- Flexible itineraries including the three-week best of Brazil, two weeks in São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, and a two-week Amazon adventure
- Strategic suggestions for outdoor adventurers, beach-goers, foodies, nature and wildlife fanatics, and more
- Top activities and unique experiences: Spot giant otters and jaguars on a canoeing expedition, or swim with pink river dolphins in the Rio Negro. Hang glide over Rio's Guanabara Bay, go rafting beneath Iguaçu Falls, ride a dune buggy across the beaches of Ceará, or trek through the dense Amazon rain forest. Soak up the sun on a sugary beach and sip a fresh caipirinha, or go paddle boarding or surfing in the warm waters. Savor an authentic feijoada, kick back at a local boteco, and dance the night away to the sounds of samba
- Expert insight from longtime Salvador local Michael Sommers on how to experience Brazil like an insider, support local businesses, and avoid crowds
- Practical safety advice for trekking through jungles, including how to minimize your environmental impact in the Amazon
- Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
- Background information on Brazil's landscape, history, and cultural customs
- Handy tools including a Portuguese phrasebook, packing suggestions, and travel tips for families with kids, women traveling alone, seniors and disabled travelers, and LGBTQ travelers
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About the Author
When Michael turned 18 he took flight, setting down temporary roots in cities such as Bordeaux, Paris, Montreal, New York, and Lisbon. During this time, he earned a BA in Literature from McGill University and an MA in History and Civilizations from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, where his thesis was "The Image of Brazil and Brazilians in Hollywood Cinema." He also worked as a writer and editor at magazines and newspapers and freelanced for publications such as The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and The Globe and Mail.
Michael first traveled to Brazil at the age of four. His only memory is that of being served a glistening orange wedge of papaya in the grand dining room at Rio de Janeiro's Hotel Gloria. Twenty years later, he returned to Brazil, where he was seduced by the intense, colorful landscapes, rich cultures, and warm people. Michael eventually settled down in Salvador, the baroque capital of Bahia, where he has worked as a writer and journalist for over 15 years.
While Michael has yet to master the art of preparing feijoada (Brazil's national stew of beans, salted beef, and pork), he does make a mean caipirinha.
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Moon Brazil covers the regions of Rio de Janeiro; São Paulo; the South; Minas Gerais; Brasília, Goiás, and the Pantanal; Bahia; Pernambuco and Alagoas; the Northeast Coast; and the Amazon.
This guide highlights the best Brazil has to offer, including Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Inhotim, Ouro Preto, Iguaçu Falls, Cuiabá, Salvador and Bahia, Morro de São Paulo, and Ilha de Boipeba.
You’ll also find suggestions for planning creative itineraries. Unique trip ideas include: "Cheap Tricks," giving you the down-low on how to get the most out of your trip without busting your wallet; "Best Beaches," a hand-picked roundup of the sunniest shores you need to visit; "Carnaval and Other Festas," your guide to the most fun and fascinating festivals in Brazil year-round; and "Two Weeks Along the Amazon," for the ecotourist in you.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We used this book for some pretty remote areas of Brazil, and it was right on, informative and current. Although some of the descriptions of particular sights were brief, it at least pointed us in the right direction. In a country where opening hours and other information is always changing, it did a good job of giving us accurate times and days. It could use a star or rating system for attractions to help the traveller decide what cities, and what sites in those cities, are most worthwhile. But, all in all, it's about as good as it gets.