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.

Novos Turistas

everal weeks ago I wrote a post about the new Open Skies commercial aviation agreement that was signed between Brazil and the United States. The agreement removes restrictions on all flights between the two nations, which should result in an increased number of flights between the two largest airline markets in the Americas as well […]

The Perfect Gift

Last week when president Obama made his first-ever visit to Brazil, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff gifted him with a glossy picture book rife with alluring images of Rio de Janeiro. Although it’s customary for the receiving heads-of-state to gift the visitors, Brazilians were hoping that Obama would give them a present as well: a waiver of the visa requirements that the U.S. demands for Brazilian travelers.