Holiday in November: what to do?

If you are considering spending the holiday in Brazil in November and don’t know if this month is a good time to visit this beautiful country, this article is definitely for you. We have good news for you – the summer is starting here and the low season is still on –  you can benefit from lower prices of flights and accommodation and enjoy the beautiful Brazilian weather. Perfect! Don’t hesitate especially when the weather is poor in your country. Your holiday in Brazil will be unforgettable for sure. 

There’s nothing better than spending a few days on the beach drinking caipirinha and then coming back to your home country just before the Christmas fever. We will leave a few tips about what you could visit during your stay. We love Rio de Janeiro so we will focus on this city. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments section below. 

Rio de Janeiro is always a good idea

 

Visiting Rio de Janeiro in November is a great idea as you will not encounter the crowds and you can enjoy the beaches to the fullest. 

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. It is surrounded by green hills with the monument of the Christ the Redeemer at the top. You will be impressed, we can guarantee you that. It is the second-largest city in Brazil, attracting millions of tourists every year during the world-famous Carnival and New Years Eve. Ipanema and Copacabana beaches are the two most recognizable beaches of Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro itself, there are fifteen beautiful sandy beaches, so you will not get bored. The city will appeal not only to lovers of sunbathing but also nightlife and nature. Speaking about nature – we recommend visiting the botanical garden. 

 

Botanical Garden in Rio de Janeiro

 

If you love nature, there is no better place to spend the holiday in Brazil than in the botanical garden. You can spend the whole day there and you won’t regret it. It was established in 1808 and today it is the largest garden in South America. Admire over 6000 species of plants, including over 900 different varieties of palm trees.

The most famous part of the garden is the Avenue of Royal Palms that is 750 metres long. Strolling through the park, you can admire countless species of colourful birds and … find peace and quiet in the very centre of Rio de Janeiro.

Ipanema beach

Copacabana is amazing, but when we hear the word ‘Ipanema’, we immediately hear the song “Garota de Ipanema” (“The Girl from Ipanema”). That is why we would like you to enjoy the beach and the sun there and listen to the song as well. Do you know what song we are talking about?:

Olha

Que coisa mais linda

Mais cheia de graça

É ela menina

Que vem e que passa…

Just put your towel on the sand, have a swim and read a good book listening to the song. We cannot think of a better way of spending the holiday in Brazil. 

Enjoy the trip to Brasil and if you want to buy bus tickets while being here, just do it by clicking here . It is a very safe website where you can book your bus seats in advance.

What is the capital of Brazil?

The history of Brazil is a bit complicated, just like the history of its three capital cities: Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and currently – Brasília. Today, we will focus on the last one.

Among the vast areas of the Brazilian upland, there is the capital of Brazil, Brasília. Brasília is unique in every aspect. Why? Well, capitals are usually moved to already existing cities. It was not the case with Brasília. It was built especially to move the capital deeper in the country. 

 

Let’s learn more about this interesting city. We will list below everything that you should know before visiting this city. It is worth it.

Capital of Brazil – facts

If you are intrigued already, definitely continue to read the information below. After that – visit Brazil and go to the capital. If you are interested in architecture – you will enjoy it even more.

-how it was built

Placing the capital city far from the coast was done on purpose to develop the inland part of Brazil. The idea of ​​creating the new capital occurred in 1823. The city was founded in a place that was full of lush nature. Impassable terrains hindered the delivery of building materials. That’s why the trucks were turned into airplanes. 

The decision about the grand undertaking was made by President Juscelino Kubitschek. Construction in the heart of Brazil began in 1956. Workers from all corners of Brazil came to take part in the creation of the new capital. The work was completed in 1960 and on April 27 the official inauguration began.

– architectural facts

The plan of the city (Plano Piloto) was the work of the prominent architect Lúcio Costa and the most important buildings were designed by even more famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Costa predicted the city for 500,000 residents, and currently, more than 2 million residents are living in this city.

The shape of the capital is compared to a bird with spread wings or an airplane. It has been designed in such a way that it can grow on the outside. The architecture of the space perfectly combined the natural greenery with soaring buildings.

 

– tourists in Brasília

In vain will you look for old colonial churches or other monuments from the time of slavery which the cities on the coast got us used to. The lovers of modern architecture in the style of Le Corbusier (Niemeyer was his student) will find heaven here. You can visit government administration buildings including the Congress, as well as a futuristic cathedral with glass panels. In honor of the Brasília’s builders who flocked here from all over the country, Monumento aos Candangos was erected, which also belongs to the tourist attractions of the capital.

If you are already in Brazil and you are thinking of visiting the capital of Brazil – we encourage you to do so. You can always just take the bus and go. Buy your bus tickets online here and do not worry about anything. 

Enjoy this unique experience of visiting the city where the harmonious combination of nature and modernity makes Brasília one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

São Paulo Brazil: time, weather and some tips

If you are thinking of going to Brazil and do not know if São Paulo is worth a visit – this article is definitely for you. You will find here the answer to a question – what time is it in São Paulo Brazil?; some information about the culture and of course, we will leave some tips for you.

São Paulo Brazil – concrete jungle?

Some people may be wondering if they want to spend their precious time off in the city of skyscrapers? After all, there are more than 200 buildings that are higher than 100 m. You have to answer this question on your own, however, the time spent in this unique city can be unforgettable. 

The highest building in o Paulo is Mirante do Vale (170 m). Then we have the skyscraper built by Italian immigrants – Edifício Itália (168 m). We also have the so-called replica of the Empire State Building in New York – Edifício do Banespa known as Altino Arantes (161 m). Another building worth mentioning is not that high, but it was designed by Oscar Niemeyer – Edifício Copan (115 m). Edifício Martinelli was the first skyscraper in Brazil that for a long time was the highest building in Latin America. 

At the top of Edifício Itália, there is an Italian restaurant and bar called Terraço Italia from which you can see the view of the whole city. Great place for dinner!

Edifício Copan located in São Paulo downtown

São Paulo Brazil culture

We do not have enough space to write about the cultural offer of this city. It is very diverse. We have mentioned about it in our previous article .

If you like unconventional art – you have the chance to visit a city of colourful murals and graffiti. One of the most interesting for sure is the 52 m high image of the most famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. It was made in 2013 on the entire wall of one of the skyscrapers at Avenida Paulista.

 

We also recommend visiting the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in São Paulo. It is the sixth most-visited cultural institution in Brazil. It is a part of a larger cultural institution with branches in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. What is more, it is among the first hundred most-visited cultural institutions in the world. The building houses a theatre, cinema, exhibition space, auditorium, audiovisual rooms and a charming cafeteria. 

 

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) is one of the most important Brazilian museums. Founded in 1947 by Assis Chateaubriand and Pietro Maria Bardi, it was the first museum in the country devoted to contemporary art. The object is famous not only for its more than 8 thousand exhibits (paintings, sculptures, photographs, etc.) but also for its modern architecture.

What time is it in São Paulo Brazil and weather details

The time zone in the city is UTC/GMT-3. The same as in the capital city of Brazil, Brasília. Depending on what country you are from, the time difference varies.

 

You will find the weather details below:

– The best months in terms of weather in São Paulo are June, July, August, September and October,

– Warm and a bit rainy months are the following: January, February, March, September, October, November and December,

– The rainiest months are January and December.

Our tips

If you are thinking of visiting one than more city during your visit, we recommend travelling by bus and buying your bus tickets in advance. It will save you time and nerves. Travelling by bus in Brazil is very comfortable and cheaper. If you want to find details about it, just read our articles for example here  or here .

You can use websites where you can book your ticket as a foreigner, for example, Brazil Bus Travel . It is a well-known website that specializes in selling bus tickets for foreigners online. When you travel from São Paulo, you have a lot of routes to choose from. You can go to Rio de Janeiro (the journey takes around 4 hours), without having to spend time at the airport.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed reading our article and you have found it informative. As always, if you have additional questions, do not hesitate to leave them below. Have an amazing trip to Brazil.

 

Brazil flag – symbols and facts

 

In the last post, you had the chance to read about the appropriate spelling of the word ‘Brazil’. We also have written a lot about the name of the country and its origin. If you have not read about it and are interested in the topic click here. As we like writing about interesting facts, today we will tell you more about the Brazilian flag. 

 

When preparing for a trip to this beautiful country, it is worth learning some basic facts about the country. You will find a lot of information on our blog. We post new articles every week, so we encourage you to visit us as often as possible. You will learn some of our travel tips and facts about the country.

Coming back to Brazil: flag facts. If you do not remember how the flag looks like, here is a little reminder:

As you can see, the flag is in the shape of a rectangle, on which on a green background, there is a large yellow diamond. Inside the diamond, you can see a blue sphere with stars cut through with a white strip with the inscription Ordem e Progresso meaning “order and progress.”

Brazil flag – symbols

It is widely believed that the national colours of Brazil – green and yellow, symbolize the wealth of the country. Green resembles the equatorial forests of the Amazon. The yellow colour resembles gold which attracted European colonists here (Brazil had significant amounts of it in the past). 

The truth is that these colours really come from the previous flag of the Empire of Brazil. They are derived from the colours of the ruling families. The green colour was the symbol of the House of Bragança of Peter I – the first emperor of Brazil. The yellow colour, on the other hand, represented the House of Habsburg – his wife Leopoldina. 

 

The star system depicted on the flag reflects the sky over Rio de Janeiro on the morning of November 15, 1889 – on the day Brazil was declared a republic. Each of the 27 stars represents one unit of the administrative division of Brazil (26 states and the federal district). The number of stars, initially 21, increased along with the emergence of new administrative regions. The star symbolizing the Federal District is Sigma Octantis, which indicates the south pole of the sky. Such a choice was also symbolic, because this star is visible all year round throughout the country, and the other stars on the sky (symbolising the 26 states) seem to revolve around it. 

What is interesting is that according to the law, the flag should be updated in case a state is created or it has extinct.

 

The motto of Ordem e Progresso (“Order and Progress”) was inspired by the motto of positivism by August Comte: “L’amour pour principe et l’ordre pour base; le progrès pour but” meaning” Love as a principle, order as a basis, and progress as a goal.”

We hope that you found the article interesting. Enjoy the trip to Brasil and if you want to buy bus tickets while being here, just do it by clicking here . It is a very safe website where you can book your bus seats in advance.

Brazil or Brasil: which is right?

You may have heard that there is a bit of confusion when it comes to the name ‘Brasil’ or ‘Brazil’. It is just one letter that is different, however, it can cause uncertainty about which one is the correct one.

We are here to tell you everything about this difference. We hope that you will find this article interesting.

If you are reading our posts, you already know that the language used in Brazil is the Portuguese language. The name of the country in Portuguese is written with -s, so it is Brasil. It was not so simple in the past. You will read more about it below.

In English, we spell it with -z, so it is Brazil. It varies in different languages. 

The origin of the word Brazil

Where did the country get its name from? Brazil is a shortened version of the ‘land of Brazil’. The country was named after the brazilwood tree ‘pau brasil’. The tree is known for its characteristic colour of the wood. It is reddish and resembles hot ember – in Portuguese ember is called brasa.

The pau brasil is the national tree of Brazil and is really beautiful. It may reach up to 15 metres in height and has amazing yellow flowers.

The tree is also known from the dye that is produced with the use of it – the dye is called Brazilin. It has been used for ages to make paints and inks and of course dye fabrics.

 

The appropriate spelling of the name of the country

 

Actually, until the year 1897, it was not stated anywhere, what is the proper spelling. Both versions were then correct.

The Brazilian Academy of Letters was founded to normalize all the norms on Portuguese orthography. Do you remember the name ‘brasa’ we have told you about?

The academy has decided that the appropriate way to spell the word is ‘brasa’ – not ‘braza’ – so the appropriate way to spell the name of the country is thus ‘Brasil’.

In 1945 both Brazil and Portugal have agreed that this spelling is officially correct.

The name of the country in different languages

We have already told you how is the name of the country spelt in English, however, it is also interesting to know how it is in other languages:

Albanian – Brazil, Brazili

Czech – Brazílie

English – Brazil

Esperanto – Brazilo

French – Brésil

Spanish – Brasil

Latin – Brasilia

German – Brasilien

Polish – Brazylia

Swedish – Brasilien

Turkish – Brezilya

Italian – Brasile 

Those are just a few languages that we have chosen as an example to show you, how the name of the country is spelt in other languages. As you may have noticed the letter -s is used as often as the letter -z in the middle of the name. 

If we have not listed your language – please leave it in the comments section below. Other readers are for sure curious as much as we are about who reads our posts. From what countries do you come from? 

If you plan to visit Brazil, be sure to look for the brazilwood tree. If you love nature, you will love it. It is listed as endangered species. You may try to find it in botanical gardens and of course around Brazil.