Places in Brazil
Salvador da Bahia has an energy and unadorned beauty that few cities can match. Once the magnificent capital of Portugal’s great New World colony, Salvador is the country’s Afro-Brazilian jewel. Its brilliantly hued center is a living museum of 17th- and 18th-century architecture and gold-laden churches. More importantly, Salvador is the nexus of an incredible arts movement.
Africa meets South America in the staggeringly beautiful northeastern state of Bahia. The heady blend of two seemingly disparate cultures – classic Portuguese architecture and African drum beats, Catholic churches and Candomblé (Afro-Brazilian religion) – is unique, and for most travelers, truly intoxicating.
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A night out in Rio
As the sun sets over Rio de Janeiro's beaches, the city's sun-kissed cariocas (locals) head home to wash off the sand and prepare for a night out on the town...
Retail in Rio: the carioca guide to shopping
In Rio de Janeiro there are the essential purchases: the classic mini statue of Christ the Redeemer, the cheapest Havaianas on the planet, and the beach sarongs known as kangas...
On the ground at Rio’s Carnaval: a local’s guide to the biggest party on earth
Every February the infectious sights and sounds of carnaval (carnival) return to Rio de Janeiro...
A perfect day in Rio de Janeiro
Few people are in a hurry in Rio de Janeiro – after all, it's a city widely known around Brazil for its carefree attitude and beach-centric lifestyle...