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The Rough Guide to Brazil - 1848361890Brazilian States [ estados ]: Acre, Alagoas, Amapa, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceara, Espirito Santo, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para, Paraiba, Parana, Pernambuco, Piaui, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondonia, Roraima, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo, Sergipe, Tocantins

Capital City Brazil: Brasilia.

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Hotels in Brazil / Pousadas

  NH Della Volpe ****, Rua Frei Caneca 1199, CEP 01307- Sao Paulo
Located in Paulista Avenue, in the heart of the financial district of Sao Paulo, one of Latin Americas most important and vibrant cities.

   -   Find a great deal has room for everyone to relax on their perfect trip.

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Hotels in Brasilia, Forteleza, Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo ...

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  Albergue da Juventude Brasil

National Parks

  Pantanal   -   Pantanal
The Pantanal was named by UNESCO as both a World Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage of Humanity site. It holds the rights to many claims of grandeur - Beyond being the world's largest wetlands, it also contains the greatest biodiversity of animal species in the Americas, the Transpantaneira Highway featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highway with the most bridges and the longest open-air zoo in the world, the biggest freshwater boat-fishing festival worldwide, and the best place for wildlife sightings in all of Brazil.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

  G Adventures   -    The best of Brazil
Highlights: Exploring the remote and chilled out island of Ilha Grande on foot, cruising on a schooner to pristine islands and beaches while sipping a caipirinha, ...
Discover the treasures of Brazil on this comfortable weeklong adventure. You'll wander the colonial streets of Paraty - it's a UNESCO heritage site and quite possibly the prettiest spot on the planet - and savour seafood and life without cars on Ilha Grande island. Stand in awe of awesome Iguassu Falls deep in the interior then marvel at it from Argentina's side. You have two days to explore this region. Brazil awaits - let's make the most of it.   

  Kuoni   -   Resorts : Costa do Sauipe and Rio de Janeiro
Brazil highlights :
**  Rio de Janeiro, one of the world's great cities, offering the best in urban beach life at Copacabana, iconic sights such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, and a vibrant nightlife.
**  The natural attractions of Costa Do Sauipe, including superb whale-watching and birdwatching opportunities.
**  The mighty Amazon River and rainforest, pristine and unspoilt, with magnificent trekking, canoeing and wildlife-spotting excursions.
**  Iguaçu, near the Argentine border - a majestic collection of 275 waterfalls stretching 3km and plunging 82m into the Iguaçu River - justifiably recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  British Airways   -   Holidays in Brazil [ Flight, Car & Hotel ]
Friendly locals are one of colourful, tropical Brazil's greatest assets. Meet the people on the sun-kissed beaches of Rio de Janeiro, or learn the fluid dance-martial art of capoeira with them amid the colonial splendour of Salvador. Get up close to Brazil's fauna and flora in the incomparable Amazon or lesser-known Pantanal wetlands.

  Thomas Cook   -   Adventure on the Amazone River
  Study Portugese in Brazil

Brazil (Lonely Planet Country Guide) - 1741791634Travel Guides Brazil / Related Books - Travel Guides Brazil 

  Brazil (Lonely Planet Country Guide) - 1741791634
John Noble, Kevin Raub & Mara Vorhees
Resident and expert authors reveal the best of Brazil, from its top attractions to off-the-beaten track wonders. New full colour chapter on Brazil's amazing wildlife, and increased focus on sustainable travel, a Greendex. 
Paperback: 760 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 8th edition edition (17 Dec 2010); ISBN-10: 1741791634; ISBN-13: 978-1741791631.

  Rio De Janeiro (Lonely Planet City Guide) - 1741795907
Regis St. Louis 
Paperback: 240 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 7th edition edition (19 Nov 2010); ISBN-10: 1741795907; ISBN-13: 978-1741795905.

  The Rough Guide to Brazil - 1848361890
Oliver Marshall 
The Rough Guide to Brazil is the essential guide to one of South America's most tantalising destinations. Detailed accounts of the best attractions Brazil has to offer, along with the clearest maps and plans, showcase this amazingly diverse country to aid both your trip planning and on-the-ground experience. With expert advice and background, the full-colour section details the famous Rio carnival, the world's biggest rainforest - the Amazon and the most fantastic wildlife and beaches, whilst the guide itself is full of informative text on the practical and cultural nuances of visiting Brazil, from wildlife safaris in the Pantanal to the concrete architecture of Brasilia. Read about Brazil's football successes and find out more about the Capoeira music and culture that is expanding rapidly in popularity across Europe. At every point, the Rough Guide steers you in the right direction to find the best hotels in Brazil, recommended Brazil restaurants, cafes and shops across every price range, giving you clear, balanced reviews and honest, first-hand opinions. Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Brazil.
Paperback: 820 pages; Publisher: Rough Guides; 7 edition (1 Oct 2009); ISBN-10: 1848361890; ISBN-13: 978-1848361898.

Transportation / How do I travel to Brazil

  Rio de Janeiro International Airport
  Santos - Dumont Airport
  Sao Paulo Congonhas International Airport

  British Airways   -   Flight tickets Rio de Janeiro 
British Airways has frequent flights to Rio de Janeiro. Flights land at Rio de Janeiro's Galeão Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, usually simply called Galeão. Rio de Janeiro flights lands just 12.5 miles north of central Rio de Janeiro... 
  British Airways   -   Flight tickets Sao Paulo 
Frequent British Airways flights to Sao Paulo arrive at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, 19 miles north-east of Sao Paulo's city centre. The continent's biggest city, Sao Paulo is a major transport hub. If your flight to Sao Paulo is a stopover on the way to somewhere else, get a taste of Brazil at Sao Paulo airport's many cafes, bars and shops, or spend a bit longer and take a Sao Paulo city tour.

  LAN Airlines UK   -   Flight tickets Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

  KLM   -   Flight tickets to Rio

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  Airline Tickets Brazil / Bargain Flights
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  Plataforma 10   -   bus tickets and boat tickets
Platform 10 distributes services of more than 70 important businesses of transportation at more than 1600 destinies in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

  Online Maps of Brazil [ Uni Texas  -  Perry-Castañeda Library  -  Map Collection ]


Brazil borders French Guyana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and the South Atlantic

  Brazilian Tourism Portal   -   Travel Portal Brazil

  Repubulica Federativa do Brasil   -   Government Brazil

  Brasilia   -   Capital City Brazil   -   Brasilia ???

  Acre   -   Governo do Acre
  Alagoas   -   Portal de Turismo Oficial de Alagoas
  Amapa   -   Governo do Estado Aamap
  Amazonas   -   Amazon Jungle
  Bahia   -
  Ceara   -   Turismo Ceara
No other state in Brazil offers such a large diversity of beautiful landscapes as Ceará. Beaches, the outback, mountains and historical cities come together to form one of the most beautiful regions in Brazil.
The surprises begin at the seashore, one of the largest in Brazil, 573 km long. Explored by the Portuguese colonists of the seventeenth century, Ceará's coast is rich in dunes, cliffs, coconut-trees and fresh-water ponds. Even at the coast there is diversity with urbanized beaches as Iguape and Icaraí contrasting with paradises still barely changed by man's hand such as Jericoacoara e Quixaba.
Away from the coast, Ceará has the most surprising landscapes. At the mountains the tourist will a mild climate and great inns, all surrounded by the exuberance of the local vegetation, one of the last points in Brazil where the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) still persists. The mountainous regions are ideal for ecological tourism. Cities such as Ubajara and Guaramiranga possess areas of environmental protection.
The State of Ceará is located in the Northeast of Brazil, a little below the line of the Equator
Espirito Santo
  Goias   -   Agencia Goiana de Turismo  
  Maranhao / Maranhão   -   Turismo Maranhao 
  Mato Grosso
  Mato Grosso do Sul   -   Portal do Governo do Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul
  Minas Gerais   -   Portal Descubraminas  -  Tourism = Turismo Minas Gerais
  Para   -   Companhia Paraense de Turismo
  Paraiba   -   Agencia Paraibana de Turismo S.A.
  Parana   -   Secretaria de Estado do Turismo PR
  Pernambuco   -   Guia Pernambuco Brazil
The state of Pernambuco is located in the northeast region of Brazil. It was one of the first regions in Brazil to be settled by the Portuguese. Visitors to our state will quickly notice the richness of our history: historic monuments, squares, buildings, churches, forts, bridges and theaters, to name but a few
  Piaui   -   Government Piaui   -   Tourism  =  Empresa de Turismo do Piau
  Rio de Janeiro Government   -   Companhia de Turismo do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
  Rio Grande do Norte   -   Secretaria de Estado do Turismo do Rio Grande do Norte
  Rio Grande do Sul   -   SETUR - Secretaria de Estado do Turismo do RS
  Roraima   -   Roraima Government
  Santa Catarina Government   -   Governo do Estado de Santa Catarina
  Sao Paulo Government   -   Governo do Estado de Sao Paulo

  Copacabana ***** Star Beach
  Belém   -   Companhia Paraense de Turismo ???
  Bonito   -   Conselho Municipal de Turismo de Bonito-MS
  Fortaleza   -   Capital City Ceará   -   SETUR
Three thousand hours of sun per year and the constant ocean breeze gives the full dimension of this paradise. For those who have more energy, the nightlife is full of attraction, with bars, restaurants, and shows. Not even on Mondays Fortaleza cools down. The city is known for having the "wildest Monday nights in the world." The Praia of Iracema (Iracema's beach), one of the first urban nucleuses of the city, holds most of the bars and restaurants. There, the Ponte dos Ingleses (English's Bridge), the old docks, is located and used to watch the sunset and spot dolphins.
The Praia do Futuro (Beach of the Future) is the meeting place for the bathers, concentrating a large number of typical beachside restaurants, with carnauba straw used in its construction. The local population calls them "Barracas de Praia." Thursday nights, the beach becomes the biggest sensation in the capital's nightlife, with live music, forró and a lot of crab to eat. With string winds the Praia do Futuro is an excellent place for nautical sports. Fortaleza hosts world competitions of surfing and windsurfing.
  Florianópolis  -  Prefeitura Municipal de Florianopolis
  Foz do Iguacu [ Waterfalls ]
  Porto Alegre
  Recife   -   Prefeitura do Recife - Hauptstadt der nordostlich gelegene Staat Perbanbuco
  Rio de Janeiro   -   RIOTUR   -   Tourist Board
Rio is a city of contrasts: the colonial architecture provides a reminder of the past, striking modern buildings provide a glimpse into the future. Two landmarks, true postcard images, are known the world over: the Sugar Loaf and the Statue of Christ the Redeemer [ Empresa de Turismo do Município do Rio de Janeiro ].
  Santos [ famous beach resort ]
  Sao Paulo   -   Sao Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau

  Cities in Brazil

  Iguazu Falls / Iguassu Falls [ Cataratas do Iguaçu ]
Waterfalls of the Iguazu River located on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. See Iguazu National Park - World Heritage Site

  National Soccer Team of Brazil
  Papers in Brazil

Cuisine   -   Brazilian Foods / Recipes

Brazilian cooking history is in every bite of the country's food. Native Indians developed corn porridge, cassava meal, sweet potatoes, many roots, hearts of palm, many species of game and fish, and the preservation of meats by smoking and drying. In 1533, the Portuguese colonized Brazil. After a lengthy Moorish occupation, Portugal had adapted a variety of North African cooking traditions, among them coffee, dried fruits and pastries. These culinary customs were in turn exported to Brazil, with the twist of being prepared using local ingredients. See fore more Globa Gourmet

  Brazilian Recipes   -   from Food Down Under
  Brazil For The Gourmet Traveler
Popular Foods & National Cuisine [ Coxinha, Farofa, Feijoada, Salpicao ], Popular Beverages & National Drinks [ Cachaca, Caipirinha, Coffee, Guarana ], Best Dining Destinations [ Buzios, Rio de Janeiro ]
  Sally's Place
Cuisines of Portuguese Encounters: Recipes from Angola, Azores, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Goa, Guinea Bissau, Macau, Madeira, Malacca, Mozambique, Portugal, and Sao Tome and Principe 
Cherie Hamilton
In the 16th century, Portuguese navigators circumvented the globe, conquering new lands to build one of history's largest empires, and at the same time carrying and introducing crops, food products and a variety of culinary cultures to all corners of the earth. This fascinating collection of 225 authentic recipes is the first cookbook to encompass the entire Portuguese-speaking world and explains how Portugal and its former colonies influenced each other's culinary traditions. Included are dishes containing Asian, South American, African, and European spices, along with varied ingredients like piripiri pepper, coconut milk, cilantro, manioc root, bananas, dried fish, seafood and meats. The author also explores the impact of Sephardic Jews on the cuisines of Cape Verde, Angola, and Brazil and the influence of the Moors, who brought to the Iberian peninsula rich desserts, which the Portuguese in turn took around the world. The recipes range from appetisers like: Pastel com o Diabo Dentro (Pastry with the Devil Inside from Cape Verde); to main courses such as Frango a Africana (Grilled Chicken African Style from Mozambique) and Cuscuz de Camarao (Shrimp Couscous from Brazil), to desserts like Pudim de Coc;co (Coconut Pudding from Timor). Menus for religious holidays and festive occasions, a glossary, a brief history of the cuisines and a bilingual index will assist the home chef in creating meals that celebrate the rich, diverse, and delicious culinary legacy of this old empire.
Hardcover 260 pages (January 1, 2001);  Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc.;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0781808316

History of Brazil

Independence: 7 September 1822 (from Portugal)

Brazil had been inhabited for at least 6,000 years by semi-nomadic populations when the first Portuguese explorers, led by Pedro Álvares Cabral disembarked in 1500. Over the next three centuries it was re-settled by the Portuguese and exploited mainly for brazilwood at first, and later for sugarcane agriculture.

  Brazil's History   -   Wikipedia
The first Brazilians, Colonial Brazil, The Empire of Brazil, The Old Republic (1889-1930), Populism and development (1930-1964), Contemporary Brazil, 1964-present [ Military rule, Neoliberalism, Present ]
The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics 
Robert M. Levine (Editor), John J. Crocitti (Editor)
Paperback 527 pages (July 1999);  Publisher: Latin America Bureau;  Language: English;  ISBN: 1899365397
  Jesuits   -   Society of Jesus
Jesuit missions in Latin America were very controversial in Europe, especially in Spain and Portugal, where they were seen as interfering with the proper colonial enterprises of the royal governments. The Jesuits were often the only force standing between the Indians and slavery. Together throughout South America but especially in present-day Brazil and Paraguay they formed Christian-Indian city-states, called reductions (Spanish Reducciones). These were societies set up according to an idealized theocratic model.
  History of Brazil 
The Portuguese were the first European settlers to arrive in the area, led by adventurous Pedro Cabral, who began the colonial period in 1500. The Portuguese reportedly found native Indians numbering around seven million. Most tribes were peripatetic, with only limited agriculture and temporary dwellings, although villages often had as many as 5000 inhabitants ........
A Concise History of Brazil  -   Boris Fausto, Arthur Brakel (Translator)
A Concise History of Brazil covers almost 500 years of Brazilian history, from the arrival of the Portuguese in the New World to the political events that defined the transition in recent years from an authoritarian to a democratic political regime. Brazilian territorial unity and national identity were forged throughout the nineteenth century, after the proclamation of independence in 1822, resulting in a nation with one common language and wide ethnic and racial variety. Remarkable in this respect, the country nevertheless faces problems of social and ethnic disparity as well as of preservation and adequate use of its natural resources. This book emphasizes topics that have deeply influenced the historical formation of Brazil and affected its existence to the present day, such as the destruction of Indian civilizations, slavery and massive immigration throughout the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century.
Paperback 376 pages (July 8, 1999);  Publisher: Cambridge University Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 052156526X
  National Historical Museum 
The National Historical Museum, created in 1922, is one of the most important museums in Brazil, consisting of over 287 thousand items, among which the largest numismatic collection of Latin America.
The architectonic complex that houses the Museum had is beginning with the construction of the Santiago Fort, at the Calaboose Point, one of the strategic places for the defense of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Music, Art & Culture, Events

Brazilian Portuguese - Lonely Planet Phrasebook  -   Mark Balla
Paperback 256 pages (October 15, 2003);  Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications;  Language: English;  ISBN: 1864503807
  Culture of Brazil
Culture Smart! Brazil  -   Graphic Arts, Sandra Branco
Paperback 168 pages (October 2005);  Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company;  Language: English;  ISBN: 1558689028 
  All Brazilian Music
AllBrazilianMusic is an internet company aimed at providing news, information and critic reviews on Brazilian music. They offer a complete data bank that includes Brazilian artists' discographies and information on the great variety of Brazilian music genres and styles.
  Bossa Nova
Bossa nova officially started in August '58, when Odeon released a João Gilberto single that featured Chega de Saudade (Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes) and Bim Bom (João Gilberto).
Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World  -   Ruy Castro
Bossa nova is one of the most popular musical genres in the world. Songs such as "The Girl from Ipanema" (the fifth-most-played song in the world), "The Waters of March," and "Desafinado" are known from one end of the earth to the other. This book, the one and only, definitive account of the history of bossa nova, relives the culture of Rio during its heyday. Based on extensive interviews with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joo Gilberto, and all the major musicians and their friends, Bossa Nova is full of passion and betrayal, love and hate, comedy and tragedy.
Paperback 400 pages (April 1, 2003);  Publisher: A Cappella Publishing;  Language: English;  ISBN: 1556524943
the origins of samba can be found in Bahia and Rio de Janeiro. It was born in the houses of "aunts" from Bahia who settled in downtown Rio, from lundu descent, in religious parties and capoeira meetings, with tambourine and clap beats. The region where they lived was known as "Little Africa". Although previous recordings had been registered as samba, the song Pelo Telefone, recorded in 1917, is credited as being the style's milestone.
Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil 
Caetano Veloso
Often described inadequately as the John Lennon or Bob Dylan of Brazil, Caetano Veloso is unquestionably one of the most influential and beloved of Brazilian artists and has developed a worldwide following. Now, in his long awaited memoir, he tells the heroic story of how, in the late sixties, he and a group of friends from the Northeastern state of Bahia created tropicalismo, the movement that shook Brazilian culture and civic order and pushed a nation then on the margins of world politics and economics into the pop avant-garde.
Paperback 368 pages (July 21, 2003);  Publisher: Bloomsbury;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0747568014

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