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In Brazil on July 15, 2011 at 10:09 am


Stijlgroep landscape and urban design in Rotterdam is working on a sketch master plan for an urban extension of Sorocaba, Brazil.  A mixed used program will be realized including 9.000 homes, a shopping mall and a diverse range of sport facilities in a 150 hectare large landscape park. The close connection of park and urbanity in the middle of a very dynamic landscape makes this a unique scheme (Blog).


At the time of his death at age 34, Ayrton Senna da Silva was already being called one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time, if not the greatest. A three-time world champion, he was known for his effortless grace and precision on the road, and his baffling knack for racing in the rain. He also looked like a movie star. It’s no wonder that Asif Kapadia, a BAFTA-winning British filmmaker, chose him for a documentary subject (The Economist).


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The Amazon is one of the most extraordinary regions of Brazil. It covers over seven million sq kms of land, an area almost the size of Europe, and is home to over 60,000 species of plants and trees, 324 mammals, 300 reptiles and 950 birds. An inspiring destination for nature lovers, and many trips are geared towards outdoor enthusiasts looking to immerse themselves in the wild (The Rio Times).

A long-forgotten glow-in-the-dark mushroom that had not been seen since 1840 has been discovered in the lush forests of Brazil. The flashy fungi was rediscovered by scientist Dennis Desjardin and his team in 2009 (Latino Foxnews).

The U.S. Justice Department has been conducting a criminal investigation of sports fishing expeditions in the Amazon that may have been used as covers for Americans to have sex with underage girls, according to newly filed court papers (The New York Times).


An oft-quoted review published in The Guardian neatly sums up the DPNY Beach Hotel as “hipper than hell.” Of course, DPNY’s setting—a strip of golden beach backed by the lush jungly mountains of the volcanic island of Ilhabela—is much more like heaven than hell. Nonetheless, this pithy catchphrase will inevitably echo inside your head when you arrive at this hotel-cum-club that’s revolutionized the concept of the luxury beach hotel in Brazil (Luxury Latin America).


Ilha Grande has long been a popular tourist destination and weekend getaway for Cariocas and foreigners alike who flock to its shores every year in search of the natural, rugged terrain and beautiful beaches that have come to symbolize this hidden oasis. Arguably one of the most popular islands on the Brazilian coastline, steps are currently being taken to preserve its natural beauty and protect the wildlife by registering it as a UNESCO world heritage site (The Rio Times).


The Riserva Uno site in Rio de Janeiro will be the venue for golf’s Olympic comeback in Brazil in 2016, the Royal & Ancient (R&A) governing body said (Reuters).

Rio de Janeiro can expect about 53.2 billion reais ($34 billion) in private investments linked to the World Cup and Olympic Games, outstripping the funding attracted by other recent host cities, a study showed (Reuters).

After months of testing, the Teleférico (gondola) line at the Complexo do Alemão in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone) has gone into service. The cable car system, much like those used at ski resorts, can carry 3,000 passengers per hour from Bonsucesso to Palmeira, stopping at six different stations. The line resolves massive transportation issues within the area and reconnects the Zona Norte favelas with the rest of the city (The Rio Times).

Rio de Janeiro aims to become the world capital of gay tourism. The Brazilian city’s diversity week follows a series of gay-friendly government schemes to capitalise on a growing market for tourism (The Guardian).

Iconic bohemian neighborhood Santa Teresa was buzzing with activity this past weekend, as more than seventy artists of varying mediums opened their doors to the public. The annual Portas Abertas (Open Doors) festival, which kicked off on July 8th and ran through July 10th, gave artists the opportunity to mingle with the general public while showcasing their work (The Rio Times).

The fifth edition of the World Military Games will officially be held on July 16 in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro but matches of the World Cup for the military will start on Friday (Xinhua).

Continually ranking in the list of top ten South American cities, Rio de Janeiro is a heaving metropolis of sun-drenched sands, lively samba bars and rich colonial history. Nevertheless, the constant hustle and bustle of the city can prove too much even for the most devoted Carioca. When quiet rest and relaxation is the order of the day, head for the undisturbed peace and quiet of Ilha de Paquetá (The Rio Times).


São Paulo is far safer than you might think. Avoid motels, be prepared for late suppers and watch your coffee consumption. Listen how to do business here (The Economist).

The cutting-edge design of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) has been a hot topic since its inauguration in 1968 (building started in 1956). There’s also been a lot said about its poor administration over the last few decades. But regardless, inside you’ll find the best collection of 20th-century European and Brazilian art in South America. The dream of communications tycoon Assis Chateaubriand and Italian art critic and dealer Pietro Maria Bardi, it’s a museum that lives up to the standard of its counterparts abroad (Time Out Sao Paulo).


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