture

General info about Sao Luis

The capital of the state of Maranhao, Sao Luis is a city that was created by French explorers in the 1600s and was occupied also by the Dutch. However, Sao Luis still exudes a Portuguese colonial appeal in its architecture. The facade of buildings is designed with azulejo tiles and the paths are made out of cobblestones. The perfect conditions of the buildings in Sao Luis make it a UNESCO world heritage site. The city is divided into 2 parts by a river of sorts. Sao Luis is very popular because of its unique culture as seen in its cuisine, its love for reggae music as well as popular festivals and customs that makes it a stand out city among the other Brazilian municipalities.

Accommodations in Sao Luis

There are two options for your accommodations in Sao Luis. First are the hotels in the Old Town. Since this is the main attraction of the area, many tourists prefer to stay in this area and it is practical because there are a number of hotels that are in a wide range of prices. You can go for budget to expensive in the old town. You can also check the beach for accommodations. However, the beach only offers pousadas and they are not at all cheap. If you prefer to stay there, you will certainly have some added amenities and features to enjoy your stay. Otherwise, go for a practical option. Some good hotel options are Mercure, Portas da Amazonia and Pestana Sao Luis.

Sao Luiz, Maranhao, Brazil - Marcela Beach

Activities in Sao Luis

Sao Luis is an amazing historic city and the Old Town should be one of your main objectives to visit in its entirety. Check out the many colonial houses in the area although some of them need quite a refurbishing to be restored to its proper look. You can also check the beaches but make sure to go there on the months where there is high tide which is mainly during spring. You should watch the performance of Bumba-meu-boi which is a tale of a bull in music, dance and storytelling.

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Tiradentes: A unique colonial town

A quiet town with a lot to give, Tiradentes is a great place to eat

General info about Tiradentes

Tiradentes is one of the smallest cities in Minas Gerais. However, small it may be, but it has some of the best preserved colonial infrastructures in Brazil. It has a population of about 6000 more or less and it is teeming with amazing architecture like the gold-filled Matriz church. Tiradentes is also very popular for food lovers since most especially during August since it is full of amazing food selections from regional restaurants and modern ones. The best way to experience the magnificence of the city of Tiradentes is by walking. Do not waste your gas since this is a great place to walk around.

Accommodations in Tiradentes

There are many pousadas in Tiradentes and they range from simple bed spaces to the more comfortable inns. You can also check out the nearby hotels and inns on nearby towns and cities. During holiday times and weekends, Tiradentes becomes very busy so if you are planning on visiting during these days (which is advisable); book your hotel as early as possible. There are some nice hotels in less touristy cities and it is very near so a little car ride will do the trick, otherwise, try to find a pousadas inside Tiradentes for more access to the events and a walking distance place to stay. Check out hotel options like Villa Allegra and Pequena Tiradentes.

Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Procession at a typical colonial street

Activities in Tiradentes

The highlight of Tiradentes is the collection of colonial buildings in its old town. You should visit the church, fountains, the museums, stone bridge and some other nice infrastructures in Tiradentes. You can also try small carriage tours which are a 1-hour ride across the city and some other special spots. You should also try trekking in the mountains of Serra de Sao Jose. In August, go for the Cultural and gastronomic festival. It is a very simple city, no beaches but it does have an allure that makes it a fantastic area to visit in this region in Brazil.

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Petropolis: The beauty of the Imperial City

If you want to see something royal and precious, go to Petropolis and be amazed

General info about Petropolis

Petropolis is known as the Imperial City of Brazil. The city is found in Rio de Janeiro and is nestled at the lush hills of Serra dos Orgaos. Petropolis is a very popular summer holiday spot. Aside from its amazing climate, here, you can see the summer palaces of former Brazilian Emperors. These palaces were turned into museums specializing in the imperial history of Brazil as well as some memorabilia. Around the 1830s, Petropolis was just a mere farmland but was developed by Emperor Dom Pedro I and then his son created a summer palace in this spot. Not long after that, Cathedrals and mansions were built all over this place and was called the Imperial City. You can travel to Petropolis on the road by riding a bus from Rio as well as other places like Brasilia and Sao Paulo.

Accommodations in Petropolis

There are a number of hotels and pousadas around Petropolis and they offer quite a nice service for travelers. Some of the hotels is just near the bus station so you would not have to worry about getting to the bus station late. There are some hotels that offer amazingly designed rooms that look antiquated and colonial. There are hotels that offer all you can eat breakfast so if you are a hungry traveler, take note of those details. There are some good pousadas that offer waterfalls and spring proximity so you can enjoy a nice time wading or bathing. Some good options are Riverside Park Hotel and Solar do Imperio.

Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Quintandinha

Activities in Petropolis

Of course you should see first what the hype is all about in Petropolis. Check out the palatial museum that offers great memorabilia from times past. Check the cathedral at Petropolis. Look at the crystal palace which is a green house that was given to Princess Isabela from France and was shipped to Brazil. You should go rafting as well as hiking while riding mountain bikes in Petropolis. Check out the stores and buy yourself some nice clothes and some good food.

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.

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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. 

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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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