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Salvador - Bahia

Fist a little history:

Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia and the largest city in north-eastern Brazil, was the first town to be founded in Brazil, on March 29th 1549; and until 1763, when it was succeeded by Rio de Janeiro, it was the seat of government of the colony. For three centuries it was the principal port for the import of slaves from Africa. Blacks and mulattos now form the majority of the population, and African influence is evident in the life of the city in many different fields - in music, in religious cults such as Candomblé and Umbanda, and not least in the local cuisine, which makes lavish use of dendà oil (palm oil), coconut milk and groundnuts.

Salvador is 1649km from Rio de Janeiro, so, if you want to get there, I suggest you take a plane, by car it would take more than a day to arrive. But by plane, or by car it will be worth as soon as you see the beauties of this place.


Salvador is not only beaches, the historical center has over 1,000 buildings and churches built in the XVIth, XVIIth, and XVIIIth centuries. It has been proclaimed part of Brazil's historical patrimony and declared humanity's patrimony by UNESCO, a must see for people who want to see the history of this historical city.


Another interesting thing to see in this city is the Capoeira, a mix of dance and fight created by the slaves, nowadays it´s part of the culture of Brazil, and it´s becoming popular in the whole world. Here´s a video with a capoeira group doing some movements in the beach:


But, this blog is about beaches, so, let´s talk about them. Salvador´s shore is one of the most beautiful in Brazil, perfect for swimming and for watersports, it has some of the bests diving spots in Brazil, with a lot of interesting shipwrecks.

Wthout a doubt the main characteristic of Salvador is its cycle of popular parties that begin on New Year's day and continues throughout the summer - with its climax at Carnival, then comes the saint parties in June, the washing of the church's staircases until New Year's Eve when everything begins again.

Salvador's Carnival is becoming the biggest in Brazil. The ability to fully participate in high energy events as well as a complete integration of the city's rich and central Afro-American art, culture and music means Salvador's hotel rooms will sell out before Rio's for the Carnaval season.

I was going to list the attractions of the city here, but I found two sites that has all the info you need.
This site has info on the beaches of Salvador, such as Porto da Barra, Farol da Barra and Itapoã(this last one even inspired the music "Tarde em Itapoã" from Vinicius de Moraes and Toquinho): http://www.bahia-online.net/TheBeachScene.htm

And this site has every kind of tourist attractions, such as historical churches, the Pelourinho, and the Lacerda Elevator(Elevador Lacerda): http://www.brazil4you.com/pontur/?CodCid=5

I really recommend those two pages, nice info on both.

So, this it, just a little sample of what is Salvador, cause it´s impossible to make a report good enough, to show the magic of this place, you got to see it to understand.

Bye friends, till next post.

Guarujá - São Paulo

89 km from São Paulo, Guarujá has one of the bests tourist infrastructure in the south-east region of Brazil. It has a lot of white sand beaches extended all along urbanized roads.

It´s a beautiful place, but In my opinion there are better places to visit while in Brazil, but if you are near it, like in São Paulo or Santos, it is worth to check it out, there are some very good things to see.

Check this site for a map with links to the beaches:

http://pqi.ep.usp.br/eventos/cepac_guaruja.htm



The most important beaches:

Pitangueiras: It is located in the centre of the island. It covers 1800 meters of a scenery enclosed by buildings and large commercial centres, some of them, surround The Beira-mar Avenue.
This beach is ideal for surfing. In the middle of the beach, there is a rocky islet.

Enseada: The beach of Enseada is situated to the north of the island. It covers 11 kilometres bordered by a residential neighbourhood. Its sand is clear and soft. Its main characteristic is the presence of coconut trees and kiosks all over the beach. It is perfect for water sports like windsurf, jet ski y surfing. At the left side of the beach, there is a marina which counts with showers, sanitary and a life-saving post. It is also called "Isla de las Convenciones" (Conventions Island).

Costa de las Tortugas: (Turtle´s Coast) In this beach , there are tours on kayak, ski and motor launch, as well as boats and the possibility of swimming under the water. If someone prefers walking on the ground, the wide strip of sand is ideal for comfortable hikes.


The beaches of Do Eden and Sorocotuba-: Are placed in a closed village.

The beach of Pernambuco: Located in front of Dos Arboredos Island, is constantly visited because of water sports.

The beach of Iporanga: Is situated on a bay close to the native glade, inside a private village.

The beaches of Branca, Preta and Do Camburi: Are vacant and surrounded by vegetation. They are recommendable for surfing.

The beaches of Astúrias and Do Tombo: Are placed to the south. They are ideal for surfing too.

Do Tombo: The beach of Do Tombo is located in front of The Moela Island, a site where there is a lighthouse constructed in 1836. This beach is very well known because of its huge waves, ideal for surfing, and its restful locations for sunbathing.


This is it for now, but check it out later, cause I will post something about Salvador today.

Bye friends

Cabo Frio - Rio De Janeiro

Cabo Frio is one of the cities of "Região dos Lagos", a region with many wonderful beaches. The city is less than an hour away from Arraial do Cabo(see previous posts), and also has some great beaches, like Praia do Forte and Praia do Peró.

It´s a very well developed city with wide-ranging commerce, an excellent hotel infrastructure and entertaining options for both day and night. There are restaurants with almost every type of cuisine, great nightclubs, fairs, exhibitions, and a vast cultural calendar.
During the night, people gather in the street, usually near the Praia Do Forte or in the fairs. At the Praia do Forte, there´s all kind of entertainment, from games untill dance clubs. In the fairs you´ll find good souvenirs, handmade stuff, clothes and places to eat hot dogs or anyother fast foods.
Here I´ll put a list of good things to see there.
Conchas BeachPraia das Conchas - Shell Beach - A beautiful shell shaped beach that is cozy and charming. It?s ideal for water sports and fishing, with incredible natural surroundings. Credits: Associação de Hotéis e Pousadas de Cabo Frio.

Dunes
Nature set aside these incredible sand hills, called dunes, in Cabo Frio. It?s covered by ?restinga? vegetation at some spots, very common in the area. The white fine sand shines in the sun and is shaped by the wind. Mother Dune, by the road that takes to Arraial do Cabo, is also called White Lady, the highest dune in the area. Don?t miss the wonderful sunset from the top of Dama Branca. Credits: Associação de Hotéis e Pousadas de Cabo Frio.

Itajuru ChannelLocate in the city center , the canal is bordered by the Rua Jonas Garcia an AV dos Pescadores. Navigable over 6 kilometers, it connects Araruama lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean. There are many options of boat tours with distinguished routes. Along the sidewalk you?ll find a handicraft market and beautiful mansions. Credits: Associação de Hotéis e Pousadas de Cabo Frio.


Pero Beach
With clear blue water, constant waves and kiosks on the sand. The dunes along the coast are known as Peró Golden Dunes. A surfers and net fishing lovers hang out, it?s 7 km long. Credits: Associação de Hotéis e Pousadas de Cabo Frio.


Praia do ForteIt?s 7.5 km long and has different names at certain spots, like: Praia das Dunas, Praia do Foguete, Praia de Cabo Frio, and Praia da Barra. Located downtown, it has many bars and restaurants around, besides the kiosks on the sand. With clear blue waters and white fine sand, it has Saint Mathews Fort in the left end, built in the XVII century.


This is it friends, Cabo Frio, great place near Rio de Janeiro.
Untill next post, It will be about Carnival(Carnaval), maybe I will post it today.

NEW YEAR´S EVE!!! (Reveillon) - Rio de Janeiro

Hi friends, I decided to make this post now, I know that we still have some months before New Year´s Eve, but the thing is, if you wait untill december to make your reservations, probably you won´t be able to do it. The city gets so crowded in the end of december, that all the good hotels may be full, so I suggest that if you intend to come here to enjoy our summer, try to make everything earlier, so you won´t have any problems, only fun :D

But now let´s go to the good part. New Year´s party in Brazil, is one of the most famous in the whole world, Copacabana beach receive around two millions watchers every year for the fireworks show.

There you´ll find all kind of people, and I really mean all kind, but the atmosphere is of peace and celebration.
If you don´t want to stay with the crowd during the fireworks, you can also rent an apartmen in front of the beach, you´ll have a beautiful view, and all the confort of the best hotels in Rio, like Copacabana Palace. Another thing you can do to escape from the crowd, is watch it from a boat, many people do this, not only to espace from the crowd, but also to have an even better view of the show.

And the party is not only about the fireworks, music is played throughout the day, but it really kicks off around 7pm when live act and DJs start up the sound systems on the official stages. Three stages are set up over a 4km stretch: there is a Brazilian popular music stage playing sambas, pagodes and choros, a rock stage and another playing older music such as boleros, samba-canção and old carnival songs.
There´s also parties everywhere in the city, including the Copacabana Palace, Excelsior, Le Méridian and the Sofitel Rio Palace. Tickets for these can be bought from most large travel agents. And smaller parties can be found in every bar, club, beach, in fact everywhere, at new year´s eve, Rio is a Big Party.

If you need more information people, just leave a message.

bye folks

Brazilian Hotels

Hi, I´ll put here a list of hotels that I´ve found on the internet, I think it might help someone

Hotels In Brazil:

São Paulo: Paulista Area Central Business District
Hotel: Maksoud Plaza Hotel *****
Address: Alameda Campinas, 150
Tel.: (55-11) 3145-8000
Fax.: (55-11) 3145-8001
E-mail.: maksoud@maksoud.com.br
Website: http://www.maksoud.com.br
Comments: Breakfast not included. 40 minutes from Guarulhos International Airport - 15 minutes from Congonhas Domestic Airport, Limousine service on request. Shuttle van service to/from Guarulhos Airport.

Hotel: Gran Meliá Mofarrej Hotel *****
Address: Alameda Santos, 1437
Tel.: (55-11) 3146-5900
Fax.: (55-11) 3262-3368
E-mail.: reservas1.mofarrej@granmelia.com.br
Website: http://ww.solmelia.com
Comments: Breakfast not included. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, health club with sauna and an on-premises shopping arcade, featuring jewelry stores, boutique, Brazilian handcrafts and a travel agency.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza São Paulo *****
Address: Rua Frei Caneca, 1360
Tel.: (55-11) 4501-8000
Fax.: (55-11) 3253-5665
E-mail: reservas@saobr.com.br
Website: http://www.crowneplaza.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. The Health Club offers an outdoor pool, wet and dry saunas, massage, gym and hairdresser. Crowne Plaza Theatre and Business centre.

Hotel: Paulista Wall Street *****
Address: Rua Itapeva, 636
Tel.: (55-11) 3141-3000
Fax: (55-11) 3253-5585
Toll free: 0800-119993
E-mail.: reservas@wallstreet.com.br
Website: http://www.wallstreet.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. No taxes. Office Service Room equipped with computer, printer, scanner, fax modem, zip drive, Internet connection, fax modem and telephone. Health club with gym, massage, sauna, Turkish bath, lounge area and hydro massage, pool with a bar and a panoramic view of the city, reading room.

Hotel: Renaissance São Paulo *****
Address: Al. Santos, 2233
Tel. (55-11) 3069-2233
Fax. (55-11) 3064-3344
Website: http://www.marriottbrasil.com/SAOBR/
Comments: Breakfast not included. 15 minutes from Congonhas Airport downtown, 40 minutes from the Sao Paulo International Airport and steps from the city's metro system. Full spa (onsite), solarium, exercise Room, whirlpool sauna, jogging, squash, pool and hair dryer.

Hotel: Hotel Inter-Continental *****
Address: Alameda Santos, 1123
Tel: (55-11) 3179-2600
Fax: (55-11) 3179-2666
Website: http://www.sao-paulo.interconti.com
Comments: Breakfast not included. Business centre, car rental beauty salon/barber and fitness centre.

São Paulo: Brooklin area, near the Consulate, near domestic Airport and Berrini Avenue Business area
Hotel: Hilton - Morumbi *****
Address: Av. das Nações Unidas, 12901
Centro Empresarial Nações Unidas
Tel: (55-11) 6845-0000
Fax: (55-11) 6845-0001
Website: http://www.hilton.com
Comments: Found in the Newest Business Traveler "location of choice" in the Sao Paulo district of Berrini, as part of the CENU business complex, the stunning Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi has the latest features to classify it as a true luxury hotel. With a unique glass atrium lobby and 485 luxurious and spacious guestrooms including: five Executive Floors, eight Relaxation Rooms, and 25 suites, this hotel boasts comfort and magnificence.

Hotel: Hotel Gran Meliá São Paulo *****
Hotel and World Trade Center Convention Building
Address: Av. das Nações Unidas, 12559
Tel.: (55-11) 3055-8000
Fax.: (55-11) 3055-8002
E-mail: reservas@granmeliasp.com.br
Website: http://www.solmelia.com
Comments: Breakfast not included. 8 km from the Avenida Paulista. 8 km from the Congonhas regional airport. 54 km from the Cumbica international airport. "A la carte" restaurants. 2 bars. Pool bar. Swimming pool. Hairdresser. Fitness centre with sauna, gymnasium and massage. 2 Tennis courts. Jogging track. Baby-sitting service. Business centre. Royal Service Executive floor.

Hotel: Hotel Transamérica *****
Address: Av. das Nações Unidas, 18591
Tel.: (55-11) 5693-4511
Reservations: (55-11) 5693-4050
Fax.: (55-11) 5693-4990
Toll free: 0800-126060
E-mail: hotel@transamerica.com.br
Website: http://www.transamerica.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. Golf course with three holes and instructors to help, tennis court, heated swimming pool, fitness centre and health club.
Located at the hotel's garden: the Alfa Theatre, with 1,200 seats and a program including concerts and shows in São Paulo.

Hotel: Gran Estanplaza *****
Address: Rua Arizona, 1517
Tel: (55-11) 3059-3277
Fax: (55-11) 3059-3288
E-mail: reservas@estanplaza.com.br
Website: http://www.estanplaza.com.br
Comments: Breakfast and parking included. Seven categories of apartments. Complete service and support infrastructure at fitness centre. Convention and business centres.

Hotel: Grand Hyatt São Paulo *****
Address: Av. das Nações Unidas, 13301
Tel: (55-11) 6838 1234
Fax: (55-11) 6838 1235
E-mail: info@hyatt.com.br
Website: http://www.hyatt.com.br
Comments: Breakfast not included. Hotel facilities include Grand Hyatt's exclusive Amanary Spa, an urban retreat in the heart of São Paulo offering seven private rooms with an array of relaxation and beauty treatments. Steam rooms, a gymnasium and indoor and outdoor heated pools complement the spa facilities at the hotel and special nutritional spa cuisine is featured in each of the hotel's three restaurants. Integrated conference and events centre attached to the hotel.

Hotel: Tryp WTC Brooklin ****
Address: Rua: Heinrich Hertz, 14
Tel.: (55-11) 5509-8800
Fax.: (55-11) 5509-8802
E-mail: reservas.wtc.brooklin@meliaconfort.com.br
Website: http://www.solmelia.com/
Comments: Breakfast included. 40 minutes from Guarulhos international airport (GRU) and 10 minutes from the local Congonhas airport. Services: Restaurant and Bar.

Hotel: Blue Tree Towers Berrini ****
Address: Rua Quintana, 1012
Tel.: (55-11) 5508-5000
Fax.: (55-11) 5508-5001
E-mail: reservas@bluetree.com.br
Website: http://www.bluetree.com.br
Comments: Breakfast and taxes included. Ten minutes from the Congonhas regional airport. Fitness centre offers outdoor swimming pool, bar, dry and wet sauna and exercise room.

Hotel: Estanplaza Berrini ****
Address: Av. Eng. Luis Carlos Berrini, 853
Tel.: (55 11) 5509-8900
Fax: (55 11) 5509-8909
Toll free: 0800-101500
E-mail: reservas@estanplaza.com.br
Website: http://www.estanplaza.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. Business centre, fitness centre offers outdoor swimming pool, bar, game room, dry and wet sauna and exercise room.

Hotel: Radisson Faria Lima ****
Address: Av. Cidade Jardim, 625
Tel: (55-11) 3093-5960
Fax: (55-11) 3093-5969
E-mail: (Reservations) aaichele@atlantica-hotels.com
Website: http://www.atlantica-hotels.com/
Comments: Breakfast included. Well located, close to good restaurants and Shopping Center Iguatemi; 40 km from International Airport Guarulhos, easy access to Av. Paulista. Room facilities, PC with internet conection. Fitness, heated swimming pool, sauna. Business Centre with conference room.

Hotel: Mercure Grand Hotel São Paulo Ibirapuera ****
Address: Rua Joinville, 515
Tel: (55-11) 5088-4000
Fax: (55-11) 5088-4100
E-mail: mercure@accorhotels.com.br
Website: http://www.accorhotels.com.br
Comments: Breakfast not included. Rooms with internet access and 2 phone lines, room services 24 hours. Foreign exchange bureau, convention center. Fitness centre, sauna, swimming pool, solarium.

Belo Horizonte
Hotel: Ouro Minas Palace Hotel *****
Address: Av. Cristiano Machado, 4001
Tel. (55-31) 3429-4001
Reservations (55-31) 3429-4000
Fax: (55-31) 3429-4002 E-mail: reserva@ourominas.com.br
Website: http://www.ourominas.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. Located near downtown, 7 Km from Pampulha Airport and 35 Km from Confins International Airport. There are 2 major shopping malls directly opposite the hotel. Health centre with heated swimming pool, sauna, waterfall, Jacuzzi, fitness centre with a personal trainer, game room and beauty parlour.

Hotel: Othon Palace *****
Address: Av. Afonso Pena, 1050
Tel. (55-31) 3247-0000
Reservations: (55-31) 3247-0010
Fax: (55-31) 3247-0001
E-mail: belohorizonte@othon.com.br
Website: http://www.hoteis-othon.com.br/
Comments: Breakfast included. Located at downtown section. Right in front of the Municipal Park. Health Centre, swimming pool, sauna, massage, shops, barber shop/beauty parlour car renting service, tours.

Hotel: Mercure Apartments Belo Horizonte Lourdes *****
Address: Av. Contorno, 7315
Tel: (55-31) 3298-4100
Fax: (55-31) 3298-4105
E-mail: mercurebhreservas@yahoo.com.br
Website: http://www.accorhotels.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. 9 km from Pampulha Airport, room service 24 hours; rooms with access to internet, rooms for non-smoking and allergic people; Fitness Center, sauna, swimming pool, Business Center.

Hotel: Hotel Belo Horizonte Plaza Lourdes *****
Address: Rua Paraíba, 1465
Tel. (55-31) 2121-0900
Fax: (55-31) 3282-0808
E-mail: libertypalace@libertypalace.com.br
Website: http://www.libertypalace.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. Accept all credit cards. Located close to major companies'offices and banks, close to the City Hall. Fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, laundry, Business centre.

Brasília
Hotel: Blue Tree Park Brasília *****
Address: SHTN, Trecho 01 Lote 1B Bloco C
Tel.: (55-61) 3424-7000
Fax: (55-61) 3424-7001
E-mail: reservas@bluetree.com.br
Website: http://www.bluetree.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. Room service 24 hours. Fitness centre, swimming pool, sauna, massage, sport courts, nautical sports. Located on the Paranoá Lake shore, near the Palácio da Alvorada and surrounded by a pleasant green area, the hotel offers the largest convention area in the city.

Hotel: Naoum Plaza Hotel *****
Address: Setor Hoteleiro Sul
Quadra 05 Bloco H/I
Tel: (55-61) 3322-4545
Fax: (55-61) 3322-4949
E-mail: reservas@naoumplaza.com.br
Website: http://www.naoumplaza.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. Located 15 minutes from International Airport. Pool and Bar/Lounge. Business Centre and restaurants.

Hotel: Carlton Hotel ***
Address: Setor Hoteleiro Sul
Quadra Q5 Bloco G
Tel. (55-61) 3224-8819
Fax. (55-61) 3226-8109
E-mail: carlton@carltonhotel.com.br
Website: http://www.carltonhotelbrasilia.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. Swimming pool, fitness lounge and sauna. Car renting service and business centre with Internet connection.

Rio de Janeiro
Hotel: Le Meridien Copacabana *****
Address: Av. Atlântica, 1020 - Copacabana Beach
Tel: (55-21) 3873-8888
Reservations: in Rio: (55-21) 3873-8850 Fax: (55-21) 3873-8777
E-mail: reservas@lemeridien-riodejaneiro.com
Website: http://www.lemeridien-copacabana.com
Comments: Breakfast not included. 20 minutes from the international airport and 15 minutes from downtown. Fitness centre, sauna and movie theatre.

Hotel: Sheraton Rio Hotel & Towers *****
Address: Av. Niemeyer, 121 - Leblon Beach
Tel.: (55-21) 2274-1122

Reservations: (55-21) 2529-1144
Fax.: (55-21) 2274-8042
E-mail: reservas.rio@sheraton.com
Website: http://sheraton-rio.com/index.html
Comments: Breakfast included. Three swimming pools, three tennis courts and a fitness centre.

Hotel: Sofitel Rio Palace Hotel *****
Address: Av. Atlântica, 4240 - Copacabana Beach
Tel.: (55-21) 2525-1232
Fax.: (55-21) 2525-1230
E-mail: reservas@accorhotels.com.br
Website: http://www.accorhotels.com.br
Comments: Breakfast not included. 10 meetings rooms, pool, wet and dry sauna, fitness centre, shopping and beauty parlour. 15 minutes from Downtown. 12km from Santos Dumont Airport and 26km from Galeão Airport.

Hotel: Excelsior Copacabana Hotel ****
Address: Av. Atlântica, 1800 - Copacabana Beach
Tel: (55-21) 2195-5800
Fax: (55-21) 2257-1850
E-mail: crsp@windsorhoteis.com.br
Website: http://www.windsorhoteis.com/excelsior/index.html
Comments: Breakfast included. Swimming pool, fitness lounge and sauna. Ten minutes from downtown or from the domestic airport; and 20 minutes from the international airport.

Hotel: Hotel InterContinental Rio ****
Address: Av.Pref.Mendes de Morais, 222 - São Conrado Beach
Tel: (55-21) 3323- 2200
Fax: (55-21) 3322-5500
E-mail: rioha@interconti.com
Website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com
Comments: Breakfast not included. Three swimming pools, three tennis courts, a seaside jogging and cycle path, a gymnasium and sauna.

Hotel: Hotel Marina Palace ****
Address: Av. Delfim Moreira, 630 - Leblon Beach
Tel: (55-21) 2172-1000
Fax: (55-21) 2172-1010
E-mail: reservas@hotelmarina.com.br
Website: http://www.hotelmarina.com.br/principal.asp
Comments: Breakfast included. Pool and bar, 24 hour room service, laundry and beauty shop. Right in front of Leblon beach.

Salvador, state of Bahia
Hotel: Bahia Othon Palace *****
Adress: Av. Oceânica, 2294
Tel:(55 71) 203-2000
Fax: (55 71) 245-4877
E-mail: bahia@othon.com.br
Website: http://www.othon.com.br/port/palace/bahia/open.htm
Comments: Breakfast included. Health Centre with sauna, massage, gym and hairdresser. Private parking and car rent.

Hotel: Fiesta Bahia *****
Address: Av. Antonio Carlos Magalhães, 711
Tel:(55 71) 3352-000
Fax: (55 71) 3352-0050
E-mail: reserva@fiestahotel.com.br
Website: http://www.fiestahotel.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. Health Centre with a hairdresser and swimming pool.

Hotel: Blue Tree *****
Adress: Rua Monte Conselho, 505
Tel: (55 71) 2103-2233
Fax: (55 71) 2103-2200
E-mail: reservas@bluetree.com.br
Website: http://www.bluetree.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. The Health Centre with offers a swimming pool, fitness centre and saunas. Business Centre all equipped.

Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul
Hotel: Blue Tree Towers *****
Address:Av. Coronel Lucas de Oliveira, 995
Tel:(55 51) 3333-0333
Fax:(55 51) 3330-5233
E-mail: reservas@bluetree.com.br
Website: http://www.bluetree.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included . Health Centre with swimming pool and fitness centre.

Hotel: Parthenon *****
Address: Rua Jardim Cristofel, 155
Tel:( 55 51) 3024-2323
Fax: (55 51) 3024-2322
E-mail: reservasilgiardino@terra.com.br
Website: http://www.accorhotels.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. Office Service Room with internet available. Health Club with a swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym, sauna and spa.

Hotel: Sheraton Porto Alegre*****
Address: Rua Olavo Barreto Viana, 18
Tel: (55 51) 2121-6000
Fax: (55 51) 2121-6010
E-mail: reservation@sheraton-poa.com.br
Website: http://www.sheraton-poa.com.br
Comments: Breakfast included. Health Centre with swimming pool and fitness centre.

Ipanema -Rio De Janeiro

Hi, this beach is of the most famous in Brazil, maybe losing only for Copacabana. It even inspired our two great composers, Vinicius de Moraes e Tom Jobim, to write "The Girl From Ipanema" one of the bests musics from the Bossa-Nova style.



Ipanema is a gathering point, not only during the day, when people go there for the sea, but also during the night, for sports like football(soccer) and beach volley.

There´s also a great night life, since it´s on of the most sophisticated area from the city. With many Bars, Stores, Quiosques(Small places that usually sell drinks, coconuts or fast food) and night clubs.

Ipanema is a symbol of Rio, it´s has a great beach, a big city area, and a great night life. Who could ask for more? This is a must see, if you are in Rio.

If you wanna know more about Rio, including Ipanema, I suggest this site:

http://www.ipanema.com/ Don´t worry, it´s in english

And here, a list of hotels in Rio:

Hotel: Le Meridien Copacabana *****
Address: Av. Atlântica, 1020 - Copacabana Beach
Tel: (55-21) 3873-8888
Reservations: in Rio: (55-21) 3873-8850 Fax: (55-21) 3873-8777
E-mail: reservas@lemeridien-riodejaneiro.com
Website: http://www.lemeridien-copacabana.com
Comments: Breakfast not included. 20 minutes from the international airport and 15 minutes from downtown. Fitness centre, sauna and movie theatre.

Hotel: Sheraton Rio Hotel & Towers *****
Address: Av. Niemeyer, 121 - Leblon Beach
Tel.: (55-21) 2274-1122

Reservations: (55-21) 2529-1144
Fax.: (55-21) 2274-8042
E-mail: reservas.rio@sheraton.com
Website: http://sheraton-rio.com/index.html
Comments: Breakfast included. Three swimming pools, three tennis courts and a fitness centre.

Hotel: Sofitel Rio Palace Hotel *****
Address: Av. Atlântica, 4240 - Copacabana Beach
Tel.: (55-21) 2525-1232
Fax.: (55-21) 2525-1230
E-mail: reservas@accorhotels.com.br
Website: http://www.accorhotels.com.br
Comments: Breakfast not included. 10 meetings rooms, pool, wet and dry sauna, fitness centre, shopping and beauty parlour. 15 minutes from Downtown. 12km from Santos Dumont Airport and 26km from Galeão Airport.

Hotel: Excelsior Copacabana Hotel ****
Address: Av. Atlântica, 1800 - Copacabana Beach
Tel: (55-21) 2195-5800
Fax: (55-21) 2257-1850
E-mail: crsp@windsorhoteis.com.br
Website: http://www.windsorhoteis.com/excelsior/index.html
Comments: Breakfast included. Swimming pool, fitness lounge and sauna. Ten minutes from downtown or from the domestic airport; and 20 minutes from the international airport.

Hotel: Hotel InterContinental Rio ****
Address: Av.Pref.Mendes de Morais, 222 - São Conrado Beach
Tel: (55-21) 3323- 2200
Fax: (55-21) 3322-5500
E-mail: rioha@interconti.com
Website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com
Comments: Breakfast not included. Three swimming pools, three tennis courts, a seaside jogging and cycle path, a gymnasium and sauna.

Hotel: Hotel Marina Palace ****
Address: Av. Delfim Moreira, 630 - Leblon Beach
Tel: (55-21) 2172-1000
Fax: (55-21) 2172-1010
E-mail: reservas@hotelmarina.com.br
Website: http://www.hotelmarina.com.br/principal.asp
Comments: Breakfast included. Pool and bar, 24 hour room service, laundry and beauty shop. Right in front of Leblon beach.

Well this is it friends. untill next post...

Angra dos Reis

A quote about the place:
A member of the portuguese naval fleet that landed on Ilha Grande for the first time:

"Sometimes I felt The ecstasy of The flowers and trees' perfume so strong that I thought I had found paradise. And what I will say of The great number of birds, full of colors and their tunes, how many and how beautiful? I won't say more because I Know you will never believe me."

Angra has more than 350 islands and 2000 beaches. One of these islands is Ilha Grande(see the previous posts) considered one of the best places for adventurers, with its trails, waterfalls and deserted beaches, I forgot to tell about it in the post I made about Ilha Grande, but there´s also an old Prison there that is now a research facility for an university.

Botinas Islands - A famous diving spot:

There you´ll be able to see crystalline waters, and the mansions of the rich and famous, erected on private islands. But you don´t have to be rich to enjoy the beauty of this place, for example, to stay in Ilha Grande, camping, for 4 days, it would cost about U$45,00(bus from Rio de Janeiro + Ship to Ilha Grande + Camping + Ship back to Angra + bus back to Rio).

I will also place here a list of attractions that I found on the internet.

Attractions:

Boat Rides: The take off point for sea outings is the city of Angra dos Reis itself, on the mainland. There are private islands ostentating luxurious mansions, and others opened for visitation. In them, there are fine sand beaches of clear, calm waters, perfect for diving.

Contorno Road: Tour on the mainland that leads to several beaches, from the most popular, such as Praia Grande, to the calmest, such as Retiro Beach. The highlight goes to Tanguá Beach, and the historical buildings, such as Ermida do Bonfim ? erected in 1780 ? and the Naval College.

Islands: Angra has 365 islands. Some of them have won special highlight overtime, such as Porcos Island; Botinas Islands, which are the postal card of the region; Itanhangá Island, which has trails, climbing, canoeing and diving options; and Ilha Grande, the most famous of all.

Waterfalls: At Serra do Mar, there are many waterfalls and river rapids, among them, Bracuhy, Ariró, Branqueta and Capureta. All rich in natural beauty and filled with unique landscapes.

Beaches: On the mainland, next to the plants, is Brava beach, very much sought after by surfers; and Secreta beach, completely deserted. Close by is Mambucada, a historical villa that preserves old mansions which tell a little of the local history.

Diving: With many islands, wrecks and abundant marine life, the Angra Bay is one of the best diving points of the Southeast coast. In its clear waters, emerald green in color, visibility is good most of the year. There are many diving courses on location.

Well, this is it for now.

bye friends

Buzios - Rio De Janeiro

Just 105 miles from Rio de Janeiro, a pleasant 2-hour trip takes you to the peninsula of Búzios, with more than 20 magnificent beaches and crystal-clear water.


Elected one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world it´s famous for the unique combination of rustic charm, architectural harmony, incredible beauty and sophisticated boutiques and restaurants.

This is a video of one of the most famous streets in Buzios, called Rua Das Pedras, plus there´s a song by Chico Buarque playing along the video:



Nightlife:
Buzios is a great place to go for nightlife. There are tons of bars, clubs, and restaurants that stay open well into the early morning hours. Another great thing about the city is that there are tons of visitors all the time, so there is always something going on. Some of the bars and clubs face the ocean, and they give a beautiful view. There is also tons of live entertainment. Of course, there are far too many bars and clubs to list, but they are all pretty good, even though some are better than others. On any given night, however, some bars will just be more packed than others. It could depend on drink specials, live entertainment, or who is in that bar.

Now back to what this blog is all about, beaches... I´ll list here four of the most famous beaches in Buzios:

Azeda Beach:

Small beach with calm and crystal-clear water. You get there either on foot by a small trail that begins in "Ossos Beach" or by boat.
João Fernandinho Beach:

Small beach with calm and crystal-clear water. Near the popular João Fernandes Beach with many bars where you can enjoy lobster and other great seafood. You can't miss it.

Ferradura Beach:

A beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay, with calm, crystal-clear water, served by numerous picturesque bars serving typical "Buzios Style" meals and drinks
Geribá Beach:
Wonderful open beach, frequented by many beautiful and famous people. Perfect for practicing sports like surf, moreyboogie and windsurf.
In this site, you´ll find a list of Hotels in Buzios: http://www.buziosturismo.com/reservas/index_eng.html
Well, this is it, a great place to visit. there´s a lot more to say about Buzios, so I´ll probably be posting more stuff about it from time to time.
Bye friends.

Arraial do Cabo

Quote of the day: Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act. Andre Malraux

ARRAIAL - is a beautiful place, full of beaches with blue and green colored waters. Great diving spot, one of the bests in Brazil.
This is Praia do Forno, I made this photo on my last trip to Arraial.

In Arraial you will find dunes, reefs, ecological reserves, conserved Atlantic Forest, six-thousand-year-old sambaquis (hills made an accumulation of shells and other items from pre-historic inhabitants) and one of the most appropriate regions for fishing on the planet. The local people are welcoming and friendly, their hospitality will make your stay unforgettable.

At a distance of 171 km from Rio de Janeiro, it´s in the centre of an important tourist area, some of the cities in this area are: Armação de Búzios, Cabo Frio, Saquarema, Araruama and São Pedro da Aldeia. Very good places to visit.

The main places to practice diving are: Ilha dos Porcos, Ponta D?Água, Saco do Cordeiro and the Thetis shipwreck.

Some of the attractions in Arraial do Cabo:

Gruta Azul: A place of extreme natural beauty that can be admired during boat rides. It´s acessible on the low-tide.



Pontal do Atalaia: Great View, here you can see clear water, great beaches, some dunes and the Island of Cabo Frio. A very peaceful place.

Praia Grande: Beautiful beach 1,3 Km of extension, white sand and blue water. It´s great for all kinds of water sports.

The bests scuba diving spot at Arraial:

  1. Dona Paula
  2. Harlingen
  3. Gruta Azul & Thetis(Shipwreck)
  4. Gruta da Camarinha
  5. Maramúta
  6. Pedra Vermelha
  7. Anequim
  8. Ponta Leste
  9. Cardeiro
  10. Ilha dos Porcos
  11. Ponta da Jararaca
  12. Saco do Cherne

That´s it, if you need more information just leave a comment, I´ll be glad to help...

bye friends, 'till next post :D

Florianópolis (Islands/CIty) - Santa Catarina

The natural beauties of Florianópolis attract thousands of visitors every year. Mainly in the summer. They seek the diversity of the coast. In the island can be found, side by side, the most varied types of beaches, the long ones, with large sand strip; the small ones, encrusted in backwaters; those with strong waves; and the ones of calm sea, looking like lagoons; urbanized ones full of bathers; and deserted ones, with access by trail only. It is the paradise for surf, windsurf, sailing and fishing lovers.


The Northern and Central regions of Florianópolis are the mostly sought after by tourists and offer a complete infrastructure of services, resorts, hotels and lodges. In the South, some districts also keep the aspect of countryside villages, and in them you can notice, in their way of speaking, in their handicraft activities, and folkloric feasts, the heritage left by their ancestors from the Portuguese archipelago of Ações, as of the 18th century. On the other side, the city gained a cosmopolitan air with the arrival of Brazilians from other States and foreigners who chose to live there.

Tourist Capital, Florianópolis is currently inhabited by about 300 thousand people, a number that triples every summer.

Some important events in the island:
World Surf Competition (WTC): Florianópolis is the main location of the WTC, which classifies 50 competitors, among professionals and amateurs.

Divine´s Feast: Takes place 40 days after Easter, when a group of people takes to the streets to participate in a imperial procession. There are band presentations and typical local food kiosks.

How to get there:
By Plane: The International Airport Hercílio Luz, 12 km from downtown, receives domestic flights from the countrys capital cities and also from Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina.

By Road: The Rita Maria Bus Station receives buses from many capitals and cities in Brazil and Mercosur countries: Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile.

Main access highways:- From the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro: BR-116/ BR-376/ BR-101- From Curitiba: BR-376/ BR-101- From Porto Alegre: BR-290/ BR-101.
What to do:
Florianópolis has a diversified combination of atmospheres, that makes it the favorite destination for people who like to practice sports that are linked to nature: sea, mountain, native vegetation, lagoons, rivers, oceanic islands and dunes.

It has 100 beaches, many of them are very famous: Joaquina, Mole, Canasvieiras, Jurerê and Lagoa da Conceição.... Each of them has its own peculiar characteristics. The ones with rough sea are perfect for surfing. The sheltered bays and lagoons are good for nautical sports. Sea rocks and islands are ideal for diving. Some beaches are noisy places; others are calm fisherman villages.

The ecosystem combination allows typical mountain programs to be done by the sea, such as free flight and horse riding, all over the year: there are many paths to be chosen in the rich and diversified natural topography of this palce.


Activities, such as free flight, hiking, diving, horse riding, navigation, surfing and cycling are possible in any time of the year, specially in fall: it is bright, shiny, beautiful and warm, with little rain and clear warm waters.

If you want more information just leave a comment and I´ll get it for you.
Bye friends