Where to Travel in 2016 Moon Travel Guides

Where to Travel in 2016: A Month-by-Month List

Most of us at Moon have an ever-growing list of places we want to visit, a common side effect of working on travel books. This list reflects a few of the destinations that inspired our wanderlust in the last year. There are trip-of-a-lifetime–type destinations, and there are smaller destinations, but all of them triggered that classic reverie, imagining what it would be like to be there, feeling that pull.

Réveillon in Trancoso. Photo © Robert Miguel (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Brazil’s Many Festas

Brazilians’ fame for merrymaking is not an exaggeration. Carnaval is a spectacular example, but the year is filled with fantastic events–and many of them are quite different from Carnaval. Here’s what to expect from each celebration along with when and where they’re held.

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Moon Spotlight São Paulo

Moon Spotlight São Paulo is a 120-page compact guide to the best of São Paulo. Brazil resident and magazine correspondent Michael Sommers offers his firsthand advice on what sights are must-sees, and sightseeing highlights maps make planning your time easy. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreation, accommodations, food, and […]

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Moon Brazil

In this full-color guide, journalist Michael Sommers leads 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 […]

The Parada de Orgulho GLBT in Sáo Paulo.

Gay Sampa: Sáo Paulo for LGBT Travelers

Although Rio’s hedonistic gay scene is legendary, Sampa’s gay offerings are more numerous and much more eclectic. Here’s a guide to clubs, festivals, and resources in São Paulo for LGBT travelers.

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Ubatuba Beaches and Other Recreation

While Ubatuba itself has some passable beaches, they pale in comparison to the more unspoiled sheltered coves and sandy expanses you’ll find north and south of town. The majority of these are easily accessible by car and municipal buses as well as by boat.

A (Brazilian) Winter’s Tale

Having grown up in Canada where temperatures of 0⁰ C (33⁰ degrees) were considered mild, “winter” in Salvador – and in much of the rest of tropical Brazil – has always struck author Michael Sommers as a somewhat surreal, and hilarious, concept.

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Tinkle Tinkle Little Star: Rocking Out at the Urinal

São Paulo is justly famed for the eclecticism of its nightlife offerings, but in general the focus isn’t on what’s being performed in the bathrooms. A fun exception to the rule, however, has been the latest publicity campaign launched by Billboard Music Brasil.