BrazilVacation.Com June Hotel of the Month: Caesar Park Hotel

Location: Rua Visconde de Piraja 414/607, Rio de Jainero, Brazil

Rooms: 222

Rating: 4 Stars

Imagine a huge, exquisite hotel right on the beach in Rio de Jainero. Imagine rooms with double sided views of the ocean, giant beds, marble bathrooms, and more amenities than you could ever ask for. Now realize your dream: Caesar Park Hotel.

We chose this as our June hotel of the month because it has so much to offer travelers in Brazil while not burning a huge hole in their wallets, and is specifically a great honeymoon choice and fantastic for children.

Standard Amenities

Beautiful beach views from most rooms

Clothing and ironing services

Telephone Lines

Minibars

Continental Breakfast

Internet

Bar/Lounge

Restaurant “Gelani” with dishes from Brazil, Italy,  and other regions

Business Center

Shuttle Service

Fitness Center

Pool

Concierge

Steam Room

Hypo-allergenic bedding available

In room safe

In room massages available

Cable

Suite Exclusive Amenities

L’Occitane Amenities

Butler service

Shoe shine service

Laundry service

Private check in

Separate living area from bedrooms

 

Visit Website: www.caesarpark-rio.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brazil FIFA World Cup Facts

Brazilians love soccer, and the world loves seeing Brazil playing soccer, thus making the FIFA World Cup one of the most important sporting events to Brazil. In 2014 Brazil will proudly be hosting the World Cup, and we can barely contain our excitement about this. In the spirit of this, we thought we’d look back at some important events in Brazil’s World Cup history.

#1 Brazil has won the World Cup a record 5 times.

#2 Brazil’s Pele has been involved in the winning of 3 World Cups, 1958, 1962, and 1970, and is the only player to hold this title.

#3 Ronaldo scored 15 goals in the 1998, 2002, and 2006 tournaments.

#4 Pele was only 17 when he made a record goal in the 1958 game against Sweden. He was standing in the penalty area facing away from the goal when he trapped the ball with his chest and kicked the ball over his head while fending off a defender and into the goal past goalkeeper Karl Svensson.

#5 Mario Zagallo was not only a player in the winning 1958 World Cup, he was also a coach. A first in World Cup history.

#6 In 1962, there was actually a tie between 6 players, including Brazil’s Garrincha.

#7 Brazil has participated in 92 World Cup tournaments.

 

 

2014 World Cup Packages

 

The 20th FIFA World Cup is set to be hosted in 2014 in Brazil. Matches will be held in: Rio de Jainero, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador, and Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo will be hosting the opening match to kick off the games on June 12, 2014.

The World Cup is notoriously difficult and expensive to attend, but it’s not out of reach if you plan carefully and keep an eye out for deals in airfare and hotels. Starting in December 2013, FIFA will begin selling tickets; around the same time travel agencies will start to offer their World Cup travel packages. Bundling your hotels, eating, traveling, and tickets into one are the best way to save in this scenario.

Between now and opening day, we’ll be posting any and all deals, tips, tricks, gossip, discounts, and news that can help ensure you’re there in Brazil watching your favorite footballers come 2014 and experience the trip of your lifetime.

Today we’re giving a heads up on the travel companies to watch for Brazil FIFA World Cup 2014 packages coming your way. The packages aren’t available yet, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as they are.

SeeYouInBrazil.Com

RoadTrips.Com

SportsTravel.Com

ToursGoneWild.Com

GlobalEventForum.Com

BenchWarmerSports.Com

OnPointEvents.Com

 

Controversial World Cup Alcohol Law Approved


In 2003, when Brazil was chosen to host the 2014 World Cup, it promised to sell alcohol despite the alcohol ban that was instituted that same year in an attempt to reduce violence at the soccer matches. The promise was made after football‘s world governing body insisted alcohol be allowed because Budweiser is to be a sponsor.

The new legislation does not specifically authorize alcohol sales inside stadium walls, however it will allow Brazil to fulfill their promise to Fifa. Now the bill just needs to be signed into law by President Dilma Rousseff.

When the ban was put into place in 2003 it was expected to lower the game time violence that was becoming a big problem. Senator Lindbergh Farias has stated that the ban has successfully done so. In reference to the new World Cup law, he went on to say “They will only be able to sell them during World Cup; we’re not going to allow it in general.”

Some senators do not share Farias optimism, however. ” Fifa’s demand doesn’t make sense because the most important thing is that alcoholic advertisement is freely available.” said Senator Humberto Costa. He went on to say “To liberalize the use of alcohol, imagining that 10,000 to 20,000 beers sold in a match would change a company’s economic situation is absurd.”

Reduced price tickets has also been another disagreement surrounding the World Cup. Traditionally in Brazil, students and pensioners are given half priced tickets as a courtesy, however Fifa does not want this to apply to World Cup tickets due to the impact it may have on revenue. Instead, 300,000 tickets have been set aside for students, pensioners, and minority groups.

Samba: The Music of Carnival


Music is a substantial part of Brazilian history and culture, whether it’s the musical sounds of Brazilian Choro, energetic feel of Brazilian Samba, the musical movement dubbed Tropicalismo, or the rooty sounds of Bahian, they have all played an important role in making Brazil what it is today. In this article we are focusing on Samba – the official music of Brazil’s Carnival.

In the early 20th century, music was needed for the Rio Carnival celebrations, thus the Samba de Enredo was born. This type of Samba consists of one or two singers, joined by hundreds (sometimes even thousands) of chorus members and drummers. Samba de Enredo is described as being the loudest form of music you’ll ever experience, and the really amazing thing is it’s all done without any form of amplification. Local Rio Samba schools make a recorded compilation of music from that year’s Carnival every year. Although listening to a recording is nowhere near as powerful as it is live, you can take a listen to this recorded sample with the link below:

Samba-Cancao is another form of Samba derived from Samba de Enredo. While still along the same musical line, Samba-Cancao is much quieter and is performed by only one singer and one back up band. This type of Samba can consist of both fast and slow songs, and is retains more popularity than the grander scale Samba de Enredo in Brazil due to its more relaxed pace. Some of the more popular Samba-Cancao artists are Beth Carvalho, who holds title of Queen of this genre, Alcione, and Clara Nunes, and Paulinho da Viola. Take a listen to the Queen of Samba at the link below:

Dancing to Samba is an entire art-form in itself. In fact, entire schools in Brazil are dedicated to teaching the Samba and this dance is taken rather seriously by many. The Samba is generally danced in 2/4 time, but there are several constantly changing types of Samba:

Samba No Pe – Solo samba dance consisting of right and left leg lifts coinciding with the beat of the song. This is the most popular form of Samba dance used in Carnival events. Take a look at the link below to see some Carnival Samba dancing:

Samba de Gafieira – This is a partner Samba that is often looked at as a combination of the Waltz and the Tango.

Samba Pagode – A more intimate version of the Samba de Gafieira and with less acrobatics.

Samba Axe – An entirely choreographed solo version of Samba.

Samba de Roda – This is an Afro-Brazilian dance that is choreographed and includes singing, clapping, dancing, even poetry.

 

 

Colin Firth’s Fight to Save the Awa Tribe of Brazil


Actor Colin Firth, star of The Kings Speech and other movies, has launched a fight to save the Awa tribe of Brazil. Illegal loggers have been killing members of the tribe upon sight. Firth’s campaign is to prevent the tribe from being “wiped out” as he stated. “One man can stop this Brazil’s Minister of Justice. He can send in the federal police to catch the loggers, and keep them out for good. But we need enough people to message him. This is our chance, right now, to actually do something. And if enough people show they care, it will work,” stated Firth.

The Awa are a peaceful hunting and gathering tribe located in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest that consists of about 360 peoples, and as of right now they are the most endangered tribe on this Earth. Their forest is currently being wiped out much quicker than an other Amazon tribe’s land. This situation is so dire, that Brazilian experts have been throwing around the words “genocide” and “extinction”.

Firth’s campaign is being run by Survival International, which is an organization who campaigns for tribal rights internationally. The director of Survival International was quoted as saying, “The Awá are threatened by the armed loggers, but also by our own apathy. Yet these campaigns have been repeatedly shown to be successful. If enough people, in Brazil and around the world, show they care, Awá children will be able to grow up in peace on their own land. That’s been proved over and over again.”

If you would like to find out how you can help, please visit www.survivalinternational.org. You can also view the YouTube video they produced with Colin Firth by clicking the link below. At the end, you’ll have an option to send a message to Brazil’s minister of justice asking him to stop the loggers wiping out the forests and this tribe.

http://www.survivalinternational.org/awa

 

Amazonas Opera Festival

You may have been to an opera festival before, but have you ever been to one in the heart of the Amazon? Manaus, the capital city of Amazonas state in Brazil, hosts an opera festival every year between April and May and has been doing so for 16 years this year.

The Amazon Theater is host of most of the festivals main events, but there are several other surrounding vendors that host events as well. The theater is a stunning piece of Brazil’s history, and seeing it during the festival is the best way to experience the phenomenal sights and sounds it has to offer. Living up to Manaus’ vision of it standing out as a jewel in the heart of the rainforest, the theater is dotted with Italian columns and statues, beautiful French interior furniture, 198 Italian chandeliers, and an enchanting “meeting of the waters” curtain.

The official orchestra of the festival is the Amazonas Philharmonic, which is a relatively new orchestra formed in 1997 and features lead conductor Luiz Fernando Malheiro. The orchestra performs concerts of classical arias, recitals, and provides the music for full length operas held during the festival. You can catch a preview of the orchestra below.

Amazonas Philharmonic

There are a number of packages that travel companies have designed to make your Opera Festival stay an easy and pleasant one. Our favorite and most inclusive that we’ve seen so far is:

  • VisionofBrazil.Com – A 3 day package is available with meals, hotel stay, concert performances, transportation, and flight all scheduled for you. If interested, the link to this package is:  http://www.visionofbrazil.com/Destination/Manaus/Package/Opera-Festival-of-the-Amazon.aspx

Official site of the Amazonas Opera Festival

 

“Intelligent Uniforms” Help Prevent School Truancy

Sao Paolo, Brazil appears to be ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to preventing repeated school truancy by its students. The school systems placed radio frequency chips in the mandated uniforms right below the coat of arms. After the child enters school, the chips sends a message to their parent’s cell phones notifying them. If the child does not arrive to school within 20 minutes of the school day beginning, parents receive a text message stating “Your child has still not arrived at school.”

This was the resolution put into place after the schools began noticing that many children would skip school, and upon the parents being questioned about it, they often had no idea and would be surprised at the amount of times their children were reported absent. With the new chips in place, which cost about $670,000 to test and manufacture, the parents will be notified each time a child is absent. If a child is absent more than 3 times, the parents will be asked to explain the absences, and if they cannot the school may notify the authorities to further evaluate the situation.

The uniforms can be washed and ironed without causing any harm, and are similar in design to those that have gained popularity over the years as pet-tracking devices.

Welcome to Utopia: Brasilia

Brasilia, Brazil’s capital city, is a unique and very significant city. Brasilia is actually a newer and very well planned out city (some say designed with the intent of being a Utopian society), as it was only inaugurated in 1960 after the 4 year span it took to build. The fast pace in which it was built actually provided the city’s slogan “50 years of progress in 5″. In some ways, the city is also considered a memorial to President Juscelino Kubitschek, under who’s direction the city was built.

The city itself was carefully designed in the shape of a giant bird or airplane. What’s very interesting, is that the city is separated into different zones, which all serve individual functions: Hotel sector, commercial sector, residential sector, local commerce sector, and embassy sector. There’s even a modern cathedral at the intersection of where the sectors meet, which is quite a sight to see.

There’s plenty to keep you busy on your visit to Brasilia. One sight you should definitely explore is The Three Powers Square. Here sits the three highest authorities in Brasilia: Congress, The Presidential Palace, and The Supreme Court. For a really cool sight, visit The Three Powers Square when the sun rises, as it always rises directly between the two towers of congress. The flag that is hoisted here on a daily basis is also the largest regularly hoisted flag on Earth.

For all you science fiction fans, check out the Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial. This semi-creepy museum is a tribute to the late president, houses his remains, and looks like it is straight out of a 60′s sci-fi thriller. For those of you looking for a guided tour of all of Brasilia’s main attractions, you can also take a guided bus tour.

Eating in Brasilia can be quite an international fair, as you can not only enjoy a wide array of Brazilian cuisine, but also an abundance of international delicacies as well. You can also choose from dining a little cheaper at the self-service restaurants that are popular here, or eating at a table-service restaurant. Eating at one of the traditional Brazilian steakhouse restaurants here, such as Fogo de Chao, is highly recommended. You’ll never believe how much meat you can eat in one sitting until you’ve eaten at a Brazilian steakhouse!

Great hotels are in abundance in Brasilia, and there is a wide variety of options for large and small budgets. For smaller budgets, places like the Hotel Brasilia or Hospedagem Alternativa have rooms available for as low as $50 a night. For those who want to splurge on their stay, The Brasilia Alvorada Hotel or the Brasilia Palace Hotel are very centrally located and treat you like royalty.

With all that Brasilia has to offer, and just the very fact that there’s no city like it on Earth, why not book your trip now? They’d love to have you!

April 2012 Hotel of the Month: Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo

Location: Rua Vittorio Fasano, 88, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Number of Rooms: 64

Rating: 5 Stars

Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo

As if Sao Paulo wasn’t already one of the coolest cities in Brazil, it’s also home to one of the coolest hotels – Fasano Hotel Sao Paulo. This hotel features 25 floors of phenomenal rooms each with their own stunning view of the city. The rooms are decorated in a unique subtle yet stylish décor, including beautiful Venetian framed pictures, Murano vases, flat screen televisions, and Persian rugs. You’ll also find ultimate comfort is the main theme here, with 500 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets, goose down pillows, towel warmers, bidets, room service, and much more. Outside of your room, relaxation can be sought in the indoor pool, hotel spa, and massage services.

Hotel Fasano Guest Room

Hotel Fasano Indoor Pool

When it comes to food and drink, nothing beats Fasano. The restaurant and bar, located on the ground floor of the hotel, are 2 of the best the country of Brazil has to offer. The restaurant, Nonno Ruggero, offers gourmet Italian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the breakfast is free to all guests. The bar and lounge is sensational, featuring well known performers on a regular basis, mouthwatering drinks, and an ambiance that’s like no other. No wonder it’s been voted number one bar in the world by The English Magazine Wallpaper. Take a look below:

Hotel Fasano Bar and Lounge

 

The prices are steep at this hotel, 5 Star Hotel steep, but if you can afford some luxury on your trip to Sao Paulo staying at this hotel is definitely the way to do it!

  • Amenities Include:
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • Massage
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Parking
  • Babysitting
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Internet
  • Conference Rooms
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Sauna
  • Restaurant
  • Air Conditioning
  • Flat Screen TV’s
  • Cable