This Will Get You In The Mood

This Saturday’s Feira Rio Antigo will definitely get you in the mood…for Carnival (what did you think we meant?).  In addition to the food, handicrafts, antiques and more offered at this monthly fair, February’s edition will also include live samba music from  Darcy Maravilha and a performance by dance group Forró Descalço.  Details here!

Feira Rio Antigo will take place on Saturday, February 4th, from 10AM, photo by Arteiras. Brazil, Brazil News, Rio de Janeiro

Playtime Reaches New Heights in RIO

This past weekend, youngsters (and those young at heart) in RIO took “playtime” to another level when Via Olímpica, a part of the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca, was opened to the public by Mayor Marcelo Crivella .  The space will continue to be open to the public on weekends and there are plans to expand access to the full facility before the end of Brazil’s summer.  Read on for more!

Rio’s Olympic Park Opens to Public on Weekends

2017 Carnival Blocos Have Big Order to Fill

On Friday, RIO city officials published the list of approved blocos (or street parades) for 2017 Carnival celebrations.  Although the city government hopes that tourism associated with the celebrations will provide a much-needed boost to RIO’s economy, the number of approved blocos is down 53 from last year.  That just means the 463 approved blocos will have to really show tourists how to party and get them in a spending mood!

Carnival 2017 Will See 426 Blocos in Rio de Janeiro

Bloco, Rio, 2016, Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil News

Final Weekend for Terra Sonâmbula

Sunday, January 15th is the final day to enjoy the current performance of Terra Sonâmbula, a stage adaptation of a novel by Mia Couto, in Brazil.  This is the first time the show has toured in the country.  The original novel, published in 1992, was named one of the best African books of the 20th century.  Read on to find out where to get tickets!

Stage Adaptation of Acclaimed Novel ‘Terra Sonâmbula’ Visits Rio

Actress Rosinda Costa performs stage adaptation of 'Terra Sonâmbula', photo by ESTE. Brazil, Brazil News, Rio de Janeiro, Arts and Culture, Theatre, Theater, Literature

Placing RIO on the Road to Recovery

Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles announced that the federal government of Brazil will work with the RIO de Janeiro to develop a plan for recovery.  Details of the plan will continue to be outlined and are expected to be released next week.  While new loans won’t be included in the agreement, the assistance is expected to help RIO increase revenues and lower expenditures.  Read on for more details.

Brazil Announces Recovery Agreement for Rio de Janeiro

Minister Meirelles and Governor Pezão met with the President of the Republic, Michel Temer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil News



A Very Special Saturday

Tomorrow is no ordinary Saturday.  Tomorrow, January 14th is the first day of ticket sales for RIO’s 2017 Carnival parade at the Sambódromo!  The samba schools’ parade competition is the core of RIO Carnival, so you don’t want to miss the chance to snag a ticket (or two, or three).  The parades will take place on February 26th and 27th.  Read on for more details–and remember to book your guest room at Casa Cool Beans while there’s still time!

Sambódromo Ticket Sales Begin Saturday for Rio’s 2017 Carnival

Crowds watch Rio's samba schools take part in the annual parade competition in the Sambódromo, photo by Ben Tavener. Brazil, Brazil News, Rio de Janeiro, Carnival, Carnival 2017

Traveling Brazil’s (Somewhat) Unbeaten Path

Today Destination Expert Michelle Jana Chan takes us on a journey beyond the typical hotspots and tourist destinations of Brazil and instead down paths leading to historical gems, dense rainforests and–of course–a church led by a pastor whose standard dress is a pair of board shorts.  Dive into this delightful and unique journey through Brazil:

The Great Brazil Express scythes through the rainforest en route to Morretes