In this mural, Brazilian star Neymar stands victorious, while Argentina’s leading light, Lionel Messi, cries into his shirt on the left.

Watching the World Cup with the Brazilians

As we approach the latter stages of the tournament, EatRio.net blogger Tom Le Mesurier shares an inside look at what it’s like in Brazil right now. Check out his phenomenal photos of the decorations, the celebrations, and the general excitement that is the 2014 World Cup.

Pale sand rippled with footprints stretches out to gentle waves with a verdant hillside in the distance.

Brazil’s Best Beaches

Brazil boasts close to 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) of beautiful Atlantic beaches. Whatever your mood or budget, there is a beach to suit everyone. Get pointers towards the best urban beaches, best island paradises, best party beaches, and more.

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.

Rio de Janeiro house with pool

Making House Calls in Rio, Part 2

Recently, Michael visited two fantastic Rio de Janeiro homes that are open to the public. In 1992, the Salles family decided to convert their former residence into a private cultural center known as the Instituto Moreira Salles.

B&B overlooking the beach

The Dawning of Brazil’s B&B Age

Many B&Bs are located in the charming, hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Many of the villas built along steep winding streets in the 19th century have recently been renovated into boutique hotel, intimate guesthouses and B&Bs.

Rio de Janeiro scenic view

Rio’s Alternative Points of View

Unknown to many tourists, there are happily many other Carioca summits that offer alternatively impressive views far from the crowds that flock to Sugarloaf and Corcovado. Michael Sommers points you towards some off the beaten path alternatives.

Santa Teresa rooftop view

Taxi Trouble in Santa Teresa

Michael Sommers had a tough time arranging a taxi to Rio’s Santa Teresa neighborhood. Here’s how to talk reluctant taxi drivers into taking you to one of Rio’s most centrally located, historically rich, and downright charming areas.

Hostel sign

Rio’s Fresh Crop of Hostels

Within the last year or so, a fresh crop of hostels have opened their doors, bringing the total number to 65. By the end of the year, another 10 hostels are slated to be up and running.