Tag: Brazil

Let Brazil come to you

May 6, 2020
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Although we are unable to travel at the moment, it’s still possible to discover the joys of Latin America – from the comfort of your home! Each week we are giving you inspiration from a different destination in Latin America, sharing movies, music, books and recipes to pique your interest, and this weeks destination is the largest, and undoubtedly the most rhythmic, country in Latin America – Brazil. From vibrant and pulsating metropolises to wild rainforests, thundering waterfalls and tropical palm-fringed beaches, this is a country with so much to offer. Travel to Brazil with our favourite inspiring read, film, food and music below.  Watch: Casa Grande (2014) Brazil’s film industry has produced a number of successful films over the years, and one of our favourite picks is Casa Grande, from 2014. This film by Felipe Barbosa is set in iconic Rio de Janeiro and is a coming-of-age tale about a privileged high-school student who is…

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Feel the rhythm! Our favourite carnivals across Latin America

February 25, 2020
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All News, Rio Carnival

Latin America hosts some of the most vibrant, colourful and exciting carnivals in the world, showcasing amazing costumes, delicious food, traditional dance and of course, Latin America’s famously lively and infectious enjoyment of life, so it’s no wonder the festivities draw visitors from all around the world, every year. Rio’s incredible carnival, which is drawing to a close this week, is undoubtedly the most famous, but in a continent as lively as this you can rest assured there are plenty of other opportunities to experience the unparalleled buzz of a Latin America fiesta! Here a few of our favourite carnivals across Latin America… Rio Carnival, Brazil Considered the biggest carnival in the world, this is the ultimate way to party in Rio! Ready to join in the fun next year? Speak to our Travel Specialists to feel the rhythm in Rio for yourself in 2021, with one of our Tailor-Made Holidays…

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Helen and Lydia’s Amazon Adventure at Juma Lodge

November 30, 2018
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Amazon, Brazil

After more than 14 hours of flying to Manaus, we had finally reached the heart of the Amazon! However, our journey had just begun, as Lydia and I were met at the airport for our 30-minute transfer to the port, then we swapped to travel by boat to cross the famous ‘Meeting of the Waters’; the stunning natural phenomenon where the waters which make up the Amazon river meet. After another road transfer, we boarded our final mode of transport to reach Juma Lodge – an incredible hour-long boat journey which sped through flooded canopies, then wide expanses of the Amazon where we could hardly make out the other bank of the river! We arrived at Juma, a remote and idyllic lodge set on stilts and made up of walkways and individual bungalows. Friendly monkeys roam along the walkways, while caimans sunbathe in the river beneath your feet and iguanas…

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Saving Sea Turtles in Brazil with Project Tamar

September 10, 2014
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Brazil is home to tons of incredible and exotic wildlife from the flora and fauna of the vast Amazon Jungle in the West to the sea creatures of its long Atlantic coastline over on the East coast.The Brazilian coast is an increasingly popular holiday destination due to its natural beauty and unique wild inhabitants, particularly the magnificent sea turtle. There are five species of sea turtle found off the shores of Brazil and for a long time now their populations have been in decline. Thankfully, in the 1980’s a wonderful initiative named Tamar-ICMBio was set up with the sole purpose of protecting these beautiful and gentle creatures. Two years after its establishment in 1980, Tamar’s first research station was constructed to help monitor breeding grounds and sea turtle activity, which is a constant necessity in order to produce reliable findings.   How does Tamar help the endangered Sea Turtles? Today, Project Tamar has twenty-two research…

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Caroline’s Cookbook: Moqueca Baiana

July 14, 2014
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Traditional Brazilian Cooking at its Best Being such an enormous country, it’s to be expected that Brazil should have an equally enormous plethora of culinary delights. The country’s cuisine aptly reflects the diversity and richness of its culture, from African-inspired seafood in the Northeast to succulent slow-cooked meat dishes of the gauchos in the Interior. Today my recipe of choice is ‘Moqueca’, a personal Latin American favourite and a dish that has been cooked by the Brazilian people for at least 300 years. The sea-food stew derives from both the Northeastern state of Bahia as well as the neighbouring Southeastern state of Espirito Santo, with the latter variation known as Moqueca Capixaba. With its use of salt-water fish or shell-fish and fusion of African and European flavours, I personally believe that when it comes to Brazilian gastronomy the Moqueca is as traditional as it gets. Recipe: 1kg skinless firm white…

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Southeast Brazil: Where to Stay

July 4, 2014
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Southeast Brazil is known for its affinity with nature. Greenery, the deep blue sea and golden, sandy beaches combine to give you the ultimate experience in relaxation. The city of Florianopolis is also available to explore along with the beautiful surrounding area. However, some of the hotels e have on offer might make you think twice about leaving at all… Ponta Dos Ganchos, Santa Catarina  Located on a private peninsula in Santa Catarina, 40kms from Florianopolis, this tropical hideaway is certainly a luxury retreat. As exclusive as it is beautiful, it is located amongst secluded beaches and stunning rainforest. The highlight, however, is the view from your window – under unbroken blue skies lies an incredible vista out over the sea, with the mountains framing the horizon. The hotel itself features 25 cabana-style bungalows (some of which have plunge pools for you to relax in) and a range of facilities…

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A Snapshot of South East Brazil: Florianopolis

July 1, 2014
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An incredibly beautiful region with close links to nature, Southeast Brazil is known both as an area to relax in, but also has no shortage of nightlife to keep you occupied in the evening. A great idea if you’re looking to escape the trials and tribulations of city life without sacrificing the small luxuries associated with it. The Area The majority of the beaches in the Southeast region of Brazil are based around the beautiful city of Florianopolis, a unique city situated mainly on an island but linked to the mainland by a network of bridges. This city has a lively feel and is well-known as a party town, but also has areas that cater for those looking for peace and quiet, as well as over 40 secluded, sandy beaches for all to enjoy. Florianopolis is also known as one of the best places for surfing in the whole of Brazil, with consistently good…

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The Amazon Rainforest: Where to Stay

June 27, 2014
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With such a rich and diverse stock of things to do and see, a comfortable and secure base is essential for getting the most out of your holiday to Argentina. With a wide variety of lodges available – from simple and rustic to luxurious and lavish, we have your every need covered. Here are just a few that we think might interest you… Anavilhanas  Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is a luxurious and boutique lodge deep in the Anavilhanas National Park in the heart of the Amazon. Located on the banks of the Rio Negro, the nearest city of Manaus is just 180km away. The lodge aims to bring you as close to the adventures of the amazon as possible but still combined with distinguished service and comfort. Featuring 20 exclusive suites arrange in cottages or individual bungalows, throughout the rainforest. Each room has air conditioning, luxurious beds, private bathrooms and a private balcony or terrace…

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The Amazon Rainforest

June 25, 2014
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Spanning over 2 million square miles, entering nine different countries and holding over half of the world’s remaining rainforest, the Amazon is the largest and most biodiverse rainforest on the planet. Stretching from its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Peruvian, Colombian and Bolivian borders, the area is best explored via a cruise along the length of the Amazon River. This is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience, and will surely be the highlight of your holiday to Brazil. The Area  The main gateway to the Amazon is the bustling city ofManaus. This is an ideal base for your exploration of the surrounding area, and a number of tour operators start their trips and cruises here. While this city is an experience in and of itself, the real treat lies deeper into the rainforest – either join one of the many Amazon River Cruises available or stay in…

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The Pantanal: Where to Stay

June 20, 2014
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One of the most fascinating and beautiful areas of Brazil, the Pantanal is not just a wildlife-spotter’s paradise, it is also home to some of the most peaceful and elegant eco lodges available for you to stay at. With the bustle and excitement of the World Cup in full swing, the Pantanal offers a brief sojourn from the trials and tribulations of populous city life. Refugio Ecologico Caiman  Considered one of the best ecotourism resorts in the Pantanal, the Refugio Ecologico Caiman is locaed in the town of Miranda on the edge of the Southern Pantanal in Mato Grosso do Sul. 236kms from Campo Grande, this resort combines a working cattle ranch with both conservation and tourism. With a strong ecological focus, amazing scenery and some unparalleled opportunities to spot rare wildlife, there’s no downside to this incredible location. Refugio Ecologico Caiman has accommodation in two small lodges – Cordiheira and Baizinha – which are sprawled across the vast…

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