SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Very different ways to greet the New Year in Brazil

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Brazil has incredible landscapes but the best feature of this country is its people. The celebration of life is permanent, it’s part of the national spirit, and any simple thing becomes an excuse for partying. New Year’s Eve throughout Brazil is spectacular—they call it Réveillon. It is one of the major festivities and it officially signals the beginning of the summer vacation period, which lasts until the Carnival. The best parties take place on the beaches, out in the open. These are multitudinous celebrations with live Brazilian or international music, lots of entertainment, fireworks, and places or carts selling food…

Fishing piranhas in the Amazon

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    The Amazon rain forest has an incredible variety of wildlife, with hundreds of different species of birds, amphibians and mammals. And of course there’s the best-known fish of Amazonia, the piranha, with a well-deserved bad reputation in spite of their relatively small size. Most of these species have a strong, narrow body, usually measuring between 14 and 26 centimeters, although some can grow to over 40 cm. Piranhas have a prominent head, very strong jaws and a single row of teeth in the upper and lower part of their mouth. They are very aggressive, with an insatiable appetite…

Tenerife, an island with landscapes ‘not of this planet’

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We often think of Tenerife and its fine beaches, but we shouldn’t make the mistake of just settling for that. Of course the beaches are great but there is a lot more to this island. Tenerife has extraordinarily beautiful landscapes that are unique in the world; a multiple, particularly visible landscape that is a priceless resource, both for those who live there and for the millions of tourists visiting the island ach year. It’s not that way by chance.   We can’t speak of the landscape of Tenerife but of a mosaic of incredible landscapes—as if it were a miniature…

Nothing beats Christmas in the Caribbean

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  If you want to enjoy your Christmas vacation in paradise, why don’t you fly over to the Caribbean? We propose doing away with the winter cold and embracing warm weather instead, substituting an explosion of color for the regular everyday grays. The emerald green of the lush forests, the infinite turquoise waters and the vibrant blue sky: there is no ‘almost’ in the Caribbean—even the flavorful foods are shot with color. Besides the beauty of nature and the privileged weather, its culture is always on the rise. The Caribbean is packed with joy thanks to the music of all…

Try out our swimming pools

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  Yes, we know it, all our hotels are right by the sea, by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. No swimming pool can match the size of the ocean, the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, but we know that after an intensive day of beach and fun there’s nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in one of our fine pools. They come in many shapes and sizes to suit every taste: big, small, heated, some of them have salty water, interior, exterior, for kids, for adults, on terraces, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, with a beach…

Little turtles reaching the sea

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If you go to Praia do Forte you have to make it a point to visit the national headquarters of Projeto Tamar, the ambitious project for the protection of sea turtles in Brazil. It is calculated that each season the project protects around 14,000 nests and approximately 650,000 hatchlings, but beyond these numbers we think the success of the Tamar Project lies in spreading awareness and in the relationship established with local communities, encouraging the culture of protection rather than predation. Fishermen who years ago killed turtles today work for the project. At the visitor’s center you can see turtles…

16 pictures that will make you really want to get to know the Amazon

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If you had any doubts about how wonderful a cruise on the Amazon can be, here are 16 pictures that will dispel any doubts you may have.     The Amazon rain forest, beautiful riverside beaches, remains of a glorious past and the delicious local cuisine are some of the wonders you will find on your cruise. Feel like embarking?   “Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has a 5-star ship hotel with All-Inclusive service at Manaus: the hotel Iberostar Grand Amazon, which calls at different points of the Amazon rain forest where you can catch a ride on smaller boats for…

African-Brazilian culture in Salvador da Bahia

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  With over eighty percent of its population of African descent, Salvador da Bahia has been described as the “most African city of the Americas.” Bahia represents one of the great cultural melting pots of the New World. African cultural influences pervade all aspects of public and private life—music, dance, food, religion and language. African civilizations have left a durable, indelible imprint in the region’s culture. Where this heritage is most obvious is in the musical traditions of Salvador. Among these is samba, the most popular style of music and dance in Brazil. Its roots go back to Africa but…

A museum of cars from the 1950s

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  Cuba is literally a museum of cars from the 1950s. With nearly 60,000 vintage automobiles, anywhere you go you’ll come across classic models of a number of American manufacturers: Chevrolet Oldsmobiles, Buicks, Fords, Studebakers and Plymouths, which would later become Chrysler. Fidel Castro forbade the import of vehicles from abroad, so until recently it was nearly impossible to buy an automobile made outside Cuba. The only American cars that could be bought for private use in Cuba were those purchased and registered before the Revolution. And since there were many of these thanks to the wealthy past of Cuba’s…

8 reasons to enjoy Christmas in Madrid

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  We would like to suggest that you spend Christmas in Madrid. The capital of Spain has a lot of interesting things to offer and here goes a list. It’s up to you to choose because you won’t be able to do everything: · Huge nativities: There are nativities on display at the Palace of Cibeles, the Casa de la Villa, Museum of St. Isidore and the Museum of History of Madrid. · Very original Christmas flea markets: From among all the flea markets (there are so many that we can’t list them all here), there is one that has…