‘Brazil’

The Acarajé of the Bahianas, the best food you can get on the streets of Brazil

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  Acarajé is the crown jewel of the food you can buy from street vendors in Salvador da Bahia—you can get it everywhere in the streets. Like most dishes from Afro-Bahian cuisine, this sacred, delicious dish is closely linked to the candomblé beliefs. It is prepared in terreiros as an offering to the Orixá Iansã, corresponding to St. Barbara. Normally it is only prepared by santeros. In Yoruba, a Nigerian language, Acarajé means “eat ball of fire.” It is a bun made of a mass of black beans, feijão fradinho, which is usually filled with prawns and a spicy chili…

The imposing architecture of Brazil

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  Brazil is a huge, wonderful country with beaches, landscapes and musical rhythms of iconic stature all over the world. But it also boasts imposing architecture that is not less important than the things for which the country is most renowned. The Portuguese first arrived in Brazil in the early 16th century, and one of their major concerns was to ensure their ownership of the land, leading them to build fortresses and religious sanctuaries. A good example of constructions from that period is the Fort of Santo Antônio da Barra, in Salvador da Bahia. It was the first fort built…

There’s no such thing as boredom in Manaus

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Manaus is the capital of the state of Amazon. Located in the midst of the world’s largest rain forest, this forest city is one of the most important and populous cities in Brazil. This destination stands out for its great economic development as a city and for its abundant and varied vegetation. Founded by the Portuguese in the 17th century, it is the portico to remoter destinations that take you near the Amazonian dream. Here go a few of the ‘must sees’ in this imposing city: · São Sebastião Square is in the center of Manaus. It is surrounded by majestic buildings…

Itapuã Beach

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Considered one of the most famous beaches of Salvador da Bahia, it is located 21 kilometers from the city center. It is sheltered by coral reefs, the waters are warm and calm, with white sand, huge coconut trees and rocky formations that become perfect natural swimming holes when the tide is low, ideal for risk-free bathing. In the tupi guarani language, Itapuã means ‘the snoring stone’. According to legend, whenever the tide was low there was a stone that could be heard snoring. Itapuã features in songs by famous Brazilian composers such as Vinícius de Moraes and Toquinho in Tarde…

The encontro das aguas in the Amazon River

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This impressive natural phenomenon takes place 10 km from the city of Manaus in northern Brazil. The Rio Negro flows through the city and meets the Rio Solimões (the name given to this section of the Amazon River). The dark waters of the Rio Negro flow alongside the lighter muddy waters of the Solimões for a while before eventually blending. The Rio Negro is the largest tributary of the Amazon, aside from being the largest black river in the world. The two bodies of water are seemingly reluctant to blending—this is due to the difference in the chemical composition of…

The Elevador Lacerda is one of the symbols of Salvador da Bahia

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The Elevador Lacerda is a masterpiece of the art déco style; this huge elevator stands out as one of the most emblematic tourist attractions of Brazil. Salvador is divided in two parts, the Cidade Alta and the Cidade Baixa, as a result of the hilly layout of the city. The upper and lower parts of the city are connected by this famous elevator. Inaugurated in 1873, the Elevador Lacerda was the first public elevator in the world. It goes back to the early 17th century, when the Jesuits set up an initial elevator consisting of a platform moved by ropes…

Things to do on a cruise along the Amazon River

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The powerful Amazon River carries more water than any other river in the world, with a river basin spanning 7.05 million square kilometers and a total length of 7,062 km. With its thousands of tributaries it goes through the world’s largest rain forest, with the most varied biological system you can imagine. A cruise along the Amazon River gives you the possibility of entering the heart of this paradise and exploring its many wonders. The Amazon has two seasons: the rainy season spans from November or December to June and the dry season runs from July to December. During the…

The Rio Olympic Games are here

  The first Olympic Games in South America will be held in Rio de Janeiro, from August 5 to 21. The world’s most important sports event arrives in Rio just two years after the Soccer World Cup. Brazil’s energy, the warmth and joy of the cariocas will surely make Rio 2016 the most colorful and endearing Olympic Games in history. Rio provides a beautiful, vibrating scenario, with beaches and landscapes that have become world icons. The impressive Copacabana beach will be the venue of some of the most important events, while the opening and closing ceremonies will be celebrated in…

Samba, Brazil’ national identity.

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Samba is the most popular music and dancing style of Brazil. It arose in Rio de Janeiro, taken there from Bahia, and grew up to become the quintessential music and dance of the nation. It is the foundation of the Rio Carnival and has become part of the DNA of all Brazilians. With its rhythm and voluptuous dance it has travelled the world over, becoming one of the most catchy and popular rhythms of South America. It was born when descendants of Africans migrated from Bahia to Rio de Janeiro at the end of the 19th century, taking with them…

What to visit in Salvador da Bahia

  Salvador da Bahia is one of the most beautiful cities of Brazil—it is the city of joy. The inhabitants, known as soteropolitanos, consider it a mission to assist outsiders so that they can disconnect from the travails of the world. So all you have to do is enjoy the golden beaches, the churches glittering in gold, the baroque buildings, the picturesque popular feasts, the fetishist ceremonies and the incredible music (the crib of samba). It is the nation’s African-Brazilian jewel, with strong African, American Indian and European roots that has balanced out tradition and modernity. The streets are a…