Home on Wheels: RVs in Mexico

For Americans and Canadians planning to spend a season or two down south, driving a recreational vehicle into Mexico is a popular option. Here’s what you need to know about RVs in Mexico.

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.

Taking Sweet, Sustainable Flight

Brazil is a notorious pioneer in the development and use of renewable biofuels. Veteran travel writer Michael Sommers discusses recent efforts to develop a sustainable alternative for airplane fuel.

Alternative Transportation Rules in Bahia

One of the largest states in Brazil, Bahia is about the size of France. Although there are no high-speed TGV trains to whisk one around, a surprisingly diverse array of transportation options is available. As author Michael Sommers and his sister were constantly on the move, working their way up and down the coast , with the exception of airplanes, they sampled them all.

Clouds of Consolidation Threaten Brazil’s Open Skies

In recent years, both Brazilians and foreigners traveling around Brazil have rejoiced in the emergence of a number of top-notch, budget airlines such as Trip, Webjet, Azul, and Avianca (formerly Ocean Air). Giving the two dominant giants of the Brazilian skies – TAM and Gol – a run for their money, these efficient start-ups have played a major role in opening up new routes and, more importantly, in making prices much more competitive to the increasingly large number of passengers who are taking to the Brazilian skies.

The Missed Flight

In which author Michael Sommers does something he had never done in his 40-something years of traveling. He misses his flight.

Best and Worst Brazilian Highways

Driving around Brazil’s highways and byways is not for the faint of heart. Although some estradas (Portuguese for roads) are top-of-the-line, others leave a lot to be desired. Torrential rains, scorching heat, floods and landslides, trucks and buses, all take their toll. Then there are the potholes (not to mention the craters), the absence of shoulders, the lack of clear signalization, not to mention Other Drivers; both the drunken and the daredevil variety are in high supply.