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Fernando de Noronha - State of Pernambuco, Brazil
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. This 21-island archipelago off the northeast coast of Brazil is a dream destination for Brazilians and international visitors alike—especially surfers, who find reef and point breaks as well as...
Beruri - State of Amazonas, 69430-000, Brazil
Trade the office fluorescents for 10 days beneath Brazil’s brilliant skies with GeoEx. The high sweat factor—you’ll cycle Rio’s burnished shores, kayak through mangroves in Paraty, and hike through waterfall-spiked reserves—is balanced by...
Cuiabá - State of Mato Grosso, Brazil
The Pantanal is one of the best wildlife-spotting destinations on the planet. Cox & Kings offers a five-day trip to the remote Jaguar Research Center, where guests may also encounter hyacinthine macaws, anacondas, and giant river otters Brazil’s...
Armação dos Búzios - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This a view of the marina in Buzios. I had been told that this is the place where the Brazilians vacation, so I took a day trip to see what it had to offer. There are many beaches and the water is gorgeous. Unfortunately it was a little cold to...
Estr. do Joá, 1736 - Joá, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22610-142, Brazil
That morning I had climbed up the mountain called Pedra Bonita (Little Rock) where hang gliders jump off the edge of a cliff to a 1600 ft drop over Tijuca National Park. The tandem flights require you to literally run and leap off a wooden...
Itacoatiara, Niterói - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Just a thirty minute cab ride from downtown Rio over the Rio-Niteroi bridge, one of the longest bridges in the world, this little beach town of Itacoatiara lies. It is a surfers' haven and a sleepy little beach town that swells on the weekends...
Av. João Luiz Alves, 378 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22291-090, Brazil
While in Rio you must go to Sugarloaf Mountain. It has beautiful views of the entire city. I went on a day that was misty and cloudy and was a little disappointed that I couldn't see the Christ the Redeemer statue from the mountain, but soon the...
Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One of the best things I ate while in Rio was Pao de Queijo (cheese bread). It is basically a baked ball of dough and cheese that melts in your mouth. Almost every cafe in Rio sells these...usually they give you a little bag filled with them so...
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
So I had heard all about the good beach food at Copacabana, but I never expected how delicious it would be! This man was one of the few selling shrimp. Three skewers for 15 reals and I was in taste bud heaven. Lime juice and salt are added to the...
Praça General Osório - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20410-020, Brazil
Rio is one massive outdoor market: coconuts are sold everywhere along the beach, hand-macheted, cold and refreshing for just $5 RS, and tanned bums and muscly pecs are always on display. But there is another market that comes to Ipanema beach...
Av. Francisco Bering, s/n - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22080-050, Brazil
There may be no better place in Rio to watch the sunset than Arpoador Rock. Wedged in between Ipanema and Copacabana, is it a gathering point for Cariocas and tourists alike to toast the day with a fresh caipirinha. Watch the sun fade behind...
Av. Vieira Souto, 320 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22420-004, Brazil
I stayed in Rio de Janeiro at the Sol Ipanema which was a great hotel right across the street from Ipanema beach. I walked out of the hotel and got to see the morning delivery of coconuts for the snack stand that was on the beach. Coconuts are...
Saúde, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Every Monday night starting at 7pm and lasting until about midnight, the hills of Pedra do Sal are alive with the sounds of Samba. Expect to feel a bit unsure of where you’re going on the cab ride out to Pedra do Sal- surrounding it in the Saúde...
R. Marquês de Sapucaí - Santo Cristo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20220-007, Brazil
Every year before Ash Wednesday, Rio throws one of the world’s best parties. Drawing on African, Indian, and European traditions, Carnival features five days of street fairs, free concerts, and costumed balls. The festival culminates in a colorful...
R. Luís de Camões, 30 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20051-020, Brazil
The prettiest library in Rio de Janeiro is sandwiched between graffiti-tagged buildings on an uneven brick road northwest of downtown. On its facade, the busts of famous Portuguese explorers peer down on pigeons picking at litter and weeds poking...
R. Murtinho Nobre, 93 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20241-050, Brazil
Rio is filled with quirky whimsical characters. And someone who epitomizes Rio’s eccentricity is an artist called Selaron. Selaron is a Chilean artist who has lived in Rio since 1983. A man with a crazy moustache, a maniacal laugh and a bizarre...
Av. Contôrno, s/n - Dois de Julho, Salvador - BA, 40301-155, Brazil
The giant blender called Salvador has mashed, pureed and pulverized a million things over the last four centuries. ‘Capoeira’ is one of the most graceful concoctions it has whipped up. One afternoon I drove down to the courtyard of the Museum of...
Propriedade Santos Cosme e Damião - R. Diogo de Vasconcelos, S/N - Várzea, Recife - PE, 50740-970, Brazil
Just above the rough city edges of Recife lies a tranquil cultural retreat amidst the Atlantic Rainforest. Brazilian ceramicist, Francisco Brennand, transformed his families dilapidated pottery factory into his own workshop, museum and sculpture...
Praia do Sancho, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. The lush rocky cliffs cradling Baia do Sancho are a natural obstacle for humans to conquer before enjoying the pristine beach below. The initial leisurely stroll along a dirt trail with breathtaking...
Jijoca de Jericoacoara - State of Ceará, Brazil
The path is not easy...you have to go to Fortaleza, take a “Jardineira” (looks like a simple truck), or rent a 4x4 car. After 2h hours you will arrive at Jericoacora (Ceará-Brasil). Small place, amazing view, receptive people and the sea..oh my...
Fortaleza - State of Ceará, Brazil
The northeast coastline in the Brazilian state of Ceara is famous for its endless, loping sand dunes. They are the best place to watch the sun set over city and ocean, but even more exciting is sandboarding and dune diving. If you get a running...
Alameda Antunes, 42 - Barra, Salvador - BA, 40140-020, Brazil
Porto Da Barra is one of the more well known beaches in Salvador, Brazil, and on a daily basis is filled with both locals and tourists alike. The beach is set within a bay and contains a break-wall that keeps the water calm and great for swimming....
Av. Vereador Benedito Adelino, 3185 - Praia Grande, Angra dos Reis - RJ, 23900-000, Brazil
Two hours from Rio de Janeiro, off the coast of Angra Dos Reis, Ilha Grande makes for a spacious retreat for two or an epic group vacation. The private island’s six-bedroom house comes with kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, plus a staff...
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