View across the plateaus with cliffsides visible rising up out of verdant green slopes.

Exploring the Chapada Diamantina Region of Brazil

If you want to check out a stunning piece of natural beauty, look no further than the Chapada Diamantina, otherwise known as the Diamond Plateau, in the jungles of Brazil. Author Michael Sommers guides us through this South American destination with loads of travel tips and suggestions.

View from the soccer stadium stands where fans wave flags and smoke curls into the air.

Sports and Recreation in Rio de Janeiro City

Blessed with many natural attractions, Cariocas are a pretty sporty bunch. Beach activities—everything from walking, jogging, and yoga to surfing, soccer, and volleyball—are very popular, as are sports that take advantage of the city’s mountain peaks.

Beyond quaint buildings with tile roofs, the ocean stretches to the horizon.

The Beaches of Natal, Brazil

Natal is all about its beaches. From the calm waters of Praia do Forte to the beautiful sands of lively Ponta Negra, Brazil expert Michael Sommers guides you to the area’s best beaches and related sights.

View down a cobblestoned street lined with white-washed colonial single story buildings and the view of the harbor in the distance.

Paraty, Brazil: Exploring a Colonial Jewel

Lying halfway between Rio and São Paulo, set amid blue ocean and jagged green mountains, Paraty is one of the most charismatic colonial towns you’ll ever encounter. Read on for the top sights, places to stay, and things to do in Paraty.

Two boats float offshore as gentle waves lap on the shore of a wide sandy beach with dense tropical foliage just beyond.

Ilha Grande and Ilha Gipóia in Brazil’s Angra Bay

The largest of the many beautiful islands in the Bay of Angra, Ilha Grande boasts more than 100 pristine white-sand beaches. The second largest island, Ilha Gipóia is also the most visited, blessed with its own beaches, the surrounding waters are ideal for snorkeling and diving.