View from a boat of a wide calm river and a lush grassy bank lined with trees.

Jungle Lodges in the Amazon

One of the best ways to get to a sense of the rain forest is to actually stay in its midst. Whether across the river from Manaus or hundreds of kilometers away, there are plenty of unforgettable eco-options to choose from.

Jaguar pawprint in the ground

Jaguar Mania, Part 2

Searching for jaguars is like searching for gold; seekers can easily get obsessed. Michael and Annie continue their quest to spot an elusive jaguar in Pantanal’s Jaguar Ecological Reserve.

Jaguar Mania, Part 1

Deep down, everyone who goes to the Pantanal yearns for one thing above all: to come face to face with the majestic and elusive onça pintada, a.k.a. jaguar.

Transpantaneira dirt road and sign

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.

Fancy, luxury hotel with pool

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.

Driftwood on a beach

Escape to Toque (Alagoas)

Perhaps the most beautiful and remote beaches of Alagoas are those that lie along its northern coast between the mostly modern capital of Maceió and the Pernambucano frontier, in or around the municipality of São Miguel dos Milagres.