Brazil Hotel Review: Iguacu Falls

Brazil Hotel Review: Iguacu Falls

Iguaçu Falls, Brazil

Destination: Iguaçu Falls, Brazil

Hotel Name: Rafain Palace Hotel & Convention Centre

Type: Resort, Family Hotels

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6 Tips for Safety in Brazil

6 Tips for Safety in Brazil

Sugarloaf_edited-1Expressions of worry and panic are the types of reactions I got when informing others that I was going to Brazil. Once I went on to explain that I was going alone, the worry began to fade and utter confusion set in, because apparently, it was inconceivable that I could even do such a thing. In their defence, however, the notion of a young woman travelling alone to a notably “dangerous” country could be a bit mind-boggling. Although I’ve never been one to be easily influenced, the combination of the worrisome reactions and warnings from online travel forums began to make me apprehensive.

Concerns for my safety in Brazil were weighing on my mind.

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Banking in Brazil: Travel Tips

Banking in Brazil: Travel Tips

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Common sense dictates that travellers should always be equipped with multiple means of accessing funds in case of emergency while abroad. However, as we travel more frequently and the occurrence of banking mishaps remains nonexistent, we tend to get overconfident and forget about the travel banking dos and don’ts. Take for example, someone like myself: I’m a Royal Bank of Canada customer, and have travelled to over 20 countries ranging from the comforts of the United States to remote villages in rural Cambodia. Everywhere I go, I take my RBC debit card, my RBC VISA card, and my “in case of emergency” $100USD in cash. Read more

Samba for the Soul in Brazil

Samba for the Soul in Brazil

samba for the soul 1Brazilians possess an innate rhythm and an unbelievable ability to move their bodies to the rapid beats of samba – something that is far beyond comprehension for an average North American such as myself, though I’ve concluded that the only reasonable explanation is that they must have a couple of extra joints in their bodies. Their remarkable ability to samba is fostered through childhood, where local communities are united within the prestigious Escolas de Samba (Samba Schools). Samba Schools are often the foundation of a community, where locals strive to make the team and represent their Samba School in the quest to appear at the world renowned annual Carnival.

Rio’s Schools are the pulse of Samba in Brazil.

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6 Ways to Experience Rio de Janeiro

6 Ways to Experience Rio de Janeiro

brazil party2Brazil is a vivacious country bustling with energy, and it’s no secret that Rio de Janeiro is its pulse.

A visit to Rio is a great way to experience Brazil, and will undoubtedly leave you wanting more. The list of things to do in Rio seems endless, so here are six important “must-dos” to guarantee a true Rio experience:

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My Introduction to South America

My Introduction to South America

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Leading up to my Brazilian adventure, I wondered how South America was going to compare to the rest of my travel experiences. Up until Brazil, my travels had taken me through Australasia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean, rendering me a complete stranger to South America. Read more