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Brazil Regional & Culture News

In Brazil on April 15, 2011 at 10:10 am


Render of the new offices for Petrobras BR Distribuidora for the Cidade Nova area of Rio de Janeiro (Skyscrapercity).


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Brazil’s tourism agency plans to use the global release of the 3-D animation movie “Rio” to promote the country as a destination for foreign tourists (Washington Post).


With Brazil due to host the World Cup in a little over three years’ time and the Olympics in 2016, many fear a nightmare scenario of delayed infrastructural projects the nation is desperate to avoid. The signs thus far, however, are ominous (The Rio Times).

Most of Brazil’s airports being improved for the World Cup in 2014 will not be ready in time, a report warns. Of 13 terminals being upgraded, 10 are unlikely to be completed by June 2014, the government-backed Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) said (BBC).



Most people traveling along the Costa Verde (Green Coast) between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo stop at the most well-known beautiful spots such as Paraty, Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande. However, there are other, more hidden gems to be discovered, such as Itacuruçá, a small, unassuming town about one-and-a-half hours south of Rio by bus, in the municipality of Mangaratiba (The Rio Times).


Nestled between Flamengo, Lapa, Santa Teresa and the waterfront, Glória enjoys a superb location and views of the Guanabara Bay. Its 10,000 residents stroll through the main corridor, Rua da Glória, which connects with two important streets, Rua do Catete and Rua da Lapa, brimming with grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies and snack shops filled with ample customers and lively conversation (The Rio Times).

Police in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro have arrested a local lawmaker on suspicion of heading a paramilitary group linked to a series of murders. They say Luiz Ferreira da Silva runs an illegal armed group which controls 13 Rio neighbourhoods, a charge he denies (BBC).

Few could deny the increase in violent crime in Macaé over the last several decades. In recent months however, it has escalated and many attribute this to drug gangs from Rio migrating to Macaé, fleeing newly inaugurated UPPs in their respective territories (The Rio Times).