Brazil Has Safety Under Control

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games should be all about world unity.  Still, we can’t ignore the possible dangers facing the competitors and spectators.  Andrei Rodrigues, the special safety secretary at Brazil’s Ministry of Justice wants the world to be assured that the country is prepared to handle any threats of terrorism.  Read on for details.

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Village is set to be a key focus of security operations

Jobim South Pier Coming in April

In April, air travelers to RIO will enjoy expansions to the Tom Jobim International Airport, including twice as many duty free retail offerings.  When the airport’s South Pier opens, it will include more boarding gates, shops and outlets.  The expansion is on track to be unveiled four months before the start of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.  Read the full article here.


Brazil’s Health Troubles Intensify

As if the health crisis in RIO could reach lower depths, officials are now announcing that tourists who visit RIO for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will find getting health care difficult.  After decreeing a state of emergency for the city’s health system and an announcement of R$45 million in aid from the Brazil Health Ministry, medical leadership say there is much more to be done.  Read on to find out what this means for Brazil as the potential for legal action looms ahead.

Brazil Minister of Health, Alberto Beltrame, Rio hospitals, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil News

Carnival Attracts More Blocos

This year’s Carnival in RIO will be marked with more roving street parties, called ‘blocos’, than last year.  City authorities announced that 505 blocos will ignite the streets during this year’s festivities.  The first official bloco parade will take place in the Port Zone (of Centro) on January 16th.  Read on for more details and for the complete list of RIO Carnival 2016 blocos.

Bloco Simpatia É Quase Amor 2013

Brazil’s Most Charming Seaside Town

This is a great article featuring Paraty, a seaside town located between RIO and São Paulo, known for it’s “laid-back coastal vibe.” Here you will get a brief lesson on the town’s history (did you know Paraty is full of Portuguese influence?), and tips on what to do (walking excursion, anyone?), what to eat (Mmm…escondidinho de camarão!), and where to sleep here (we can’t tell you EVERYTHING–you’ll never read the article!). Check it out!

paraty, brazil - Keith Flanagan