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Tijuca National Park, photo by Alberto Peterson

Tijuca National Park

In 1961, Tijuca Forest was declared a National Park and a Brazil Federal Conservation Area. Tijuca Forest is a true oasis within the city of Rio de Janeiro. The preservation of the Tijuca National Park is critical to maintaining quality of life in the city, this is the largest urban forest in the world and […]

Cachaça and Caipirinha

The Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail made with cachaça, ice, sugar, and lime. It is the drink most commonly associated with cachaça. The major difference between cachaça and rum is that rum is usually made from molasses, a by-product from refineries that boil the cane juice to extract as much sugar crystal as possible, while […]

Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana is an upscale neighborhood located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro , Brazil. It is the most famous and prestigious neighborhood of Brazil and one of the world’s best known. It has the nickname of Princess of the Sea and the Heart of South Zone, bordering neighborhoods of Lagoa, […]

Churrascaria the Brazilian Barbeque

Churrascaria, the Brazilian Barbeque

A churrascaria is a place where meat is is cooked in Churrasco style, which translates roughly from the Portuguese for ‘barbecue’. Distinctly a South American style rotisserie, it owes its origins to the fireside roasts of the gaúchos of southern Brazil traditionally from the Pampa region, centuries ago. In modern restaurants rodízio service is typically […]

Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf), Rio de Janeiro

Sugarloaf, Rio de Janeiro

The Sugarloaf Hill, known as “Pão de Açucar” is a 396 meters high peak situated in the very heart of Rio de Janeiro at the entrance to Guanabara Bay, in the neighborhood of Urca. Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf) consists of a monolith, with a single block of granite, which has been altered by pressure and temperature, […]

Christ on Corcovado mountain, Rio de Janeiro

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The announcement to award the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the city of Rio de Janeiro was made by the IOC President Jacques Rogge, on 2nd October 2009 in Copenhagen. It the beginning of a journey of big opportunities and challenges for Rio, and for Brazil. There will be more than 100,000 people involved […]

FIFA World Cup 2010 Spain with cup

FIFA World Cup 2014

The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and […]

Rio de Janeiro bicycle map

Rio de Janeiro Bike Map

I love bicycle riding almost as much as body surfing and swimming in the sea. The beauty to life in Brazil can be enhanced, by enjoying the richness of each moment. My favorite mode of transport and method for chilling-out, is to ride my mountain-bike, along bike paths, under the palms trees, beside the beach. […]

Praia do Leblon

Leblon is an upscale neighborhood in the southern city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Located between the Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, Morro Brothers and Canal Garden of Allah.  The neighborhood is bordered by the Gávea, Lagoa, Ipanema and Vidigal . Its inhabitants belong mostly to the upper class, including some of the elite names […]

Macumba in Brazil

Until I first visited Macumba Beach I’d never heard of this type of magic but from seeing the evidence of it’s practice, there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s a serious “black witchcraft”. It’s surprising to me, how different the explanations of this ritual or religion of African origin were, from one Brazilian to […]