Finished–And In Record Time

The new South Pier of Rio de Janeiro’s Tom Jobim International Airport has been unveiled.  And officials want to stress that the structure, which includes an additional 100,000 square metres and 26 new aerobridges, was completed in record time.  Read on for details:

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Prepare for the Hunt

Tom Le Mesurier, author of the popular website Eat Rio and creator of Eat Rio Food Tours, is about to take you off of RIO’s beaten path in search of some of the best cuisine offered in lesser-known restaurants and destinations in the city.  “The Hunt Rio De Janeiro” will be available in shops and online beginning June 30th.  Read on for details:

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – May 25th, 2016 – Casa Cool Beans today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.

Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.  Casa Cool Beans has received this award ALL six years that Casa Cool Beans has been in existence!  Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“We are so proud of the dedication and hard work each one of our staff contributes to the overall enjoyment & satisfaction of our B&B and Rio by our beloved guests and the success of Casa Cool Beans.”

Lance & David, Owners


“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.


Just Listed: RIO Property Owned By No One

Despite how the real estate market is faring in other areas, there is a booming market in RIO centered around a LACK of ownership.  This article offers an inside look at the reality of “home ownership” within RIOs favelas.  You’ll read about property negotiations that take place outside of the legal system and family and friends banding together to protect property against local militias and developers.  Check out the full article here:


The King of Pop: 20 Years Later

Twenty years after Michael Jackson shot the music video to “They Don’t Care About Us”, his message is answered by none other than brother, Tito Jackson and member of the “Jackson 5” as he prepares to shoot the music clip to “Winning by Giving” with help from youth of the Santa Marta favela.  Read on for details of this live event taking place July 30th at the Axé Moi Venue in Porto Seguro, Bahia:

Olympic Hopeful Has a Greater Purpose

Cullen Jones is training for his third Olympic Games.  But this member of the U.S. swimming team hopes to bring home more than medals from Rio de Janeiro this summer.  He hopes to also bring home a message to people young and old: Learn how to swim.  Read on to find out how a near-death experience at the age of 5 has molded Cullen into an athlete who swims for a greater purpose:

RIO Games First Priority

Brazil’s new defense minister, Raul Jungmann, has made it clear: the 2016 Olympic Games in RIO are his first priority.  Jungmann is committed to taking “all necessary measures so that this event will show to the world that Brazil can be peaceful, as is the wish of everyone.”  Read on for more:

Botafogo, “O Glorioso”

Botafogo, the prestigious neighborhood in RIO’s Zona Sul, remains the melting pot of RIO’s hip and friendly.  Once home to the Portuguese Crown, the neighborhood now boasts colonial mansions, many of which have been transformed into eateries.  Read on to find out more about how Botafogo continues to draw nighttime revelers, foodies and young professionals, even without a beach conducive to swimming.

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