Tag: Rio de Janeiro

5 Things to Do in Rio

December 2, 2020
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Brazil

Most holidays to Brazil begin and end in the country’s ‘marvellous city’ Rio de Janeiro. With a population of over 6 million and a unique topography spread across mountains, coastal beaches and hills – Rio can be challenging to navigate for first-timers. But, rest assured, most of our holidays to Brazil include a multi-day stop in the city, so we’ve put together a few things to do in Rio de Janeiro to help you make the most of your time in this vibrant city… 1. Visit Christ the Redeemer The Christ the Redeemer statue is a world-famous symbol of Rio de Janeiro. Overlooking the city from Corcovado Mountain’s 700-metre peak, this cultural icon has become a popular pilgrimage for almost two million visitors every year. How to get there: Most visitors choose to take the scenic tram up Corcovado; tickets can be purchased at the Corcovado tram station. Insider tip:…

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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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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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Best Places to Stay in Brazil: The World Cup

June 12, 2014
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With the first World Cup match scheduled for later this evening, football fans around the world are gearing up for what looks to be the most exciting tournament in recent years. The question is, however, does England have any chance whatsoever? We’ll have to wait and see. This week we’ll be looking at some of the better hotels available to stay at if you’re planning a holiday to Brazil. Ucari Lodge  The Ucari Lodge is a totally unique hotel located in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. Dedicate to Eco Tourism, this hotel’s management is shared between the Mamiraua Institute and the communities from the Mamiraua Reserve. Started in 1998, the aim of the enterprise is to generate income for the local people and to contribute positively to the preservation of the Amazon’s natural resources. Eight communities from the reserve run the Lodge, from the staff on the front line, the contractors that work…

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Rio De Janeiro

June 3, 2014
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In a unique location at the foot of the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, overlooked by the majestic sight of the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro is not just the host of the 2014 World Cup, it is also a centre for Brazilian culture – a thriving city with thousands of wonderful and unique things to experience. What are you waiting for! The Area  With lush green mountains on one side and crystal clear blue waters on the other, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most fascinating and culturally diverse places in the world. An economic powerhouse in Brazil, its rich history has led to it being one of the most visited places on the planet. Featuring some of Brazil’s most iconic and recognisable landmarks (including the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer) as seen in countless photos, films and TV shows. Past the spectacular surface is an even more fascinating cultural underbelly….

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Carnival Next Friday

February 27, 2014
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Brazil, News

The excitement is building in the bustling city of Rio de Janeiro, as the world-famous Carnival is just a few days away! Beginning on the 28th February, the celebrations will continue for 4 days including the Monday and Tuesday, which are national holidays in Brazil. Today we’ll be running you through a few hotels you might want to consider if you’re planning on joining the party. Since the seasons are reversed in South America, February is one of the hottest times of the years. With temperatures set to reach 32 degrees on Friday, proximity to Brazil’s famous beaches is a priority. With so many to choose from, this is no easy task! Pousada La Chimere, Buzios Located in the heart of Buzios well within walking distance of Bones, Azeda and Armacao beaches, this traditional, stylish hotel is a rustic alternative well worth considering. However, this certainly doesn’t mean you’ll have to compromise on comfort. The interior is…

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Rio Carnival Approaches!

February 24, 2014
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It’s that time of year again! Brazil’s finest dancers, costumes and partygoers will come together over one spectacular weekend to celebrate before the beginning of lent. The Party The festivities have grown enormously over the years, having started with just a small street parade in 1823. It is now known universally as the biggest carnival in the world, with upwards of a two million people expected to hit the streets of Rio de Janeiro over the 4 day celebration between 28th February and 4th March. With a number of celebrities, including YouTube sensation PSY rumoured to be attending this year, 2014 looks to be bigger and better than ever. Interestingly, of the total 5 million of so people that will be present over the 4 day weekend, around 500,000 will be tourists. This number has been steadily increasing for years, since the inception of the ‘Sambadrome’. This stadium-like construction is formed of two…

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Rio de Janeiro Carnival 2014

February 3, 2014
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It isn’t an exaggeration to say that Brazil is a country full of everything; enthusiasm, vibrancy, colour, and, above all, life. The cities, culture and most importantly the people of Brazil are some of the liveliest in South America, a continent already famous for its extravagant tastes. Even on the dullest days, the Brazilian people can surprise you with a lust for life that just isn’t found in the UK! What happens, then, when the liveliest people in the world come together in the bustling streets of Rio de Janeiro to celebrate one of the most important religious dates in the calendar with an all-out, no-holds-barred, three day extravaganza? Rio de Janiero’s Carnival. On February 28th, upwards of a million people – tourists and locals alike – will grace the streets of Rio de Janeiro to dance, drink, sing and catch a glimpse of the spectacular show on offer. What is Carnival?…

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World Cup Packages Now Available

August 22, 2013
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After the release of the first wave of World Cup tickets, Latin Routes have put together some packages for hotels which are now available to purchase. With prices starting from £2330 per person, experiencing the excitement of the World Cup is no longer just a fantasy. If England manage to perform well in Group H and come first, then they will be playing whoever comes third in Group H on the 22nd June. This match will be held in Rio de Janeiro, which will have limited hotel availability. However, if you have already managed to secure some tickets (or are planning to) we are offering three nights in the fantastic 4* Ipanema Plaza hotel between the 21st and the 24th June. Due to allocation at the hotel, these dates cannot be changed – prices are based on two people sharing a Standard room, with breakfast included. We would recommend this…

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Enhance Your World Cup Trip To Brazil

August 19, 2013
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Brazil, News, World Cup 2014

The World Cup is being held next year in Brazil and whilst the football is the main focus, this doesn’t mean there aren’t other things on offer. If you’re planning on buying a ticket to next year’s World Cup in Brazil, you can’t afford to miss the myriad of other sights, smells and experiences that Brazil has to offer. Here is a list of things cities that you can occupy yourself with when you’re not cheering your team on. Copacabana Beach, Rio Nearest Stadium: Maracana Stadium, Rio After seeing one of the most famous statues in the world, take a trip down to one of the most famous beaches, Rio’s Copacabana Beach. Once a year it plays host to one of the most extravagant news year’s parties in the world, with firework displays and thousands of residents turning up. During the rest of the year it is still one of…

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