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Brazil’s Polynesia

By Linda Tancs

Ilhabela means “beautiful island” in Portuguese. Discovered in 1502 by Américo Vespucio, this archipelago and city situated four miles off the coast of São Paulo state in Brazil is unique for its pristine beaches and untouched rainforest.  It also reputedly has the best shrimp in the country.  Best of all, with an average annual temperature in the 70s (fahrenheit), it’s the perfect vacation destination year-round.  To get there from São Paulo, it’s approximately three hours by car to São Sebastião and then a 15-20 minute ferry ride to Barra Velha on the island.

The Artist Behind Brazilian Architecture

By Linda Tancs

Today is the 104th birthday of Oscar Niemeyer, a Brazilian architect specializing in international modern architecture.   His whimsical creations include the concrete hyperboloid Cathedral of Brasilia and the UFO-like Museo de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói across the bay from Rio.  You could plan a tour of Brazil solely around his works alone as this list of Niemeyer buildings will attest.

71 Laps in Brazil

By Linda Tancs

Seventy-one laps and over 4 km to a racing champ this weekend in Sao Paolo as the engines get ready to rev for Brazil’s Formula 1 Grand Prix.   One of the toughest tracks on the circuit, Interlagos is just a few miles from downtown Sao Paolo, and its configuration offers spectators amazing views at over half the course.  Don’t miss the driver’s parade on Sunday at 12; gates open at 7 a.m.

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Brazil’s Atlantic Island Paradise

By Linda Tancs

Out in the Atlantic Ocean some 250 miles and three degrees south of the equator sits an archipelago of 21 islands known as Fernando de Noronha, an eco-paradise brimming with sea turtles and spinner dolphins unfazed by the destructive habits of man and machine in what seemingly appears to be every other part of the planet. If you can stand the rainy season (April to August), you’ll be rewarded with an enviable display of green living, maintained in part by an environmental preservation fee charged to tourists at the airport. Although it may sound off the beaten path, some of its beaches are ranked among the best of Brazil. In fact, Sancho was voted Brazil’s most beautiful beach last year, a place for diving and observing seabirds. Beyond Sancho is a reserve for spinner dolphins. Another hot spot is Porcos, characterized by two twin rocks and a natural pool formed between rocks and reefs. Only 500 tourists are allowed in per day, so get in line.

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Monkey Business in the Amazon

By Linda Tancs

New life reigns among the destruction in the Brazilian Amazon: a new species of saddleback tamarin was recently discovered, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Among many new monkey species discovered in the last few years, this brown and gray variety weighs less than a pound and sports a 13-inch-long tail. Yet another reason to mind your hats, bags and cameras should you find yourself in its remote domain.

Health Alert for Brazil Travelers

By Linda Tancs

Travelers to South America are well aware of the dangers posed by dengue fever, which is currently on the rise in Rio and Bahia. Carried by mosquitoes, symptoms of dengue fever usually begin 7 to 10 days after being bitten and include flu-like symptoms such as high fever, aches and pains and a headache. Covering up and using repellent is paramount as there is no vaccination. Apparently, yellow fever is also on the rise these days, meriting front-page placement on the New York Consulate’s website, urging visitors to obtain a vaccination at least ten days prior to entering the country. Of course, these concerns are in addition to confirmed cases of swine flu, now declared a pandemic by WHO.

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Wonders of the World

By Linda Tancs

What a wonder-full world.  After a global vote, the results are in.  The newest 7 wonders of the world are, in no particular order:  The Great Wall of China, Rome’s Colosseum, India’s Taj Mahal, Jordan’s Petra, Peru’s Machu Picchu, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer, and Mexico’s Chichen Itza.  Will the losing candidates demand a recount?

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