View of coastal Fortaleza, with a long strip of beach visible and a cluster of homes.

Planning a Move to Brazil: Fact-Finding

If you’re thinking about moving to Brazil, it’s wise to spend some time getting a sense of the country and the culture, not to mention housing and job possibilities, before you go ahead and take the plunge. Brazil expert Michael Sommers helps you plan an essential fact-finding trip.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.