Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro

6 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Copacabana © - Juniorpetjua/cc-by-2.0

Copacabana © – Juniorpetjua/cc-by-2.0

Copacabana is a bairro (neighbourhood) located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It is known for its 4 km (2.5 miles) balneario beach, which is one of the most famous in the world.   read more…

Theme Week Uruguay – Rivera

22 August 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

View of Rivera, as seen from Cerro Marconi © Mx. Granger

View of Rivera, as seen from Cerro Marconi © Mx. Granger

Rivera is the capital of Rivera Department of Uruguay. The border with Brazil joins it with the Brazilian city of Santana do Livramento, which is only a street away from it, at the north end of Route 5. Together, they form an urban area of around 200,000 inhabitants. As of the census of 2011, it is the sixth most populated city of Uruguay.   read more…

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

6 July 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Jorge Morales Piderit

© Jorge Morales Piderit

Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30 metres (98 ft) tall, excluding its 8-metre (26 ft) pedestal. The arms stretch 28 metres (92 ft) wide.   read more…

Manaus, capital city of Amazonas

8 September 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Teatro Amazonas © Pontanegra/cc-by-sa-2.5

Teatro Amazonas © Pontanegra/cc-by-sa-2.5

Manaus is the capital city of the state of Amazonas in the North Region of Brazil. It is situated near the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. With a population of more than 2 million, it is the most populous city of both the Brazilian state of Amazonas and the Amazon rainforest. Due to the great economic power and tourism it is the fourth richest city in Brazil, after São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. The city was founded in 1693–94 as the Fort of São José do Rio Negro. It was elevated to a town in 1832 with the name of “Manaus”, an altered spelling of the indigenous Manaós peoples, and legally transformed into a city on October 24, 1848, with the name of Cidade da Barra do Rio Negro, Portuguese for “The City of the Margins of the Black River”. On September 4, 1856 it returned to its original name.   read more…

Eixo Monumental in Brasilia

14 November 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General

Eixo Monumental © Governo do Brasil - Portal da Copa/cc-by-3.0-br

Eixo Monumental © Governo do Brasil – Portal da Copa/cc-by-3.0-br

The Monumental Axis (“Eixo Monumental” in Portuguese) is a central avenue in Brasília‘s city design. The avenue begins on the National Congress of Brazil building and is considered part of the DF-002 road. Its first section is known as “Ministries Esplanade” (“Esplanada dos Ministérios”), as it is surrounded by ministries buildings. Many important government buildings, monuments and memorials are located on the Monumental Axis. A common urban legend persists that the Monumental Axis is the widest road in the world, where “[100 to 160] cars can drive side by side”. This is untrue, as the road consists of two avenues with six lanes on either side; a total of twelve lanes. However, the street has been featured in the Guinness Book of Records as having the widest central reservation of a dual carriageway in the world.   read more…

Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro

10 August 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels

© Charlesjsharp/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Charlesjsharp/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Belmond Copacabana Palace is a luxury hotel located on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. The hotel is widely considered as South America‘s premier hotel, and has received the rich and famous for over 90 years. It faces the coast, and consists of an 8-story main building and a 14-story annex. The Art Deco hotel was designed by French architect Joseph Gire. It has 216 rooms (148 in the main building and 78 in the annex), a semi-olympic swimming pool, an exclusive swimming pool for VIP guests located at the penthouse, a tennis court, fitness center, a 3-story spa, three bars all of them inside the respective restaurants, one with Italian food, one with pan-Asiatic and other with international food. It was inaugurated on August 13, 1923. It was featured in the 1933 film Flying Down to Rio.   read more…

The Amazon Theatre in Manaus

22 February 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries

Teatro Amazonas © Joshjrowe/cc-by-sa-3.0

Teatro Amazonas © Joshjrowe/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Amazon Theatre (Portuguese: Teatro Amazonas) is an opera house located in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. It is the location of the annual Festival Amazonas de Ópera (Amazonas Opera Festival) and the home of the Amazonas Philharmonic Orchestra which regularly rehearses and performs at the Amazon Theater along with choirs, musical concerts and other performances.   read more…

Estancias in South America

12 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

Estancia Villanueva © Jarrigorria/cc-by-sa-3.0

Estancia Villanueva © Jarrigorria/cc-by-sa-3.0

A Estancia or Estância is a Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese term describing private landholdings. In some areas these were large rural with similarities to the American term ranch.They are large farms which are spread over extensive areas often 10,000 hectares. Estancias in the southern South American grasslands, the pampas, have historically been a livestock (cattle or sheep) estate. In the early Caribbean and Mexico, holders of encomiendas acquired land in the area where they had access to Indian labor, and often the need for on-site Hispanic supervisors or labor bosses called estancieros. In Mexico, multiple estancias owned by the same individual could be termed an hacienda. The term estancia is used in various ways in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, southern Chile and southern Brazil. The equivalent in other Spanish American countries would be hacienda.   read more…

Olinda on the Atlantic Ocean

28 March 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

historical center © - Prefeitura de Olinda/cc-by-2.0

historical center © – Prefeitura de Olinda/cc-by-2.0

Olinda is a historic and one of the oldest cities in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, located on the country’s northeastern Atlantic Ocean coast, just north of Recife and south of Paulista. It has a population of 397,000 people and is one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Brazil.   read more…

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