Background Cuba: The Land

Cuba lies at the western end of the Greater Antilles group of Caribbean islands, which began to heave from the sea about 150 million years ago. Curling east and south like a shepherd’s crook are the much younger and smaller mostly volcanic Lesser Antilles, which bear little resemblance to their larger neighbor.

When to Go to Brazil

Author Michazel Sommers tries to answer the oft-posed question of “When to Go?” to Brazil. The question used to be an easy one to answer, but lately it seems that all bets are off.

Clouds of Consolidation Threaten Brazil’s Open Skies

In recent years, both Brazilians and foreigners traveling around Brazil have rejoiced in the emergence of a number of top-notch, budget airlines such as Trip, Webjet, Azul, and Avianca (formerly Ocean Air). Giving the two dominant giants of the Brazilian skies – TAM and Gol – a run for their money, these efficient start-ups have played a major role in opening up new routes and, more importantly, in making prices much more competitive to the increasingly large number of passengers who are taking to the Brazilian skies.

Message in a Bottle

One of the most renowned Brazilian regions, the Sertão is also one of the least frequently visited – this in spite of the fact that this semi-arid region, stretching up from northern Minas Gerais into western Bahia and all the way up to the interiors of Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, and Ceará, covers approximately 10 percent of Brazil’s total area.

Eyes Peeled on the Transpantaneira

In 1972, the Brazilian military government began concretizing its ambitious if foolhardy idea of building a highway that would cut right through the Brazilian Pantanal. The highway known as the Transpantaneira never got very far, but what it lacks in terms of people, it more than makes up for in terms of wildlife.

Fire and Rain in Chapada dos Guimarães

It’s a strange sensation to knowingly set off on a journey into an area under siege by fire, but that’s precisely what Michael Sommers did when he set off for Chapada dos Guimarães, from Cuiabá, the capital of Mato Grosso.

Rio’s Corcovado Out of Commission

Last week’s historic rainfall in Rio de Janeiro wreaked havoc. By the week’s end, the torrential rains had caused the deaths of 66 people in the capital, almost all of which were due to landslides that buried residents and their precariously-built homes.