Brazil

20 Paulo Coelho Quotes to Set your Wandering Soul on Fire

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Brazil has given us many gifts - caipirinhas on the beach, the insane yearly carnival, the samba, and Paulo Coelho, author of the best-selling novel the Alchemist. Coelho was born in the Brazilian sunshine of Rio de Janiero and brings all the sultry zest of Brazil to the ideas he spills onto his pages. I will never forget the first time a fellow traveler han[...]

The Best of Paraty: Pirates, Rainforest & a Bottle of Rum

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The bus is an hour late. That in is nothing unusual in Brazil. Neither is the fact that the bus driver later on tries to make up for it by speeding through the rain which has washed away any view over the road or the other cars. I was told that the trip from Arraial do Cabo to Paraty would take about four hours, the perfect amount of time to spend traveli[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary for Brazil

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Of all the places in South America I was willing to fly to, Brazil was definitely on the top of the list.  I had always been attracted to its original vibe and very keen to learn more about its strong identity and diversity. The idea of hopping on a plane to reach a nation which size is almost 15 times bigger than my home-country sounded extremely exciting t[...]

8 Must-do's in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio is one of my favourite places in Brazil - a city which has fascinated me since my first visit in 2010. Back then I had booked for two weeks and stayed six. The next time I came back for four months to teach English and live the enviable life of a carioca, a native inhabitant of Rio. It is a city where beautiful, lush green mountains clash dramatic[...]

10 things to do in Manaus, heart of the Amazon

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Long ago, the Amazon Rainforest has put me under a spell from far away; the endless luscious green fields of canopy, the impenetrable brush of the jungle, colorful orchids and tropical birds, the howls of a monkey flock in the distance. In admiration I watched the nature documentaries on TV with my dad. The wild animals of Jumanji made me cringe and dream at[...]

World changing street art

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A couple years ago, I was walking along the Seine in Paris, and noticed that a bridge and the stonewalls by the riverbank were covered by huge eyes in black and white. I found it fascinating, but I unfortunately forgot about it. Big mistake, since the artist behind it is one of the most inspiring street artists of our time. Yes, I've heard about Banksy, but [...]

Brasilia - a futuristic utopia

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Did you know that Rio de Janeiro isn't the capital of Brazil? Mistaking the capital of Samba for still being the capital of Brazil is a common mistake.  Ever since I read Jaclyn's post on abandoned futuristic monuments from former Yugoslavia, I've been thinking about Brasilia, Brazil's capital since the 1960, which in itself is one of the most monumental and[...]

Top 10 neighbourhood bars in Rio de Janeiro

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Dear Travelettes, Ever so often I come across something on the internet that immediately sparks my desire to escape everyday life and travel far, far away. This morning, while I was having coffee and reading the online papers, the headline "Top 10 neighbourhood bars in Rio" caught my eye. I've never been to Brazil, and I was sure that the next time my tra[...]

My Brazilian dream

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I used to dream about Brazil long before I went there, I thought about samba, carnival, the huge Jesus statue, but most of all about snakes, scary dogs and pirates. My grandfather, who was a captain, moved to Brazil long before I was born, and the few times I met him he told stories about his huge killer dogs and the snakes on his farm. After visiting the[...]