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Get a Brazil Visa to See the Church of our Lord of Bonfim

April 15th, 2011
Salvador de Bahia is the largest city on the northeastern coast of Brazil.  It is known as the "City of All Saints" and "Brazil's capital of happiness." It's also home to the celebrated and unusual Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (that's "Church of our Lord of the Good End" in Portuguese.) The church is believed to be especially sacred, and every year thousands of pilgrims come here to pray. The Church is the site of an important annual festival that incorporates both Catholic and Candomble traditions. The Festa do Bonfim happens every year in early January.  People from all over Brazil gather at the Church of Conceição da Praia, then walk in a procession to the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim. Once there, a group of women in traditional white dresses and bonnets wash the steps of


Get a Brazil Visa to Leave the World Behind

March 27th, 2011
If you're looking to get away from it all, Brazil has just the place: the tropical island of Boipeba. Getting there takes effort: your options are a four-hour odyssey by bus, ferry and speedboat or a flight in from El Salvador in a tiny plane, an experience that the New York Times referred to as "not for the tremulous." Once you're there, though, the island will reward you with the kind of peace that comes from being someplace beautiful and remote, almost entirely shut away from the outside world. Charles Levitan, who runs a guesthouse on the island, told the New York Times, “If you can’t live in the moment, this isn’t the place for you,If you need to constantly know the weather forecast, you might want to go somewhere else.” Activities here include swimming, sunning, snor


Brazilian Visa Requirements to Visit the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos

March 20th, 2011
This week's featured World Heritage Site is a gorgeous church built in the Rococo style. The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos is located in the city of Minais Gerais, an old prospector's town. During the 18th century, more than 30,000 people moved here hoping to make their fortune. The church was built to serve them. At least according to legend, the striking interior is the masterpiece of crippled sculptor Aleijadinho. Aleijadinho was the son of a Portuguese carpenter and his slave. Immensely talented, he unfortunately fell prey to leprosy or a similar illness as a young man. The name "Aleijadinho" is a nickname that means "the little cripple." However, his disease didn't stop him from sculpting. He carved the statues inside the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos with chisels


Brazilian Visa Requirements to Visit Marajó Island

February 24th, 2011
The New York Times' Frugal Traveler column is a great place to get inspiration for international vacations that won't break the bank. Recently, the Frugal Traveler visited Brazil, recommending Marajó Island. It definitely sounds like an awesome trip-read the description and see if you don't find yourself wanting to book a ticket: "While the morning away on the smooth sands of a virtually empty, mangrove-studded beach. Wander all afternoon through gorgeous wetlands, spying on sloths, scarlet ibises and capybaras (the world’s largest rodent). Dine in the evening on tender filet mignon of locally raised water buffalo covered in water buffalo mozzarella and wash it down with pitchers of icy mangaba juice." Sounds awesome, right? But you can't just book a ticket, unfortunately. This is Br


2011 Destinations: Get a Brazilian Visa to Visit Rio De Janeiro

January 9th, 2011
Rio De Janeiro is another destination that's been on the lips of travel experts as they look toward 2011. Rio is set to host the 2014 World Cup and the Summer Olympics in 2016, and Frommer's claims that the city has already started putting on the ritz: "Although hardly a secret destination, Rio de Janeiro is shedding its image as a sun, sea and samba town and going for glamour and sophistication." Meanwhile, AOL named Rio as one of its "Best Beach Destinations of 2011," saying "if the impending World Cup and Olympic excitement are any clue, Rio is set to take the world by storm." AOL recommends that you duck the crowds at Copacabana and head to quieter, more upscale Leblon instead. No matter how you're planning to spend your time in Rio, you'll need a Brazilian visa. Even as Rio pr


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