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Rio Carnival 2012: what's new this year

Rio Carnival 2012: what's new this year Rio Carnival 2012 is being looked upon as the Brazilian city's "coming of age". Not only are experts predicting a record number of revelers, but the world's eyes will also be trained on Rio de Janeiro to see how it manages the crowds and festivities, particularly as...

Hilton launches "Authentically Local" programs in the Caribbean and Latin America

Hilton launches Can a mega-corporate hospitality chain with 3,750 hotels provide authentic local experiences to travelers? Select Hilton Worldwide hotels are giving it a shot with the just announced "Authentically Local" packages. Available through the end of the year in the Caribbean and...

Rio de Janeiro police strike threatens Carnival festivities, then fizzles

Rio de Janeiro police strike threatens Carnival festivities, then fizzles A police strike in Rio de Janeiro just a week before Carnival threatened to wreak mass chaos upon Brazil's largest festival celebration. But just one day in, Rio's state government announced that the strike had "failed", with just a small percentage of officers taking part....

Gallery: A guide to South American cocktails

Gallery: A guide to South American cocktails Margaritas, Cuba libres, piña coladas and mojitos are drinks with Latin American origins that have become staples at bars across America. But what about the drinks being mixed up further south? Whether you want to know what to order up at the bar during your next...

The ultimate guide to Carnival in Rio: parties and parades

The ultimate guide to Carnival in Rio: parties and parades What's Carnival in Rio de Janeiro without its lively parties and parades? Now that planning, packing, and logistics are taken care of, it's time to think about the important stuff: your social calendar. In this second installment of the ultimate guide to Carnival in...

The ultimate guide to Carnival in Rio: planning, packing and logistics

The ultimate guide to Carnival in Rio: planning, packing and logistics Attending Carnival in Rio de Janeiro tops many a bucket list, and for good reason. Not only is Rio Carnaval one of the world's sexiest festivals, it's also an important cultural event for the people of Brazil. Last year, more than 4.9 million people participated in the...

A photo tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Brazil

A photo tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Brazil Brazil, a diversely landscaped and picturesque country in South America, is the home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While beauty isn't necessarily a requirement for being added to the list, you will see in the gallery below that many times these sites are absolutely...

10 best national parks in South America

10 best national parks in South America In South America, there are myriad diverse landscapes, unique flora, and endemic fauna to experience. With so many destination options on the continent, however, it can sometimes be hard to decide exactly where to go. National parks can provide beautiful and educational...

Luxury Vacation Guide 2012: Brazil

Luxury Vacation Guide 2012: Brazil Long known as the land of tropical beaches, beautiful rainforests, and of course, Carnival, Brazil emerges in 2012 as a luxury destination on the verge of blowing its long under-the-radar cover. Brazil, South America's largest country offers something for everyone -...

World's worst places: Top 10 places you do not want to visit in 2012

World's worst places: Top 10 places you do not want to visit in 2012 Update: Check out the World's Worst Places of 2013 here What comes to mind when you think of the world's worst place? While it is easy to complain about rural Wal-marts, La Guardia, Applebee's, and any government office with motor vehicle in its title, none of...

New Seven Wonders of Natural World revealed amidst controversy

New Seven Wonders of Natural World revealed amidst controversy After four years of hype and fanfare, the new seven wonders of the natural world were unveiled last Friday, honoring some of the most amazing landscapes on the planet. But as the competition drew to a close, dark clouds of controversy formed, casting a shadow over the entire...

Brazilian police ram airplane to stop smugglers

Believe it or not, this isn't a leaked scene from the set of Lethal Weapon 5; it's just another day at the office for a few heroic members of the Brazilian Federal Police. In what is sure to be the highlight of these officers' careers, a video uploaded to...

Attend the World's Biggest Party on a Six-Day "Carnival in Rio" Tour

Attend the World's Biggest Party on a Six-Day A new tour by the Adventure Center will allow travelers to fully experience both the city of Rio, Brazil, as well as the biggest party in the world, Carnival. The "Carnival in Rio" tour is six days long, taking place from February 17-22, 2012, and features a full tour of...

5 best fast food chains around the world

5 best fast food chains around the world While fast food often gets a bad rep, you can't expect to eat all of your meals sitting in down in slow food restaurants. And, when traveling abroad, you will sometimes find that fast food doesn't always necessarily mean greasy fries and fattening burgers. Travelers can make...

Underground river discovered beneath the Amazon

Underground river discovered beneath the Amazon A massive underground river has been discovered beneath the Amazon Rainforest that is actually larger than the famous waterway that meanders through the jungle above. Researchers say that the new river –dubbed Rio Hamza after the leader of the team that found it–...

Photo of the day - Brazilian shopkeepers

Photo of the day - Brazilian shopkeepers Two Brazilian shopkeepers are the subject of today's Photo of the Day, snapped by Flickr user jrodmanjr. This image grabbed my eye for many reasons: the intensity with which the two men are engaged in conversation; the grandness of the building itself; the sidewalk's...

10 countries Americans need advance visas to visit

10 countries Americans need advance visas to visit We live in an increasingly borderless world and we have access to many countries that were closed (or non-existent) 20 years ago. As reported earlier this week, Americans are especially lucky with access to 169 countries visa free. Still, there are still many countries that...

Ghostscrapers - Top ten post-apocalyptic abandoned skyscrapers

Ghostscrapers - Top ten post-apocalyptic abandoned skyscrapers When city plans exceed reality, or the money dries up, or people simply leave in a mass exodus, skyscrapers vacate and slowly decay. High winds thrash through broken windows. Rats live undisturbed amongst decades old rubble. Stairways lead to doors that may never open...

Remember the movie The Terminal? Robert Wladyslaw Parzelski lived it.

Remember the movie The Terminal? Robert Wladyslaw Parzelski lived it. File this one under "news of the weird." Robert Wladyslaw Parzelski was sent back to London 18 days after arriving in São Paulo on a one-way ticket ... and never leaving the airport. The story is still unfolding, but Slate reports that Parzelski, a Polish man,...

Video of the Day - 3 days of adventure in Rio

Wherever you're planning on traveling this summer, consider picking up and taking along a GoPro; it's a small waterproof digital camera that takes great HD video, still photos, & timelapses - perfect for capturing playful moments on land, in the water, and...

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