Category: Things To Do

Festa Junina in Brazil

June 1, 2015

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Swinging your partner round and round isn’t just limited to square dancing at festivals in the U.S. — Brazil’s got its own brand of countryfied hoe-downs: the Festa Junina (the aptly named June Festival in English). This month-long explosion of food, dance, and bold, brashy rural culture takes place in churches, community centers, social clubs, schools, and town squares all over Brazil, but particularly in the Northeast of the country, where the tradition originated.

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Beaches of Paraty

May 12, 2015

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The colonial and cultural jewel of Paraty might be known more for its quaint architecture and annual literature festival, but like the rest of coastal Brazil, this town has more than its fair share of beaches to brag about. In fact, some 50 sprawling beaches ring the coastline in and around Paraty, accessible by car, bus, and, in some cases, exclusively by boat.

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Shopping in Foz

April 2, 2015

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With easy access to three countries—Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay—Foz do Iguaçu is a shopper’s paradise, doling out plenty of deals, sales, specials, and discounts, especially in nearby Ciudad del Este, located just over the Paraná River in Paraguay’s tax free zone. In central Foz, the Mercado Municipal Engenheiro Silva, opened in 1892, has delicious and […]

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Museums in Manaus

March 17, 2015

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Stuck in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, Manaus has always relied on its singular, ornate artistic gem of an opera house to represent the city on the world cultural scene. But nowadays, several museums have joined the list of Manaus’ cultural and artistic offerings in the city’s valiant effort to provide enlightenment, education, and […]

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Trindade Beach: A Beautiful Retreat from Paraty

February 24, 2015

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Make the trip to Trindade

After a sweltering and bustling five days in Rio de Janeiro, it was time for me to get out of the city. I decided to head down the Costa Verde to Paraty, an old Portuguese colonial town. A sleepy place with cobblestones and well preserved buildings, it was the perfect place to spend a few days. Unfortunately, there was just one problem—the beaches.

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Learning Portuguese in Foz

February 17, 2015

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With its soothing vowels and soft consonants, the Portuguese language has captivated the ears and hearts of travelers for generations. And with Brazil being home to the largest number of Portuguese speakers in the world―as well as being the largest producer of Portuguese-language music, television, and film―there’s no better place to learn how to woo […]

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