Cities

Cities

Maceió

Uma viagem na capital de Alagoas deve começar com um bom passeio na orla, com paradas em praias (Jatiúca onde podem ser consumidos grande musica) e Ponta Verde para admirar a couchers da sun. Pajuçara, quase sem ondas, é ideal para uma caminhada em direção à piscinas naturais, mergulho com peixes e permanece no banco de areia que surge quando a maré está baixa. Maceió tem uma borda mais bela do Brasil e a beleza é devido principalmente ao mar que se assemelha estreitamente na região do Caribe e muitos coqueiros plantados ao longo da borda. Quem visita a capital do Estado de Alagoas provavelmente viagem em busca de praias e bons dias de sol em frente do mar; se é o que você esperaria da viagem, preparar, porque você encontrará muito mais: boa cozinha, artesanato, uma animada vida nocturna e uma atmosfera emocionante!

Arraial do Cabo
Beautiful beaches and tropical islands within 2 hours of Rio de Janeiro. Although it is not on the gringo tourist trail, there are plenty of Cariocas who want to get out of the city. Yet it is not nearly as crowded as nearby Cabo Frio and tourists tend to stick to the season (new year – Carnaval and public holidays).

Brasília
The purposely built capital of Brazil. Inaugurated in 1960 is has already grown into a 2 million people city, but still lacks a heart.

Cabo Frio
Buzios for the Carioca who is not loaded. Probably even more crowded and lively. But not glamarous and chic. All the entertainment you might expect from a sea-side resort is there, but the most popular activity is strolling along the boulevard. But you can also have dinner with live music or go for a rollercoaster ride at the fair. Not to mention the beaches.

Conceiao da Barra
The access point for Ita?nas. It also has a beach and various pousadas. But misses Itanas end of the world feeling. It?s easy to make a day trip to Itanas, although there are only a couple of busses a day, but I would prefer staying in Itanas.

Curitiba
A modern and pleasant city. But nothing special. You probably have to spend the night here if you want to take the beautiful train ride from Curitiba to Morrentes. The train doesn?t stop at Paranagu? anymore due to construction work.

Curvelo
The only way to avoid Belo Horizonte on your way to Diamantina from the north. No further information.

Ilha de Mel
Approaching the island by sea it looks like a deserted island. Once on land you will be amazed by the number of pousadas and campgrounds that are hidden between the trees. During the high season (summer + weekends preceding or following a public holiday) thousands of Brazilians stay there.

Itanas
Itanas is one of these places that go on a long winter sleep each year of which they wake up only for the summer holidays (Christmas to Carnaval). The rest of the year the locals are on the turning point between tranquility and inertia, which is only disturbed by the handful of gringos coming to see the sand dunes.

Linhares and Reserva Natural Da Vale do Rio Doce
The reserve here is privately owned, and manages to raise it?s own funds by tourism and selling seedlings to reforestation projects. In their video they show some impressive results in Vitoria.

Marumbi
An easily accessible place for hiking. Just take the train from Curitiba to Morrentes and hop of at Marumbi. Tell the staff on the train you want to get off, to make sure the train actually stops.

Morrentes
I just pased through it, but it seemed very small and quiet to me. There are some places in closeby Porto de Cima where you can rent a boia (large inner tube) to float down the river.

Paranagu
The sea front is charming and romantic. The rest of the city is poor and ugly. A good place to spend an afternoon and night waiting for your boat to Ilha do Mel the next day.

Parque Estadual Marumbi
An easily accessible place for hiking. Just take the train from Curitiba to Morrentes and hop of at Marumbi. Tell the staff on the train you want to get off, to make sure the train actually stops.

Pirapora
A pleasant town on the banks of the river Sao Francisco. Might be used as stopover on the way from Bras?lia to Diamantina. Read more…

Porto de Cima
Five kms from Morrentes. There are quite a few places to stay along the Nhundiaquara river. Some of them rent boias (large inner tubes), to float down the river.

Rio de Janeiro
The city doesn’t fit into a box but there are various resources for Rio on this site:
– What?s on in Rio
– Which sites I should not miss in Rio?
– Year round Carnival in Lapa (Rio)
– Is Rio de Janeiro safe to visit?

Terespolis
It’s a middle sized town like any other middle sized town in Brazil. With a shopping, with cinema, where they show those Hollywood productions you don?t want to see. But it has the most easily accsible National Parc (Serra dos ?rg?os) in the Rio de Janeiro state, with the excellent Pedra do Sino trail.

Vila Velha (Esperito Santo)
Vit?ria is a scaled down version of Rio de Janeiro. They have the mountain backdrop, the bay, and a bridge to the other side. A beach neighbourhood: Camburi, and they also have the violence. Vitoria and Vila Velha on the other side of the bay practically form one million plus city.

Vila Velha (Parana)
The National Parc has been closed for renovation and has opened again in january 2004. The parc is adhering to the latest conservational standard and has modern toilets as they are proud to point out in their introductory DVD, but has lost some of it´s charm in the process.

Vitória
Vitória is a scaled down version of Rio de Janeiro. They have the mountain backdrop, the bay, and a bridge to the other side. A beach neighbourhood: Camburi, and they also have the violence. Vitória and Vila Velha on the other side of the bay practically form one million plus city.