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.

Moon Volunteer Vacations in Latin America

Moon Volunteer Vacations in Latin America is the ultimate guide to the best volunteer experiences available in Latin America. Seasoned volunteer Amy E. Robertson shares her own expertise while inspiring readers to choose the right volunteer placement for their specific interests. Broken into chapters based on destination, the book gives a comprehensive overview of the […]

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Life in Brazil

Although the financial opportunities are myriad, many expats who take up residence in Brazil do so for reasons that are more romantic than rational. Michael Sommers discusses the reality of what it takes to live happily in Brazil.