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Category Archives: Travel

South America Vacation

Sightseeing at the Iguaza Falls

The Iguaza Falls in South America is something that must certainly not be missed. One of the best things about these waterfalls geographically it that they lie in three countries-Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay-though they cover only a distance of 2 miles. This is actually not a single waterfall but a group of smaller ones. The waterfalls themselves and the canyon that they drop into are something nature created after a lot of thought.

Rock Climbing in Brazil

Brazil has some steep slopes for the avid mountaineer as well as gentle ones for people who are just beginning to learn mountain climbing. The Brazilian government has long understood the attraction its mountains holds and has made mountaineering here an organized activity. Apart from the thrill this sport can give, there’s also the mesmerizing scenery of the area that holds the tourists’ attraction.

Hiking and Trekking in Chile

The best place to hike and trek in Chile is the Lake Region, where you can see 12 large and beautiful lakes and a number of smaller ones. It is wonderful to go walking along these lakes in the bright sunshine with everything nature has to offer spread out in front of you. The region is definitely invigorating and a favorite of picture postcard makers. There are also thermal springs here that you can check out.

Cruising along South America

Even if you don’t set foot on land during your South America vacation but just go cruising along its lakes, you will experience its beauty. Some of the best places that you can cruise along include Valparaiso, Puerto Montt, Puerto Chacabuco, the Magellan Straits, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, the Beagle Channel, Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands and so on. Each place has an attraction of its own. There are so many places to visit that even a whole year won’t suffice to cover them all!

Exotic Vacations to Brazil

Brazil, for instance, has so much to offer. And you may not even realize all that you can do there. From the eastern coast with Costa do Sauipe to the west side, there is something in between that large mass of land for anyone who wants to learn or have fun or just relax. You may ask what you can do when you take a trip to this beautiful location. Well, there are many things that continue to attract visitors. You can enjoy the beaches if you stay near the coast, splashing around in the surf with family and friends and people from all over the world. Or you can plan other activities, such as taking a boat down the Amazon River. That will certainly make a good story for anyone back home! You would see the environment up close and personal! And there are so many great places to eat and dance and have fun. There is something for everyone!

And so if this all sounds like something you would enjoy, then finding a place to stay is not difficult either! Comfort and cost are sometimes hard to come by if you want both. But you can find fabulous Curacao resorts that will offer you that comfort all while keeping you from breaking the bank when trying to find a place to stay. So come for the fun and excitement and experience all that this wonderful nation has to offer.

Nannai Beach Resort

The Nannai beach resort is great for family vacations but is also known as a perfect spot for luxury honeymoons in Brazil. They have boutique hotels with ocean front suites so you can over look the ocean on your wonderful nights of romance during your honeymoon. They have a 7-day honeymoon package that is perfect for newlyweds. The VIP honeymoon package comes with the Master Bungalow (the best in Brazil), all meals included with package, tours, transfers, and champagne upon your arrival there. Included is land and helicopter transfers round trip. The two-story honeymoon master bungalow over looks the oceanfront and is very large measuring 1300 square feet; it includes a gourmet kitchen, a home theatre system in the living room, a social bath, a Jacuzzi that is separated privately from the living room. You can choose to leave the balcony open and enjoy the breeze from outside or you can choose to close off the balcony and stay inside your swimming pool on windy days. The second story has a large king size bed, air conditioning is throughout the whole unit, a stereo, cable TV, and the bathroom has a hair dryer included. The shower and the Jacuzzi have a sea view from the top floor. Take your honeymoon vacation of 7 days and 6 nights at the Nannai beach Resort, and you will undoubtedly have a wonderful, relaxing experience that you will definitely never forget.

Brazil Tourist Visa

The documents: Ahead of applying for your visa, it will be best get every one of the documents ready, you will need:

* A US passport valid for, at the very least, 6 months beyond applicant’s stay in Brazil; ought to contain a minimum of one visa page.

* One particular 2×2 current, passport sized photograph made against a white background; computer photographs is not going to be accepted.

* two copies in the signed visa form

* Photocopy of applicant’s US driver’s license

* Proof of departure

* A copy with the US alien card in the event the applicant is not a United states citizen.

However, the specifications might vary greatly based on the consulate that services the city you reside in. For instance, people that reside within the Chicago jurisdiction will also need to have a sworn statement that the documents are truthful and people inside the Hartford consulate jurisdiction will need to have a signed letter of authorization. Similarly, a person from Chicago who intends to stay with his/her close friends when in Brazil will have to get an official invitation from his/her host.

The fees: The reciprocity fee came into effect for American citizens desirous of traveling to Brazil on June 4, 2010. So, the current visa processing fee stands at $160. The Brazilian consulate only accepts postal cash orders issued in the name of the Consulate General of Brazil

Visa specifications for minors: If you’re traveling with children who are under the age of 18, specific visa specifications could have to be followed. A host of added documents may have to be submitted which incorporate:

* The authentic birth certificate having a copy. In the event the original birth certificate cannot be submitted, the copies will have to become notarized.

* If mothers and fathers are not traveling using the little one, a notarized letter of material through the mothers and fathers will also be essential

* Polio immunization record for children in the ages of 3 months to six years.

The travel itinerary: Tourists will also be expected to furnish proof of onward travel which will normally be the airline reservation for travel in and out of Brazil. However, this can pose a problem for those who usually do not wish to book a plane ticket without having the Brazil tourist visa. The consulate demands a copy from the round -trip ticket or even a booked itinerary which mentions the arrival and departure date, flight numbers, passenger name and so forth.

Info of Holidays in Brazil

Outdoor activities

For outdoor activities, particularly walking / hiking / trekking / climbing, mountain biking and kayaking, definitely the Atlantic Rainforest should be your choice. It offers countless historical trails, beautiful deserted and semi-deserted beaches, mangrove and restinga vegetation, rainforest covered mountains of up to 3.000 height meters (Mar /Mantiqueira range), charming rivers, waterfalls and pools, traditional communities and some colonial towns. Additionally, it is easy to access via the Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro international airport.

Speleology

There are many cave areas in Brazil but in combination with rainforest, the Speleological Province Upper Ribeira / Paranapiacaba (Sao Paulo State), with its fantastic karst landscape and hundreds of limestone caves, is unique. Recommendation: Intervales and PETAR State Park.

Diving

Brazil has no Great Barrier Reef and is not a famous diving spot. However, the Fernando de Noronha island in Pernambuco and the dozens of shipwrecks around Ilhabela (Sao Paulo), might be worth a visit.

Wildlife Viewing

When you can stand the heat and the mosquitoes, the Pantanal is the place to be in order to watch, photograph and film animals in their natural habitat. Especially the dry season (winter) is highly recommend, because the flooded areas shrink and the animals have to come out of their shelter in order to access the water. For that purpose, don´t go to the Amazon, you probably will be disappointed. A biologist, who participated in a 7 day rainforest expedition to Pico da Neblina, once told me that he did not see one animal during the whole hike.

  • For birdwatching, visit the Intervales State park, where you easily can observe a different bird species about every 15 minutes.
  • The archipelago of Abrolhos is great place for whale watching during season.
  • When you are in Sao Paulo, Cantareira State Park is an excellent option to see free living monkeys, especially howler monkeys (Alouatta guariba).

Culture and History

Brazil, for sure is a great nature / eco destination but I think it is fair to say that if you come from a culturally rich continent, such as Europe, Brazil, with its young history, in terms of cultural attractions, cannot quite compare. However, the baroque colonial buildings and churches that date back to Brazil´s gold cycle, might be worth a visit. An interesting alternative to combine culture and history with exceptional natural beauty is a visit to the Discovery Coast World Heritage Site in South Bahia or to follow the former gold route (Estrada Real) from the mining areas in Ouro Preto / Diamantinha (Minas Gerais) to the port in Paraty. The Lagamar Complex (Sao Paulo / Parana) offers prehistoric sambaquis, traditional fishing communities (caicaras) and further inland, descendants of African slaves, so – called quilombolas.

Must know about Historic Landmarks of Brazil

Landmark is the Rich Village of Black Gold, known as the Ouro Preto, Vila Rica do Ouro Preto to be exact, it’s history influencing it’s name from being once an old mining town. This wonderful city is located in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. It is famous for it’s spectacular structures. The city preserved it’s complex architecture, it’s churches and buildings with incredible detail and touches of gold. Til today it’s kept preserved with only little touches of modernized city life.

The city of Sao Joao del-Rei is also one of the historic cities located in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. It’s known for it’s many embellished cathedrals and churches. It is also known for it’s famous inhabitants from the past that had an impact in Brazil such as Brazil’s former president Tancredo Neves, their national hero Tiradentes, and the Brazilian cardinal Dom Lucas Moriera Neves.

Congonhas is also a historic town in Brazil, also located in the city of Minas Gerais. One of it’s most famous tours is to the vast sculpture set made by the most well known sculptor in Brazil during it’s colonial age, the Basilica. There you will see statues carved out of cedar wood and soap stones. Many tourists from all over the world and locals come to appreciate the beautiful sculptures and attend religious events held there.

These are only a few of the beautiful historic land marks Brazil contains, and Brazil isn’t only known for this, it is also known for it’s many events with colourful costumes and great food, their passion for futbol, carnivals which occurred once a year and it’s many beautiful beaches. It is also in Brazil that the Amazon river is located, the largest river in the world by mass, basin of approximately 7,050.000 kilo meters, that being 2,729,000 square miles. Because of it’s vastness, it has earned the nick name “the River Sea”. There in the Amazon forest, lives an estimated 5000 different species of fish alone. Brazil is also filled with welcoming, euphoric people, known for their beautiful women and great Samba dance.

End a Trip to Brazil

When I was there, I stayed in a hostel called Walk on the Beach Hostel, which is by far the best hostel I ever stayed in. Why you ask? because of the amazing people the worked and stayed there! I’ll put it to you this way, the first night there, I met a group of 8 people. One was American, one was Swiss, a couple of Swedish, two Brazilians, an Australian and an Argentinian. We hit the clubs right away and the way the night ended was with all of us floating on Copacabana beach, watching the sun rise. How amazing is that?!? All of us became the best of friends instantly. We ended up traveling to the Iguazu falls, partied on the streets of Rio, relaxed in Florianopolis, explored the jungle in Manaus and celebrated the new years in the most incredible party the world over!

The true spectacle of the trip, however came on the last day. Trying to figure out a way to end this amazing trip, my new friends and I did the unthinkable and set Brazil off with a HUGE bang! We went Skydiving! I would never consider ending a trip such as this one in similar fashion, but we had to put a solid stamp on what had been the time of all our lives! I mean at one point, when we were up in the clouds about to jump, It was like we were gods looking at the most exciting city in world from an altitude of 3000 meters! When we started our ascent, it was dusk and the sun cast the most amazing red-orange glow from the horizon on this beautiful city. For the first time, I was seeing Rio the way it was meant to be seen…as a red hot, steamy metropolis, bursting with life and excitement as intense as the sun!

Brazil Adventure

Brazilian Road Conditions

Visitors in Brazil should be aware of the fact that Brazil is a developing country and has a fair share of poorly maintained roads. Pot holes and bumpy surfaces are common in municipal areas. When travelers search for hotels during Brazil holidays, they should avoid driving at night outside of cities.

Safety

Although tourist have a low risk of becoming victims of violent crimes, they should still be aware of their surroundings. Pick pockets, thieves and muggers are common and usually prey on easy targets. Visitors should avoid areas at night, expensive jewelry and political events, which can become violent.

Brazil is a thrilling Latin American country that does not deserve the bad reputation that it gets. The country is full of extremes and potential. This should not deter travelers from visiting, however caution should be taken. Travelers can use the information from this guide to enjoy their Brazil holidays.

All Brazilian cities are endlessly fascinating and forever thronging with life and energy. It is, however, Sao Paulo that’s the country’s largest city, and a trip to this vibrant megalopolis must be among the most popular of all Brazil holidays.

Sao Paulo is a city of endless contradictions, and no matter what a visitor is interested in – be it museums or nightclubs or theme parks – they will find it here. One of the most interesting museums in the city is the Museu de Arte Sacra, or Museum of the Sacred Arts, which specializes in religious artifacts, but the Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, with its sculpting and painting treasures, also deserves special mention and several visits.

Info about Hotel Accommodation in Brazil

Among the beautiful cities of Brazil are Sao Paulo, Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Florianopolis, Recife, Galinhas, Natal, Buzios, Belem, and Brasilia, which is the capital city of Brazil. Brasilia is a true spectacle for its architectural buildings. However, each and every city has its own beauty.

Rio de Janeiro is the most well-known tourist destination in Brazil. During samba parade and carnival, Rio de Janeiro comes to life. Copacabana as well as Ipanema beaches are also popular vacation spots. There are a lot of white sand beaches in this place. Tourists from different parts of the world visit this place to witness the gorgeous pristine beaches and spectacular holidays and festivals. Although the white sand beaches are surrounded by residential areas, still you can find cheap hotel deals in the area. The customer service is very guest oriented and you can obtain world class facilities even though the hotels are of middle price.

During your stay in Rio de Janeiro for the festival, do not forget to see the Corcovado Mountain to discover the Statue of Christ. You can also visit Maracana Stadium, Sugar Loaf Mountain and journey on the Sepetiba bay. There are many tropical islands that you must not forget to visit to see various wildlife and exotic birds. Imperial Museum, crystal palace and Petropolis are all day tips and visitors can put in a single cheap hotel while spending your holiday in this place.

Brazil has an excellent weather as it is continually sunny throughout the year. It means there is no need for you to worry regarding timing your holiday. You can visit Brazil any day and anytime you want. When it comes to food, Brazil provides various dishes that are exceptional in the area. Brazilian food is a flourishing representation of all the influences and cultures that Brazil has.

If you are looking for air tickets and want to witness the lovely places in this city, all you have to do is to book online for your hotel accommodation. A lot of hotel deal websites offer big discounts on their hotel accommodations. Through the internet, it is now easier to reserve cheap hotels deals right at the comfort of your home. Worry no more regarding expensive hotel accommodations as all you need to do is make a proper research to find out about all the cheap accommodations offered with discount deals.

Roundabout Route To Brazil

First, I had to go to the consulate nearest my principal residence, in Fort Lauderdale, which is why I went to the consulate in Miami. Applications are accepted by mail, but the turnaround time is at least one month, which was too long for this trip. So I made sure to show up at the consulate at the requisite hour – applications are accepted only between 10 a.m. and noon on weekdays – with my U.S. passport, a set of recent photos, a letter from my firm explaining the purpose of my trip and $161 in cash. I fed the cash into an ATM-like machine in the consulate lobby. The machine regurgitated a receipt, which completed the necessary paperwork.

After dropping off the papers, I then had to wait five days before returning to the consulate, precisely in the designated time period of 3-4 p.m. on a weekday, to pick up my passport with the newly affixed visa.

The entire process is a pain in the tuchas, a word which, while neither English nor Portuguese, is understood by speakers of both. It would be easy to blame the Brazilians for this inconvenience. It would also be wrong.

My need for a visa, and the $161 price tag (less a $1 dollar service fee to the Banco do Brasil), is the result of policies rooted in Washington, not Brasília. If I were visiting Brazil from any European Union country, or from a long list of other nations including Israel, Romania, Russia and Turkey, I could have entered with no visa at all. The United States, however, has refused to include Brazil in its own visa-waiver program, which allows leisure and business travelers to come to America for up to 90 days with only their home country’s passport, as long as they do not accept employment during their visit. Brazil’s visa policy is simply a mirror of our own. As soon as we drop our visa requirement for Brazilians, Brazil will open its borders to Americans.

From an American viewpoint, Brazil is easily the most politically compatible of the four rapidly developing BRIC countries.(The other three are Russia, India and China.) Brazil also has a Gross Domestic Product of $2.2 trillion, making it the sixth-largest economy in the world. But despite Brazil’s proximity compared to the growing Asian economies, the United States continues to hold the country at a diplomatic distance.