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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 […]

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28 de January de 2016 | 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 […]

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30 de November 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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12 de October de 2015 | By | Reply More
Which pousadas are best for beaches and relaxation in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia?

Which pousadas are best for beaches and relaxation in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia?

Q. Hi Alison, I’m hoping you will be able to help me! I am planning a trip to Brazil with my partner in September. I need to some help with where to stay & visit please. The key ‘stop points’ will be Rio and Salvador and surrounding areas. Can you recommend places near Salvador with beautiful beaches? I’m looking […]

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22 de August de 2015 | By | Reply More
How to get to Christ the Redeemer / Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro: an insider’s guide

How to get to Christ the Redeemer / Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro: an insider’s guide

Updated May 4 2016. Please note from July 2016 only visitors who have pre-paid tickets bought in advance online will be able to take the Corcovado train. Christ the Redeemer, otherwise known as Cristo Redentor or Corcovado, is Rio de Janeiro’s busiest tourist attraction. So when is the best time of day to visit? How much does […]

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4 de August de 2015 | By | Reply More
Which pousada is best for 3 days on Boipeba island, Bahia?

Which pousada is best for 3 days on Boipeba island, Bahia?

Q. “Hi Alison, We’re planning to spend 3 days in Boipeba and we’d like to stay only in one place. However, we’re still undecided about where else to go. Is there any other place in the state of Bahia (apart from Maraú Peninsula and Boipeba) that you would recommend? Many thanks.” Giuliana A. Hi Giuliana, With just 3 days […]

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29 de July de 2015 | By | Reply More
Accommodation for Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016: an insider’s guide

Accommodation for Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016: an insider’s guide

Updated Feb 2nd 2016 Accommodation for Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016 is likely to be very competitive. The 2016 Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro over 19 days between August 5 and 21, with 11 days of Paralympics following that between September 7 and 18 . The Olympic park itself with its various stadiums […]

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23 de July de 2015 | By | Reply More