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Voodoo Zip Line Will Soon Soar Over Vegas

Voodoo Zip Line Will Soon Soar Over Vegas Oct 21st, 2013 at 10:30AM: Voodoo Zipline photo Opening in November, the Voodoo Zip Line will connect two towers at Las Vegas' Rio casino. Starting at the 50th floor of the Masquerade Tower at the VooDoo Steakhouse, riders will travel a third-mile to the 20th floor of the Impanema Tower in about 70 seconds. Riders soar nearly 500 feet above Las Vegas at 33 miles per hour. Need more zip line? Voodoo Skyline is not the...

Video Of The Day: Rio de Janeiro, Timelapse Style

Sep 9th, 2013 at 6:30PM: The "timelapse trend" seems to be going strong. We've certainly featured several breathtaking mini-films in the past, from Europe to Disneyland and everywhere in between. And today, we have yet another awe-inspiring timelapse -- all the way from Rio de Janeiro. Remember, have HD on and full-screen viewing enabled for the best "sigh-inducing" viewing experience. We'd love to feature your...

Fox To Open Amusement Park In Malaysia

Fox To Open Amusement Park In Malaysia Jul 30th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Chee Hong, Wikimedia Commons It looks like Twentieth Century Fox will be opening a new 25-acre theme park in Malaysia. The studio plans to have up to 30 film-themed attractions, including rides based on both "Rio" and "Alien." So far, we can only guess what the $125 million overhaul of the Malaysian park (pictured above) will look like, but here are some ideas: An "Independence Day" ride that...

Cockpit Chronicles - Paragliding In Rio: Best Layover Ever! (Video)

Cockpit Chronicles - Paragliding In Rio: Best Layover Ever! (Video) May 8th, 2013 at 10:00AM: The adage goes something like this: The worst day of fishing beats the best day of work. Years ago, I knew I found the right job when I was a co-pilot on a charter flight in a 15-seat Twin Otter for a day of fishing on an Alaskan beach. I remember thinking of that adage, and telling everyone that it was the best day of work and the best day of fishing. How could it ever be possible to top...

Photo Of The Day: A Plus Cathedral

Photo Of The Day: A Plus Cathedral Mar 14th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Today is March 14, also known as Pi Day (in case it's been awhile since you took math, pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, 3.14), a day to celebrate mathematics, or just eat some pie. If you are in Cambridge, Massachusetts, today and can remember a good portion of the many digits of pi, you might get to eat some free pie. Today's Photo of the Day by Flickr user...

Photo Of The Day: Urban Decay In Cuba

Photo Of The Day: Urban Decay In Cuba Dec 27th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Oi from Rio de Janeiro, where I'm traveling and soaking up some serious holiday sun. Staying at a guest house in bohemian Santa Teresa, I got to talking to artists and curators from all over the world the other night about cities. We talked about cities going through urban renewal and creative renaissance, such as here in Rio, Berlin, Havana, and even Detroit. The meaning of the phrase "ruin...

Waterfall Skyscraper To Power Rio And The 2016 Olympics

Waterfall Skyscraper To Power Rio And The 2016 Olympics Aug 2nd, 2012 at 5:00PM: While the 2012 Olympic Games haven't even finished yet, planning for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has already begun. And, one designer has dreams of taking solar power to new heights. According to Digital Trends, Zurich-based RAFAA Architecture & Design wants to design an energy-generating waterfall skyscraper (shown above), that will not only power the Olympic Village,...

Cockpit Chronicles: Getting More Out Of Layovers

Cockpit Chronicles: Getting More Out Of Layovers Apr 19th, 2012 at 9:00AM: For some, life couldn't be any more perfect than if they were paid to travel. I've run across three airline crew members who have discovered ways to keep their jobs fresh and exciting by embracing what is for them the biggest benefit that comes with working for an airline: travel. You hear about the turbulence in the airline industry nearly every week – layoffs, pay cuts, pensions lost...

A local point of view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A local point of view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Mar 25th, 2012 at 2:00PM: "Então, você é do Rio de Janeiro?" asked the tan, freckled girl next to me on my flight from Miami, Florida, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I stared at her, unsure of what she'd said. "Inglés?" "You speak English?" she asked, her eyes widening with excitement. "My mother is an English teacher. You have to meet her! What do you have planned for your time in Rio?" I...

Tips for enjoying Rio de Janeiro's beaches without looking like a tourist

Tips for enjoying Rio de Janeiro's beaches without looking like a tourist Mar 19th, 2012 at 4:00PM: If you daydream of sunbathing on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, you probably have visions of looking tall, tan, young and lovely. But more often than not, you probably just look like a tourist. Thankfully, we have some tips that'll have you faking the local carioca look in no time, so you can worry more about catching rays than robbers. Choose the right posto Some of Brazil's most famous...

Photo of the Day: Fasnacht characters

Photo of the Day: Fasnacht characters Mar 8th, 2012 at 6:30PM: Context accounts for so much. In the right context, even the most outlandish costume looks appropriate, and an everyday outfit can look out of place. Last month, much of the world celebrated Carnival or Mardi Gras, leading up to the Lenten period which marks the 40 days and nights before Easter. In Germany, they celebrate Fasnacht on the day before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins, with...

Weekend trip from Rio de Janeiro: Buzios, Brazil

Weekend trip from Rio de Janeiro: Buzios, Brazil Mar 4th, 2012 at 9:00AM: While many travelers to Brazil choose to spend a majority of their time in the large and lively metropolitan city of Rio de Janeiro, there is a culturally rich and sophisticated village about two hours away that is well worth a visit. Búzios, with its sandy beaches, opportunities for adventure, ambient restaurants, and charming shops, was once a tiny fishing town made famous by a visit from...

10 things you probably didn't know about Brazil

10 things you probably didn't know about Brazil Feb 26th, 2012 at 1:00PM: While many people may know the capital of Brazil is Brasília, the national drink is the caipirinha, and that Rio de Janeiro is a great place to party and relax on the beach, there is a lot more to be learned about this beautiful country. To help enhance your knowledge, here are ten interesting facts you may not have known about Brazil along with a photo gallery. 1. Natal, which means Christmas...

Rio Carnival 2012: A playlist of traditional Carnival songs

Rio Carnival 2012: A playlist of traditional Carnival songs Feb 25th, 2012 at 9:00AM: During Carnival, the city of Rio de Janeiro pulses with the sound of percussion. Music is an integral part of the Brazilian festival, and it doesn't seem like you can turn a corner without hearing the infectious drum-driven beats of samba music or the sounds of drunken celebrants singing traditional marchinhas at the tops of their lungs. Particularly in the blocos, music is a binding force,...

Rio Carnival 2012: The hottest drag queen costumes

Rio Carnival 2012: The hottest drag queen costumes Feb 24th, 2012 at 11:00AM: At Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, it was common to come across fully made-up men who had traded their Havaianas for high heels. Though some were experienced cross dressers and drag queens, others saw the holiday as an opportunity to get in touch with their more feminine sides. Costumes ranged from the elaborate (Sambadrome-style feathers, stilettos, fake lashes) to the scrappy (tiny skirt,...

Rio Carnival 2012: Backstage at the Sambadrome parades

Rio Carnival 2012: Backstage at the Sambadrome parades Feb 22nd, 2012 at 5:30PM: "Follow the feathers" was my strategy for finding the Sambadrome stadium in Brazil this past Sunday, the first evening of Rio Carnival's famed samba parades. The metro exit was packed with crowds moving in all different directions, so I had little choice but to follow the handful of people wearing large, extravagant costumes in front of me. They were obviously going where I needed to go....

Rio Carnival 2012: Best street foods for partying all day (and night)

Rio Carnival 2012: Best street foods for partying all day (and night) Feb 22nd, 2012 at 12:00PM: It's impossible to survive consecutive days of Carnival blocos, parties, and parades without adding hits of nutrition to your daily beer diet. For this, Rio de Janeiro's street food vendors have you covered. Street food can be found everywhere in Rio de Janeiro, particularly during big events like Carnival and New Year's. Mobile carts and stands offer cheap, tasty Brazilian eats -- vital...

Video of the Day: Adorable little girls dancing samba at Rio Carnival

Feb 21st, 2012 at 6:00PM: The scene outside the Sambodrome stadium on the first night of Rio Carnival's famed samba school parades was madness. Hordes of people moved in all directions while scalpers hawked tickets, street vendors fried food, and costumed paraders maneuvered in huge feathered costumes. As far as Fat Tuesday celebrations go, this was tops. In the middle of the chaos, these two talented little girls...

Rio Carnival 2012: Costume shopping and impromptu samba dancing

Rio Carnival 2012: Costume shopping and impromptu samba dancing Feb 21st, 2012 at 11:00AM: During Carnival, the streets of the Saara market in Old Downtown Rio de Janeiro are flooded with local cariocas shopping for wacky beer hats, neon-colored wigs, cheap plastic accessories, and the ubiquitous noise horns, which echo periodically (and loudly) in the air. If you're in the market for last-minute costumes for Carnival's parties and parades, Saara is undoubtedly the place to be....

Rio Carnival 2012: 10 best bloco street parties

Rio Carnival 2012: 10 best bloco street parties Feb 20th, 2012 at 3:30PM: If you want to feel the real essence of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, look no further than the city streets. In the weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday, lively street parties and parades, called blocos, wind throughout Rio's various neighborhoods, led by floats blaring live samba music. Crowds can swell to upwards of 200,000 people, many dressed in outrageous costumes and more than a little...

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