Senior Travel to Brazil, Part 3

Mar 8th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

More on Brazil today, and tomorrow some personal refllections.

São Paulo, one of the world’s biggest metropolises, looms large over South America. While the city lacks the natural beauty of Rio, Sampa – as it’s affectionately called by locals – has much going for it. This is, after all, the cultural capital of Brazil, with a dizzying array of attractions including first-rate museums, nightly concerts, experimental theater and dance. The nightclubs, bars and restaurants are among the best on the continent. Paulistanos (inhabitants of the city) believe in working hard and playing harder. Because São Paulo manufacturers so much and is also a successful exporter, it is a very wealthy state with a Gross National Profit of $350 billion, more than one-third of Brazil’s $1.1 trillion Gross National Profit. It is a dynamic place again, known as South America’s financial center and second worldwide.

Here is a listing of the top Brazil tours, sightseeing and things to do including 40 activities to check out. Brazil travel information is like a one-stop link.  Brazil is such vast country that you may easily get overwhelmed by the numerous attractions it offers. Where to go? What to do? What to see?

And seniors, don’t miss Carnival. When arriving at Carnival, you are greeted with delight, dazzle, and decadence. Carnaval is Portuguese for Carnival, a festival that takes place annually in Brazil. People from all around the world flock to the streets of Rio de Janeiro to share in the celebration with locals known as Cariocas. Starting the Friday before Ash Wednesday, seven weeks before Easter Sunday, Rio de Janeiro hosts many festivities that occur throughout the city complete with music, parades, dancing, and renowned Carnival balls. Carnival is celebrated all over Brazil, but the three most interesting places to see the Carnival is in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia, and Olinda.

Famous for samba, football and cinematic scenery, Brazil has always been known for celebration (Carnival being the most obvious manifestation of this national joie de vivre). Yet, Brazil rings in 2011 with even more cause for jubilation. Winning the bids to host both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is undertaking a flurry of new projects, with billions of dollars earmarked for infrastructure (there’s even discussion of building a high-speed rail line between Rio and São Paulo).

Despite the strong Brazilian real, travelers should benefit from the addition of thousands of new hotel rooms, while increased competition from low-cost airline carriers (including Azul, established by the Brazilian-born founder of JetBlue) should make travel across this vast country more affordable. Some of the world’s most exciting cities lie inside of Brazil’s borders, and travelers need not come to Carnival to experience the music, dance and revelry that pack so many calendar nights. Tenha uma viagem amável (Bon Voyage!) jeb



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