6 regions that wine lovers need to know

Admit that you have never associated Brazil with wine.  We guess that even Brazilians do not do that, as they are more Caipirinha and beer lovers, however, you may all be positively surprised. Brazil is the third country in South America in terms of the vineyard area

Vineyards are concentrated in the southern part of the country, where the climate is better suited to wine-growing. Important growing regions are: São Paulo, Santa Catarina and the most important of them, Rio Grande do Sul, neighboring Uruguay.

The first wines were brought to Brazil by the Portuguese in 1532. They have planted them in the state of São Paulo. The Spanish wines were brought to Brazil in 1626 by the Jesuits. What is more, the settlers from the 18th century Azores brought vine plants from Madeira and the Azores.

 

If you are a wine lover or just like the taste of it and want to experience something new, there are a few regions in Brazil which we recommend visiting and attending the guided tours offered by the vineyards. We have listed them below with short descriptions.

 

  • Bento Gonçalves

 

Bento Gonçalves is a city ​​in southern Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. It is also the second-largest wine region in Brazil and what is interesting – the first in terms of the quality of the wine. It was established in 1870 and inhabited by Italian emigrants (hence the wineries). 

Once you get to the wineries, you can take part in the guided tours and learn more about the process of winemaking. Tasting of the wine is also included. In some of the wineries, there are small inns and restaurants which is a nice bonus. 

 

  • Garibaldi 

Garibaldi is a small town in the south of the country. The city’s population reaches 28,714 people, most of them of Italian origin. The city is famous for its production of wine and champagne. The name Garibaldi is a tribute to the Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi and his Brazilian wife Anita Garibaldi. 

If you are a fan of sparkling wines, you may find it interesting that Moët & Chandon produce their sparkling wines there. The warm climate in Garibaldi is perfect for the production of sparkling wines which are appreciated by Brazilians.

  • São Roque

São Roque is known as the “Land of Wine”. You will find a few wineries there which offer tours and of course wine tasting. The winery that we recommend visiting is the Góes Winery (Vinícola Góes). During the guided tour, you will learn everything about the wine starting from the history of the vineyard, aromas, flavors and ending at the process of how the wine is packed.

 

  • Lagoa Grande

In the city of Lagoa Grande in the state of Pernambuco, about 50 km from Petrolina, most of the local wineries are located on the river bank – landscapes with a glass of wine in hand are breathtaking. A great option is the Rio Sol winery which offers several types of tours. You can book the whole day experience or just lunch there. You can even schedule a tour during sunset when you can admire the unique scenery of the São Francisco river. Visit their website and learn more about the offer of this amazing place.

 

  • Amparo

In the municipality of Amparo, 150 km from the capital of São Paulo, you will find the Terrassos vineyard. You can take part in the guided tour which is around 40-50 minutes long and includes the tasting of 7 kinds of wines. It is a great option for those who like to eat well and admire beautiful views. Just take a look at those pictures. Amazing!

  • São José dos Pinhais

São José dos Pinhais is a city in Paraná – part of the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba. You will find Italian restaurants and cafes there and of course, the wine produced by the descendants of Italians.

 

You can go to these places by bus. All you have to do is visit the Brazil Bus Travel website and buy your ticket online. It is a recommended website that specializes in selling bus tickets for foreigners.

Pomerode: the most German city in Brazil

You may have heard of Blumenau – the city in Brazil which is proud of its German roots. However, there is another city which is a little bit ‘obsessed’ about it and it is situated about 30 minutes drive up north Blumenau – it is called Pomerode. The ‘obsession’ is positive of course and worth discovering. If you would like to learn more about the city and visit it during your stay in Brazil, this text is for you. We hope that you will find all the necessary information below.

Pomerode – the most German city in Brazil – how it all started

 

Let’s start from the beginning and explain when Germans came to Brazil. German-speaking immigrants came to Brazil in the early 19th century. They immigrated mainly from Germany, but also Austria, Switzerland and Russia. Several groups also came from Spanish-speaking Latin American countries. At first, however, they did not identify themselves as one ethnic group for several reasons. 

At the entry road to Pomerode, you will notice the sign ‘the most German city in Brazil’. Pomerode taking its name from the Latin word Pomerania meaning maritime region (from which most of its founders come from) shows that it takes its german character very seriously from the very beginning – the entry gate called Portal Turístico do Sul. You can find the tourist information office located in this stone tower and see a monument from 1974 dedicated to German pioneers who arrived here in 1863.

 

Pomerode has only 30,000 inhabitants. It’s quite a small town that you can visit entirely in one or a few days – you can do it for one weekend, to be honest. But do not think it will lack tourist attractions – on the contrary – it has a lot to offer for everyone. If you are traveling with kids, you will not be disappointed as well.

 

How to get there

 

You can easily reach Pomerode by travelling by bus. It is the cheapest way and also very comfortable. You can go there from São Paulo and travel during the night choosing the ‘leito’ option (sleeping bus). It is better to buy the bus tickets in advance just to be on the safe side. All you have to do is click here and choose the best option for you.

 

What to see 

 

There are plenty of places that you can visit there. We will list a few that we definitely recommend visiting during the weekend. 

 

Rota do Enxaimel is one of Pomerode’s biggest tourist attractions. In this rural area of the city where you can find around fifty buildings which are all listed as historical heritage. Enxaimel is an old style of building that was very common in Pomerania. If you are a fan of German history, architecture and culture, this is a must-see for you. 

 

Pomerode Zoo started as the first private zoo in Brazil created in 1932. Nowadays, it has no less than 1300 animals of 225 different species. It is an amazing ride not only for children but also for adults. We are sure that you will remember it for the rest of your life.

Another tourist attraction that we recommend visiting with children is Vila Encantada. You will find dinosaur replicas there and be able to play paleontologists. You can also see huge insects and pirates. It is definitely a paradise for little ones seeking for adventures.

 

Casa do Imigrante (the Immigrant House Museum, Carl Weege) is a place where you can learn about rural life in the countryside in the past. Thanks to the tour, you will see the daily life of the families of the settlers of the region, through the rich collection of objects, household items, furniture, documents and clothing.

 

Something for the adults – Cervejaria Schornstein. The Schornstein brewery produces very high-quality craft beer. It is possible to visit the factory and go through a tasting process. Perfect during the hot weather.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading a few facts and tips about this unique place in Brazil. We wish you a pleasant stay. Don’t forget to share your experience in the comments below.

 

Caipirinha – know the story behind the drink

We have written quite a long text about our local delicacies which we recommend trying while visiting Brazil , however, we have not mentioned anything about local drinks. Let us introduce you to our national drink – caipirinha. This is a 100% must-try when visiting our beautiful country. Caipirinha is perfect during hot days on a beach. If you would like to know what is the history behind this yummy beverage and how to make it, this is a place for you.

How caipirinha was created

 

There are many stories about how caipirinha was invented so we will not give you an exact answer. Some sources say that during the Spanish flu people used to drink it to feel better. But how did they know that the combination of alcohol, lime and sugar would cure them? In the beginning, people used to put a cloth moistened in alcohol to their foreheads to reduce fever. Then they would suck lime to improve immunity. Once, there was a man who accidentally drank a drop of alcohol dripping from his forehead when he was sucking a lime. He felt a bitter taste so he ate a bit of sugar – and there you go – a perfect refreshing drink which cures you when you feel under the weather. This is how caipirinha was created. 

Another story is connected with the name of the drink. Caipira means ‘peasant’ in Portuguese. Because Brazil is the largest producer of sugarcane, the Brazilian peasants or ‘caipiras’ mainly work on the plantations of that cane. Sugar cane has various uses, it can be a component of fuel for cars, but most of all, we use it to make Cachaça. It is a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice. This cachaça was consumed by tired caipira after work, who also put lime into it as the taste was very strong. Because temperatures are generally high in Brazil, ice began to be added for refreshment. Well, but since Brazilians love sweet and not tart taste, they started thinking what to add to make it sweet? The answer came quickly – of course, what was in abundance in the sugar cane plantation? And so came the caipirinha and its name came from the creators of this drink – caipiras.

 

How to make a caipirinha

 

If you cannot wait and would like to try caipirinha now, you can easily prepare it at home. All you need is cachaça, lime, ice, and sugar

 

Cut ¾ of lime in wedges. Muddle the lime at the bottom of a glass to release some juice. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and 40 ml of cachaça. Fill the glass with ice and stir. Saúde!

Enjoy this refreshing drink while visiting Brazil. We also like to add different fruit to our cachaça so you can find different variations of the drink like maracuja cachaça. We like the typical one, though. 

 

Do not forget that the best way to travel around Brazil is by bus. To buy the tickets online visit Brazil Bus Travel  and buy your tickets in advance.

 

Enjoy your stay. 

 

Penedo in Rio: discover tropical Finland

We know that the title may come as a surprise, but we do have the so-called “small Finland” in Brazil. Penedo, the only Finnish settlement in Brazil, is located between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Let’s learn a little bit more about this unique place, shall we?

 

How to get to Penedo?

 

The city is located just next to the Itatiaia National Park, 176 km from Rio de Janeiro. The city has around 30,000 inhabitants and can be reached by bus. The ride from Rio de Janeiro takes around 3 hours. All you have to do is visit the Brazil Bus Travel website  and choose ‘Rio de Janeiro – All Bus Stations’ in the search box “Leaving From” and ‘Penedo (RJ)’ in the box “Going To”. Then choose the dates and click ‘Search for buses’. As you can see, the ticket costs around USD 14. This is a great place to visit if you plan to go to Rio de Janeiro and just spend your holidays there. A little getaway in a ‘different world’ let’s say. Different architecture, gastronomy, and Finnish saunas!

A few facts about Penedo

 

Penedo became the first true Finnish colony in Brazil. It was settled by Finnish immigrants in 1929. The founder – Toivo Uuskallio – wanted to build a community that would live as vegans close to nature. By 1935 all the settlers arrived and managed to have their individual houses. You can still feel the influence of the settlers and enjoy typical Finnish tourist attractions which we will describe below.

Hotels, restaurants, and shops in Penedo

 

You will find a lot of hotels, restaurants, and shops (house decorations, handicrafts, and souvenirs) in the center of the city. The most unique places to eat at are the real Finnish ice-cream shops and the Chocolate Factory where you can buy delicious chocolates and truffles and of course, see how the chocolate is made. In the Chocolate House, you can try apple pie, fondues, and homemade Finish recipe ice-creams as well.

What to see

 

Casa do Papai Noel de Penedo (Santa’s House of Penedo)

 

This attraction will set you in the Christmas mood for sure. See the house which is inspired by Finnish countryside-style architecture. Visit the toy store and post office where you can send the letter to Santa. If you want to meet him – visit the house during the weekend. 

Pico do Penedinho (Penedinho Peak)

 

After walking for about half an hour, you can admire the beautiful view and see Penedo from the top. Remember that it is on private property so you will need a permission ticket which you can get in the Casa do Chocolate (Chocolate House).

 

Finnish Museum Dona Eva

 

If you are interested in a true lesson about Finnish history and culture, visit the Museum of Finnish Culture in Penedo. See various exhibitions with typical Finnish clothes, wooden suitcases from the colonization period and many more. 

 

Waterfalls

 

Cachoeira das Três Bacias, Cachoeira das Três Quedas, Cachoeira de Deus are waterfalls which can be visited just to relax in nature on a sunny day.

 

We hope that we have encouraged you to visit Penedo during your stay in Brazil. Have a great trip 🙂

 

PETAR, adventures and caves to discover in São Paulo

Let’s say you are visiting São Paulo city, the so-called ‘concrete jungle’. You are having a blast and have all kinds of things to do in this vibrant city (we have written about the attractions of São Paulo here and here).

However, you think that the weekend is coming and you simply would like to see some nature and just have a break. Ok, no problem. How about seeing some caves and waterfalls? Not a bad idea, right? In Alto Ribeira Tourist State Park there are almost 350 caves, trails, beautiful waterfalls, and many other attractions. It is the largest preserved Atlantic Forest in Brazil. If you would like to learn more about this beautiful place, we encourage you to read this text.

How to get to Alto Ribeira Tourist State Park?

 

We have mentioned it before and will repeat it often, as we believe, that the best way to travel across Brazil, is by bus. This means of transportation is cheaper than planes (remember that there are no trains in Brazil) and it is comfortable. You do not need to rent a car – you can just buy your bus ticket online and sit comfortably and read a book or have a nap.

 

All you have to do is to visit the Brazil Bus Travel  website and find your bus. We recommend going from São Paulo bus station to Capão Bonito. It will take you around 4 hours to get there. Then, you just need to take a taxi to get to the Alto Ribeira Tourist State Park.

You do not need to have the Brazilian ID or Brazilian credit card to buy the tickets online. Just choose the departing and destination cities, pick a date and buy the ticket. Simple, right?

PETAR what to see   

 

Parque Estadual Turístico do Alto Ribeira (PETAR) is a park in the state of São Paulo and is located between Apiaí and Iporanga cities. 

 

Remember that you must plan the trip, as tours require a local tour guide and the caves and other attractions have a limit of people per day. 

 

You will find four visiting centers in the park (Nucleo Santana, Nucleo Ouro Grosso, Nucleo Caboclos, and Nucleo Casa de Pedra). Currently, 12 PETAR caves are open to visitors. The most famous caves are Caverna de Santana and Caverna do Ouro Grosso. Every cave is different (some caves contain beautiful rivers) so try to talk to the tour agent and ask which one he would recommend for you.

Do not forget about the waterfalls which are breathtaking and are also an amazing tourist attraction. There is nothing better than to swim in the crystal clear water during the hot and sunny day.

 

If you love sports like rafting, riding a bike, climbing, canoeing, diving inside caves and many others – this is a place for you. There are many agencies which offer those attractions. 

 

We hope that we have encouraged you to visit the Alto Ribeira Tourist State Park. If you have any questions about the trip or simply want to leave your comment, please do it in the comments section below. We are happy to answer all your questions. Enjoy your stay in Brazil.

 

10 best dishes to try when traveling to Brazil

One of the best parts of traveling abroad is trying new dishes. There is nothing better than sitting in a restaurant and browsing through the menu. We find it very exciting and always order too much to be honest, don’t you? We search beforehand, what are the best dishes in the specific country and try to eat them all. It is also good to ask some locals to tell you what you should eat during your stay in their hometowns.

As we are here to help you organize your stay in Brazil (and we are those locals :)) you do not have to google the best dishes in Brazil. We will write them down for you. Enjoy your stay in Brazil and bon appetit.

Moqueca

 

This dish comes from the state of Bahia, which is located in the Brazilian Nordeste (in the North East). It is famous for its beautiful beaches and it is a favorite vacation destination for both Brazilians and many Europeans and Americans. 

The dish came to Brazil with African slaves. Moqueca can be prepared from fish, shrimps or a mixture of both. The seafood is dipped in a sauce based on palm oil ‘dendê’ (widely used in the state of Bahia), coconut milk and onions, tomatoes and peppers. We love this amazing mixture of flavors and often cook it at home as it is really easy to make. 

Feijoada

 

This delicious bean stew with beef or pork is our national dish. The name feijoada comes from the Portuguese word feijão meaning beans. The dish comes from Portugal, which being a colonial country for many centuries, has spread its culinary tradition all over the world. However, in Brazil, feijoada has become a national dish. How did it happen and what is the story behind it?

The legend says that the poor slaves needed nutritious and cheap food, which is why they mixed meat leftovers with protein-rich beans. Nowadays it sounds terrible, but slaves only got meat that was not eaten by their masters. So they only had ears and pigtails left.

 

Modern researchers, however, consider this story untrue. It is much more likely that the creation of feijoada is associated with the cultivation of beans in Brazil. Due to the low cost of production and the ease of growing this legume, bean grains have become the primary food product for European settlers. It was the wealthier inhabitants of Brazil at that time who ate a dish similar to modern feijoada because they had access to expensive meat. In contrast, poor settlers mixed beans with cassava flour.

Brazilian feijoada is prepared from black beans and salted pieces of pork or beef. In some regions of the country, smoked sausage is added to it. In regions of north-eastern Brazil, such as Bahia and Sergipe, cabbage, kale, potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and even bananas are added to the dish at the end of the preparation.

 

Ready feijoada is served with white rice and oranges. A common addition to the dish is also chopped greens and manioc flour.

Vatapá

 

Vatapa is a time-consuming dish and therefore it is eaten rather on holidays. It consists of shrimps or other fresh or dried crustaceans, nuts, palm oil and vegetables which are enriched with bread, coconut milk and greens. The vatapa consistency resembles soup-cream as the long-cooked ingredients create the tasty puree. You can buy acarajé which is filled with vatapa at the street stands.

Tucupi

 

Tucupi is a sauce made from cassava root. It is characterized by intense yellow color and a long preparation process due to the poisonous cyanide present in the juice, which disappears after properly cooking the sauce.

It is often served with fish and duck dishes, but can also be used as a base for various soups.

Coxinha 

 

Coxinha is a popular delicacy served in pubs, as street food and everywhere as we love it. Coxinha consists of shredded pieces of chicken with various additions (e.g. cream cheese) which are enclosed in dough-based on broth and then deep-fried. Coxinhas are often served in the shape of small thighs (hence the name). Yummy!

Brigadeiro

 

This delicious chocolate-milk cake was created in 1940 in honor of Eduardo Gomes, a Brazilian politician, and soldier – “Foreman alias Brigadeiro” – his nickname became the name for the cake. 

 

Brigadeiros are probably the most known and liked sweets of every Brazilian. They are sweet, intensely chocolate, energizing and instantly raising blood sugar levels. Their main ingredients are chocolate, condensed milk, butter, cocoa and chocolate sprinkles for decoration. You have to try them. Yummy!

Acarajé

 

If you plan to visit Bahia, you have to try acarajé. Those bean chops (feijão-fradinho) with onion and salt are deep-fried in dendê palm oil. They are filled with vegetables or shrimps, depending on your preferences. If on a hot afternoon you see traditionally dressed bahianas on the street, frying something in a deep pan, this is how acarajé is made.

Feijão tropeiro

 

You will find this traditional dish in the state of Minas Gerais. It is a dish invented by cattle rangers (tropeiros) during the Brazilian Colonial period. It consists of beans cooked with salted or dried meat, cassava flour, various herbs, and vegetables.

Açaí

 

If you take care of your health and like discovering new recipes which are not only tasty but also very healthy, you have to try açaí.

Ripe açaí fruits have a dark purple color and look a bit like American blueberry. They grow on one of the world’s most fertile soils and that is why they are packed with nutrients. In the açaí berry pulp, you will find a huge dose of antioxidants, phytosterols, as well as mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids – omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9. The fruits also contain vitamins A, C, and B (B1, B2, B3). What is more, açaí berries are a rich source of fiber and minerals such as potassium, iron, phosphorus, and calcium.

In Brazil, you can try the so-called açaí na tigela. It is a frozen açaí mousse with guarana syrup, sprinkled with granola or muesli. It is usually served with bananas or other fruits.

Creme de cupuaçu

Cupuaçu is a fruit that tastes both sour and bitter-sweet. Therefore, in the north, it is used in both savory and sweet recipes. It can be used in cakes or just as ice-cream (when you put it in the freezer, it looks and tastes like ice-cream).

This is what traveling is about – an amazing experience of getting to know new food and flavors. We hope that you will find this list of the best Brazilian dishes useful. Enjoy 🙂

It is time to discover the amazing Garopaba

Municipality Garopaba is situated in the state of Santa Catarina in the South of Brazil. We do not have to encourage you to go there, the photos below will do their job 🙂 Just look at those beautiful beaches, mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, dunes and forests with walking trails. That is a lot to see, right? And that is not all. Just read the rest of our text about Garopaba and learn more about what you can do there and when is the best time to visit this amazing spot.

 

When to go to Garopaba?

 

Garopaba is worth visiting at any time of the year. The highest temperatures occur here at the turn of the year (in January the temperature may be around 29 degrees). In June it drops to 20 degrees. However, you can enjoy the sunny weather all year round. Just decide which attractions are most appealing to you and choose if you prefer to do it when it is really hot or just nicely warm.

 

What to do in Garopaba?

 

The beaches are not the only attractions for tourists in the area. Everybody will find something to do. Below we will list a few attractions which may be interesting for you:

 

Dunas do Siriú

 

Those beautiful dunes are the main attraction when going on Siriú Beach. The area is a part of the Serra do Tabuleiro National Park and is protected by law. Some of the dunes reach even 30 meters high and are a perfect place to practice sandboarding. What an amazing and fun experience, very similar to snowboarding. You have to try it!

Whale watching

 

Between June and September, our favorite tourist attraction is offered – whale watching. Beautiful female whales give birth and nurse their babies there, as they are further away from predators. An average of 109 right whales is seen each year on the Santa Catarina coast. Garopaba and Imbituba are the main sighting points. You just need to buy a ticket on a boat ride and see the whales just next to the boat. One in a lifetime experience! The rides are regulated by the animal protection association so they are safe and nature-friendly.

 

Beaches of Garopaba

 

The beaches in the area of Garopaba are perfect for sunbathing and swimming in translucent waters. They are also attractive for surfers who enjoy big waves. That is why national and international sports championships take place here every year. The main beaches are the following:

 

 

  • Praia Garopaba (Central Beach),
  • Praia da Ferrugem,
  • Praia do Silveira,
  • Praia da Barra,
  • Praia do Gamboa.

 

Walking trails

 

There are two main trails in the city – Trilha da Pedra Branca (White Stone Trail) and Trilha da Vigia (Lookout Trail). The views are wonderful and in the end, the reward is great!

 

Waterfalls

 

There are three main waterfalls in Garopaba: Encantada, Siriú and Macacu.

The biggest one – Macacu – which is also the closest to the city center is the most developed. You can find restaurants there, zip lines, climbing walls and more. The other two waterfalls are smaller but also very beautiful.

 

Party place

 

Buildings scattered over hilly terrain, unpaved roads and green spaces give a specific rural atmosphere. However, do not expect a peaceful atmosphere. Numerous bars, night clubs, and discos mean that the city attracts crowds of young people from all over Brazil – especially during the carnival – who want to escape from crowded metropolises for this period.

 

Remember that traveling around Brazil is the easiest and the cheapest if you choose to travel by bus. It is best to buy a bus ticket online beforehand. You will not be stressed that the tickets can be sold out which sometimes can happen especially during the peak traveling season.

We wish you an amazing time in Brazil. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.

São Paulo is the second most desirable travel destination in the world in 2020

Thanks to Google research made between January and December 2019 for dates in 2020 (searches for accommodation – hotels), you can check which cities are those which people want to visit the most in 2020. This research may give you some ideas about where to go on your holiday. We are very proud that São Paulo is second on the list, just after Da Nang in Vietnam. If you decide to visit this unique place in Brazil, which we encourage you to do so, we will give you a few tips about what to see and do in the city. We will also briefly talk about the results of the research.

Google research – results

 

The first place on the list takes Da Nang in Vietnam. Da Nang is a city where many people start their adventure in Central Vietnam. It is often a halfway point for people who visit the country because it lies between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. The atmosphere there is different from those of both cities, though. Arriving there you can set off on a journey in almost every direction and find many fascinating and magical places. The city is surrounded by sea and mountains and it has a unique microclimate. 

The second on the list is São Paulo and then Seul in South Korea, Tokyo (Japan), Tel Aviv (Israel), Marseille (France), Vienna (Austria), Bangkok (Thailand), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Perth (Australia). Let’s focus on São Paulo, as this city is the closest to our hearts.

 

São Paulo – the largest city in Latin America

 

São Paulo is the largest city not only in the country but also throughout Latin America. It has a special atmosphere and many attractions. São Paulo is the most ethnically and religiously diverse urban area. This settlement, founded in the 16th century, still attracts crowds of tourists.

We have written about this city before and encourage you to read the article about time, weather and also some tips that we give to the tourists. Below you will find three other attractions that can be found in São Paulo that we have not mentioned in the previous article. 

Aclimação and Ibirapuera 

São Paulo is known as the concrete city, however, it is not entirely true. Aclimação and Ibirapuera are two parks worth visiting. The first park gives a delicate foretaste of the Brazilian tropical forest. In addition to the beautiful nature, you can encounter monkeys and proudly strolling peacocks. In Ibirapuera Park, on the other hand, you can see interesting constructions and works of art incorporated into the natural landscape. Everything can be touched which is quite an attraction for children.

Mercado Municipal Paulistano

 

This fruit, meat, and vegetable market delight with a variety of smells and flavors. Your taste buds will experience something indescribable. We are sure that you have never seen so many fruits, nuts, and seafood in one place. In addition to taste sensations, Mercado Municipal Paulistano also offers artistic experience, as the entire attic is decorated with beautiful stained glass windows.

 

 

 

Once you are in São Paulo, you can easily travel to other cities by bus. You can go to Rio de Janeiro in around 4 hours. All you have to do is visit the Brazil Bus Travel website and buy your ticket online. It is a recommended website that specializes in selling bus tickets for foreigners. 

 

We hope that you have found some inspiration for your next holiday. We wish you amazing experiences.

 

Carnival 2020 – how to plan the trip?

The earlier the better as this time of the year is quite busy in Brazil. The Carnival 2020 takes place in February.

In Rio de Janeiro it starts on February 21st and lasts until February 26. It doesn’t take place just in Rio de Janeiro though. You may go to São Paulo, Recife, Salvador, Olinda or even Manaus. How to plan the trip and what to remember about? If you are curious, this text is for you.

Buy the tickets and book the accommodation even today

 

 

  • Accommodation

 

As we have mentioned before, during the Carnival 2020, the cities will be quite full of people wanting to spend the time partying on the streets with their friends. People travel across the country to visit the cities with the best carnival parties. Those are not just tourists as you may think. Brazilians have time off during the Carnival and you bet they want to use it. This is the time that they want to spend with their friends, dress up and have fun. So they will book the hotels and hostels as well. Don’t wait till the last moment to choose your accommodation as you may be surprised by not many options left. In Rio de Janeiro we recommend hotels and hostels near the Ipanema beach. In São Paulo – the Jardins and Vila Madalena areas.

 

 

  • Transportation

 

If you want to travel from one city to another, it is best to choose the bus to do so. And yes, you can buy the tickets online – remember – the earlier the better. Even if you are a tourist, you can buy the bus tickets using your credit card or PayPal account on the Brazil Bus Travel website www.brazilbustravel.com. Starting this year, you may buy an electronic ticket from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. It means that you won’t have to go to the bus station at least 30 minutes before the departure time to collect the ticket at the bus carrier counter. You may just show the ticket on your phone. It is a good idea to spend a few days in São Paulo and then go to Rio de Janeiro and spend Carnival 2020 there as well.

If you want to rent a car, you may also do it, however, avoid the city center as it will be difficult to move around. Our advice is not to do it though. Too much of hustle in our opinion.

Choose the bus instead. 

Joining the party

 

Depending on the city you choose to spend the Carnival 2020 in, search for the timetable of the parties online. Just write ‘blocos’ and the name of the city and you will definitely find it. ‘Blocos’ means ‘street parties’ – they are much more informal than the parties on the Sambodrome. If you would like to do it though – watch the samba show – buy the tickets now. You can easily do it online.

We have also written about the Carnival before. Read about it here .

If you still have questions, please leave them in the comments section below. We will definitely answer. Enjoy your stay in Brazil during the Carnival 2020.

Why Fernando de Noronha is a must to visit in 2020

The Fernando de Noronha archipelago regularly occupies the top rankings of the most beautiful islands and beaches in the world. Have we encouraged you already to visit this beautiful place? 🙂 If not, just read a few facts about it and hopefully – buy the tickets and have the best time of your life.

Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It has a volcanic origin with a total area of ​​26 km2 – 17 km2 is the largest island. Noronha has located 360 km from Natal and 545 km from Recife. Administratively, it belongs to the state of Pernambuco.

The archipelago was discovered at the beginning of the 16th century and received a name in honor of its explorer, Fernão de Loronha – whose name was turned into Noronha and so it remained. During the French and Dutch invasion of Brazil between the 16th and 18th centuries, the islands were also interesting for them, but eventually, the Portuguese managed to recapture the archipelago and maintain control over it. During World War II, there was a military base there, in which Americans were stationed. American forces maintained a missile tracking base there until 1959 – to this day many places on the island have retained the names given by the Americans.

What to see:

Paths (trilhas) – must be booked at the ICMBio headquarters – it is not easy, because they can only be booked in person (except for paths on which the guide must accompany you) several days in advance. The daily visitor limit applies. 

The most recommended paths that need to be booked in ICMBio:

Atalaia – a large natural pool in the part of the island of Mar de Fora. You can go a shorter path (Atalaia Curta) without a guide or longer several hours (Atalaia Longa) with a guide. After reaching the place, you have 30 minutes to swim in the pool, of course, in a vest and without touching the bottom with our feet.

Abreu – natural pools, which we reach over a kilometer path, you do not need to rent a guide here,

Capim Açu – the longest path in the park which requires good physical fitness ; you reach a cave with natural pools – guide required,

Pontinha – Pedra Alta and Caieira – a guided path, again to natural pools.

Sunset is a phenomenon highly anticipated at Fernando de Noronha. This is one of the few places in Brazil where the sun goes down to the sea. Crowds of tourists gather at several points here to admire this beautiful spectacle.

Diving can be practiced by both beginners and advanced here. A mask with a tube will always be useful and is even required in many places (you can rent it). 

Last but not least – the beautiful beaches. There are a lot of beaches there which are amazing – believe us. The most known ones are the following:

  • Praía do Sancho
  • Baía dos Porcos
  • Praia da Cacimba do Padre

What to bring with you:

  • Sports camera (can be rented on-site),
  • T-shirt with a UV filter – remember that you will spend all days in the sun and in some water reservoirs you cannot use sunscreen, so the shirt is very useful,
  • More cash – although you can pay by card in many places, there are places where you can only pay with cash,
  • Essentials for the beach, i.e. a towel, pareo, Havaianas, sunglasses and a hat,
  • Sneakers if you go on longer paths.

If you intend to travel in Brazil, buy your tickets here – it’s better, safer and has the best price for you.

Enjoy your trip to Fernando de Noronha and let us know in the comments below how it was. If you have any questions, we are happy to help.