Brazil Off The Beaten Path

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Brazil Off The Beaten Path

  • Niterói

    Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path

    I'm not sure how frequently this is accessible by the public, but if you cross the bridge between Rio and Niteroi, you will see the submarine base (just before you reach the toll booth on the bridge). The submarine base was started in 1941 and is still in operation. If you are lucky you may see some of the submarines in the bay as they go out for...

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  • Tamar Reserve

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    The Tamar reserve is a project that has been going on for many years at the little beach town called Praia do Forte 80 kilometers north of Salvador. The Tamar project protects the giant sea turtles off the brazilian coast and helps them protect their eggs in a way so that more new born turtles survive the first few hours of their life when many...

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  • Tiete river banks and other parks

    São Paulo Off The Beaten Path

    The Tiete River bank Park is great - wonderful trails, good picnic and barbecue areas, there is even row boats for rental. However, the Tiete River is very polluted and during hot, dry periods the park can have a very unpleasant smell.

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  • Amazon Islands

    Manaus Off The Beaten Path

    If you are interested in doing some real amazon hiking and stick close to Manaus, you can go to some of the Islands in the Amazon side of the city (if it isnt flooded - when the river is hige these islands COMPLETELY disappear). The hike can be an hour on five and is a great day or half day trip. If you want to do a whole tour you can sing up with...

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  • Favelas

    Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path

    Many people are often hesitant to do a "tour" in the favelas thinking that they will leave the people who live there feeling like zoo animals or a tourist attraction, but I can promise you that we do nothing of the sort! Part of our mission is to break down stereotypes about what life is like inside a favela, and most importantly, to show that...

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  • Morro de Sao Paulo

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    It takes two hours to get to Morro on the Catamaran from Mercado Modelo... and it really is idyllic heaven. I stayed on the fourth beach which is quiet and ideal fro a relaxing getaway... There is more info on my Morro page.

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  • Ocean beaches

    São Paulo Off The Beaten Path

    If you are in town, you can take a car and in less than two hours you are in the sea, and Praia Grande is one of the most popular holiday destinations for the Paulistanos. It is not the most beautiful one, but it is for sure the most popular! February 20th, 2005

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  • Presidente Figueiredo

    Manaus Off The Beaten Path

    This is a pretty cool place if you are looking for a relaxing trek/picnic. Plan on spending the whole day here, not just a few hours. Its best to drive to PF in the morning. Its a beautiful scenic drive, about one hour away from Manaus. This place is not touristy , and you will see many locals and Manauaras enjoying the waterfalls. Feel free to...

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  • Street Markets

    Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path

    The smell and colour of the fruit and vegetables, the relaxed atmosphere, make the market a good place for anyone wishing to get to know the profusion and variety of the ingredients at close... even if you are going to stay at a hotel and not going to shop for food. And there are a whole variety of peppers. From the ones you're familiar with like...

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  • Chapada Diamantina

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    The Chapada Diamantina National Park is unique with its wonderful landascapes, waterfalls, canyons, natural swimming pools... Culture and Ecotourism in the Vale do Capao : Many tourists are going to Lençois, but if you are looking for a place out of the beaten path, don´t want to be packed in minivans with 15 people to go for a trekking, don´t...

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  • Petar caves

    São Paulo Off The Beaten Path

    Petar trip group,some of these friends are in the geology school in my university,what made them a real guides (oops,it was their first time there as well!!) This picture was taken inthe exit of " DO COUTO " cavern.

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  • The Tikuna are one of the last...

    Manaus Off The Beaten Path

    The Tikuna are one of the last large Native population groups left in Brazil. Most of their 70 villages are located within the Brazilian Amazon. They have preserved much of their native language, religious rituals, and cultural art forms. Today, their cultural traditions are being threatened by outside religious groups. This picture shows a Tikuna...

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  • Petrópolis

    Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path

    Petropolis is located just one-hour-and-a-half ride from Rio de Janeiro. If interested in history, Petrópolis was the location where the Imperial family and the most prominent members of the aristocracy had their summer residences. So, while in here, you will have the opportunity to know not only the Museu Imperial (former residence of the Emperor...

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  • Linea verde

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    The Green Line is one of the few bands left of Atlantic rainforest in Brazil: the development of agriculture, grazing and indiscriminate exploitation of coast have greatly reduced this natural heritage. The Green Line start to the north of Bahia until the border with the state of Sergipe and along the good BR1 you can meet touristic places, more...

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  • Campos do Jordao

    São Paulo Off The Beaten Path

    CAMPOS DO JORDÃO. It is a small leisure city in the Mantiqueira mountains, 2,000 meters above sea level. This city has a cold, dry, very pleasant European-style climate. DISTANCES: 167 km from the city of São Paulo, 342 km from Rio de Janeiro and 586 km from Belo Horizonte.

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  • Belem do Para

    Manaus Off The Beaten Path

    we took the Amazon Cruise from Manaus to Belem.. and it has been a wonderful Adventure, a whole week on the biggest River...but getting terra firma under the feet again was great too..I actually felt a little giddy, had a sway like a seaman, so they said. Belem is the Capital of the State of Para and one of the upmost charming ones!! I do speak for...

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  • Búzios

    Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path

    If Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Sao Conrado beaches are not enough for you, then you should make a weekend-long visit to Buzios. This little town, located four hours away by bus from Rio de Janeiro, has around 24 beaches to enjoy! It's the perfect place for someone wanting to bath, to practice adventure sports or just escape from the crazyness...

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  • Mercado Modelo

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    Just about everyone who goes to Salvador has been to Mercado Modelo, but whenever I go down to the basement, I rarely see a living soul. At the end of the building, where the Capoeira dancers perform, before leaving the building, turn right or left going toward the staircase that leads to the second level. You will see a spiral staircase going...

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  • Ribeira

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    Ribeira is a neighbourhood on the bay side of the city on the peninsula of Itapagipe in the lower city (cidade baixa). It's not very far from the well-known Igreja (Church) de Bonfim. Ribeira was initially occupied by fishermen that counted on the peacefulness of the waters. From primitive fishermen village, the area became an important summer...

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  • Mangue Seco

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    You can get to Mangue Seco from getting a boat at Pontal. To get to Pontal you need to get on the Linha Verde (Green Line, the road that leads up to Pontal, the first ecological highway of the country, planned to prevent any impacts against the still virgin nature of the region. This ecological road binds the Bahia to the Sergipe.) We reached...

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  • Litoral Norte - North Coast

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    Pesque-pague If you go to Litoral Norte and are already a bit tired of wonderful beaches, a good and relaxing and sure fun option is to stop by one of the pesque-pague (fish-and-pay) places. Here's the deal: you rent the fishing equipment for about US$0,75, buy some bait for US$ 0,50 and spend the day fishing in artificial lagoons amongts natural...

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  • Ilha de Boipeba

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    A paradise...on earth! To get there first you have to go in Morro do Sao Paulo in Bahia and then travel by track about an hour and get across the canal by boat! Ilha Boipeba is a lovely island located at the mouth of the Rio Una in Bahia. Hiking trails along the beach, through the Atlantic Rainforest and across the island are the highlights. It's...

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  • Ilha dos Frades

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    A very small island across Ilha Itaparica. Without electricity it's not full open to tourist so if you schedule to stay you must arrange by your own (taking the trip boat to Itaparica, it stop for about 1 hour so you can stay 2 or 3 days)

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  • Itamaracá

    Close to Recife, Itamaracá is a quiet beach, with the "extra" programs of the mangles, the islet Coroa do Avião, the fort, and the project "Peixe-Boi". It's a good detour for a calm different day.

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  • Cabo de Santo Agostinho

    The long coast of Brazil has everything, from very touristy places to wild coast. Putting the purity of nature together with some comfort built by men is a balance hard to reach. Cabo de Santo Agostinho is one of those places, with several beautiful beaches mainly used by locals but already with some facilities, and always with Nature present and...

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  • Feira de antiguidades de arte Curitiba

    a wonderful arts fair I always went by, full of stand with colorful imaginative crafts and sure brought some of those goodies home ::)Meeting point for collectors and antique shops where occurs the exhibition and sale of antique and thrift stores. The fair takes place every Saturday from 10:0 at 5:0 pm at Praca de Espanhathis is near where I lived...

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  • Tower of Jerusalem

    This is at praça Pedro Gasparello at the end of aver Sete do setembro at the crossing of avenida Presidente Arthur da Silva Bernardes and Sete de Setembro ,and Streets or rua Gen. Mário Tourinho, São Leopoldo,rua Dr. Edmir Silveira d’Ávilla and rua Prof. João Argemiro Loyolla – Seminário.The tower of Jérusalem was inaugurated in December 1995, in...

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  • Museu Metropolitano de Arte de Curitiba

    O MUMA, metropolitan museum of arts .has in its permanent collection, works of Pancetti, Guignard, Di Cavalcanti, Djanira, Portinari, Mário Cravo, Burle Marx. The MUMA integrates gate Cultural Center complex, which includes the Theater Antônio Carlos Kraide, Cine Guarani, a library, the circus school, a chess club and art works in various parts of...

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  • Church of Nossa Senhora do Porto

    a nice Church in a historical post and summer retreat of Brazilians in the area.This church was built in the first half of the 19th century to accompany a chapel built in 1769. The clock in the tower has functioned continuously since the church's construction. a nice stop while going tothe river, in Portuguese at Morretes site and more in...

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  • parque de Ucrania

    This is a park inside park Tinguii dedicated to the immigrants Ukranians that arrive in the city in the last century. The park memorial was done in 1995.the park is dotted with structures ,buildings arches, and bridges that resemble those in UkraineIT is a nice family park to spend an afternoon in tranquility while looking of the magnificent...

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  • A quaint park on Ilhabela

    Well walking along the road to Vila Ilhabela, I came across this wonder sculpture park. The sculptures were by a local artists whose name escapes me. It was just a kilometer south of Vila Ilhabela.

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  • Guapi Açu Ecological Reserve

    Located in the mountains about 37 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Rio de Janeiro, the Guapi Açu Ecological Reserve was established in 2002 by the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Trust as a wetland restoration project, and to protect fragments of the disappearing Atlantic rainforest. The reserve was originally called the Serra do Mar Ecological...

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  • Torre Panoramica

    open in 1991 with 109,5 meters high, the Torre Panorâmica in the district of Mercês, houses a telephone museum and a look out of 360° to see practically the whole town.. It is the highest point in the city.located at street or rua Prof. Lycio Grein de Castro Vellozo. open from 10h to 19h.

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  • Passeio Público

    the oldest park in the city open in 1886 with close to 70k m² of trees area. it was my walking area while living here for 3 months, wonderful place with families and very central easy reach to all sights. A must for families and lovers of people watching and local ambiance. it is between streets or ruas Presidente Carlos Cavalcante, Presidente...

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  • Castel do Batel or castle of Batel

    a wonderful castle in the middle of the city ,now full of cultural events, dinner and events of all types like weddings. the garden is like an oasis in a city.You need permission to get in, but ask the tourist office and it can be arranged, wont missed the opportunityAv. Visc de Guarapuava, 4610 - Batel Curitiba - PR, 80240-010behind it you can see...

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  • Internet cafes in cities.

    I belive in each city we go to we should recommend an internet cafe we like.Maybe the bosses here will add this later..Well here is one I like and go regularly.It is in Sao Paulo/Brazil on Avenida Paulista the most famous Avenue similar to Champ Elyse in Paris.................................................

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  • PANTANAL : IN TOUCH WITH FAUNA

    The Pantanal is a huge alluvial plain. This area used to be an inland sea. As it started to dry out 65 million years ago, it became a vast lake and now, a periodically flooded plain. As it is surrounded by hill lands, rain flow into the Pantanal and flood the low-lying Pantanal, creating cordilheiras (where animals can gather for water sustenance)...

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  • Tumucumaque National Park

    I have not visited, however my ineterst in Environmental challenges of Earth Planet demands that I add this news from the the New Scientist..."Brazil has announced the establishment of the Tumucumaque National Park in the north of the country - the largest tropical forest park in the world.In the 39,000 sq.kms.remote and mountainous area of the...

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  • Pastel Hued Streets of Porto Seguro,...

    Brasil is a colorful place, and the color seems to unfold with every turn, as on this pastel hued lane in Porto Seguro, Bahia. Like many cities, Porto Seguro takes particular pride in the upkeep of the smaller, older structures. In addition to the beach scene and the Passarela do Alcool, Porto Seguro holds hidden treasures in visual treats. The...

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  • Angra dos Reis

    Located about 93 miles (150 kilometers) southwest of Rio de Janeiro, the small town of Angra dos Reis, which means "Creek of the Kings" in Portuguese, is a popular destination for weekend and holiday tourists attracted by the nearby beaches and islands. Many visitors to Rio de Janeiro also take a package day trip to Angra dos Reis which includes a...

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  • Teresópolis - Parque Nacional da Serra...

    North of Rio de Janeiro, the PNSO (Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos) lies in between the cities of Petrópolis and Teresópolis. Most popular activity is the Travessia Trail hike which normally requires two overnight stays at cabins (abrigos) and a permit. Bad weather suggested to skip the project and we took a day hike from the Teresópolis park...

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  • Pico da Caledônia

    Located between the mountain town of Nova Friburgo and the sea, Pico da Caledônia is the tallest peak for many miles around. Rising to an elevation of 7,280 feet (2,219 meters), Pico da Caledônia dominates this section of the Serra do Mar. Most visitors to the Nova Friburgo area (itself well off the beaten path) will never climb to the top of Pico...

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  • Nova Friburgo

    Situated in the Serra Fluminense about 86 miles (138 kilometers) northeast of Rio de Janeiro at an elevation of 2,776 feet (846) meters), Nova Friburgo is a pleasant resort town popular with residents of Rio de Janeiro for its cool temperatures. There is a strong Swiss and German influence in the town, and attractions include Alpine-style Swiss...

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  • Serra dos Órgãos National Park

    Located about 56 miles (90 kilometers) northeast of Rio de Janeiro, the 27,182-acre (11,000-hectare) Serra dos Órgãos National Park was established in 1939 to protect some Atlantic rainforest, the numerous springs and waterfalls that dot the area, and spectacular granite peaks. The park was the third national park in Brazil.Serra dos Órgãos is an...

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  • The Hotel Quitandinha

    Located about five miles (eight kilometers) outside of Petrópolis, the Hotel Quitandinha was constructed in 1944 by entrepreneur Joaquim Rolla to be the largest hotel-casino complex in Latin America. It was constructed in the French-Norman style of architecture, which was popular at that time and place due to large numbers of German immigrants who...

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