Travel tips

Summer and Carnaval in Brazil, the most eagerly-awaited of seasons, offers breath-taking destinations and feverish anticipation of Brazil’s biggest party Without a shadow of a doubt the most tropical of the seasons, summer, has a particularly special relationship with Brazil and its people. Happiness, spontaneity and sensuality are the chief characteristics of the local culture, and are awoken by the brilliant sunshine and culminate in a unique party atmosphere, a feeling of freedom and liberty to enjoy the intense blue sky by day and the stars by night. Brazilians spend the whole year working hard whilst making plans for their…

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The Consulate-General of Brazil in London has added a new section to its website, offering tips for Brazilians who intend to travel to the United Kingdom. Called “Visiting the United Kingdom”, the new section offers information about rules for entry, health tips and special precautions, all in one place. Here are some of the recommendations: Brazilians do not require a visa to enter the UK for tourism or business, as long as their trip is no longer than 3 months. Those who plan on staying longer, or are traveling for other reasons, need to get in touch with the UK authorities…

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The Rio-Santos road, with all its twists and turns along the coastline, its enchanting beaches and its rich sense of history, is one of the stunning roads in Brazil; The winding road leaving Santos unlocks the sort of natural beauty that few other routes can boast and was even the inspiration for the famous song, As Curvas da Estrada de Santos, penned by Roberto Carlos, the famous Brazilian musician. The Rio-Santos is a federal highway that runs between the Serra do Mar and one of the most beautiful stretches of Brazilian coastline. It is 457 kilometres long and connects the…

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Your next trip to Brazil could have more connections than usual! Some of Brazil’s airlines now enable passengers to access social networks and send e-mails and messages during flights. Flyers of all ages are celebrating this great news. So, now Brazilian airlines offer in-flight internet access! In planes which offer the new service, passengers will no longer need to switch off their personal electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones and tablets, and will be able to enjoy their flight with full interactivity. The on-board internet service is being supplied thanks to a deal between some of the world’s leading satellite connectivity…

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London’s charm really becomes apparent during the festive season. The city lights up, shop windows glisten with Christmas decorations and the bustling streets offer a myriad of distractions for the chilly afternoons and crisp winter nights. Tourist guides usually offer a few different kinds of Christmas tours of the city, but now there is one especially for you: guided tours in Portuguese! For example, you could visit the Charles Dickens Museum – the author of ‘A Christmas Carol’, the book which almost single-handedly invented the modern western concept of what Christmas represents. The museum resides in a specially decorated house,…

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Ouro Preto is a city located in Minas Gerais, in Southeast Brazil. A popular destination for overseas tourists and Brazilians alike, the city has a rich history and is famous for its colonial architecture. Founded around 1711, it was originally named Villa Rica and was wealthy in terms of gold and precious stones. As a result the city gained significant importance and quickly attracted settlers, as the country’s main region for mining. Historically speaking, Ouro Preto is of significant importance as it has been the setting for many historical and cultural events. The most remembered is the Inconfidência Mineira (Minas…

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London and São Paulo, two cosmopolitan cities replete with cultural attractions, have much in common. One example is the diverse options in terms of museums close to metro stations. With value for money admission – often even free – the museums offer recreation, culture and education for all of the family. Check out some recommendations that are close to metro stations in the English capital and Brazil’s largest city: London: British Museum: located close to Russell Square and Holborn stations (Central and Piccadilly lines), the museum specialises in ancient civilisation, with a collection of rare artefacts from ancient Egypt, Greece,…

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Famous for its beaches and stunning natural landscapes, the Northeast is also Brazil’s most historic region and home to some of the country’s strongest cultural traditions Located in the tropical zone, just below the equator, it is the third largest region of Brazil – to have an idea, the total area of the region is approximately six times that of the entire UK – and is split into the highest number of states for a Brazilian region, and includes Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte and Sergipe – each of which is so special that…

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The 2016 Olympic Games are fast approaching with Rio de Janeiro set to play host to tourists from all over the world. In between watching the volleyball and the gymnastics, why not visit some of the local sights and get to know a little bit about the Brazilian culture and local history? Here we offer a few alternative day-trips to parks and museums, which are accessible to anyone and sure to make a big impact on your time in Brazil. Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) The recently opened, Museu do Amanhã, is the work of Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava…

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Londres para Curiosos (London for the Curious) is a book written for those who travel with the intention of living a few days like a local, exploring the sorts of places that don’t usually appear in the traditional tourist guides. Marina Neves, thanks to her career as a journalist and specialist in politics and international relations, has lived in cities all over Brazil and the world. She has written for foreign news agencies and even worked for the United Nations. As a fan of travel and writing, Marina noticed that there were already many established websites, blogs and magazines that…

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