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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…

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…

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…

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 river beaches of Manaus

  The capital of the Amazon is far from the ocean, but not many people are aware of the beautiful river beaches located in the Manaus area. During the dry season, running from June to September, the waters recede and display exotic beaches surrounded by the imposing Amazon rain forest. There are also beaches that can be seen all year round, but they are smaller during the rainy season. At any of these beaches you can take in the sun, relax and swim in the safe waters—yes, they are safe, meaning you don’t have to worry about any nasty sea…

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…