Rio’s Carnaval Goes Full Tilt

For those who missed this year’s Carnaval in Rio or who just plain miss Rio, the 5-minute film, “The City of Samba,” will either kill your longings or inflame your Rio yearnings all the more.

Day Trip from Rio: Petrópolis

Only an hour’s drive north from Rio, the summer getaway of the Brazilian emperor and his family still provides a welcome refuge. Aside from imperial trappings. Petrópolis offers a cool respite, fine food, and mountain scenery.

What to See in Rio de Janeiro’s Centro District

Narrow cobblestoned alleys, grand baroque churches, turn-of-the-20th-century Parisian-inspired avenues and architecture, and the ubiquitous high-rises and urban chaos of a 21st-century megalopolis make up Rio’s Centro district. Here’s what to see when you’re visiting Centro.

Invading Rio’s Rocinha

This week, everybody in Brazil – and especially in Rio de Janeiro – was talking about the “peaceful” police invasion of Rocinha, the largest – and most (in)famous – favela in the Americas.

Rio de Janeiro City’s Gay Scene

With a reputation as the “Marvelous City,” one would expect Rio to have more of a gay scene. However, as in many other cities in Brazil, instead of a gay neighborhood, gays, lesbians, and heteros mix socially all over the city. Here are some hot spots to check out.

Moon Brazil

Journalist Michael Sommers guides travelers to the best that Brazil has to offer, from surfing, hang gliding, and enjoying the sizzling nightlife in Rio to venturing into the Amazon to witness the Meeting of the Waters, where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões join to form the world’s mightiest river: the Amazon. Sommers also includes […]