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. 

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.

 

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.

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 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.