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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Ultimate Surf Vacation

With so much competition sprouting up, many people have begun to ask the question — “What is the Ultimate Surf Vacation?”. To answer this query we set out to explore the options. First and foremost, the baseline requirement of course was the presence of world-class waves, solid consistency and variety for all levels and types of surfers. Next, we searched out spots which had something more to offer than just waves, as today’s high-end surf traveler is more demanding in terms of leisure options. Only a destination with access to other day time outdoor activities, as well as great nightlife and dining, is able to fit the bill these days. Finally, the resort needs to have high-end accommodations, as today’s surf travelers no longer are content with tents and hammocks. Luxury villas and amenities such as high-speed wireless internet, international phone lines, and direct beach access are crucial.

After much analysis and research, we are happy to report that in a crowded field of many, one surf resort stood out head and shoulders from the rest — NEXUS Surf in Florianopolis, Brazil.

Florianopolis is an enchanting island located just off Brazil’s southern coast. It is generally considered the surf capital of Brazil and hosts South America’s only WCT Pro Tour event. It is known for its excellent tubular waves and has 42 beaches around the island to choose from.

In addition to great surfing, Florianopolis offers kitesurfing, river rafting, horse back riding, paragliding, snorkeling/diving and much, much more. Then there’s the nightlife — some of the world’s best, with a huge array of bars, clubs and lounges where locals party in true Brazilian style until the wee hours of the morning.

Tour Brazil Without Problems

This depends on what you want to do. Also note that accommodation across Brazil as well as flights increase dramatically during Carnival.

Climate wise the main problem to worry about is rain. Taking southern Brazil out of the equation, temperatures very rarely go sub 15 degrees during the year. July, August and September are the dry months in the Amazon and the Pantanal regions and therefore the most popular with travellers. For those travelling to the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, the weather is unpredictable and so it can rain at any point of the year, although it rarely gets cold.

Rio de Janeiro and Salvador are two of the most popular destinations for the nationwide celebrated carnival in Brazil. The two carnivals vary greatly with the Salvador carnival being more traditional than that of Rio de Janeiro. With this comes a big difference: Rio de Janeiro’s is celebrated in the streets and in the stadium while Salvador’s is only in the street, greatly affecting the price. General entrance tickets to the stadium cost upwards of US$ 70 and can reach over $500, even more if you want an allocated seat or box.

Brazil has numerous bus companies as well as low cost airlines. It is usually possible to turn up at the bus station and buy your bus ticket on the day if taking a short distance bus; for long distance buses you should book in advance. When travelling a long distance be sure to compare airline prices as well as buses because in many cases the former can be cheaper. Between Amazon cities travel by boat, but be sure to buy your ticket from an authorised vendor.

In the big cities and tourist areas you will find many people who speak English including all those who work in tourism. It is always advised to learn a little basic Portuguese because outside of the major tourist destinations, English is in short supply. While a lot of people will be able to make their way around using basic Spanish and be understood by the nationals, this isn’t always the case in the opposite side.

Brazil Vacation

Don’t go without checking the climate and holiday schedule.

Since Brazil is located in the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are the opposite times of year as those in the United States. Brazil’s summer runs from December 22 to March 21 and winter goes from June 22 to September 21. Since Brazil is so large, temperatures vary widely, especially during winter months. Rainy seasons are also at different times of the year. Besides the weather conditions, you will also want to check the holiday schedule. There are quite a few Brazilian holidays related to historical events or religious celebrations. You certainly don’t want to travel to Brazil when most things are closed or overly crowded.

Don’t act like an ugly foreigner.

The term “ugly” refers to your attitude. Don’t be ethnocentric. Respect the local culture. Participate in and learn from the traditional events and activities. Mingle with the people. Get to know some of them. It’s not that hard. Brazilians are very friendly and usually go out of their way to befriend strangers. Try learning a little Portuguese both before you depart and during your trip. Sure, you’ll make mistakes but you will also make friends. Many things will be different. Don’t criticize. Take note and learn what it means to be Brazilian.

Don’t forget to get a tourist visa to Brazil.

On more than one occasion I have seen tourists barred from entering a plane destined for Brazil because they did not have the appropriate visa to Brazil. While there are many countries in the world that allow U.S. citizens to enter without a visa, Brazil is not one of them. The visa applications process it pretty straightforward.

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1. This is only my opinion but Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful and spectacular cities in the world. If you have travelled across the world to this the city then visiting the Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar) is a must. This peak is very recogniseable and whenever you see it on TV you instantly know that you are viewing Rio. If you are a seasoned climber then good luck to you, I prefer the gass panelled cable car to reach the top.The Rio-Niteroi bridge is located across the Bayand an awesome place to view Sugar Loaf Mountain. If this is not enough to whet your appetite then how about indulging yourself in the stunning natural harbour and beautiful surroundings such as the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

2. Iguacu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil, is considered one the great natural wonders of South America. No matter how you choose to spell it you cannot help but be inspired these magnificent falls which change depending on whether it has rained or not. These impressive falls are bigger than the Niagra falls, spread for over 2 miles in the shape of a horse shoe.

3. Salvador Bahia is an exotic tropical city which is near the equator. Here you can enjoy the sandy beaches which are lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the ocean. If you are old enough to remember the young lady eating a coconut chocolate bar, then the beaches here are reminiscent of the taste of paradise.

4. The Amazonas territory is said to be over 95% rainforest, and is so called after the Amazon River.This is also where the highest mountain in Brazil can be found. It is quite something to ponder when you realise that the Amazon rainforest here in Brazil makes up over half of the planets remaining rainforests. The rainforest is truly a most stunning place to visit with it’s flora and fauna and amazing natural beauty.