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

 

Salvador – Welcome to Old World Charm

If you’re looking for some true old world charm in your travels, Salvador is the place to go. Simply follow the cobblestone streets of this friendly city to fun and adventure. Whether you’re looking to take in some rich Brazilian culture, dance the night away to some local Samba, sample some Brazilian gourmet food, explore the Amazon rainforest, or simply relax on the beautiful sandy beach – you can do it all in Salvador.

 

A great way to be introduced to the city before exploring on your own is to hire a “guia de Salvador”, or a Brazilian tour guide or to catch a ride on the Salvador tour bus. Once you have your bearings, you can choose from an abundance of attractions, such as the Igreja Sao Francisco, which is a beautiful church decorated with precious stones, gold, silver, and features beautiful ceiling art. Or maybe check out the Mam Museu de Arte Moderna, which is a modern art museum featured in multiple colonial buildings and is highly rated by tourists. One recommendation if you are still unsure where to start is to visit Salvador’s old city center, Pelourinho, and work your way out in the direction of the shore.

Now we get to the best part – the food. Salvador is widely known in Brazil to have some of the best cuisine and the best restaurants. Even the street vendors offer food so delicious that you’ll reconsider what you’ve been eating all your life until this point. Restaurants serving delicious local dishes are abound, but if you really want a memorable experience visit the Babagula dinner theatre. Not only are you presented with delicious meats one after the other by skilled waiters, but you can take in a show featuring Afro-Brazilian traditional dancing and Capoeira (Brazilian dance fighting). Delicious food and a show experience right from your table!

Of course you can’t forget about Salvador’s gorgeous beaches. The most popular are Flamengo beach and Stella Maris beach. These both are excellent spots to relax on the sand, grab a cold beer, take in the scenery, and maybe catch a decent wave or two. The waters surrounding these two beaches are actually excellent for surfing. If you prefer some calmer waters, though, and more Brazilian locals than tourists you can visit one of the other three popular beaches – Jaguaribe, Itapoa, and Piata.

Salvador is one of the most ideal vacation spots Brazil has to offer, simply because it has everything: Great food, beautiful scenery, plenty of culture and entertainment, and beautiful beaches. Not to mention the Salvador locals are thought to be among the friendliest and most laidback in all of Brazil. Who knows? You may decide to take up permanent residency yourself after your visit!