Brazil Favorites

  • A boteco in Belo Horizonte
    A boteco in Belo Horizonte
    by Paul2001
  • far off the beaches and islands
    far off the beaches and islands
    by gwened
  • way over try to see too far ahead
    way over try to see too far ahead
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Brazil Favorites

  • Parks and nature

    São Paulo Favorites

    Despite being an ocean of concrete, São Paulo is filled with majestic trees and large green spaces. Many of its streets, particularly in the Jardins district, are lined with trees. When I visited in early January, São Paulo was abundant with tropical trees blossoming with flowers of various colours. Attached are photos showing examples of such...

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  • THE BLACK RIVER..... Rio Negro

    Manaus Favorites

    staying up late, the smell of the Jungle, the noises strange but intriguing. the Sunsets and Sunrise...sometimes the bloody Mosquitos ruined everything they are the real killers on the Amazon and the Jungle, protect yourself...Malaria is one bite away I hope the old pic conveys the atmosphere

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  • Avenida Paulista and business

    São Paulo Favorites

    Sao Paulo stinks.!!! It's without a doubt one of the worst places to visit and live I've ever been to. IIf you HAVE to go there I'm sorry. Do it and get out quickly. feel extremely sorry for the millions of people trapped in it. Sao Paulo is a pile of filth, pollution and poverty that's is growing without control, consuming resources and polluting...

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  • Downtown Manaus

    Manaus Favorites

    The Opera House, The Amazonas theatre was inaugurated on December 31st 1896, and it is the most important architectonic building from the prosperous rubber period and main artistic cultural patrimony of the Amazonas State. On the outside of the building, the dome is covered with 36,000 decorated ceramic tiles painted in the colors of the national...

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  • X - Miscellaneous or not relevant

    São Paulo Favorites

    Street names are a fascinating slice of culture. It is common, in São Paulo, to find that street names share a common theme. In the Jardins side of Paulista, several streets are named after cities in the state: Santos is the main port, Jaú is a leather working city in the west as is Franca, Campinas is the second largest city in SP and so...

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  • Rainforest

    Manaus Favorites

    the Rainforest will surprise and dazzle you with it's Flora and Fauna. halfday or daytrips into the Rainforest can be booked in Manaus Tree Orchids I have seen in abundance, the finest Flowers one can imagine. a fortune worth on the open markets.

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  • MASP and museums

    São Paulo Favorites

    *****What I miss most about SP, jeez, do we have that long?! But here's my favorite elevator view of all time...looking southward, you can see just how darn close we were to the renowned Parque Ibirapuera (the biiiig sea of green out there, with the obelisk as a visible point of reference.)*****

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  • I‘ve visited Tabatinga during...

    Manaus Favorites

    I‘ve visited Tabatinga during the 80s. Tabatinga's original market, featured in these images, has been demolished and replaced by a more functional concrete building. Goods for sale include fruits and nuts, fish, vegetables, rice, sugar and a host of general goods such as fishing gear, spare parts for marine engines, clothing and household goods.

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  • have I got a cemetery for you...

    Manaus Favorites

    One of my fondest memories of my week in Manaus was our walk through its historical SAO JOAO BATISTA CEMETERY. The heat and sunlight were merciless and sapped a bit of the life out of us (!?) but wear a hat and take a bottle of water and you'll survive. Probably.

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  • Waterlilies

    Manaus Favorites

    a little Baby could sit quite easily on the leafs without any problems..the stem is strong, connected to the water like an anker. VICTORIA REGINA, named after the english Queen Victoria, when I'm not mistaken. the area around Manaus is just awesome and so much to discover.as I always say, go Countryside, the Hinterland is actually the beautiful one

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  • go up at Rio and see the beaches below

    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....

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  • Botecos or Botequiems

    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...

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  • Favelas.

    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...

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  • The cars run on alcohol.

    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...

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  • Brazil: visa-free for Serbs and Russians

    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

    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$50A local beer in a bar Rs$4 (330 ml, draft)A...

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  • Costs in Brazil, April 2010

    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$50A local beer in a bar Rs$4 (330 ml, draft)A...

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  • Iguassu trip

    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...

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  • Brazilian beer.

    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...

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  • If you need a farmacy.

    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...

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  • Tele novelas.

    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...

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  • Best soda in the world

    The best soda in the world is made in Brazil and called guarana.It's made from a berry grown in the amazon and it's a bit of an energy drink.The best brand comes from antarctica.

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  • Brazilian music

    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...

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  • Have a drink

    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...

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  • Beaches

    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.

    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. That's difficult to say when you consider that Brazil has the best music, the best...

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  • Oscar Niemeyer.

    Oscar Niemeyer is one of the most important persons in the history of Brazil.He is an architect that is first of all known for being the person who was behind the creation of the capital Brasilia, but he has created many buildings and cities in Brazil and for that matter around the world.He was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1907 and is at the time of...

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  • The best brazilian guide

    To plan the trip and to get around in my country I often use a brazilian guide named 'Guia 4 Rodas'.You can buy it at newspapers kiosks, it is renewed every year and it comes with a road map, it´s really nice. http://viajeaqui.abril.com.br/g4r/

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  • Sócrates Story: Meeting a Living...

    -VT member marsistanbul has asked me several times to publish my story about Brazil’s former football star Sócrates on VT, and so, here it is. I have to note that I wrote this story in March 2001, and one little thing has not become reality: Sócrates did not become president of Brazil’s football federation. On the other hand, he has done some more...

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  • Capoeira

    Capoeira (Tupi-Guarani word for - clear area) is a blend of martial art, game, and dance originated in Brazil. It is difficult to explain capoeira, but a famous Brazilian has once described it as "a dance which is a fight and a fight which is a dance". Capoeira is originally from the regions of Bahia, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais...

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  • Links

    Once I gathered some fine links over places in brasil....most of them are vt pages...maybe they will help you to choose the places to visit in brasil...or get divided hehehehe About brazil: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/15b39/851/a/ http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/607f2/851/ ilha grande http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/607f2/172595/...

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  • Caipirinha

    You must taste the caipirinha... the national cocktail in Brazil. Caipirinha is made with cachaça, sugar, lime and crushed ice, and is one of the best cocktails I have ever tasted - a very refreshing drink.A caipirinha is only made with cachaça! Made with vodka instead of cachaça, it's a caipirosca - and with rum it's a caipirissima!

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  • Churrasco

    When you are in Brazil, you must try a typical Brazilian churrasco (a barbecue with beef and grilled meat).The range of barbecued meats include pork (porco), beef (bife), chicken (frango), goat (cabrito), chicken hearts and linguica (a spicy Brazilian sausage). Most of these churrasco restaurants are all-you-can-eat restaurants. The waiters...

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  • Speaking Portuguese

    One of the great indicators of how generous Brazilian people are is their attitude to foreigners speaking their language. I went to Brazil as a language student, but one who was shy and in the past had been nervous of speaking. Reading, writing - fine. Speaking - stressful.Well, Brazil changed that. People will come up and talk to you, so that even...

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  • Our route

    Brazil is a large country, and with only a few weeks to spare in which to see something of it we had to choose our route carefully and rely on internal flights to get us around. Rio was a must of course, and we quickly decided on the Amazonian rainforest too, as the great river is synonymous with Brazil. The Falls at Iguaçu were high on my list as...

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  • Rio de Janeiro

    Known as the Cidade Maravilhosa, or the "Marvelous City," Rio de Janeiro is not the largest or economically most important city in Brazil (Sao Paulo is), and it is no longer even the capital of Brazil (Brasilia is). However, Rio de Janeiro has been described as the heart and soul of the nation.On January 1, 1502, a Portuguese sailor and explorer...

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  • Fruit trees

    If you are a fruit lover this is the country to come.Sometimes you see a new animal or insect you never seen before and you say "oh my god",well you will say the same words with fruits here..No idea what kind of fruit this were in the picture,maybe you seen some before... There are places here called SACOLOs selling mostly vegetables and fruit ,I...

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  • the Capital of Brasil

    since the second half of the 18th century, Brasil's Governing Authorities considered transfering the Seat of the Goverment from Rio to some inland area, safe from naval attacks. the first Republican Constitution from 1891 condered the Federal Destrict Inland on a rectangle piece of Land in the State of Goias. dry, tree-less Savanna. it took till...

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  • the Scent of a Soja Field

    just cruising through the Countryside, go outside of the big, monstrous Cities..Brazil has so much to offer, where people are friendly and not so bent from the hectic of Citylife. for many years I could not forget the scent of a hot afternoon, when the air was filled with the scent of a Jacaranda Tree in full blossom. Stood with me for years....

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  • Brazilian Slang - 'Clube de Luluzinha'

    You may hear the expression "Clube da luluzinha" in Brazil. The expression means a gathering "just for girls".it is a famous child cartoon where Luluzinha (see pic) has a club that only girls are allowed. Luluzinha created her club because Bolinha (a boy in the neighborhood ) had created a "Clube do Bolinha", just for boys.Its not clear who created...

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  • Brazilian Expressions - 'Not my cup of...

    The way to say 'Not my cup of tea.' in Brazilian is 'Não é minha praia'pronounced'Now eh minyah prah-eye-ah'or, literally .... it's not my (type of ) beach....I guess everything has its context. Happy speaking.

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  • BBM #2 - Best of Brasilian Music -...

    In the States, if you want the hardest gangta' rap, you gotta go ghetto, hard core, to the people that have lived the violence, the gun shots, having their bike stolen in the morning. Case in point: 50Cent was shot five times - Vanilla Ice probably grew up worried about the milk making his wheaties soggy. The same goes for Pagode - the best music,...

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  • BBM #1 - Best of Brasilian Music - Samba

    OK, while I will run the risk of touching a tender bone in some people by suggesting what is the 'best', I am going to name a series of, IMHO, the best artists in several of the myriad forms of music - there are probably a few dozen styles of Brazilian music, if not more - let's start with Samba. Most of what I reccomend can be found on Amazon. If...

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  • Portuguese - give it a go

    One of my favorite things about Brasil is how tolerant Brasileiros are with foreginers trying to learn their language. They will just laugh (with) your accent and then help you out. It is nice to go somewhere that English is not ubiquitous... take advantage of this. See my travelogues page for 20 must-know phrases before visiting Brasil.

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  • General Tip on Maps vs. Guides - LP @...

    I always find that Lonely Planet is more of a hindrance than a help. IMHO, you should burn your guide and invest your money in maps and language guides. You always have a richer experience. The first rays of sun peeking.... god that was cliché.... no one experience.

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