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    go up at Rio and see the beaches below

    by gwened Updated Mar 22, 2014

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    Favorite thing: when I go like to mingle with locals, as I speak Portuguese this is made easier. Once in Rio de Janeiro, I would go up to Nitoroi and the mountains by Sugar Loaf, there you have a wonderful eye view of the beaches below and my favorite Copacabana.

    This tour ascends Corcovado by cog wheel train through the Tijuca Forest, a place of exuberant beauty. Sugar Loaf mountain, one of the icons of Rio de Janeiro, It is located on a small peninsula in the entrance to Guanabara bay. Sugar Loaf mountain is 396 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level

    these pictures gives an idea.

    Fondest memory: the views are wonderful and the beaches seems like right in front of your eyes.

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    Botecos or Botequiems

    by Paul2001 Written Jul 30, 2013

    Favorite thing: Botecos are found all over Brazil and are what the Brazilians might call a local pub. They are located all over every city in Brazil and serve very cold beer at cheap prices. Rarely will you spend more that R$3 for a large beer (600ml). The beer is usually served very cold and the bottle will be placed in a plastic cover to keep it cold or three or more will be placed in a bucket of ice. In some places I was automatically given three bottles of beer in an ice bucket although I ordered just one beer. This does not mean you have to pay for all three but I assume they think you are going to drink that many. Personally I found these botecos very useful for I rarely wandered too far from hotel at night on account a safety reasons. Having one nearby meant that I could have a beer and read a book not too far from my hotel.

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    Favelas.

    by cachaseiro Written Feb 8, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Favela is the brazilian word for a slum area in a big city.
    r actually it's a discription for a community where the land has been taken over by people without permission.
    This is why yopu normally see the favelas situated on steep slopes where other people don't really wanna live.
    The favelas can be very poor and depressing and some of them are controlled by criminal gangs too.
    But don't forget that even if a favela is controlled by a criminal gang then the vast majority of the people living there are just poor people looking for a better future.
    Most of the inhabitants there come from the north east of Brazil where they have been driven away from where they used to live because of poverty and draught.
    In recent years the brazilian goverment has started to recognise the favelas as parts of the cities and not just leaving them as blank parts of the maps and some of them now have electricity, police stations and running water which is a vast improvement in what was just 10 years ago a very different thing.
    Visiting the favelas an still be quite risky to do on your own and if you woulod like to see one then you should go with one of the many companies organising favela tours.
    They can easily be located in Rio de Janeiro and to some extend also in other big cities in Brazil.

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    The cars run on alcohol.

    by cachaseiro Updated Aug 9, 2010

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    Favorite thing: In brazil most cars have two gas tanks.
    One small one for petrol to get the car started and a big one for alcohol.
    Alcohol is both a lot cheaper and less polluting than petrol so i think it´s a very cool thing that you can buy alcohol at the gas stations.
    It all started with the oil crisis in the 1970´s where Brazil decided that there was no reason to be so depending on foreign oil when cars can easily run on methanol prodused from sugar cane, which they have plenty of inn Brazil.
    One other very nice side effect this has is that the smog situation in Brazil is not nearly as bad as you would think of a country with so many mega cities.

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    Brazil: visa-free for Serbs and Russians

    by GyuriFT Written Jun 20, 2010

    Favorite thing: Good news:

    Brazil is visa-free for Russians since June 1, 2010 and so is Russia for Brazilians.
    Today, on June 20 2010 it was announced, Brazil and Serbia will end visa regime in near future.

    Who does not hate visas?

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    Costs in Brazil, April 2010

    by robine Written Apr 29, 2010

    Favorite thing: The following approximate prices apply to Rio, but won't be very different in SP. You can do your own conversion: the US$ is currently worth about Rs$ 1.76.

    A cheap meal in a cafe Rs$18 (one main dish + water or soft drink + service charge of 10%)
    A good meal in a restaurant but not luxury one From Rs$50
    A local beer in a bar Rs$4 (330 ml, draft)
    A local spirit in a bar or club From Rs$10
    A cheap but clean single room in a guesthouse or pension Maybe Rs$150 per night?
    A small, central apt to rent Perhaps Rs$ 2000 per month?
    Entrance to a museum very little - free, or c. Rs$5
    A botle of water in supermarket Rs$1.20
    A bus drive for 5 or 6 hours Not expensive

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    Costs in Brazil, April 2010

    by robine Written Apr 29, 2010

    Favorite thing: The following approximate prices apply to Rio, but won't be very different in SP. You can do your own conversion: the US$ is currently worth about Rs$ 1.76.

    A cheap meal in a cafe Rs$18 (one main dish + water or soft drink + service charge of 10%)
    A good meal in a restaurant but not luxury one From Rs$50
    A local beer in a bar Rs$4 (330 ml, draft)
    A local spirit in a bar or club From Rs$10
    A cheap but clean single room in a guesthouse or pension Maybe Rs$150 per night?
    A small, central apt to rent Perhaps Rs$ 2000 per month?
    Entrance to a museum very little - free, or c. Rs$5
    A botle of water in supermarket Rs$1.20
    A bus drive for 5 or 6 hours Not expensive

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  • Iguassu trip

    by marianalinhares Written Feb 24, 2010

    Favorite thing: Well, if you organize all your time you can. You want to go only for the brazilian falls? If yes you can also visit the bird park and Itaipu in the same day. But if you want to go to the argentinian falls, there's too much things to do, so you spend all the day there.

    To help you with the trip in Iguassu there's an hostel called Klein Hostel (http://www.kleinhostel.com/), who can help you with it and if you need you can stay there, it costs something like $30 per day and that's like your home. I really loved that place. But talking about air tickets I guess that you gotta do this in Rio, so I don't know how to help you, here's some great online agencies with promotions of air tickets, but it's in portuguese language: http://www.submarinoviagens.com.br/ and http://viagens.americanas.com.br/

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    Brazilian beer.

    by cachaseiro Updated Nov 7, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Brazilian beer tends to be refreching pilsner type beer that is great when it´s hot.
    it´s served ice cold.
    And when i say ice cold i really mean ice cold.
    It´s sometimes so cold that the beer freezes when the bottle is opend.
    You can get darker beer too though, devassa and zingu being the best ones.
    They are not that common though and you will most often end up with light pilsner style beers of brands like antarctica, brahma and skol.

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    If you need a farmacy.

    by cachaseiro Updated Nov 7, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Then you do not need to worry at all.
    Farmacies can be found on almost every street corner in Brazil.
    They aften double up as minimarkets too.
    I have never been to a country where there were so many farmacies and most things are sold directly over the counter, including several things that you would need a doctors prescription for in most european countries.

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    Tele novelas.

    by cachaseiro Updated Nov 7, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The brazilians love their tele novelas and if you know a bit about them then you can win many points and lot´s of respect from the locals.
    They are generally on late in the afternoon and the stories tend to deal with the every day life of the brazilians, so when you enter a place sometimes and find that it´s a little hard to be served then it´s quite possible that the girl behind the counter watching the latest episode of the favorite novela.

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    Brazilian music

    by cachaseiro Updated Nov 7, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Music is a very big part of Brazil.
    Samba,reggae,bossa nove,jazz,rock,frevo,pagode and lot's lot's more.
    You will still have the tunes in your head years after you have been there.
    One of my best freinds,Sergio Ferraz, is a jazz musician in Brazil.
    If you come across his band you should go and hear them if you are in to instrumental jazz.
    Their name is humani sonoris fabrica.
    You can hear their music on their website:
    www.sonorisfabrica.mus.br

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    Have a drink

    by cachaseiro Updated Nov 7, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Hanging out in the little beachbars is a must when you are in Brazil.
    They always have fresh coconuts in the freezer.
    You can have them plain or with alcohol inside.
    Both things taste great.
    Hanging out there, you are also bound to get a lot of new freinds and just like eating the local stuff is part of a travel experience, so is drinking the local stuff.

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    Beaches

    by cachaseiro Updated Nov 7, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Don't miss out on the beaches.
    They are not just great, but the brazilians really know how to make them a fun place to be.
    Unlike mosrt other countries the beaches are the center of the social life and therefor mostly full of people doing all sorts of things.
    The beaches in Brazil is for so much more than just tanning.

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    Don´t just rush through.

    by cachaseiro Updated Nov 7, 2009

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    Favorite thing: You should stay for a while in each place so you get to know the brazilians.
    They are the biggest attrction in Brazil and they are generally very curious about foreigners and love to hang out with you and invite you to whatever party they are heading for next.

    Fondest memory: That's difficult to say when you consider that Brazil has the best music, the best beaches and the most beautiful women in the world.

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