Brazil started vaccination more than 5 months ago, the country that has more than 200 million inhabitants, today occupies the 11th place in the G20 (the group of the 20 largest economies in the world). Brazil has been a world reference in vaccination journeys, thanks to a public health system with a department dedicated to taking care only of this matter.
This amazing picture from the Iguaçu National Park, is listed as one of the best of the year by The Capture Atlas website, dedicated to landscape astrophotography. The choice was made by American photographer Dan Zafra, a specialist and expert in the segment.
The spectacular images recorded by Astro photographer Victor Lima in Foz do Iguassu had international repercussions. The Milky Way photo shoot at the Falls is one of the 25 best photos of the year.
Inhotim is a mix of park and open-air art gallery and is located in Brumadinho, a city just 60 kilometers from Belo Horizonte, in Minas Gerais.
The Inhotim Institute presents works of contemporary art, in harmony with the beauties of nature. Tourists can enjoy the tranquility of the park by strolling along trails, lakes, mountains, and botanical gardens carefully maintained.
There are hundreds of rare specimens of flowers and trees, which visitors can enjoy as if they were in an area of wild forest. The institute offers an electric car service but recommends that visitors take their tour on foot.
Among the works on display are pieces made by artists such as Tunga, Hélio Oiticica, and Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
Inhotim has spaces where lectures and theater presentations are offered, as well as parking infrastructure, locker room, café, snack bar, and a restaurant.
Public green areas, lagoons, forests and urban or wild beaches to choose from. How can we not say that Rio de Janeiro is blessed by such a rich diversity.
Nothing is more grateful than walking in the Tijuca Forest, listening to the birds and the sound of the wind through the trees.
For those who are food lovers, a stop to taste a jackfruit, which is a fruit that weighs up to 15 kg, rich in carbohydrates, minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, iodine, copper and iron. Or perhaps, the preference is for a waterfall bath? Or for the more adventurous, rappelling?
The coast of Rio is 86km long, with beaches for all tastes. Copacabana, known as “Princesinha do Mar” (Little Princess of the Sea) is one of the best known in the world and was the stage for several concerts, such as the Rolling Stones for example.
There is no questions that Copacabana hosts the most famous New Year’s Eve in the world! Ipanema, imortalized by Tom Jobim with the song Garota de Ipanema (Girl Of Ipanema) Leblon and its fashionable people, São Conrado with its colorful sky with hang gliders and paragliders. Barra da Tijuca and its famous beach points.
We also have a beautiful Lagoon, an open space where tourists and locals who love being in contact with nature can use to practice outdoor sports, stroll, walk and do many other activities over more than 8 km in length. The area also offers multisport courts, in addition to baseball and tennis courts, and is home of the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (the most famous local soccer team) and faces its famous headquarters, where a great museum will be inaugurated in 2021.
Skate Park, helicopter tour, water sports and green grassy areas for those who love outdoor physical exercise
It is an immense body of water, surrounded by mangroves, it shelters several species of birds and even the water-chicken.
Last but, not least, the lagoon became an area for celebrations, as many celebrate their birthdays there by the beautiful picnic areas. It is a proof that Rio de Janeiro is really one of the most democratic cities in the world.
And what about the sandbank area of Marambaia? A sport that became a fever in the summer, the stand up paddle is a good choice for anyone visiting it. Being a region of calm waters, in the mangrove, it is ideal for beginners.
It is for this and for many other reasons that we believe that Rio is truly a blessed city, always ready to reinvent itself to embrace everyone who arrives here. Lucky for those who live here and even luckier for those who have the opportunity to visit it and immerse themselves in the vibrancy of this city.
Tourism in Rio de Janeiro continues to present new features. This month we launched a beautiful balloon ride over the Olympic Golf Field, in Barra da Tijuca. The option starts operating in July and promises to be a great hit, and a new way to enjoy our “Marvellous City”
The idea is that the new tourist spot will be an option for luxury tourism in the city. In addition to the tour, it will be possible to practice rappelling in a balloon for visitors who enjoy extreme activities.
We are happy to bring to you new products and options in Brazil. Stay tuned and follow us on social medias.
Focused on wellness, surf, parties, and remote work, Selina has a different proposal from regular hotels. They aim for the digital nomads and have special offers for this public.
According to the directors of Selina Hotels: “Selina provides guests with beautiful places to stay, travel, and work abroad indefinitely. Plus, we use our in-depth local knowledge to create thousands of authentic activities and experiences in over 60 destinations worldwide. From the heart of urban cities to the depth of the Amazon Jungle, we put our heart, soul, and wanderlust into providing forever-travelers, break-takers, and staycaters with a new and exciting way to explore the world.”
Each hotel offers different accommodation styles, that are suitable for different client profiles. That means the coexistence of different “tribes” in the same property, what can be quite an experience. The hotels in Brazil are:
In the heart of the famous “little princess of the sea”, as Copacabana beach is known by Cariocas, next July the new Mercure hotel will open its doors, with colors and decoration that emphasize the Cariocas lifestyle.
The hotel will have rooms with a view and 48 of them with a balcony. It will also have a Peruvian specialty restaurant called QCeviche!
Rio de Janeiro and our dear Copacabana are booming with renovation, new hotels, new venues, and lots of fun ready to receive our guests! For more information, please contact us.
Brazil is known for its receptive and hospitable people. In the month of June, we at Havas Creative Tours love to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and make a toast to diversity!
We are proud to say that Brazil is a destination that not only offers beautiful landscapes, but also people that welcome all tourists and love diversity! For June, the month of LGBT pride, we have prepared for you a list of the top 5 LGBTQIA+ friendly destinations in our country:
Sao Paulo: São Paulo is on of the most interesting cities to be in when we think about LGBTQIA+ tourism in Brazil. The city is one of the most populous in the world, this makes it, in essence, quite diverse. Amazing nightlife, the best restaurants in the country, year round celebration of art all over the city and the home of the one of the largest LGBT Pride Parade in the Americas!
Rio de Janeiro: Rio is the the place to be for LGBTQIA+ tourists is Rio de Janeiro. Attracted by the natural beauty of the beaches and hills, as well as by the cariocas running along the beach of Ipanema or Copacabana, foreigners have already chosen Rio as the most LGBTQIA+ friendly destination in the world and the Carioca lifestyle is one of those responsible for maintaining the city’s charm.
Belo Horizonte: Is one of the new exponents of LGBTQIA+ tourism. With increasing investments, it has participated in events in the segment to show its openness to diversity. Around Belo Horizonte region we find the historic cities of Brazil, full of culture, art, history and some legendary parties and festivals!
Florianopolis: In the southern region of the country, Florianópolis is certainly the highlight. “Ilha da Magia” (The Magic Island) has been working its magic with the LGBTQIA+ community for many years. So much so that in 2012 the International Association of LGBTQIA+ Tourism, held its annual convention in the city. With amazing beaches, good nightlife and a very unique island feeling ambience.
Salvador: As the most internationally known city in the Northeast, Salvador welcomes diversity. Crowded during its famous Carnival, the city has good weather all year round and, for the LGBTQIA+ public, nothing like an excuse to put on beach clothes and enjoy the sun, the music and the laid-back lifestyle.
Praia de Pipa is one of the most famous beaches in Rio Grande do Norte and it is no wonder, the beach is simply paradisiacal! I was there for 3 days and I would like to share with you this beautiful experience in Pipa. Check out the 3-day itinerary in Pipa.
Praia de Pipa is located on the south coast of Rio Grande do Norte, in the municipality of Tibau do Sul. To get there, it is recommended to go to Natal, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte and then take a car to Pipa (1.5 hours).
The beaches of Pipa are simply perfect and are part of the lists with the best beaches in Rio Grande do Norte and also with the best in Brazil. Two of the 25 most beautiful beaches in Brazil, according to the 2019 Travellere’s Choice award from the TripAdvisor site of the year, are located in Pipa. They are:
Baía dos Golfinhos, which occupies the 8th position; Praia do Madeiro, which occupies the 23rd position.
Praia de Pipa has accommodation options for all tastes, I preferred to stay at a charming inn in Praia do Amor. The location is essential because it has some inns away from the beaches. The first tip is to stay close to Praia do Amor or Praia do Centro.
3 day itinerary
1st Day: Praia do Amor + Boat Trip + Sunset
After breakfast at the inn I went for a walk on the beach, because I wanted to take advantage of the fact that the tide would be low in the morning.
Here I leave another important tip: always check the tide table in Pipa, as there are some beaches, such as Baía do Golfinho, which can only be reached by foot, so the tide must be low.
As the Pousada was very close to Praia do Amor I went there. As soon as I stopped at the lookout, I already fell head over heels in love with Pipa.
I stayed there enjoying that wonderful landscape and then I started to go down to the beach.
From Praia do Amor, I walked for about 20 minutes and got to Praia do Centro to take a boat trip.
The tour passes through the main beaches of Pipa and lasted approximately 1 hour. The main objective of this tour is to see the dolphins and I saw several, one of the main attractions in Pipa.
The motorboat headed towards Baía dos Golfinhos and went to Praia do Madeiro, a place where we stayed for a while and could watch the dolphins. Then we had a 20-minute bathing stop and went back to Praia do Centro.
On the beach in the center there are some nice restaurants and bars, from which you can watch the sunset. It is a beautiful experience and you can practically see the sunset from any point on the beach.
To end the day in Pipa I went to the city center. After 7 pm it is forbidden to drive down this street with cars, as it becomes a pedestrian street. It really is a charm, many bars, good restaurants and shops from all you can imagine, I took the opportunity to buy some souvenirs. Some stores sell beautiful handicrafts made by the locals as souvenirs.
2nd Day: Jeep city tour
For the second day in Pipa I took a Jeep tour of the main tourist spots in the city. At 9 o’clock the guide picked me up at the inn and took us to the place where we would go for the tour.
This tour is like a city tour as it will pass through the main tourist spots in Pipa.
The first stop is at Chapadão de Pipa, a simply perfect place! From there it is possible to have a lovely view of Praia do Amor. The red cliffs, the blue sky and the sea mix to form a paradisiacal setting. Undoubtedly the most beautiful beach I have seen so far.
There the guide showed the stone that gave rise to the name Pipa and told the reason, because the stone is shaped like a barrel of wine that the Portuguese call a kite – Pipa- . This stone was the point of reference for ships arriving in Colonial Brazil.
Then we cross the Rio Catú by boat, which divides Barra de Cunhaú from Praia de Sibaúma. We stopped for an hour to bathe in the natural pools.
Then we went to a restaurant for lunch. From there we went to Praia de Sibaúma, where we paused to see the sea turtles. We got to see some.
The next stop was at the Cacimbinhas Dunes where the guide handed over some boards for Skibunda – a typical sand slide board. A lot of fun to slide through the dunes on the board.
We continue to Lagoa Guaraíras in Tibau do Sul to watch the sunset, after that we return to the starting point
3rd Day: Praia do Madeiro
As I said before, Praia do Madeiro is considered one of the 25 most beautiful beaches in Brazil, so I decided to dedicate a day especial for it.
This beach attracts tourists from all over Brazil and the world who go there to see the dolphins, which appear mainly in the morning. The beach is beautiful, with amazing cliffs, the sea surrounded by a lot of green forest, a breathtaking scenery. I loved it.
Then we went to a beautiful viewpoint where we could contemplate the beauty of Praia do Madeiro and agree with its reputation for being one of the most beautiful in Brazil. From the lookout point we go to the stairs, as it is necessary to climb down to get to the beach.
Praia do Madeiro is in an environmentally protected area, so its tents cannot have a bathroom and cannot operate at night. So they close around 16:30.
It is an unforgettable experience to be able to bathe in the sea and watch the dolphins, which swim very close to us.
On the beach it is possible to rent kayaks, because with them you will be able to get very close to the dolphins.
I stayed on the beach until 4pm. I was able to see dolphins all day, but it was in the morning that they appeared the most.
And so, with a short 3-day itinerary, I was able to enjoy the beautiful things that Pipa has to offer, such as its breathtaking beaches, unique streets in the center and welcoming people.
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