Wednesday, December 16, 2009

THE SOUTH EAST OF BRAZIL - YOU ARE COMING HERE!!!







Okay, a little geography before I start talking about some new places that will make you such an expert in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil when you get back home!!!

Most of my guests come to Rio de Janeiro first, but they have no idea, that Rio de Janeiro is the capital of a State which has the same name: RIO DE JANEIRO STATE.

And Rio de Janeiro shares the SOUTH EAST REGION of Brazil with other 3 States which are São Paulo. Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo.

Among this group of 4...RIO (THANKS GOD!!!! - Well, God is always there with his opened arms....) has the fame. Then São Paulo which is known as a COSMOPOLITAN CENTER of Brazil and the INDUSTRIAL POWER OF THE COUNTRY, which is a mistake....(I explain later), Minas Gerais famous for their ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS HISTORICAL TOWNS OF OURO PRETO, TIRADENTES, MARIANA AND CONGONHAS; and the less popular State of Espirito Santo which I am sure none of you have heard about it, which is very unfair to a State full of incredible immigrants traditions, excellent food, some very interesting coast line and wonderful jungle activities....

Anyway...It is a pety that São Paulo State is not so famous among our international visitors; and now thanks to the presence of many cruiseline ships, São Paulo has the opportunity to show to the World their amazing nature and wildlife!!!

And of course, I know alot about my own region and I have some incredible secrets not so far from Rio de Janeiro (or Santos if you are docking there) that I can show you, than ks for the help of so many nice local contacts and absolutely gorgeous places to sleep and eat.

SO IN FEW WORDS...When you are in Rio...think about visiting:

BUZIOS
ARRAIAL DO CABO
ILHA GRANDE
PARATY (There you can see the mountain range of Bocaina, the beach village of Trindade, you can visit the islands of Paraty, you can explore hidden afro communities who are there since the slavery time and you will see such a very very different life style that will make you recall the ancient times of Africa...so many wonderful things to do...)

And once you are in Paraty, even more impressive for your trip will be exploring the region of UBATUBA!!!!

MEMORIZE THIS NAME: U-B-A-T-U-B-A!!!!!

I just visited one of the most impressive places in Brazil full of wild life, desert beaches, fishing village where the pace of life are the same since the portuguese navigators and pirates used to settle there...lots of birds, all kind of nature and landscapes that will take your breath away...

I WILL TALK MORE ABOUT THESE PLACES...I WILL WRITE ABOUT PECINGUABA AND ITS EXTRAORDINARY NATURAL BEAUTIES AND THE PRAIA DA FAZENDA...this região is part of the State Park called PARQUE ESTADUAL DA SERRA DO MAR...

And the best news of all, it is very easy to reach!!!

HAPPY TRAVELS,

Rafael Torres Lopes
donrafainrio@yahoo.es

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