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Culture & Regional

In Brazil on October 22, 2010 at 9:37 am


This week something different:  a social housing project in Planalto, Natal, RN, currently under constuction (Orbis Property)


“Carmo, Hit the Road,” a picaresque romance set (and filmed) in Brazil’s wild west on the borders of Paraguay and Bolivia, rambles through some beautiful jungle-and-river landscapes without really going anywhere. It’s not a memorable ride, but there’s enough rueful humor, tropical sensuality and borrowed style along the way to make it pleasant (The New York Times). You can also watch the trailer.


Arraial do Cabo is a sleepy fishing town located a few hours (158km) east of Rio. Along with Búzios and Cabo Frio, Arraial do Cabo forms part of the the ‘Região dos Lagos’, a popular destination for tourists looking to escape the rush of the city. While Búzios prides itself on glamor, Arraial do Cabo has declared itself Rio’s scuba capital (The Rio Times).


The Rio Times looks north, this time, to the state of Amazonas this week in the series on Brazil’s 2014 World Cup’s cities, and more specifically the capital Manaus, which will see matches leading to the biggest prize in sport contested there in three and a half years time (The Rio Times).


Petrobras inaugurated the Rio Grande Naval Pole (Rio Grande do Sul). The Pole consists of a 430,000 square meter infrastructure designed for the construction and repair of offshore units for the oil industry, such as floating drilling, production, and support platforms. The new structure will increase bidding competitiveness with the entry of new businesses, enabling future project price and term reductions (Petrobras).



In somewhat of an unpublicized process, the Rio Prefeitura is currently constructing an exclusive ecological park area at the top of Rocinha. To add to the mystery, the road to the park is apparently going to be shielded from the favela by a wall (The Rio Times).

The Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas was the target of a blitz against dangerously poor hygiene in restaurants, with police closing several of the popular outlets around the lake’s perimeter and once again bringing the hygiene practices of some of Rio’s more high-profile restaurants and neighborhoods into focus (The Rio Times).

As summer approaches, accommodation in the city becomes scarce and expensive, leaving the traveler to ponder if it is worth venturing to less obvious locations in search of a place to stay. With the Brazilian Real getting stronger, downtown, or Centro, with its lower prices and better availability, is becoming an increasingly viable alternative (The Rio Times).


The New York Times goes house hunting in Sao Paulo. Check out their story.



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