Will That Be Cash or Capivaris?

Most foreigners who travel to Brazil are aware that the country’s currency is the mighty ‘real’ (which, tourists will be glad to know, has recently lost some value against the U.S. dollar). Few, however, suspect that there are presently over 60 legal currencies in circulation throughout the country.

The World’s Most Overvalued Currency

Since 2003, the value of Brazilian real has increased 122 percent against the once mighty dollar, and many things (bus fare, beer, life in general) in Brazil are slowly, but surely, getting more expensive.

The World’s Most Overvalued Currency

Since 2003, the value of Brazilian real has increased 122 percent against the once mighty dollar. As a result, many things (bus fare, beer, life in general) are slowly, but surely, getting more expensive.

Brazil’s Moving Up in the World

In recent years, Brazil has made progress on a vast variety of fronts: economic, social, political, environmental. Growth hovers in the air like the constant humidity, and the economy is in constant boom mode.

The Lap of Luxury in Brazil

What constitutes the “concept” of luxury these days – in general, and in Brazil? A question Michael asked himself when he landed what many people (including me) would consider to be a dream gig – reviewing luxury hotels in Brazil.

Favela Rising in Brazil

For now, at least, favelas are an integral part of urban Brazilian life. Whether or not you decide to “tour” one is a personal decision, but you’ll inevitably come into contact with them – even if you’re only driving by.

To Give… Or Not to Give… (Is that the Question?)

“To give or not to give,” is a perplexing question. When I first arrived in Bahia, I was in a quandary as to how to respond to beggars. I took cues from my friends who with seeming nonchalance, in a bantering or mildly irritated manner blew such people off.