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In Brazil on January 28, 2011 at 10:03 am


Render of one of the future buildings of BH Tec, the Parque Tecnologico of Belo Horizonte (source: Skyscrapercity)


Affordable travel are words on everyone’s lips at the moment and while getting to parts of Brazil can be costly, particularly for visitors outside of South America, there are ways to visit desired destinations quite cheaply – without compromising on quality (The Rio Times).


Most of Brazil’s development has traditionally been concentrated in a number of state capitals, like Sao Paulo, Rio, Belo Horizonte and many others. These cities have – not unlogically – today become Brazil’s economic and political centres. However a number of other cities or conurbations have been developing over the last decades, in the shadow of the state capitals. Some of these cities might become as important as their state capitals. Let’s explore!


Brazil’s environment agency, Ibama, has given the go-ahead for initial work to begin on a huge hydroelectric dam on a tributary of the Amazon River. Ibama approved the clearing of forest at the planned site for the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant (BBC).


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President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated a thermoelectric power plant which was built with China’s help and can provide energy for a million people. Candiota III is located in Candiota city, in southern Rio Grande do Sul state. It was built in partnership with China’s Citic Group and China Development Bank and is valued at about 780 million dollars. It has an installed capacity of 350 megawatts (Xinhua).


Shots fired at Mayor Paes’ office.

Police have been fighting with drug gangs in slums near the center of Rio de Janeiro, with shots shattering windows in the Mayor’s office (Washington Post).

In November 2010, thousands of members of the Rio police force and the Brazilian army were mobilized for a massive operation in the Complexo do Alemão and Vila Cruzeiro in the Zona Norte (North zone). Now, amongst recent allegations of misconduct, pressure is on to bring the UPP (Police Pacification Units) into the area quickly (The Rio Times).

The Parque Nacional Floresta de Tijuca is the forest covering the mountains that dominate Rio, with the city centre, the Zona Sul of Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, and Barra de Tijuca all sitting between the slopes of those mountains and the waters of the Atlantic or Guanabara Bay (Gringoes).