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Being a responsible tourist – in Rio de Janeiro and elsewhere

Being a responsible tourist – in Rio de Janeiro and elsewhere

22.05.2017
Traveling has always been my greatest passion. I took my first trip when I was just 1 year old, to a place more than 3000 kilometers from home. Since then, over the years, traveling became as important to me as the air I breathe. However, I experienced my first doubts about the greatness of traveling when I was a teenager. I had always dreamt of visiting the tower of Pisa in Italy, but when I f...
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Salsa parties in Rio de Janeiro

Salsa parties in Rio de Janeiro

06.05.2017
You would think that South America's tropical paradise and birth place of samba, Rio De Janeiro, has its fair share of salsa. Unfortunately, it is not the case. It took us a while to understand that there is really only one weekly salsa party in this music and dance-driven city. All the other occasional parties have to be researched on a weekly basis. And it is not easy to find info about them...
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Best website to buy experiences in Rio and Sao Paulo

Best website to buy experiences in Rio and Sao Paulo

07.04.2017
Often it is very hard to find and buy quality experiences and activities in Brazil. Firstly, it can be hard to find the websites of good service providers. If you do manage to find their website, then in many cases the websites are of poor quality. All this makes buying daytrips, balloon flights, skydiving, surf lessons, diving and other cool activites quite a hassle. Not to worry, there is a g...
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A different idea for your next holiday - creative tourism in Rio de Janeiro

A different idea for your next holiday - creative tourism in Rio de Janeiro

01.02.2017
What is creative tourism? Creative tourism is becoming increasingly popular, benefiting both travelers and their travel destinations. The official definition of creative tourism was formulated in 2000 by professors Crispin Raymond and Greg Richards: ‘‘Tourism which offers visitors the opportunity to develop their creative potential through active participation in courses and learnin...
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How to catch a bus from Ipanema to Barra

How to catch a bus from Ipanema to Barra

28.01.2017
I love the beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Recreio, Prainha and Grumari! We go there often on weekends by bus from Ipanema. The metro line 4 only takes you to the beginning of Barra, so the bus is still the best option if you want to explore more distant beaches. But I´m constantly having a hard time catching a bus, as I don´t know where they stop. Sounds weird? Maybe I am just a dumb grin...
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Yoga in Rio de Janeiro

Yoga in Rio de Janeiro

23.01.2017
Rio and its surrounding offer uncountable opportunities to practice yoga, meditate, be one with nature, recharge your batteries and discover your true self. Options are endless: relaxing morning yoga on Ipanema beach, hike and yoga practice at the top of Pedra Bonita Hill, evening yoga on Leblon beach featuring gorgeous ocean view, yoga and meditation practice in one of Rio’s picturesque ...
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Vegan-friendly restaurants in Rio

Vegan-friendly restaurants in Rio

16.01.2017
Recreio dos Bandeirantes Caminho do Mar Vegan Restaurant Estr. do Pontal 3091 - Recreio dos Bandeirantes Second best vegan place in the city after Teva. Cozy atmosphere. Really tasty and natural food. Very friendly staff and owners. Located far away in Recreio and is hard to reach without a car, but once you are there, you won’t regret it. Some weekends there is a special vegan pizza n...
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Brazilian special characters

Brazilian special characters

18.10.2016
Brazilian alphabet has their own set of special characters/letters which you can´t easily type on a US/EU keyboard. I always loose a lot of time searching them on Google and copy-pasting into my portuguese texts. So this post is for all of you who share my pain. Here it goes, all the special characters of Brazilian language, which you have to use on a daily basis: á é &ia...
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Metro Ipanema to Barra closed on Sundays

Metro Ipanema to Barra closed on Sundays

27.09.2016
The people in Rio de Janeiro were waiting over 10 years for the metro line which would connect Zona Sul (South Zone of Rio) with Barra da Tijuca. The numerous deadlines were never met - even the given deadline of 2014 Soccer World Cup was missed. Finally the city managed to open the line (Linha 4) for Olympics. During the 2016 Olympic Games the metro was open only to people with tickets to the gam...
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Getting money out of Brazil

Getting money out of Brazil

19.09.2016
Why is it so hard and expensive to bring or transfer money out of Brazil? Brazil as a country has a strict control over movement of money out of the country. Brazilian Real is fluxuating quite a lot, hence the spread between buy and sell prices is big in Currency Exchange Offices. Brazilian banks are cumbersome, slow and expensive. All this makes you loose a lot of money on currency transacti...
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