Tag Archives: Brazil

Quiet Time with Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer

Visiting Rio de Janiero was on my bucket since before I’d even filled out my first passport application. At the very top of the list? A visit to the famous Christ the Redeemer Statue – an imposing concrete and soapstone statue that soars over 100 feet into the air and whose arm span seems to […]

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January 17, 2017 by | Comments Off on Quiet Time with Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

17 of the World’s Most Extraordinary National Parks

Hakone National Park

Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. As the US National Park Service turns 100 years old this year, people from around the country (and globe) are flocking to these iconic reserves. US National Parks now number more than 400 and welcomed more than 305 million visitors in 2015. The idea of creating protected wilderness […]

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May 25, 2016 by | Comments Off on 17 of the World’s Most Extraordinary National Parks

Top 10 International Photos Every Traveler Needs

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Some photos are necessary — crucial, even. These are shots every traveler should strive to have in their album: photos in front of the most iconic sites in the world. If you visit these locations and fail to get a photo proving that you were there … well, you might as well retire your passport […]

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March 24, 2016 by | Comments Off on Top 10 International Photos Every Traveler Needs

The World’s Strangest Beaches

New Zealand: Hot Water Beach by Eli Duke (CC BY-SA 2.0)

While white-sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they’re far from unusual. For those looking for a unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the experiences you’ll find on some of the world’s strangest beaches.

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February 18, 2016 by | 2 Comments

10 Valentine’s Day Traditions All Around the World

Romance in the Philippines

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, stores are flooded with candy hearts, chocolates and stuffed animals. In the U.S., shelves brimming with teddy bears and boxes of chocolate are typical Valentine’s Day fare, but not every country turns to greeting cards and heart-shaped candies to declare love. Some exchange wooden spoons and pressed flowers, […]

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February 11, 2016 by | Comments Off on 10 Valentine’s Day Traditions All Around the World

Carnival Celebrations Around the World

Portugal Carnival

Most of us are familiar with some of the most famous Carnival celebrations in the world — Rio, Venice and New Orleans among them. But Carnival is celebrated all over the world in nearly any place that has a strong Catholic background, so there are plenty of places where you can enjoy festivities even if […]

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January 20, 2016 by | 2 Comments

Out of Office: Lija’s Grand Tour of Brazil

The view of Copacabana from Sugar Loaf

Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. In this new series, Out of Office, we’ll bring you their stories, highlighting the best things to do and see in destinations around the world, as experienced by a real Viator Insider. In this edition, Lija explores the […]

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May 28, 2014 by | Comments Off on Out of Office: Lija’s Grand Tour of Brazil

10 Things to Know About the 2014 World Cup

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Thinking about traveling to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup this summer? First, you’ll need to think about logistics. Here are 10 tips on destinations, accommodations, transportation, and more for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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March 20, 2014 by | Comments Off on 10 Things to Know About the 2014 World Cup

14 Festivals and Events Worth Traveling For in 2014

Monument to the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. Image courtesy of Do Not Lick on Flickr.

Fed up with lazing on the beach or vacationing on the piste? Start planning your next trip right here as 2014 is panning out as a bumper year for travelers chasing a little more substance for their buck. There are major-league sporting events to attend all over the world and a cluster of poignant war […]

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January 22, 2014 by | Comments Off on 14 Festivals and Events Worth Traveling For in 2014

Meet Luciano de Abreu, a Private Guide in Sao Paulo

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As a typical Paulistano born and raised in São Paulo, Luciano de Abreu loves to introduce and share his knowledge of his native city with non-Paulistanos. Put quite simply, he loves working as a professional licensed tour guide, and this enthusiasm, in addition to his vast knowledge of the history, geography and culture of Brazil, […]

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January 21, 2014 by | Comments Off on Meet Luciano de Abreu, a Private Guide in Sao Paulo