Beach [bēCH] noun 1. an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore.

We LOVE the opening of today’s article:  Basically, you don’t actually know the meaning of the word “beach” until you’ve enjoyed a chilled caipirinha on the beaches of Rio.  Read on for travel deals that will fly you from a European city near you to Rio!

BEACH DEAL: €390+ EUROPEAN CITIES TO RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL ROUND TRIP

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Beautiful Photos of The Waiapi, An Ancient Tribe

Our October 31 post featured Brazilian teen, Werá Jeguaka Mirim, rapping in support of indigenous land rights.  Today’s featured article allows us to visit the Waiapi, an ancient tribe in a remote part of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, determined to preserve the land they call home:

BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OF THE WAIAPI, AN ANCIENT TRIBE

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Entry to Brazil to be Processed Online

Soon, applying for entry into Brazil will be as breezy as lounging on the country’s white sands.  This month, Brazil expects to issue e-visas to travelers from Australia, which will expedite the process.  And in January 2018 this service will expand to citizens from Japan, Canada, and the U.S.  Read on!

U.S. CITIZENS CAN SOON APPLY FOR E-VISAS TO BRAZIL

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The City of Healing Waters

Imagine a breathtaking countryside atmosphere, complete with comforting foods and Parque das Águas (Waters Park), a 400,000 square-meter green area with beautiful fauna and flora.  This is exactly what you will experience with a trip to the city of São Lourenço, located on the Mantiqueira Mountain Range, within driving distance of Rio.  Read on:

São Lourenço: the City of Healing Waters in Minas Gerais

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Brazilian Teen Raps for Indigenous Land Rights

During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, then 13-year old Werá Jeguaka Mirim was selected with two other youth to release doves as part of the event ceremony.  As a surprise to many, Werá also held up a sign he’d hidden in his underwear that read: Demarcation Now!  The declaration to support the land rights of indigenous communities wasn’t televised, however the experience has inspired the teen to continue his support for indigenous land rights…with rap.  Read on to find out how Werá has translated his love for music into a peaceful protest:

BRAZIL’S YOUNG INDIGENOUS MUSICIANS RAP FOR LAND RIGHTS

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CCB Has THE. BEST. GUESTS. Hands Down!

At Casa Cool Beans, we are very honored that the most AWEsome guests choose to make our casa their casa in RIO! Earlier this year, Magdalena and Simone of Germany stayed at CCB while filming a video for their social project, Kids of Rio. The video is beautiful, and so is their mission to make a positive difference for the children and families who live in the featured favela. Please checkout their video below!

KIDS OF RIO

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Mayor Crivella Celebrates Tolerance

Rio Mayor, Marcelo Crivella attended Rio’s first Jewish street festival this past Sunday, celebrating the Jewish community and tolerance along with 9,000 Jews and non-Jews.  If you missed this year’s event, which included music, dance, cinema, literature, science, food and more, be sure to check it out in 2018!

RIO MAYOR JOINS 9,000 AT FIRST JEWISH STREET FESTIVAL

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