‘manaus’

The beautiful Palace of the Opera in Manaus

BRA_El hermoso Palacio de la Ópera de Manaos

Manaus, a Brazilian city right in the heart of the Amazon, has nearly four centuries of history behind it, the most important period being during the so-called Rubber Boom, which is what made this city develop so fast. Today it is among the cities of Brazil that is visited by many tourists. The enviable and strategic location of Manaus, right where the Rio Negro and the Amazon meet, played a pivotal role in the process of making a small Portuguese fort a city that was soon to become known as the Paris of the Tropics. But it was not until…

Tips for a cruise on the Amazon

A cruise on the huge Amazon River is one of the best experiences that inveterate travelers can enjoy in their lifetime. The magnificence of the rivers and trees, the incredible natural variety and the down-to-earth and hospitable nature of the people make up a unique scenario where you can have contact and learn about the last frontier where life can be experienced in a virtually pristine state. Here are a few tips that you should bear in mind if you want to fully enjoy this beautiful adventure: · Mosquitoes: In all damp areas insects are plentiful, particularly those annoying mosquitoes.…

Basic travel tips when in Brazil

We know you are well-informed travelers and that you look up where you’re going to when visiting another country. Here go a few tips for those of you who want to know more about Brazil. · It is advisable to take out comprehensive travel insurance. This goes for any destination, not just Brazil! · Choose the best season. Are you among those who think the weather is always warm in Brazil? Click here. · Vaccines. At present no vaccines are required when travelling to Brazil. Although they are reasonably under control, the country does have certain health problems: dengue fever,…

Interesting facts about Amazonia

· The Brazilian part of the Amazon River basin has the same area as 15 European countries. · Brazilian Amazonia is the zone of the world with the most national and natural parks: the Pico de Neblina National Park, the Janauari Ecological Park, the National Park of Jaú (the largest forestry reserve in the Americas), etc. · There are trees in Amazonia standing over 20 m high. · Another fact attesting to the sheer size of the Amazon River is that it boasts the largest river archipelago in the world: the Anavilhanas Islands. · Since 1991, 11 new species of…

Samba sets the rhythm in Brazil

BRA_En Brasil hay que moverse a ritmo de samba

Samba is the musical genre par excellence of Brazil. It is a musical style subject to fusion which adopts many varieties. The origin of samba can be traced back to Africa in the days before the trade slave that took so many people to the Americas. Samba is recognized as an urban musical expression of Rio de Janeiro, and although there are other forms of samba all over the country, the samba carioca became the symbol of Brazil’s national identity around the 1930s. The samba carioca, however, originated in the roda de samba format. It is samba in which the…

The flooded desert

You may wonder how there can be a desert in Brazil, one of the moistest places on Earth? As the Quixote said: “Cosas veredes amigo Sancho” (There are so many wonders to be seen in a lifetime). The National Park of Lençóis Maranhenses, in state of Maranhão, is not a mirage. It is an area of around 300 square kilometers of white dunes and lakes that is one of the most fascinating places on Earth. Surrounded by mangroves, plentiful in clams, crayfish and birds (this is one of the best regions for sighting birds), the dunes spread from the coast…

Brazil has it all and everything is sensational

  Experience the country of joy, a magical place that will put a smile on your face the minute your plane lands. Nature at its purest, an exquisite respect for ecology, beaches that will render you breathless, a joie de vivre that catches on to you every step you take, rich colonial architecture and the most colorful carnivals in the world. Abandon yourself in its charm. Brazil has it all and everything is sensational. Serve yourself an ice cold caipiroska and dream along. Let your imagination fly up to the Corcovado and indulge in the ecstasy of the view of…

10 Brazilian habits that tourists would like to adopt

A Brazilian magazine conducted a survey among foreign tourists to find out the things they like most from Brazilian customs and what they would take back with them if they could. Their answers gave a true to life portrait of Brazil and its people. According to the survey, these are the habits that the world should import from Brazil: · Partying: Nearly everyone is surprised by the fact that Brazilians go out late and come back home in the wee hours. This is what Spaniards do too · Hugging: It’s great to arrive at a place and be welcomed with…

Ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics?

Tick-tock-tick-tock. Time is running out as the clock keeps ticking ahead. The Olympic Games are right around the corner! The 2016 Olympics in Rio, scheduled for August 5 to 21, will be the first Olympic Games to be held in South America. Over 10,500 athletes from 206 countries are expected. In 17 days there will be 306 medals up for grabs, 161 male events, 136 female events and 9 events open to both men and women, altogether 42 sports that will include two novelties: Golf, a sport that returns to the Olympics after 112 years, and Rugby, which is back…

Boi-bumbá, the famous festival at Parintins

  In the heart of Brazilian Amazonia is Manaus, the gateway to Amazonia, a huge reserve of over 4,000 square kilometers, covering nine Brazilian states and home to most of the nearly 210 indigenous tribes in the country. Manaus is a perfect destination for those who are fond of eco-tourism, thanks to its many natural parks and environmental reserves. Tourists can enjoy sightings of typical animals in the region, such as a fish known as the peixe-boi-da-amazônia and several species of macaws. Now if you happen to be in Manaus during the month of June you must go on an…