FLIP – Paraty International Literary Festival

The colonial city of Paraty, in the western reaches of Rio de Janeiro state, is known for its rich history and awe-inspiring architecture. But every Brazilian winter brings with it a burst of intellectual excitement known as the Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty, or FLIP. This renowned annual international literary festival (this year’s edition ran […]

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August 4, 2014 by
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Iguaçu National Park

Renowned for its beauty, and for having one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the world, Iguaçu National Park spans an area of ​​185,262 lush hectares. Established in 1939, it is the second national park to be established in Brazil. Bordering Argentina in the Brazilian state of Paraná, the park features a tremendous amount of […]

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July 7, 2014 by
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Bonito’s Unique Flora

The flamboyant pink trumpet tree lures all types of visitors in the Pantanal.

Bonito sits in the heart of the Pantanal region, the world’s largest inland marsh with an area of around 75,000 square miles (195,000 square kilometers) in western Brazil, northern Paraguay, and eastern Bolivia. This stunning, one-of-a-kind ecosystem, protected as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, houses myriad strange and interesting flora and […]

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June 30, 2014 by
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Sao Paulo Bar Crawl: Vila Madalena

The nights in Sao Paulo are endless.

Of São Paulo’s many varied and distinct neighborhoods, bustling Vila Madalena always tops the list when it comes to general merrymaking. The hilly, mostly residential district on the west side of town draws plenty of visitors from all over the city on evenings and weekends with its quirky assortment of eateries, watering holes, and even […]

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June 27, 2014 by
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Historic Pelourinho

Beautiful Pelourinho forms the heart of Salvador da Bahia.

Sandy beaches aside, the main selling point for visitors to Salvador da Bahia is its well-preserved and entrancing colonial district, Pelourinho. Colorfully ornate facades, grand bell towers, steep cobblestone streets and stately, bustling plazas stud the neighborhood, named for the pillory to which enslaved Africans were attached to be sold during Brazil’s nearly 400-year-long era […]

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June 22, 2014 by
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Colonial Churches of Paraty

The elegant Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Dores.

With nearly 140 million of its citizens adhering to Roman Catholicism, Brazil lays claim to the largest Catholic population on the planet. As such, churches are ubiquitous, and the lovely and popular colonial town of Paraty is dominated by several solemn, yet architecturally elaborate houses of worship. Interestingly, for most of Paraty’s history, church congregations […]

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June 9, 2014 by
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