Four-star hotel sign

Following the Stars

The Brazilian Minister of Tourism will officially inaugurate a standard classification system that will award 1 to 5 stars to hotels based on the level of comfort and quality of services offered to guests.

The Brazilian flag on a white background.

Novos Turistas

Although Open Skies only begins to take effect in October 2011, some of its intended results—namely a major increase in traffic—have already kicked in.

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.

Favela Rising in Brazil

For now, at least, favelas are an integral part of urban Brazilian life. Whether or not you decide to “tour” one is a personal decision, but you’ll inevitably come into contact with them – even if you’re only driving by.

Pousada Coté Sud surrounded by lush green vegetation

One Last Escape (Alagoas)

Michael Sommers shares the story of an expat who has not only transformed her life, but is also transforming those of the Alagoas community in which she and her husband have set down roots.

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.

The pool at the Toque Toque Boutique Hotel

Escape to Toque Toque (São Paulo)

One of the most interesting aspects of traveling around and researching a travel guide is the stories one comes across of people who unexpectedly, and sometimes radically, abandon “conventional” lives in search of alternative ones.

Campos do Jordao - A town with faux-Alpine architecture

Campos do Jordão: Brazil’s Switzerland

One of Paulistanos’ favorite getaways from the big city is Campos do Jordão (literal translation: Fields of Jordan). Only 2 hours away from São Paulo by car (3 hours by bus if you happen not to own a car – which is not the case of most people who frequent “Campos”), it’s often billed as Brazil’s Switzerland.