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Insanely Scary Fire Tornado Hits Brazil (Videos)

Insanely Scary Fire Tornado Hits Brazil (Videos) August 31, 2010 | Brazil, Hawaii, Travel News | Read More
As if vacationers didn’t have enough natural disasters to worry about, a fire tornado stopped traffic for a few minutes in Aracatuba, a city in Northwest Brazil. Fire tornadoes, also known as fire whirls or fire devils, are extremely rare but can last up to 20 minutes. The Brazil fire tornado was...

Brazilian Health Minister: More Sex Reduces Blood Pressure

Brazilian Health Minister: More Sex Reduces Blood Pressure April 29, 2010 | Brazil, Travel News | Read More
Brazil’s Minister of Health Jose Gomes Temporao recommended people have more sex as part of a healthy lifestyle as his ministry launched a national campaign against hypertension and high blood pressure. Speaking in Brasilia, his country’s capital, Minister Temporao said: Dance, have sex,...

Rio’s Christ the Redeemer Closed Due to Heavy Rains

Rio’s Christ the Redeemer Closed Due to Heavy Rains April 20, 2010 | Rio de Janeiro, Travel News | Read More
2010 has not been a good year for South American tourist attractions. Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer is the second attraction (after poor Machu Picchu) that has been forced to close due to heavy flooding. Record-setting rains in Rio have damaged access roads, leaving behind heavy debris and making...

Brazil Fights to Save the Caipirinha

Brazil Fights to Save the Caipirinha April 8, 2010 | Brazil | Read More
The caipirinha is in trouble! Brazil’s signature drink, traditionally a refreshing mix of lime juice, sugar, ice and the liquor cachaca (made from fermented sugarcane) has been invaded by foreign spirits, and 10,000 fans are up in arms. In a campaign called Save the Caipirinha, a manifesto reads, ...

How to Do Rio Carnival on the Cheap

How to Do Rio Carnival on the Cheap February 9, 2010 | Rio de Janeiro | Read More
From the sands of Copacabana to the sticky streets of Centro, Rio is erupting in an explosion of sound and color that can mean only one thing: the Carnival blocos have arrived. While the rest of the world may associate Carnival in Rio almost exclusively with the flashy, flamboyant (and expensive) parades...

The Best Places to Eat in Rio de Janeiro

The Best Places to Eat in Rio de Janeiro December 16, 2009 | Food Lovers, Rio de Janeiro | Read More
This week’s featured guide: A Rio Culinary Adventure, by NileGuide’s Rio Local Expert Lucy Bryson. While Paulistas (residents of Sao Paulo) have traditionally sneered at Rio’s ‘inferior’ dining scene, even the most discerning of gourmands now has to admit that the city has...

Caffeine Highs: Coffee in Rio de Janeiro

Caffeine Highs: Coffee in Rio de Janeiro September 8, 2009 | Rio de Janeiro | Read More
Brazil is famous for its coffee production, but if you’re expecting to find Rio de Janeiro awash with the sophisticated coffee houses that line the streets of the United States and Western Europe, you could be in for a shock. Coffee culture in Rio exists, but it’s a very different beast from...

Rio on the Cheap: Whatever Your Budget, You’ll Be Sure to Have a Blast!

Rio on the Cheap: Whatever Your Budget, You’ll Be Sure to Have a Blast! June 5, 2009 | Budget, Rio de Janeiro | Read More
If you’re looking for a cheap holiday in Rio, it pays to be flexible in terms of when you want to visit. While Rio carnival and New Year in Rio are undeniably exciting, they’re also the most expensive times of year to visit – many hotels and hostels raise their prices by up to four...

First Time in Rio de Janeiro? An insider’s view on staying safe

First Time in Rio de Janeiro?  An insider’s view on staying safe May 8, 2009 | Rio de Janeiro, Travel Safety | Read More
With media reports of drug gangs, death tolls to rival war-torn countries and ruthless, gun-toting children on every corner, it’s easy to see why many first time visitors to Rio have concerns about safety in the city. But while it is important to exercise caution during a holiday in Rio, it’s...

No Beach Towels! Beach Etiquette in Rio de Janeiro

No Beach Towels! Beach Etiquette in Rio de Janeiro April 14, 2009 | Culture/History, Rio de Janeiro | Read More
Rio de Janeiro is famous for its beautiful beaches (and the beautiful Brazilian girls and boys that populate them), and it would be a strange traveler indeed that would visit the cidade marivilhosa (‘wonderful city’) without paying a visit to Copacabana and Ipanema. What many tourists don’t realize,...
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