Share your experience in Brazil (Part 2)

 Plan your itinerary in detail: consult famous tourist destinations and plan your travel in detail, in detail and science to ensure time and health.

 Prepare basic communication sentences: In Brazil, the English language is not popular, you should prepare some basic communication sentences in Portuguese to ask directions or talk to people here.

 Learn about transportation in Brazil: taxis, subways, waterways, car hire.

Places to travel to Brazil

Tourist destinations spread throughout Brazil, but travelers should not miss the following location.

 Ouro Preto: This is an old town built in the late seventeenth century with Portuguese colonial architecture, the churches decorated with gold.

 Teatro Amazonas Theater: has a very unique architecture, especially the dome is paved with 36,000 ceramic tiles and decorated with the Brazilian national flag.

 Fernando de Noronha Islands: There are many pristine beaches, rich and diverse ecosystems.

 Olinda Historical Center: this is an ancient city located on the Northeast coast  Brazil. Here not only the ancient architecture but also the rich cuisine.

 Salvador Beach: This beach is not only very beautiful but also has many traditional festivals taking place all year round.

 City of Rio: This city is extremely famous because Carnaval festivals attract millions of participants. There is also a famous statue of God Giesu on the top of Corcovada mountain 700m high.

 Amazon River: This will be an extremely interesting destination for those who love to explore nature.

Some note when traveling to Brazil

 Brazilians are very open, kissing strangers is a common practice in this country.

 Brazilian street food is very unique, remember to enjoy the following dishes: Coxinhas, Brigadeiro, Churrasco Grill, Kibe Spicy Beef Cake, Sandwich Bauru, fruit juices.

 You should not use the bus in Brazil because often is not on time, instead, you can rent a car to drive or go to see Kombi (almost like a motorbike taxi in Vietnam).

 You do not need to pay extra tip when coming to eat in restaurants.

 Store luggage and personal documents very carefully to avoid unexpected situations to happen.

Hopefully the above Brazil experience will help you have the best preparation before coming to the country of football and the special Carneval festivals.

Brazil travel experience: Things to know when traveling to Brazil

Brazil is a country famous for its beautiful beaches accompanied by fascinating samba, jazz and mysterious old forests. In addition to the language differences between Spanish and Portuguese, there is a cultural diversity that is worth paying attention to when traveling in this country.

Brazil is a country famous for its beautiful beaches accompanied by fascinating samba, jazz and mysterious old forests. In addition to the language differences between Spanish and Portuguese, there is a cultural diversity that is worth paying attention to when traveling in this country.

Brazil has quite a lot of tourism advantages and each region of Brazil has its own unique landscapes and features. The Northern Region of Brazil is famous for the pristine natural landscape of the Amazon mountains and has an advantage in ecotourism. The Northeast of Brazil has many beautiful beaches. The most popular tourist destination in the Northeast is Salvador City, Bahia.

This city brings together many different beauties of Brazil, from beautiful beaches on the Atlantic coast to the Historical Center of Salvador, Bahia with many ancient buildings and cathedrals that have been listed as UNESCO Heritage Sites. Chemical World. Besides, there are also two cities Recife and Fortaleza. The Midwest, including Brazil’s capital Brazilia, is located in the center of the country and has many beautiful and majestic national parks.

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The southeastern region is the most populous in Brazil with two major cities: Rio de Janeiro has beautiful beaches, a giant statue of Christ the Redeemer and a jubilant Carnaval festival while Sao Paulo is a metropolitan area. The town is crowded and rich. The southern states of Brazil with a cool climate bear the ancient European identity with German, Italian architecture … of immigrants of European origin.

Brazil travel experience

Brazil is known as a tourist paradise – saying so is not exaggerating when you can once immerse yourself in the bustling, jubilant festival here, meet active, cheerful Brazilian people, visit these scenic spots, long-lying hotspots on the beach, etc.

Some general information

Brazilian full name is the Brazilian federal republic. Brazil’s official capital is Brazilia. The largest city is Sao Paulo. Geographical position is the largest country in South America and has a common border with every South American country except Chile and Ecuador, divided into two regions: Brazil’s highland and Brazil’s Amazon River in the North.

Being a Portuguese colony within 3 centuries, the language, culture, architecture and cultural life are mainly influenced by the country of Portugal. This is the only Portuguese-speaking country in America, so it has turned this language into one of its own national characteristics. The Brazilian is mainly Christian. It is also the country with the largest Christian community in the world. In addition, as a multiracial country with many cultural colors, Brazil is also influenced by many other peoples.

Native Americans have an influence on Brazilian vocabulary and cuisine, while African-American blacks, who were brought to Brazil as slaves before, have an important influence in music and dance moves of this country. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the influx of immigrants from Italy, Germany, Spain, Japan, the Middle East came to Brazil and established large communities living together in cities, creating background of different unique imprints and focus mainly in southern Brazil.

When should you travel to Brazil?

The average temperature in Brazil is about 25 degrees Celsius, quite pleasant, high humidity. However, in the hot summer, the temperature may rise to 40 degrees C. Because of the southern hemisphere, the seasons will be opposite to the northern hemisphere – the summer will fall in December – April and winter in May -November.

What are the interesting things about Venice Brazil?

Founded in 1537, the city of Recife, the capital of Pernambuco state, Northeast Brazil is a stop on the Brazilian tourist map nicknamed “Venice Brazil”.

The neighborhood of Santo Antônio belongs to Recife Antigo, one of the three islands that make up the center of Recife and the first Portuguese settlement in the early 16th century.

Located on two main islands and many small islands, Recife is connected by 49 bridges, of which the oldest bridge dates from 1644. Most of the city’s bridges are built from the Dutch colonial era.

The Capiraribe and Jaguaribe rivers split the neighborhoods in the center of Recife, and this gave the city the “Venice Brazil” nickname.

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One of the most popular types of tourist attractions in Recife is the ships that make visitors crept between wild mangrove forests and canals intermingling with streets.

Recife, the city of water and coral reefs, is one of Brazil’s vibrant and attractive destinations. Along with the historic quarter adorned with many elegant buildings are vestiges of a time of glorious past, the system of entangled waterways leading to the neighborhoods, attractions, etc. made a difference for Recife.

In the center of Recife Antigo, opposite the Sao Pedro dos Clerigos church, the plaza always echoes frevo, traditional art with fast and strong rhythms combining different genres of music and dances. of Brazil.

This place is the weekend rendezvous of Recife residents and many artists also go to the old town to find inspiration.

Don’t forget to visit Bom Jesus, one of the oldest and most characteristic streets in the old town of Recife, with sprawling foyer huts and often holding happy markets.

On Aurora Road, you will be amazed at the beautiful row of houses overlooking the Capibaribe canal, discover Forte das Cinco Pontas fort or craft art workshop in an old prison.

If you have a chance, remember to explore this stunning place!

 

 

 

 

 

5 must-visit places when traveling to Brazil

Each region along Brazil has its own unique landscape, creating a common diversity in the overall nature of this place. Below are five must-visit places when you come to Brazil.

City of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil’s most vibrant cities. Thanks to its characteristic tropical climate, it is famous for its long white sand beaches, diverse vegetation in the Tijuca National Park, the hills around Guanabara Bay, etc. Especially, the famous Christ the Redeemer statue is considered a symbol of this city. This statue was built between 1922 and 1931, designed according to Art Deco school with a height of 30m, placed on a pedestal 8m high, the armrest of the statue is 28m and weighs 635 tons.

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is a diverse city with more than 100 different ethnic groups living together and is the cradle of culture and cuisine of Samba. Every year, there are about 90,000 large and small events in many fields including art, business, fashion, etc. In which, the most famous is the Sao Paulo Art Festival or the Masquerade Festival, Week Sao Paulo fashion, March parade for Jesus, etc.

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Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto city was once a colonial town founded in the late 17th century. It has a well-preserved Portuguese colonial architecture. Modern buildings that want to build must adhere to standards to maintain the city’s history.

Salvador

Salvador is a seaside city and the capital of Bahia state. The atmosphere is always lively with music stages and bustling beaches. It also has quiet, enclosed bays suitable for swimming, diving, and sailing; or bays full of wind and strong waves, which are ideal for surfers.

Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha is a beautiful archipelago located off the northeast coast of Brazil. It is famous for pristine beaches, green nature, and wildlife. Traveling to Brazil, do not forget to visit this archipelago so you can immerse yourself in the clear blue water and participate in scuba diving activities to watch the ocean world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Rio de Janeiro – the ancient capital of Brazil

From the airport to the city center you can use a taxi or subway. For convenience, you should use the subway. Because traffic jams in Rio de Janeiro are very serious, taxi prices are expensive, while the subway system is very safe, clean and fast. Especially, the fare for a round trip is very cheap, about 3.2 reais (about 2$).

In addition, when traveling to tourist attractions and famous places in Rio de Janeiro, you can use buses, bicycles, motorbikes, long-distance taxis or kombi (a small truck). And best of all, for a destination near the city center, you should ride a bicycle, in Rio de Janeiro there are more than 60 bike rental stations so you don’t have to worry about where to rent a bike. As for remote destinations, it is recommended to use kombi, because of the bus, because the kombi move faster but cost as the same bus.

Experience booking and renting hotel rooms when traveling to Rio de Janeiro

One of Rio de Janeiro’s travel experiences, cheap, economical and safe Brazil is to book a hotel as soon as possible. Also, if you first travel to Rio de Janeiro, you should book online or contact a travel agent to ask them to book a room for you.
Depending on the needs, financial conditions and travel schedules you choose for yourself a hotel, motel as you like. If you have a lot of luxury, you can choose from 4 – 5 star luxury hotels such as Novotel Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont, Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro, Belmond Copacabana Palace … It has beautiful architecture, also near the beach, high-class swimming pool, modern facilities, attractive resort services, … will definitely help you have a relaxing moment and interesting experiences when traveling.

If you have a moderate budget, then mid-range 2 – 3 star hotels are a great suggestion for you. These hotels usually cost between 100-200$ / night. All are fully equipped and th resort services, serving free breakfast, including single, double and collective rooms for you to choose from. In particular, there are a number of hotels near the sea and primeval forests, … suitable for you to experience both forest and sea tourism in Rio de Janeiro. Some of the high rated mid-range hotels: Arpoador Inn Hotel, Angrense Hotel, Hotel Fazenda Sitio Nosso Paraíso ….

Above are the experiences and advice on travel, sightseeing, exploring Rio de Janeiro, cheap, self-sufficient, convenient and fun in Brazil.

What should you buy when visiting Brazil?

Havaianas


Havaianas is the brand name of the world famous flip-flops and Brazil is their father. Inspired by ancient Egyptian sandals, Japanese and Greeks, the Alpagatas group brought this simple design to the Brazilian market from 1962 and immediately received the affection of many people thanks to simplicity and convenience.

Since then Havaianas has become a unique Brazilian souvenir that everyone wants to bring back. Visitors can buy sandals Havaianas from Brazilian shop systems, with many eye-catching decorations.

Gemstone


As an expensive gift and surely everyone likes it, Brazil is really an ideal place if tourists intend to buy gems as a gift. Great beautiful gems with good quality can be found all over Brazil, but Rio is still the best suggestion with gems like Esperssartita, Tourmaline, Ametist, Greengold, quartz, Topaz and diamonds.

Cachaça


Cachaca is also a gift you should bring from Brazil, this is a very popular cocktail in Brazil, made from cachaca rum, lemon and sugar. Previously Cachaca was only used in restaurants or bars but now it is available in most Brazilian families. You can also buy Brazilian travel as a gift. However, the taste will not be equal to the directly prepared cocktail glasses.
Granado Pharmácias Soap


Especially loved by girls, Granado Pharmacias soap is a very famous product with eye-catching appearance. They are put in small bags with a mild scent. Granado Pharmácias also produces girls’ soap with sparkling, attractive soap bars, remember to buy it in your trip!
Moqueca Pot
A unique gift for you to bring back- Moqueca Pot is the name of a popular clay pot in Brazil, made from clay and ingredients of a special plant. The clay after being dried is then applied with external resin to increase water holding capacity. Moqueca Pot is often used to store fish or cook seafood. The reason this pot became famous and was included in the list of souvenirs you can buy in Brazil is because the cooked food with this pot has a better taste than other cooking methods.

Everything about Brazilian culture you haven’t known

– Cultural communication

Despite the strong influence of European culture, the Brazilians have a more warm and sincere behavior. When meeting each other apart from handshakes, people can easily touch their shoulders, hug and kiss each other’s cheeks. However, when they were strangers, they only rewarded and shook hands lightly.

– Vocative

People often use the name to call. For older people with high power, “Senhor” will be added to the name. They always appreciate friendliness, fun and rarely express different opinions when disagreeing, and rarely argue.
– Going out eating

Brazilians can invite to eat when they first meet, the owners and guests will sit facing each other and toasts. The expression of unrestrained drinking when new to meals is often not appreciated.

The Brazilian style also has a common characteristic of Westerners, when they meet each other, always make sure they are on time. Despite being invited, equal money sharing is the best when going out together, avoiding paying money for the meal will make Brazilian friends have a wrong view of you.

If you meet on the street, you should not call out loud, but just wave your hand. The gestures like “OK” by hand are considered rude in Brazil, while the gesture of holding hands and giving thumbs up between the point finger and the ring finger is said to be good luck. This is a strange thing and it should be noted when done in Brazil if you don’t want to be considered rude.

– Costume culture

Brazilian national costumes are quite colorful and usually only present during festivals. In everyday life Brazilians dress in casual clothes, sometimes quite cool because the weather here is very hot. But in the work clothes are very discreet, upholding politeness.

– Giving gifts

When you meet for the first time, you should not give gifts, then, if you want them to do something for you, you can give gifts. The gifts just need to express the intention, the desire to please will be more appropriate.

Day Tripping at Tijuca Forest – Rio de Janeiro: another day at the office

On the top of Pico da tijuca - Rio de Janeiro

On the top of Pico da Tijuca. Sweating like a horse in almost 40°c temperatures, but no complaining from any of us 🙂

Rio de Janeiro was basking under a perfect summer day and although this time of the year most people come to the Cidade Maravilhosa to enjoy the Carnaval, two Dutch girls asked me to take them for a walk on the green side of Rio de Janeiro… the Tijuca Forest. No need to say I was more than keen… 

I picked the girls (Monique and Annette) up at Rio Hostel in Santa Teresa around 7.30 in the morning and we started the 20 km ride to the Tijuca Forest. Because of the Carnaval festivities, the police had blocked some of the streets around the Sambódromo, where the garbage left by the last “blocos de carnaval” gave the place a deserted look.

Before reaching the parking space from where the hiking trail to the Pico da Tijuca starts, we made a brief stop at the Cascatinha waterfall, considered the most beautiful one of the park.

First stop in the Tijuca Park: The Cascatinha Waterfall

Our first hike for the day was the Pico da Tijuca, a 2,5 km walk to the 1.012m high summit of the highest mountain in the Tijuca Forest. The trail winds through sometimes dense forest, but is very well indicated and maintained. The Pico da Tijuca offers an awesome view of the center and north zones of Rio. On a clear day, like yesterday, it’s possible to see the Serra dos Órgãos with the “Dedo de Deus” (Finger of God) located 50km north of Rio.

Monique and Annette climbing up to the Pico da Tijuca. Jungle trail in the middle of the city.

Almost on the top of Pico da Tijuca, climbing the 117 steps that were carved out of the rock-face to accommodate the Belgian king Albert on his visit in 1921

Next stop before lunch, was the “Vista Chinesa”, which derives its name from the chinese style pavilion where tourists can find some shade while enjoying another privileged view of the marvelous city.

The Chinese “pagoda” style pavilion at the Vista Chinesa viewpoint

The view over Rio de Janeiro from Vista Chinesa with Christ the Redeemer to the left, overlooking the Lagoa Rodrigo Freitas and the morro do Cantagálo in the middle and the Sugar Loaf in the background.

The Vista Chinesa is only one of several viewpoints scattered all across the Tijuca Forest, each one offering another breathtaking view of Rio de Janeiro from a different angle, showcasing some of the city’s most famous attractions like Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Lagoa, Dois Irmãos, Pedra da Gávea and Rocinha.

Continuing our tour of the Tijuca Forest, we went on in the direction of the coast, heading for the hanggliding ramp of Sáo Conrado, where you can watch people of all walks of life take the plunge into the lush green scenery of the forest.

Always special to see hang-gliders take off. This is must definitely be the closest thing to being a bird…

Watching the hanggliders do their stuff is something I could do for hours, but we had another hike on our list. The Pedra Bonita trail is only 1.2 km long, considered “medium difficulty” and is one of my favorite spots in Rio.

To our disappointment, the guard at the entrance said that we couldn’t go up because of a kidnapping that had occurred at the Pedra da Gávea. The police were still searching for the kidnappers, who were supposedly armed and hiding somewhere in the forest between Pedra da Gávea and Pedra Bonita.

More people arrived at the entrance who wanted to do the trail. They had heard that the search party had ended and Pedra Bonita would be safe, after which the guard allowed us to go ahead.

Monique and Annette on top of Pedra Bonita. In the background the silhouette of the Pedra Branca massive. Rio’s other (and biggest) Urban forest.

Catching the last rays of a perfect summer’s day on top of pedra bonita with the lagoas of Barra de Tijuca and the sheer endless beach of Recreio das Bandeirantes in the backdrop.

Pedra Bonita was the perfect end to a fantastic day (especially because there was no sign of any kidnappers). As the sun was slowly setting in the west, we sat down for a while on the granite mountain surface, which was still hot from a day of Brazilian sun, and tried to take it all in.

Another Brazilian-Dutch couple joined us and we talked about how Rio de Janeiro was definitely a unique place, which would at least take a year to fully discover.

Giving the Brazilian-Dutch couple a ride to Copacabana, I returned Monique and Annette to their hostel after an 11 hour tour of the Tijuca Forest. I’m sure they will remember this day, at least until the pain in their legs and other body parts has worn off :).

I still had another 120 km ahead of me to get back home, where I arrived around 9 pm but for a day like this I would get out of bed at 4.30 am any day, even on a Sunday. I guess you could say that for me, this was just another day at the office, but people, WHAT an amazing office it is.

Give me a call next time you’re in Rio and I’ll show you around so you can see for yourself.

Spotting Carcará Eagles in the Serra da Mantiqueira preserve – Rio de Janeiro

On the way back from an attempt to hike up the Pedra Selada in the Serra da Mantiqueira and ended up spotting a couple of Carcará eagles.

one of the dirt roads winding through the Serra da Mantiqueira preserve

It looked like it would be a sunny day, and we set out from Volta Redonda around 10.30 and by 11.00 we were already riding through the foothills of the Mantiqueira mountains. When we got to the place where the trail starts, it was totally deserted and that was strange, considering that it was a Saturday in the touristic high season in Brazil. We figured that most people probably were afraid that it would rain. About 1 km into the trail it became clear why there was nobody else there. The trail was totally washed away by a landslide and getting up there would be a challenge that I would have gladly taken on by myself, but I saw in the look on my partner’s face that this hiking trip was ending right there. Disappointed, we went down again, and decided to take the rest of the afternoon to ride a loop through the area and enjoy some of the peace and quiet. At one point, we saw two Carcará eagles on the road, enjoying a meal of some kind. Of course the birds took off when we got too close, but landed in a pine tree nearby, giving me an opportunity to shoot some pictures. [tribulant_slideshow post_id=”24208″]

See the eagles in the pine trees?

A little closer: not one but two Carcará eagles, which is quite rare

And a close up. These are really impressive birds

The Carcará’s meal: an ubfortunate black eared possum (Gambá de orelho preto)

Hope you enjoyed this (i know the last picture wasn’t very tasteful, but that also is part of nature, right?)