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April 23, 2014

DISCOVER BRAZIL: RIO DE JANEIRO TO THE AMAZON RAINFOREST JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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14 days / Nature & Wildlife Tours, Eco Tours.

About This Experience

Feel the rhythm of South America’s largest nation—from the wetlands and rainforests that teem with life to the bustling city streets. You’ll experience Brazil from all sides, alternating between carnival-colored cities and peaceful retreats surrounded by stunning, wildlife rich landscapes.

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES

Round-trip airfare & transfers
12 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 8 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Private deluxe motor coach
Guided sightseeing & select entrance fees
Multilingual Tour Director

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

World-famous carnival culture & samba sounds
Amazing opportunities for animal encounters
Thousands of bird species—more than in Europe & North America combined

The Amazon: the world’s largest rainforest
Fresh fruit, fresh coffee & food fresh off the barbecue
The colonial history & heritage of Salvador

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June 28, 2012

#FriendsTravel Brazil JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 90069-9309

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BRAZIL

REGIONS: 

•  NORTHERN REGION

•  NORTH EAST REGION

•  WEST CENTRAL REGION

•  SOUTH EAST REGION

•  SOUTHERN REGION

 GENERAL INFORMATION:

Brazil is the largest country in Latin America. It spreads across almost half (47.3%) of South America, and occupies a total area of 8,547,403.5 km2. It is the fifth largest country in the world after Canada, the Russian Federation, China and the United States.

The country borders French Guiana, Suriname, Guiana, Venezuela and Colombia, to the north; Uruguay and Argentina, to the south; and Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru, to the west. Ecuador and Chile are the only two countries on the South American continent that do not border Brazil. The Atlantic Ocean extends along the country’s entire eastern coast, providing 7,367 km of coastline.

Weather:

The climate varies from arid scrubland in interior to impassable tropical rainforest of the northerly Amazon jungle and the tropical eastern coastal beaches. The south is more temperate. Rainy seasons occur from January to April in the north (average number of days when there is some rain is 22); April to July in the northeast (average number of days when there is some rain 14); December to March in the Rio/Sao Paulo area (average number of days when there is some rain is 10).

Money Issues:

The Brazilian currency is the REAL; 100 centavos = 1 real. Bank notes are in denominations of 100, 50, 10, 5, 1; Coins are 1.00 real; 50 centavos, 25 centavos, 10 centavos, 5 centavos and 1 centavo. All banks and exchange offices recognized traveler’s checks and foreign currency. It is advisable to take US Dollar travelers checks or currency as this is more readily exchanged than other currency. You may benefit from a 15% discount when paying hotel or restaurant bills in foreign currency or travelers checks.
There remains a currency exchange black market, but you are strongly advised to ignore anyone who approaches you asking if you want to change money – it is a fairly sure way to get robbed.

Credit Cards – Access/MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are accepted in the majority of hotels, shops and restaurants.

Language:

The official language is Portuguese. Some English is spoken, particularly in the main cities, but the nearest thing to a second language is Spanish with which you will generally be able to make yourself understood.

The People:

The mix of races has made Brazil a culturally rich and at the same time unique country. This miscegenation began with the Indian, the African and the Portuguese, but in a short time, immigrants from around the world began to arrive: Europeans, Asians, Jews and Arabs. The result was a happy people, open to everything new, a people only found in Brazil.

Vaccination (Yellow Fever Vaccine):

For tourists who have been in transit over the past three months, or who are coming from certain countries – Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, French Guiana, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leon, Sudan, Venezuela and Zaire -, an International Certificate of Vaccination against yellow fever is required.

The yellow fever vaccine is also recommended for all national and international tourists who intend to visit the following Brazilian states: Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Federal District, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins.

Transportation:

Ground transportation:  One of the most popular ways of getting around, could be a private transfer, which means just you and a driver, you can schedule your pick up time; and SIB (Seat in Bus) Transfer, which means  that an individual client usually travels with other tourists that he/she does not know, but, despite the inconvenience of having to wait until everybody is picked up and dropped-off, the good thing is that the SIB transfers are relatively economic, and more practical than traveling by public bus.

Air travel:  Brazil’s airlines are Varig and Tam. Both Varig and Tam are the only Brazil airlines that offer air passes that allow visitors to fly around the country relatively easily domestically. The TAX need to be paid in cash as follows:  International flights $20.  Domestic flights $12 to $15. Air Travel Reservations: JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Car Rental:  It is generally accepted that tourists should not hire cars in Brazil unless they know what they’re doing! Road safety in Brazil is not the best in the world, and the standard of driving here leaves a lot to be desired. However, there are a number of car hire agencies operating in Brazil, so if you want to rent a car here it is feasible. But, do travel/drive with a good map and plenty of water.

ACTIVITIES:

Brazil is a destination of overwhelming beauty, found throughout its various landscapes and locales.

Sun & Beach:  If you dream about a sunny land where sun shines all through the year, waters are warm there is plenty of coconut trees, shades and fresh sea breezes, in Brazil these elements combine harmoniously in the most beautiful beaches.

Archeology:  The major Brazilian reference in archeology is the National Serra da Capivara Park, located in the State of Piauí. Created to protect the area where the largest and most ancient archeological set of the Americas is found, it was registered in the list of Humanity’s Cultural and World Heritage in 1991.

Ethnic:  Ethnic tourism consists of visiting locations where distinct ways of life can be observed and explored. The goal is to closely see small social groups in their natural environment, with their particularities and traditions – and thus, learn from them.

Popular Feasts:  Brazil is internationally known for its popular feasts such as the New Year, Carnival, or June Feasts. These enthusiastic celebrations, which combine singing, music and much dance, attract millions of foreign tourists to the country every year. In them, it is almost impossible to remain as a mere spectator – everyone participates, everyone plays along.

Cities of Heritage:  Architecture is one of the most lasting manifestations of a people’s history. Buildings reveal customs, trends and techniques of each time. With a large historical-cultural heritage, Brazil has attracted a great number of tourists interested in learning, through large museums or city streets, a little of the nation’s past.

Cross-walks:  Ecological crosswalks are the most commonly practiced activity around in the world in the ecotourism segment. In such scenario, Brazil stands out for providing different tours linked to nature and dedicated to environmental awareness and preservation, with crosswalks filled with trails. 

Floating:  It is a light diving modality in shallow depth, involving just a snorkel and mask – depending on the place, frog feet and torchlight serving as essential accessories. It only requires a short training, and with the help of an instructor, even those who cannot swim can appreciate the beauty of colored fish in rivers and sea.

Diving:  Very nice diving sites can be found in the Abrolhos National Marine Park, where one can find the largest quantity of corals in the South Atlantic, in the stunningly crystal-clear waters of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago; in Recife, State of Pernambuco, considered the capital of shipwrecks; in Arraial do Cabo, in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, with diving in caves; to mention just a few examples.

Observing the fauna:  Today, tourists from around the world travel long distances just to see wild life up close. To them, nothing beats coming to Brazil.  The Brazilian fauna is comprised of 600 species of mammals, about 1,700 birds, 390 reptiles, and 331 amphibian species, plus eight thousand fish species already scientifically registered. The environmental protectorates cover today about 5% of the national territory.

Bird Watching:  With exuberant tropical forests, Brazil offers exceptional conditions for bird watchers and ornithologists, studies whose interest are the birds. The Country is home to about 1,677 bird species, almost 18% of the world’s bird diversity.

Canyoneering:  Today, Brazil is among the 10 major canyoneering destinations in the world. It is easy to understand why: Its geographic and climatic conditions – varied relief and soft temperatures all year round – are quite suitable for the sport.

Soccer:   It is said that here in Brazil, every city has a church, a square and a soccer field. The sport is a national passion and is played on all corners of the country by all age groups. It does not matter the place – grass, sand, mud, asphalt – , all one needs is a ball to score a goal.

Business & Events:   Brazil has international renown in the sectors of business tourism and incentive voyages, promoted by companies from all over de world.  Brazil has been one of the most favorite destinations for fairs, congresses, conventions, or expos of all kinds, in all areas.

TRAVEL TIPS:

  • ·     Tipping is not necessary, as most restaurants will include a 10% gratuity on the bill. Don’t tip taxi drivers, except in Rio, where 10% is the norm. Airport and hotel porters should get the equivalent of US $0.75 per bag (1 1/2 Reals).

  • ·     Brazil isn’t only natural wonders as the Amazon, the Iguassu Falls, or the magnificent unspoiled beaches of the Northeast. Brazil is also excellent exotic food, good shopping opportunities or entertainment and animated nightlife.

  • ·     Don’t carry large amounts of cash with you on the street, carry only what you need for the activities you plan for the day or the individual trip you are making.

  • ·     Never carry your passport with you.  Instead, make a copy of the front page and the page that contains your entry stamp from immigration.  This will be more than sufficient ID should you be stopped.

  • ·     Don’t wear flashy jewelry, real or not.  Dress down when walking around, especially in heavy tourist areas.

  • ·     Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Avoid highly congested areas as they are often a haven for pickpockets.

  • ·     Because Brazil is a tropical country, it’s very easy to quickly become dehydrated. Brazilian doctors recommend drinking at least two liters of water per day. You should also consider drinking coconut water which is readily available at many beaches and in cities from street vendors as well as restaurants and snack bars.

TRAVEL REQUIEREMENTS:

An entry visa is not required for holders of passports from European or South American countries. As a matter of reciprocity, a visa is required for those from North America.  For further information about the necessary documentation and where visas can be obtained, consult a travel agent. Tourist visas can be renewed for a period of 180 days per year. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the planned date of arrival in Brazil. For US citizen, a processing fee of US$ 100.00 in US POSTAL Money Order (ONLY)

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February 10, 2011

Iguazu Falls Brazil and Argentina JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP 90069-9309

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina And Brazil
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Iguazu Falls, Argentina And Brazil

With cascading waterfalls taller than Niagara Falls and a love story that rivals Romeo and Juliet, Iguazu Falls is the perfect place to fall in love all over again. Legend has it that Guarani tribesmen would sacrifice young virgins to appease a monstrous serpent named Boi that inhabited the river. One day a warrior named Taroba fell in love with the chosen offering, Naipi, and the two ran off together. Boi, seeing the lovers escape, lashed its mighty tail and split the river, forever separating them and creating the Iguazu Falls. Whether the story is true or not, you and your loved one can stand together and witness the glory of more than 270 falls shared by Brazil and Argentina.

There is an array of accommodations in the nearby city of Puerto Iguazu.

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I have walked the Fall’s , I have explored from a rubber raft in the River, I have flown over the Falls,

and trust me when I say this, Iguazu Falls is truly one of the most amazing places on the PLANET!
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February 3, 2011

Rio de Janeiro Essentials JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP 90069-9309

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Rio de Janeiro Essentials
Rio de Janeiro has earned its sexy and scintillating reputation (and its nickname, “Cidade Maravilhosa,” or “The Marvelous City”) the easy way — it simply lives up to it everywhere you turn.

rio de janeiro cable car viewThe dramatic landmarks of Sugarloaf and the Christ statue lording over spectacular stretches of famed urban beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema; delicious food and wine with a Latin flair; the sensual moves of samba dance and rhythms of traditional music on display every day of the year including, of course, the bacchanalian Carnival; and a passionate, cosmopolitan and, most of all, friendly people are only some of the ways that Rio constantly affirms its status as a favorite travel destination. Its reputation will only grow when it plays host to the Summer Olympics in 2016.

While not the largest city in the 190 million-resident behemoth that is Brazil — that honor goes to Sao Paulo — Rio’s six million diverse residents (called “Cariocas”) are keenly proud of their city’s stature. They are the most outspoken, lively and just plain fun people you’ll probably ever encounter. The Cariocas’ unmistakable joie de vivre and welcoming spirit is infectious, as they’ll gladly share their local secrets on where to go to experience the most important architectural treasures, the most cutting-edge art museums, the most action-packed water sports, or the most memorable caipirinha (the national drink that packs a wallop). But this isn’t surprising. Who wouldn’t have an open outlook on life living in this perpetually sunny, joyful and fascinating melange of Portuguese, African, European and South American cultures?

Another definite advantage to visiting Rio and Brazil as a tourist is that it remains one of the few true travel bargains left today in this age of the declining dollar. Like its more dressed-up cousin to the south, Buenos Aires, Rio offers the opportunity to live grandly for a day or a week on a much smaller budget than in comparable cities like Paris or London, with reasonable prices for five-star accommodations, good bargain prices for world-class cuisine and wine, and the ability to shop till you drop when searching out the latest trendy fashion items and jewelry.

While inarguably exciting, visiting Rio is still equated with the word “danger” in some conversations. In reality, there are some safety concerns if you venture far out of the normal tourist quarters. But the overall situation for visitors has improved greatly in the past decade, and pickpocketing and mugging incidents are not common. So kick back and relax as you are drawn into Rio’s magnificent orbit.

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What to See
Beautiful and glamorous beaches are the huge attraction in Rio de Janeiro, and are part of the daily social and recreation fabric of all Cariocas. The two most famous — Copacabana and Ipanema — are easily accessible and ideal for day-trippers who want to plunge headlong into this most democratic of activities (look for raucous kids from the favelas, or slums, sitting right next to wealthy, posing locals and hordes of hip gay men from the U.S. and Europe).

Copacabana, a long two-mile stretch, is lined with high-rise hotels and cafes, and attracts more tourists than locals. The mile-long beach at Ipanema, south of Copacabana, is more about “the scene” (the tighter the body, squeezed into the smaller the swimsuit, the better). But everyone, no matter where they come from or what they look like, feels welcome at Rio’s beaches. To better take in the remarkable beauty of the water and beaches (and hone your people-watching skills!), rent bikes and rollerblades and just hang loose as the locals do.

Downtown, there are numerous gorgeous churches dating back to the 17th century. Among those worth seeing is Convento do Santo Antonio (Largo da Carioca 5), which dates back to 1615; don’t miss its colonial-era artifacts. Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Candelaria (Praca Pio X) represents Brazil’s 18th century. At the Mosteiro de Sao Bento (Rua Dom Gerardo 32), the highlight among many is its intricately wood-carved altar. For those with more contemporary tastes, check out the daring and modern Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro (Avenue Republica do Chile 245), which was built in the early 1960’s.

Art museum aficionados should head to Rio’s Flamengo neighborhood. Main attractions there include the Museu de Arte Moderna (Av. Infante Dom Henrique 85) to see a huge collection of contemporary works. The Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, otherwise known as the National Museum of Fine Arts (Av. Rio Branco 199) features Brazil’s best artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

museu de arte contemporarea de niteroi mac rio de janeiroAnd for a fun stop, check out the Museu Carmen Miranda (Av. Rui Barbosa 560), which memorializes Brazil’s most famous bombshell — not to mention star in the arts of samba, singing, dancing and acting. Another must-see stop on the cultural radar is the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Museu de Arte Contemporarea de Niteroi (Mirante de Boa Viagem, Niteroi), a contemporary art museum where cutting-edge masterworks meet a striking “spaceship” building with unparalleled views of the city.

Corcovado: The Art Deco-style statue of Christ the Redeemer is Rio’s most famous and enduring symbol, perched atop the 2,300-foot hill of Corcovado. Spectacular views of mountains, bays and beaches await those who take the easy funicular ride; the trains leave Cosme Velho station every 20 minutes.

Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acugar): The views from the top of this imposing natural wonder amply demonstrate why no other city in the world can compete with Rio’s scenic beauty and setting — a magnificent harbor and impossibly beautiful beaches are nudged tight against dramatic Tijuca National Park, the largest urban expanse of tropical forest and mountains on the planet. To get to Sugarloaf, take a taxi to the cable car station at the base.

The Jardim Botanico (Rua Jardim Botanico 1008) is a lovely, peaceful respite from always-busy Rio. It’s spread out over 340 acres, and its biggest attraction is Avenue of the Palms, part of the world’s largest collection relating to the Amazon.

The Burle Marx House (Estrada da Barra de Guaratiba 2019) is a large, expansive estate that has morphed into an art gallery and museum honoring famed Brazilian landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx. The highlight is the elegant landscaping and plants that surround the house.

Take in a “futebol” (soccer) match at Estadio do Maracana, Rio’s gargantuan stadium (the largest in South America), which holds nearly 89,000 passionate fans.

Plunge headfirst into the celebration (and madness) of Rio’s world-famous Carnival celebration by scheduling your trip around this unique and joyous party. A four-day event, it begins on a Saturday and ends on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday); the date changes every year.

Rio Scenarium (Rua do Lavradio 20) is a large nightclub and restaurant with eclectic decor that’s part fun house, part antique store. A rotating selection of local groups plays samba and forro, the accordion music of Brazil’s northeast, and everyone eventually gets up to dance the night away.

Take an in-depth tour of Rio’s favelas (translated as “shantytowns” but actually much more lively and diverse than the name implies). Marcelo Armstrong is a local insider who helps visitors tour the favelas safely and offers unique insights into the daily lives of the majority of Rio residents.

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December 21, 2010

Brazil Travel Guide JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP 90069-9309

Brazil Travel Guide

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach © over_kind_man

The long-lasting impression most visitors leave Brazil with is of carefree, colourful people dancing and celebrating in the street parades at Carnival, and of a passion for life and exuberance of spirit that charms visitors from around the world.

The country has much to offer visitors at all times of year, however. Tourists descending on the country’s exciting cities, such as hedonistic Rio de Janeiro, can enjoy the five-star hotels, shopping malls, pristine beaches, sunny skies and bustling nightlife without really having to confront the hundreds of shantytowns (favelas) where the poorest of the poor eke out a living in the shadows of the skyscrapers.

With booming mining, agricultural and manufacturing sectors, Brazil has the highest GDP in Latin America and is expected to be one of the world’s dominant economies by the middle of this century. Brazil also caters well for business tourism and is a favoured destination for conventions, congresses and expos, particularly the city of Sao Paulo, which is the country’s largest city and the business capital of Brazil.

Being so vast, larger than the continental United States, Brazil offers a variety of cultures and topographies. The range is evident in the contrast of the Amazon and Pantanal rain forests to the mountain towns of Minas Gerais, the urban jungle of Sao Paulo and the vast central plateau around Brasilia, and the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. It all adds up to an exotic and exciting Latin American mix where the common denominators are samba, sunshine, sultry smiles and soccer.

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December 8, 2010

CARNIVAL IN RIO-ENJOY THE MAGIC… JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP 90069-9309

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CARNIVAL IN RIO-ENJOY THE MAGIC…
Some of our sample packages:
Deluxe Package (6 Days/ 5 Nights) Includes: Transfers in/out airport in Rio. 5 Nights at JW Marriott Hotel (5*). Deluxe Ocean View Room. Corcovado & Sugar Loaf Tours with lunch included. (SIB) Brazilian Breakfast daily. $2,890.00 Per person (Based in double occupancy)

Basic Package (6 Days/ 5 Nights) Includes: Transfers in/out airport in Rio. 5 Nights at Astoria Copacabana Hotel (3*). Standard Room. Corcovado & Sugar Loaf Tours with lunch included. (SIB) Brazilian Breakfast daily. $1,150.00 Per person (Based in double occupancy)

Carnival begins March 3-9, 2011 Reservations are not refundable if modified, cancelled or no show.

Tickets to Sambadromo available. International Air available form any Gateway in the USA.

JESS Kalinowsky Professional Travel Consultant

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Rio Carnival

August 1, 2009

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JESS Kalinowsky has been all over Brazil several times, email your reservation request today have a response today or tomorrow.

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil with #FriendsTravel LLP 90069-9309

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Rio de Janeiro

When travelers who have never been to Rio de Janeiro think of the city, they think of Carnival and New Years, of the nightlife and beaches. Fair enough, as these are the iconic snapshots of the old city. But Rio is so much more. Visitors will also remember the site of Sugarloaf Mountain with the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain and the array of colonial churches and buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. But no one aspect of Rio can lay claim to the city’s heritage. It is the beaches, the architecture, the music and culture, Sugarloaf and Tijuca Forest in combination that makes the experience that travelers know as Rio de Janeiro.

  • The city of Rio de Janeiro is made up of 150 districts. Rio is an exciting city with iconic architecture and monuments.
  • The statue of Christ the Redeemer rests on Corcovado Mountain at 2,330 feet above sea level.
  • Sugar Loaf, the famous peak rising 1,300 feet above sea level (see the picture to the left) is accessible by a cable car ride.
  • Ipanema Beach, made famous by the song, is the center of Rio’s beach and night – life.
  • The “hippy fair” at General Osorio Square is a much visited site for mingling and people watching on Sundays where local arts and crafts may be purchased.
  • Brazil loves its soccer. The Estadio de Maracana is the largest soccer stadium in South America, seating 95,000.
  • Tijuca Forest is located adjacent to Rio de Janeiro and at nearly 8,000 acres is the largest urban forest in the world.
  • With over 5000 miles of coastline, Brazil’s beaches are world class. Some are highly developed while others are nearly deserted stretches of beach and ocean.
  • Until 1960, Rio was the capital of Brazil – when Brasilia, the current capital, was designated the capital.
  • Rio’s Carnival is the most famous in the world. Months of preparation and planning go into the event and more than 300,000 travelers pack the city each February to participate.
  • Rio’s Samba Schools, are highly competitive and have their own fan clubs. Carnival, apart provides an annual competition between the schools. All aspects of each school’s performance comes under the judges’ scrutiny: the theme song, the drum band, dancers, and standard-bearer.
  • But Carnival is not the only celebration on Rio’s calendar. New Year’s Eve in Rio is a spectacular event celebrated all along the city’s beaches when more than 2.5 million people gather along the streets wearing white clothing and uncorking champagne bottles by the light of a brilliant fireworks display.
  • The city of Rio de Janeiro is made up of 150 districts. Rio is an exciting city with iconic architecture and monuments.
  • The statue of Christ the Redeemer rests on Corcovado Mountain at 2,330 feet above sea level.
  • Sugar Loaf, the famous peak rising 1,300 feet above sea level (see the picture to the left) is accessible by a cable car ride.
  • Ipanema Beach, made famous by the song, is the center of Rio’s beach and night – life.
  • The “hippy fair” at General Osorio Square is a much visited site for mingling and people watching on Sundays where local arts and crafts may be purchased.
  • Brazil loves its soccer. The Estadio de Maracana is the largest soccer stadium in South America, seating 95,000.
  • Tijuca Forest is located adjacent to Rio de Janeiro and at nearly 8,000 acres is the largest urban forest in the world.
  • With over 5000 miles of coastline, Brazil’s beaches are world class. Some are highly developed while others are nearly deserted stretches of beach and ocean.
  • Until 1960, Rio was the capital of Brazil – when Brasilia, the current capital, was designated the capital.
  • Rio’s Carnival is the most famous in the world. Months of preparation and planning go into the event and more than 300,000 travelers pack the city each February to participate.
  • Rio’s Samba Schools, are highly competitive and have their own fan clubs. Carnival, apart provides an annual competition between the schools. All aspects of each school’s performance comes under the judges’ scrutiny: the theme song, the drum band, dancers, and standard-bearer.
  • But Carnival is not the only celebration on Rio’s calendar. New Year’s Eve in Rio is a spectacular event celebrated all along the city’s beaches when more than 2.5 million people gather along the streets wearing white clothing and uncorking champagne bottles by the light of a brilliant fireworks display.

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    • The city of Rio de Janeiro is made up of 150 districts. Rio is an exciting city with iconic architecture and monuments.
    • The statue of Christ the Redeemer rests on Corcovado Mountain at 2,330 feet above sea level.
    • Sugar Loaf, the famous peak rising 1,300 feet above sea level (see the picture to the left) is accessible by a cable car ride.
    • Ipanema Beach, made famous by the song, is the center of Rio’s beach and night – life.
    • The “hippy fair” at General Osorio Square is a much visited site for mingling and people watching on Sundays where local arts and crafts may be purchased.
    • Brazil loves its soccer. The Estadio de Maracana is the largest soccer stadium in South America, seating 95,000.
    • Tijuca Forest is located adjacent to Rio de Janeiro and at nearly 8,000 acres is the largest urban forest in the world.
    • With over 5000 miles of coastline, Brazil’s beaches are world class. Some are highly developed while others are nearly deserted stretches of beach and ocean.
    • Until 1960, Rio was the capital of Brazil – when Brasilia, the current capital, was designated the capital.
    • Rio’s Carnival is the most famous in the world. Months of preparation and planning go into the event and more than 300,000 travelers pack the city each February to participate.
    • Rio’s Samba Schools, are highly competitive and have their own fan clubs. Carnival, apart provides an annual competition between the schools. All aspects of each school’s performance comes under the judges’ scrutiny: the theme song, the drum band, dancers, and standard-bearer.
    • But Carnival is not the only celebration on Rio’s calendar. New Year’s Eve in Rio is a spectacular event celebrated all along the city’s beaches when more than 2.5 million people gather along the streets wearing white clothing and uncorking champagne bottles by the light of a brilliant fireworks display.

    Reservations EMAIL FriendsTravel@earthlink.net

    May 1, 2009

    Sao Paulo—or Sampa Brazil with #FriendsTravel LLP 90069-9309

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    Sao Paulo—or Sampa, as residents call it—is one of the largest cities in the world, sprawling like a land-guzzling monster. It’s full of high-rises, and the streets are an endless bustle of sidewalk traders, shoppers and sharp-suited business folk. Traffic jams in Sao Paulo are ubiquitous.Sao Paulo’s residents, or Paulistanos, work hard—the city is one of Latin America’s most important industrial and economic centers—but they play hard, too. At night, the city throbs with laughter and music. There are top-notch restaurants and a wealth of cinemas and theaters, not to mention world-class nightclubs and DJs. And whatever else they do, residents of Sao Paulo are united in their appreciation of futebol. It’s the sport in town.

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