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The Soul of Rio de Janeiro: its ´Little Africa´ neighbourhoods

Sarah BrownThough most famous for Carnival, golden beaches, and world-famous landmarks, the real heart of Rio de Janeiro, for those in the know, lies in its downtown, most notably in Saúde, Gamboa, and the surrounding neighbourhoods hard by the port. For it’s this area that’s steeped in a complex history that dates back half a millennium to the Portuguese colonisers’ founding of Rio and the centuries of brutal slavery which followed.A good place to start is Praça Mauá, a once rundown square…

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Cruising Brazil's Amazon: not your typical tourist destination

  Amazon Nature Tours   I am a hiker. But at home no one uses a machete to blaze the trail prior to walking on it as did our guide Souza, creating a path in the overgrown rainforest step by step. Slicing, swatting, swooping, chopping, no branch, bush, vine or twig was safe. The hike was one of four daily activities during our eight-day adventure exploring Brazil's Amazonia. Calling the Tucano, an 18-passenger river yacht operated by Amazon Nature Tours home, we traveled over 200 miles along the…

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Santa Teresa, Rio's hip old neighborhood

What’s my favorite part of Rio de Janeiro? Not at all easy to say, because there are so many cool parts of this city, appealing in their different ways. But (literally) high on the list, way above the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, on Santa Teresa hill close to the downtown, Centro, is an utterly charming neighborhood rather unlike any other in town, with winding cobblestone streets, a vintage tram, centuries-old architecture, and a small-town feel – think Rio’s answer to Montmartre.…

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  • A black-travel blog I follow called Travel Noire recently flagged Brazil as one of a half dozen of South America´s safest countries to visit:
    The 6 Safest Countries in South America To Visit - Travel Noire
    Traveling to South America has plenty of appeal to attract many types of tourists. The continent has at times had a questionable reputation, but...
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    Brazil Is Bringing Back Visa Requirements for US Travelers
    Beginning October 1, U.S. travelers headed to Brazil will need to apply for a digital visa and receive a valid visa document from the Brazilian gover…
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    Brazil's unsung 'capital of happiness'
    Considered the birthplace of modern Brazil, Salvador's tumultuous history has produced a unique "axé" (or energy) and approach to life.
  • Find out why CNN Travel recently included Manaus on its list of top spots to visit in 2023:
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    Brazil's glitzy Carnival is back in full form after pandemic
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s Carnival is back. Glittery and outrageous costumes were prepared again. Samba songs were ringing out 'til dawn at Rio…
  • I've spent time in both Brazil and Portugal, and as a language nerd I've always been fascinated by how Portuguese is spoken in these respective countries. I confess I have a slight preference for the continental version, but o português brasileiro definitely has its charms! In the course of looking into what distinguishes them, I found this post from especially interesting:
  • A U.S. immigrant to Brazil describes Afro-Brazilian culture and what it's like to live as a foreigner in Rio de Janeiro:
    The Black Expat: Why Black Expats Should Come And Experience Brazil's Culture
    Marketing executive Ike Okonkwo is a Black expat in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • The London-based travel-site recently came out with "The best cities in the world for art and culture in 2022", and of course Rio and São Paulo make the cut:
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    This is how Brazil's biggest tourist hotspot got swallowed by the sea
    Where once holidaymakers came in their droves, now only vultures roam the beaches of Atafona - a former Brazilian resort that is soon to be washed in…
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