View from Rio de Janeiro of the bay and the high dome of Sugarloaf mountain.

Moon Brazil

In this full-color guide, journalist Michael Sommers leads travelers to the best that Brazil has to offer, from surfing, hang gliding, and enjoying the sizzling nightlife in Rio to venturing into the Amazon to witness the Meeting of the Waters, where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões join to form the world’s mightiest river: the […]

The Parada de Orgulho GLBT in Sáo Paulo.

Gay Sampa: Sáo Paulo for LGBT Travelers

Although Rio’s hedonistic gay scene is legendary, Sampa’s gay offerings are more numerous and much more eclectic. Here’s a guide to clubs, festivals, and resources in São Paulo for LGBT travelers.

A row of red and yellow umbrellas dot a strip of sand along a palm-tree lined beach.

Réveillon in Imbassaí

In Brazil, it’s customary on New Year’s to get decked out in immaculate white and offer flowers to Iemanjá, Queen of the Seas. Resident Michael Sommers shares a fun, humor-filled experience of the end-of-the-year holiday.

Single, double, and triple-decked riverboats wait at port while the soft peach of sunrise glistens on the water.

Cruise the Amazon on a Riverboat Trip

An alternative to staying put in a jungle lodge is to choose a riverboat as your headquarters, which will allow you to cover far more territory. Michael Sommers shares the various options for cruising the Amazon, from luxury ships with plasma TVs and champagne to local boats that are geared more for transport than tourism.

A two-level river boat with a smaller boat alongside floats on glassy river water at the verdant shore.

From Manaus into the Amazon Rain Forest

From Manaus, you can get a taste of the rain forest with day trips, but a longer tour or excursion is better if you want to get away from civilization, experience “virgin” forest, and see some wildlife.

Cityscape as seen from the bay, Salvador's grand waterfront buildings and more modern buildings on the hill.

Starting a Business in Brazil

An alternative to finding a formal, full-time job in Brazil is to go the self-employed route, either by working as a freelancer (with clients in Brazil, North America, or both) or by starting your own business. In this article, local expert Michael Sommers discusses the realities and challenges of starting a business in Brazil.

The sun sets on a Rio beach with small two-person boats floating int he calm water.

Deciding Where to Live When Moving to Brazil

Deciding where to live in Brazil is as complex as deciding whether you want to move to Brazil in the first place. Michael Sommers gives an overview of the four main territorial regions of the country, as well as the top places to live in each region.

Close up view of the up arrows on the side of closed cardboard moving boxes.

Moving Your Possessions to Brazil

With the exception of books, which can be sent quite cheaply by mail, shipping possessions to Brazil from North America is very expensive. Michael Sommers lets you know what to look for in a shipping company and what to keep in mind when making your move.

The front of a building strung with lights and a sign reading Cine Teatro Recreio.

A Brief History of Brazilian Cinema

Films have always been very popular in Brazil. Author Michael Sommers covers the history of Brazilian cinema, from 1930s romances to the state-subsidized industry begun in the 1960s to the latest crop of critically acclaimed films being produced in the country’s current studios.

A thick string of balloons in the rainbow curve to make an arc on the parade route.

LGBT Life in Brazil

Many gay and lesbian foreigners associate Brazil with images of transvestites, Carnaval drag queens, and the muscle boys of Ipanema and allow themselves to think that Brazil is a very gay-friendly place. In reality, it is and it isn’t. Living abroad expert Michael Sommers discusses Brazilian cultural attitudes toward LGBT individuals.