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Alternative accommodation & the Rio Olympics: the challenges for Airbnb

Alternative accommodation & the Rio Olympics: the challenges for Airbnb

Airbnb and the Rio Olympics The view from Casa Florence | Leblon, Rio de Janeiro  or  “Chic penthouse, fab views, nr beach” When online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc. won the official contract to provide alternative accommodation for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games in March last year, it must have seemed like a brilliant way […]

28 de January de 2016 | By | Reply More
Recommendations for travel near Rio de Janeiro at New Year

Recommendations for travel near Rio de Janeiro at New Year

Q. Hi Alison, My partner and I are going to Brazil for Christmas. We are arriving into Sao Paulo on morning 19th Dec & leaving on 3rd January. We are interested in travelling along the coast to Rio as we are going to hire a car. Melissa recommended Trindade and Casa do Bicho in Angra Dos Reis. […]

2 de December de 2015 | By | Reply More
What are Brazil’s surf conditions like in February?

What are Brazil’s surf conditions like in February?

Q. Hi, we’re planning a trip in February 2016. I am wondering if the surf conditions are good at this time. Thank you very much for your help. – Manzoni, France. A. Hi Manzoni, Quick question. Are you coming for carnival and/or surf? This is one of the busiest and most expensive times of year so […]

30 de November de 2015 | By | Reply More
How to get from Rio airport to Zona Sul of Rio de Janeiro

How to get from Rio airport to Zona Sul of Rio de Janeiro

There are several options for getting from Rio airport to Zona Sul (Ipanema, Copacabana, Leblon, Flamengo, Botafogo, Jardim Botânico) 1) Executive airport limo On arrival you’ll find desks of all the main companies in front of you just waiting to sell  you a ride into town. Advantages: You can pay by credit card or opt for […]

10 de November de 2015 | By | Reply More
When is the best time to visit pousadas in Bahia in 2016?

When is the best time to visit pousadas in Bahia in 2016?

Q. I’m going to be writing a series of articles on amazing, affordable pousadas in Bahia for a leading UK paper and am wondering when would be the best time to come, considering weather, availability and cost. I hope Hidden Pousadas Brazil can help! LT, London, UK A. Hi there,   I’ll give you a […]

23 de October de 2015 | By | Reply More
Where to go in Brazil with 12 day vacation: Iguaçu, Maraú, Chapada Diamantina?

Where to go in Brazil with 12 day vacation: Iguaçu, Maraú, Chapada Diamantina?

Hello Alison, This is my second short trip to Brazil. The first time we did Rio and Ilha Grande. All your pousadas were fantastic! This time, we’re thinking about Iguaçu, Salvador and the Maraú Peninsula. We have 12 days, arriving in and departing from Rio. Would it be too tight with flights/travelling? Or should we […]

19 de October de 2015 | By | Reply More
How to get to Novo Airão from Manaus

How to get to Novo Airão from Manaus

There are are 3 options for getting from Manaus to Novo Airão now the lancha rápida (fast boat) is no longer running: taxi lotação (shared taxi) bus and private taxi transfer. TAXI LOTAÇÃO/SHARED TAXI: Take Avenida Brasil in Manaus and turn off onto the road leading to the bridge (Rua Coronel Cyrillo Neves). Just before […]

17 de October de 2015 | By | Reply More
10 interesting surprises about Novo Airão, Amazonas, Brazil

10 interesting surprises about Novo Airão, Amazonas, Brazil

  Novo Airão is an important tourist centre, an ideal jumping off point for visits to the Parque Nacional de Anavilhanas, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, and the Parque Nacional do Jaú, the second largest park in Latin America. Nature, history and unique experiences abound here. Discover more about Novo Airão here. Here are some […]

15 de October de 2015 | By | Reply More
Explore the history, nature and pousadas of Novo Airão, Brazil

Explore the history, nature and pousadas of Novo Airão, Brazil

Novo Airão is a small town of 18,000 people located on the River Negro, 180 kms or a 2.5 hour drive from Manaus. Originally an indigenous settlement called Tauapessassu, the place only became a municipality separate from Manaus in 1956. The majority of the population came from Airão (now called Velho Airão) 115 kms upriver […]

12 de October de 2015 | By | Reply More
How to get to Alter do Chão from Belem or Manaus

How to get to Alter do Chão from Belem or Manaus

To get to the hidden paradise of Alter do Chão (photo above) from Belem or Manaus one way or another you’re going to have to go through Santarém, which is located 38kms to the north where the Tapajós river joins the Amazon. To SANTARÉM: There are only 2 options to get to SANTARÉM – fly or […]

10 de October de 2015 | By | Reply More