By Michael Sommers
Fourth Edition, March 2015
Price: $24.99 USD
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 Amazon. Sommers also includes unique trip strategies like A Tale of Two Amazon Cities—which provides details on exploring the rainforest between Manaus and Belém—and Gastronomic Brazil, a mouthwatering tour of Brazil’s cuisine. With expert advice on viewing popular attractions like Iguaçu Falls and Corcovado, as well as escaping the crowds in less frequented places, like Bahia’s rustic fishing villages, Moon Brazil gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
What’s inside Moon Brazil
Enjoy the very best of Brazil with these itineraries:
- Cheap Tricks
- The Best of Brazil
- Best Beaches
- Carnaval and Other Festas
- The Best of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
- Two Weeks Along the Amazon
- Be an Ecotourist
Explore what Brazil has to offer.
Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:
- Brasilia, Goias, and the Pantanal
- Pernambuca and Alagoas
- Rio de Janeiro including Rio de Janeiro City and Vicinity, Inland from Rio de Janeiro City, Costa do Sol, and Costa Verde
- Sau Paulo including Sao Paulo City and Vicinity, Serra da Mantiqueira, Serra do Mar, and Litoral Norte
- The South including Parana, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul
- Minas Gerais including Belo Horizonte, Sabara, Ouro Preto, Mariana, Congonhas, Sao Joao del Rei, Tiradentes, and Diamantina
- Bahia including Salvador, North of Salvador, The Reconavo, Chapada Diamantina, and The Southern Coast
- The Northeast Coast including Natal and Rio Grande do Norte, Fortaleza, Ceara, and Maranhao
- The Amazon including Para and Amazonas
Resources include a Portuguese Phrasebook
Born in Texas and raised in Toronto, Michael Sommers grew up with travel on the brain—a consequence of time spent riding around in Oldsmobiles, Mini Mokes, and Pan Am jets in the company of a Gourmet-addicted mother and a father with a roving zoom lens.
When Michael turned 18 he took flight, setting down temporary roots in cities such as Bordeaux, Paris, Montreal, New York, and Lisbon. During this time, he earned a BA in Literature from McGill University and an MA in History and Civilizations from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, where his thesis was “The Image of Brazil and Brazilians in Hollywood Cinema.” He also worked as a writer and editor at magazines and newspapers and freelanced for publications such as The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and The Globe and Mail.
Michael first traveled to Brazil at the age of four. His only memory is that of being served a glistening orange wedge of papaya in the grand dining room at Rio de Janeiro’s Hotel Gloria. Twenty years later, he returned to Brazil, where he was seduced by the intense, colorful landscapes, rich cultures, and warm people. Michael eventually settled down in Salvador, the baroque capital of Bahia, where he has worked as a writer and journalist for over 15 years.
While Michael has yet to master the art of preparing feijoada (Brazil’s national stew of beans, salted beef, and pork), he does make a mean caipirinha.