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.

5 amazing places to spend New Year’s Eve away from the hustle and bustle of big cities

If for some people the New Year’s Eve is synonymous with parties and noise, for others it is a perfect time to disconnect, rest and replenish energy for the next year. After an intense and busy year, there is nothing better than choosing a place away from the hustle and bustle. That is why we chose 5 amazing and quiet places to spend New Year’s Eve in peace and to have a well-deserved rest. 

Bonito

If a place is called Bonito (‘beautiful’), then it must mean something. Rivers, lakes, waterfalls and caves attract thousands of tourists looking for adventures in this “ecological Disneyland”.

One of the largest eco-tourism centers in Brazil – Bonito in Mato Grosso do Sul – is a place where you can be in real contact with nature and get to know countless species of animals. The region is known for snorkelling and is full of transparent rivers, waterfalls and caves. It is located about 300 kilometres from Campo Grande – a perfect place to spend time with family and friends.

Chapada dos Veadeiros

The Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is located in the state of Goiás – a short distance from Brasília. This beautiful and unique place is full of mountains, waterfalls, canyons, quartz crystal formations and rock pools. 

The Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is certainly one of the most amazing places in Brazil. Away from the holiday and party atmosphere typical of the holiday season, this destination is ideal to connect with nature.

Jalapão

This new holiday destination is famous for its untouched nature and has excellent qualities for those who want to try ecotourism. Located in the Tocantins, the region has abundant waters, plateaus and hills with savanna climate, dunes and impressive rock formations. This is a must-see for sure and why not spending New Year’s Eve there right?

Cambará do Sul

Located 250 km from Porto Alegre, Cambará do Sul is less hectic than its competitors Gramado and Canela, but not less charming. The famous Itaimbezinho Canyon is 5.8 km long, and the Fortaleza Canyon is 7.5 km long. If you like hiking and want to be impressed by the beauty of Brazil, this place is for you.

Península de Maraú 

So you thought that we would not recommend spending the New Year’s Eve on the beach? It is an unforgettable experience especially away from the crowds of Copacabana. Brazilians like to jump over 7 waves and do everything that is extraordinary and unique on New Year’s Eve – you should try it at least once in your life. Península de Maraú is a real paradise on the southern coast of Bahia. Getting there is not so easy; you should consider riding a dirt road for almost 40 km or a motorboat ride. However, that’s why this place doesn’t have the same hustle and bustle of neighbouring beaches. That is why this can be a great choice for New Year’s Eve getaway. 

What to expect from Christmas dinner in Brazil?

Just in a few days, we will be celebrating Christmas. Even though it is hard to imagine this day on a sunny beach in Rio, the upcoming Christmas arouses a lot of emotions in Brazil as well. It is an extremely large country, both in terms of area and population. For this reason, Christmas traditions vary greatly from region to region. Brazilians also wait for this time of the year and prepare for it similarly as people in Europe – buying gifts, Christmas trees, preparing Christmas dinner, meeting family and friends and watching Christmas movie hits. 

Most of the Christmas customs derive from the Christian tradition and they have been adapted to local traditions and the climate prevailing in Brazil. 

Learn a little bit more about Christmas in this beautiful country.

Christmas decorations and presents

 

If you visit Brazil, you will notice Christmas trees and even palm trees illuminating with lights. Brazilians prepare their decorations in November or even in October. There are no rules when it comes to colour or the number of lights – people like to show their imagination. 

Santa Claus is certainly the most recognizable symbol of the holidays in this tropical region. All children love an old man with a beard and are happy to come to shopping malls to sit on his lap and get a small gift or candies.

Christmas time is, of course, a time when people spend time with their families and friends but the Christmas shopping madness is certainly a thing here as well. Trips to shopping malls with long lists of Christmas presents became a tradition as well.

Christmas dinner 

As we mentioned before, spending Christmas with family is very important in Brazil – it also involves Christmas dinner preparation. It usually takes place in the house of the oldest member of the family or the person that has the biggest house. 

 

Christmas dinner usually consists of the following dishes:

    • turkey,
    • Chester (chicken that has especially large chest and more meat than a normal chicken),
    • pernil (fresh ham),
    • salpicão (a mix of vegetables with mayonnaise),
    • farofa (toasted cassava or cornflour mixture),
    • rice with raisins,
    • fish,

 

  • Rabanada for dessert (kind of a french toast – sliced bread soaked in eggs with milk and fried).

 

 

Christmas dinner takes place on December 24, just after midnight. Kids get their presents before dinner as they will probably be too tired to stay up late. The party ends late at night.

December 25 is usually a churrasco (barbecue) time when everybody eats the food that was left from the day before. Normally, we usually do too much food for Christmas dinner, so we finish it the next day with our family and friends.

Brazil is a country extremely mixed in terms of nationality and ethnicity, which is why its Christmas traditions are a kind of hybrid of customs from different parts of the world. We hope that we more or less showed you how this special time looks here. 

Merry Christmas everybody.

What is the population of Brazil

Another topic that we would like to talk about is the population of Brazil. If you are thinking of going to Brazil, it is best to learn a bit about the country beforehand. We recommend learning about the climate, the most interesting tourist attractions, language, history and of course people. You do not have to know everything. Just basic facts thanks to which your trip will gain another dimension. We encourage you of course to read more about it. We will just make an introduction to this topic below.

The population of Brazil – basic facts

 

The ethnic composition of Brazil’s population is closely related to its history. Before the country was covered by the colonial expansion of the Portuguese, the inhabitants were mainly Indians. The development of plantations caused that slaves from Africa began to be imported. Over time, the white and black people began to mix. Another turning point was the independence of Brazil, which made immigrants from Europe come to Brazil. 

At present, half of Brazil’s population are white people and creole. Next, the black people, Indians, Mottos and Mestys. Representatives of specific groups are centered in specific regions. For example, the southern and south-eastern areas are inhabited by white people. East and north-east are inhabited by the black people and Indians are concentrated in the Amazon. Inhabitants are not evenly distributed throughout the country. They mainly focus on the coast to 500 km inland. The migration of people within the country occurs due to disproportions in socio-economic development. 

Catholicism is the most widely professed religion (64.6%). Then, there are the following: Protestantism (22,2%), Irreligion (8%), Spiritism (2%) and others.

 An extraordinary ethnic mix has made the local culture unique. The most known event in the whole world, that makes Brazil different from other countries, is the famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The slaves from Angola initiated samba that became a national dance. Everybody knows samba and knows where do people learn it the most. Those are those little things that make our country unique.

Brazil population – numbers

The population of Brazil in 2019 will grow by 1 525 000 and it will reach 213 863 000 people in 2020. Migration has increased the population by 6,000 people a year, including emigration and immigration. The average number of births in Brazil is 2 855 284 a year, the number of deaths is 1 360 165 a year. The natural increase will be around 0.70 percent per year. Since 1980, the population density of Brazil has changed from 14.5 to 25.0 in 2017.

We hope that we have given you enough information when answering the question ‘what is the population of Brazil’? As we have mentioned before, we encourage you to learn more about it before coming to Brazil. However, those basic facts should be enough for you. If you have any doubts or questions, do not hesitate to write them in the comment section below.

 

Let’s talk about Brazilian coffee

You may have heard that Brazil is famous for its amazing coffee. If you are a coffee lover, it is another reason for you to visit our country and try the coffee from the source. If you want to know more about this drink, please read a few facts about the so-called ‘cafe Brazil’ below.

Brazil is a country especially liked by coffee gourmets. This is where the excellent coffee comes from, with each of the smallest grains having an original taste and perfect aroma. Although Ethiopia is the homeland of coffee, Brazilian plantations supply the market with the largest amount of this valuable ingredient. Brazilian coffee is appreciated by professional coffee tasters who gave it the name of a ‘specialty’, as well as regular users while sipping “little black” to an afternoon dessert in the cafe (Brazil or other countries).

 

Where does the Brazilian coffee come from?

The best coffee comes from volcanic areas, with crops above 900 m above sea level, not contaminated with pesticides – at high altitudes diseases that invade the shrubs do not develop. Most of the plantations come from the times of the conquest of Brazil by the Portuguese, who in 1719 stole plants from Guyana and founded the first plantations. Thanks to them, until 1800, coffee has changed from stimulants for the elite into a drink available for everyone. Throughout the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century, Brazil remained the main producer and almost monopolist on the market of “black gold”. 

Arabica owes its name to the Arabs, who up to the seventeenth century held the palm of priority in its cultivation. The most cultivated varieties of Arabica in Brazil are Bourbon, Catuai, Mundo Novo, Typica and Maragotype. All are characterized by a mild harmonious flavor. It is almost completely free from acidity, with low caffeine content. Good Brazilian coffee Arabica can be so easily recommended to everyone: it is a coffee with a good, classic taste. What is more, it is suitable for both espresso and cappuccino.

Brazilian coffee – how should you drink it?

In Brazil, coffee is drunk all day long – from morning to late evening. Nobody is surprised that even children in primary schools drink it. Perhaps because you usually add a lot of sugar to it. After all, coffee must be sweet! Coffee is usually served as black coffee, and less often it is drunk with milk. The trend for cappuccino and latte macchiato restaurants has also arrived here. Sweet lovers will feel like in paradise – whipped cream, sweet syrup and a little bit of sugar cane are popular additions. 

The most common home brewing method to prepare the coffee is to pour boiled water over the top of a jug with a paper filter with coffee inside. The boiling water is gradually poured, so that the infusion slowly – not too quickly – drips into a jug.

When being in Brazil, try the typical coffee with sugar in Brazil café and tell us how you liked it. Enjoy the experience.

 

Benefits of Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts are the seeds of the Brazil nut tree (Bertholletia excelsa) – a tree growing in the rainforest of the Amazon. Due to the characteristic look of the nuts, they are often called the Brazilian gold. The fruits of the peanuts resemble a coconut, from which, after being cut with a machete, you can extract the seeds. They dry in the sun and are being peeled. What are the details about the Brazil nut nutrition, can you always eat them and how many can be eaten every day?

How many Brazil nuts should you eat a day?

 

The selenium content in those nuts is so high that it is not advisable to consume them in excess – 3-4 nuts a day is a recommended amount. The consumption of one nut per day is absolutely sufficient if you just want to eat them just prophylactically.

They are also useful in the form of supplementing selenium deficiency – then the recommended solution is to take a maximum of two nuts per day. Like many other substances, depending on the dose, selenium can be both beneficial and toxic. In one Brazilian nut, there is about 50 mcg of selenium.

Even in the case of a deficiency of selenium, exceeding the maximum tolerated daily dose may cause unpleasant effects of selenium overdoses – eg. skin blemishes, nails breakage, hair loss or nausea.

 

Brazil nut nutrition

 

Due to the fat content, the nuts are quite caloric, 656 kcal per 100 g. However, remember that these are mainly unsaturated fatty acids, which regulate the level of bad cholesterol and reduce hypertension, so you do not have to be scared of them. They are a rich source of vitamins B1 and E, which as an antioxidant prevents the degradation of cells. It helps in maintaining a healthy appearance of the skin and mucous membranes. It also affects fertility and stimulates wound healing after surgery and burns. They provide the body with the necessary minerals in the form of magnesium, phosphorus, copper, potassium, iron and calcium. They help in combating stress and can be consumed by diabetics.

 

Due to the high content of zinc, they are recommended for people who drink a lot of alcohol (zinc enhances the action of alcohol dehydrogenase-enzymes found in the liver). They also contribute to the proper functioning of the immune system and protection of cells against oxidative stress. These nuts have the highest content of selenium of vegetable origin, already one nut provides us with daily demand for this mineral. Selenium is above all a very strong antioxidant. It protects us against the formation of cancer cells. It positively affects the normal skin condition and the course of enzymatic reactions.

Can the Brazil nuts be harmful?

 

While the nuts are eaten in the right dose, they should not be harmful. However, the problem may be the presence of phytic acid, which is classified as an anti-nutritional substance. This component impairs the process of mineral absorption, delivered to the body along with food. This phenomenon, however, appears mainly in the case of exceeding the recommended daily dose. The effect of phytic acid can also be overcome by properly preparing the nuts before consumption – just soak them in water for a minimum of 8 hours. This solution also allows softening the nuts, so that their consumption does not strain teeth in case of hypersensitivity. People who have a high risk of allergic reactions – for example, after eating pistachios or mangoes – should not eat them.

 

We hope that we have encouraged you to eat the nuts. Complementing the daily diet in dried fruit and nuts, do not forget about Brazil nuts – a healthy, tasty and nutritious snack.

 

Top 5 best beaches in Brazil to enjoy this summer

When you think about going to Brazil, you most probably think of visiting at least one beach during your stay. You do not have to spend the whole day there if you are not fond of sunbathing and swimming. However, drinking a beer in the beach bar is recommended. There is nothing more relaxing than listening to the sound of the ocean with a beer in your hand, don’t you think? Eating a cold acai bowl is even better. You have to try it, don’t forget, ok?

 

Now, what beaches do we recommend visiting? Below you will find a description of the 5 best beaches in our opinion. We love all of them and would like you to visit them and share the love as well. 

  • Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

You may be surprised that we have chosen Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro and not the most popular beach in the world – Copacabana. In our opinion, this beach is a bit overrated. Ipanema, on the other hand, is much more intimate and photogenic. The Travel Channel considered it the sexiest beach in the world. There is even a song that you could listen to while spending time on this beach – ‘The girl from Ipanema’ – we are sure you have heard it before.

 

  • Jericoacoara, the coast of Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Ceará

 

It will appeal to lovers of secluded beaches and wild nature. The landscape prevailing in this place is truly desertic. It is on the list of the best beaches in the world, but still remains a small fishing village, which hardly appears on the covers of travel magazines. The whole area has become a National Park, so Brazilians cannot cover it with concrete and roads. If you are looking for a really unique place, you definitely have to visit this beach. Now it is easy to reach as there is an airport, which was opened in 2017. 

  • Praia da Pipa (Pipa Beach), municipality of Tibau do Sul

The waters here are full of dolphins and turtles, so this might be a thing that will encourage you to visit this amazing place. If you want to try surfing or you are a professional surfer, this is a place for you. This charming spot surrounded by cliffs will take your breath away. There is also a lot of hostels and hotels in the area to choose from. It is situated near Natal, so you can visit the city as well. 

  • Itamambuca, Ubatuba

You will find this beach in Ubatuba city. You can reach the city by bus from Rio de Janeiro (5 hours trip). Book the tickets online on Brazil Bus Travel website . If you want to spend a few days there, we recommend renting a house near the beach. Remember that this surf destination is only alive during the day – there is nothing to do there during the night. Don’t worry though, you will be too tired to do anything after your surf lessons. We recommend taking a few classes of surfing in Zecão surf school. Situated in Mata atlantica rainforest, it is full of beautiful plants, trees and birds. You can even spot some turtles there. 

  • Praia de Itacarezinho, Bahia

This perfect beach with palm trees and white soft sand is situated 15 km south of Itacaré city, in the Bahia state. It is a great place to have a long walk as the beach is 3,5 km long. While being in Bahia, you cannot forget to try Acarajé, Muqueca or Bobó de Camarão. Just write those names down and order them while being there – you won’t regret it.

 

Did we inspire you to visit any of those best beaches in Brazil that we have enlisted? Please let us know if you love them as much as we do.

The guide to Manaus Brazil

This time we will visit the gate to the Amazon jungle: Manaus. What an amazing place it is. We recommend visiting this unique city while traveling around Brazil. Below we will give you some tips about what to see while being there. We will also write about where are Manaus Brazil  and a few facts about the history of the city.

Where is Manaus, Brazil?

 

In the north-western part of Brazil, you can find a very interesting place, the capital of Amazonas, which is located at the confluence of two rivers – Solimoes and Negro. We’re talking about Manaus, which is also an international seaport. Located 1500 kilometers from the sea, it impresses with the number of monuments and the characteristic atmosphere. It is worth coming here for a few days.

With more than 2 million people, it is the main city and financial center of the entire Upper Amazon and the beating heart of the region.

A short history of Manaus, Brazil

 

The city was founded in the seventeenth century as a small Portuguese fortress called São José da Barra. In 1832, the name was changed to Manaus, which means “Mother of God”.

The city increased significantly in the nineteenth century – when the rubber trade revived. 

Beautiful palaces were built, luxurious casino games and public houses were opened. Electric light shone earlier than on the streets of London. The opera featured such celebrities as Sarah Bernhardt, Enrico Caruso, and Anna Pawłowa. The wives of rich merchants sent beautiful gowns and clothes by ship to England, lace imported from Lisbon and dresses from Paris.

And suddenly it all ended. The English stole Amazon rubber seeds and transported them to Ceylon, and then to Malaya, where they created competitive plantations. The palaces were deserted and the representative building of one of the finest operas in the world began to be absorbed by the jungle. It was not until the 1960s that the jungle falling into the city center was cleared.

 

What to see in Manaus Brazil

– Teatro Amazonas

 

Teatro Amazonas (or Amazonian Theater) – the most beautiful building in Manaus and a magnificent opera built-in 1884 by rich barons in Brazil under the supervision of an Italian architect Celestial Sacardim with many paintings by another Italian artist Domenico de Angelis.

It’s a real work of art because its steel comes from Great Britain, marble from Italy and furniture from Paris. The great thing is that you can see there decorated ceramic tiles painted like the Brazilian national flag.

– MUSA Museu da Amazonia

 

If you do not want to go to the jungle with the guide but still want to get a feeling of it, visit MUSA. It is a place spread around 100 hectares of the Adolpho Ducke Forest Reserve. You can enjoy the breathtaking view from the 42 meters tower and see a few exhibitions, aquariums, lakes and laboratories of butterflies, snakes, and insects. We strongly recommend visiting this place. You will not regret it.

 

– Museu do Seringal Vila Paraíso

 

If you want to learn a bit about the rubber trade and how it is produced – visit this place. You will go there by boat which is a nice ride. Again – strongly recommended.

– Mercado Adolpho Lisboa

Also called Mercado Municipal is the largest art nouveau market in Manaus. It was created based on the famous Les Halles market in Paris, but it has not lost its Amazonian style.

You can buy almost anything you can imagine here: fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and exotic fruit-based drinks. Mercado Adolpho Lisboa in Manaus is a wonderful place where you can feel the Brazilian loud life and active atmosphere. It is also a place where you can buy food when you are going on a trip on the Amazon river or to the Amazonian jungle.

– Amazonas Jazz Festival

 

If you are a fan of music, especially jazz, you should think about getting to Manaus Brazil in July, when the Jazz Festival is taking place. This event takes place at the Amazonian Theater (Teatro Amazonas), and its first edition took place in 2006. During the festival, various other activities, workshops, and seminars are held.

The Amazonas Jazz Festival usually hosts the best jazz performers from around the world, as well as local bands, so you’ll find a variety of styles here. Concerts are held not only at the Teatro Amazonas, but also at other places in Manaus: the Palace of Justice and Largo de São Sebastião.

–  Encontro das Águas

 

The ‘Meeting of Waters’, known in Portuguese as Encontro das Águas or Encuentro de Los Aguas, is the place where Rio Solimoes and Rio Negro meet. This is a great tourist attraction due to the different temperatures of the water, which make rivers flow for over four miles without mixing. Rio Solimões, mainly due to sand and mud, has the color of coffee, and Rio Negro has a dark, tea-like color. These colors make the ‘Meeting of Waters’ a natural phenomenon that you will not see anywhere else in the world.

– The Amazon river visited by boat

 

The city of Manaus has no road connections to any major city, so if you want to get from here to other cities, you will have to take a plane or a boat. Traveling by boat through the Amazon can be a great tourist attraction, but remember that these trips usually last 3-5 days and end in a different city.

 

Remember to buy a hammock in which you will sleep. You will probably find them without problems in the city of departure. Remember also to buy two ropes (1.5 m each) to attach the hammock. Buy a sleeping bag or a blanket as the nights can be cold.

 

You can also hire a private boat with a tour guide who will drive you around the small villages. This is an amazing experience. Ask around in the city, you will find a lot of offers like that. 

 

Do not forget mosquito repellents (mosquito nets), books, flashlights, cameras, and power banks. You will need the hammock as well and clothes for the cold nights. Ask your guide what things may come in handy and buy them while being in the city.

– Amazon Jungle tour

This adventure is not for everyone. But if you decide to take a tour of the Amazonian jungle, you will surely know the secrets and the lush nature of the Amazonian jungle. Hire a guide. Do not go there on your own! You need some equipment to go there, so make sure that your guide tells you everything that you should take.

As you can see, there are a lot of places to visit in Manaus, Brazil. We are amazed by this place and recommend it to everyone – one in a lifetime experience. 

 

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.