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Sunday, October 31, 2010

BRAZIL'S FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT

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Dilma Rousseff profile: former guerrilla primed to become Brazil's first female president

Dilma Rousseff is a former Marxist guerrilla who was jailed and tortured during the years of Brazil's military dictatorship.

By Robin Yapp, Sao Paulo
Published: 2:03PM GMT 31 Oct 2010


Dilma Rousseff profile: former guerilla primed to become Brazil's first female president
Dilma Rousseff was little known until President Lula selected her as his flavored successor Photo: EPA

Born in December 1947 in Belo Horizonte, in the coffee-growing state of Minas Gerais, Ms Rousseff had a middle-class upbringing.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

WORLD BUSINESS NEWS: BRAZIL'S ECONOMY SURGES 9 PERCENT

Some More Economic News


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Posted by Dan Alvarez on Jun 14, 2010 in Brazil


While the U.S. and other developed economies struggle through these tough times with bailouts, and low interest rates from central banks, the economies which are leading the world in recovery are developing nations like China and Brazil.

Brazil recently reported growth of 9% in it’s economy. The forecast for the first quarter of 2010 was growth of 6.5%, but Brazil’s booming economy surged past expectations. It’s no secret anymore Brazil is booming, and it’s on track to becoming one of the top economies in the Americas.

THE ESCAPE TO LATIN AMERICA BLUEPRINT

I sure am glad I moved here with my family!
Best decision we ever made!                            Sharif  

“Learn Why Latin America Is The Best Place To Be In Order To Prosper From The Commodities Boom and Why It's The Best and Safest Place to Avoid The Coming Economic Collapse”

“A retired latino-american spills the beans... ”

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

NEW FLIGHTS FOR US-BRAZIL ROUTES

There are now more direct flights from the US to Brazil.  TAM Airlines added more direct flights to Salvador, Bahia from Miami (and other int'l cities) as well.

New Flights for US-Brazil Routes

Posted: 26 Oct 2010 05:01 PM PDT
By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Already holding the title of the Southern Hemisphere’s most popular tourist spot with around 2.8 million visitors each year, the appeal of Rio de Janeiro for holidaymakers has been increasing along with its global prestige as host of the 2016 Olympics, and the key role it will play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

TAM Airlines currently offers direct flights to Rio de Janeiro from New York, Miami, and Houston in the U.S., and from London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Lisbon in Europe, photo by Sibel Tinar.

The number of visitors to the city has been growing at a rate of 7.8 percent each year, and the Ministério do Turismo (Ministry of Tourism) foresees that number increasing by fifteen percent from 2015 to 2016 as a result of the Olympics.

In a bid to keep up with the increase in demand, the world’s major airlines have been adding new flights, making it now possible to reach Rio de Janeiro from most places without having to do multiple transfers.

With Rio’s Galeão International Airport increasingly becoming a direct destination and a new hub for Brazil following the lead of São Paulo’s Guarulhos International, the airports are currently forced to handle flights and passengers well above their capacity.

This has led to airlines having to offer direct flights to other major destinations in Brazil such as Salvador, Recife, Manaus, Brasília, and Fortaleza to reduce the burden on São Paulo and Rio.

In another attempt to increase direct flights from the United States to Brazil, Delta Air Lines launched the first non-stop flight from Detroit to São Paulo recently, the first flight from Detroit to the Southern Hemisphere. The flight will operate twice weekly before switching to five times a week on December 15th in order to meet the demand for the peak tourist season.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

LOOKING TO BROADEN YOUR HORIZENS OVERSEAS? CHECK THIS LIST

This article originally appeared here www.brazilbeachliving.com
Doug can assist you as well with the investment visa process.  Here is his email douglas@brazilbeachliving.com

COMPARISON - TOP 10 RETIREMENT HAVENS IN THE WORLD

(This is one forum groups opinion, not mine,  that has the single expat in mind)

Number 1 - Brazil
+1 - 150,000 Reais permanent residency investment belongs to you not government
+1 - Women and men are attractive and very passionate (latin men are not known for loyalty)**
+1 - Low cost of living
+1 - Low cost of real estate
+1 - Nice beaches, one is in the Top 10 list of beaches in the entire world  ( 10 minutes south of me, Coqueirinho)
+1 - Warm weather in the northeast, no hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes.
+1 - Good nightlife in the capital cities of the northeast
-1 - Portuguese
-1 - Bank accounts not in USD
+5 - Total

For single folks Brazilian women and men** are the most passionate people of all. They are like swans and will stay with you for life. (probably more than many locales). Citizenship is available after only 1 year of marriage. A retirement visa can be had for a proven retirement income of a minimum of 2K US per month.

Number 2 - Belize
+1 - Only US$ 500 monthly income required to qualify as retiree
+1 - English
+1 - Low cost of living
+1 - Low cost of real estate
+1 - Nice beaches
+1 - Bank accounts in USD
-1 - Women and men are not attractive
-1 - Humid weather
-1 - No nightlife, shopping malls, cinemas
-1 - In the hurricane zone
+2 - Total

INTERNATIONAL INVESTING IN BRAZIL: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Investing In Brazil: What You Need To Know

Manoj Singh, 04.30.10, 07:31 PM EDT

How to invest in this emerging market.

In a world full of undiscovered prospects, it is never too late to try something new. Investors now looking for alpha and beta can think about adding a little bit of samba to their portfolio. With a steadily growing economy, a stable financial market and a liberal investment climate, Brazil has the potential to emerge as the dark horse in the race among emerging markets. But for that, Brazil just needs to continue on its present course without doing anything dramatic. Read on to find out what Brazil has to offer for the global investment community.

Two Options for Getting Your Feet Wet
International investors have two options for investing in the Brazilian stocks. The first option is to go straight to the place of action by investing in stocks listed on the Brazilian stock exchange. The second option is to try

WANT SAFETY? HEAD TO BRAZIL

Get out of the developed markets and start investing in emerging markets where the potential for growth is beautiful!  Check this article from Forbes...

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Emerging Markets

Want Safety? Head To Brazil

Matthew Craft, 04.30.10, 04:05 PM EDT

Emerging market bonds are all the rage thanks to low debt loads and fast growth.


Fears that Greece's debt crisis would soon spread across Europe gripped markets across the world this week, but even that failed to deter the flow of cash into emerging-markets.

During a turbulent week in which Standard & Poor's lowered Portugal and Spain's credit ratings and labeled Greece's debt junk, funds that lend to emerging market borrowers received a new $1.22 billion from investors, according to data from fund tracker EPFR Global. That brought this year's haul to a record $12.8 billion, with $5 billion of it raised in April. The most popular destinations: Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Turkey.

WORLD BUSINESS NEWS: BILLIONAIRE BUFFET STOCKING UP IN BRAZIL

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Is Billionaire Warren Buffett Buying Up Land in Brazil?

Brazilian magazine EXAME reports that America’s favorite investor is headed to Brazil.
According to the report, Warren Buffett, the world’s third richest man, and his famed investment vehicle, Berkshire Hathaway, are interested in buying up land in the Amazon and are negotiating starting an acquisition company in Brazil specifically for this purpose. Apparently Berkshire execs were visiting Brazil about a month ago checking out the area.

If this is true (Buffett’s camp has not confirmed with us yet), Buffett is, as he tends to be, on point. Just this week The Economist featured an excellent report on “the miracle of the Cerrado” saying that the rest of the world should take notes on how Brazil is revolutionizing farming.
Says The Economist:

THE BIGGEST PARTY IN THE WORLD! CARNIVAL SALVADOR SPOTLIGHT: SALVADOR DA BAHIA

bloco Carnival Salvador street party


Carnival in Salvador is basically the biggest street party in the world.  Artists ride down three or more main routes on mobile stages.  It is free, unless you want to hang out in a bloco, which is kinda like a VIP section that  gets real close to the action.  Each year over 2 million people pour into the city from all over the world to take part in this incredible ritual!

Join our Salvador Carnaval Tour or any other time of the year!
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Carnival Dancing

Salvador Bahia Carnival 2010
 Salvador Carnival 2010


Parangolé Salvador Carnival
  

SALVADOR CARNIVAL 2013 IN BAHIA for entire article go here
Enjoy the Carnival of Carnivals, the biggest Carnival on earth,
from February 7 to February 13th, in Salvador Bahia Brazil.


Salvador Carnival is "The World's Largest Party". 
No other popular party in the world is more famous than Salvador Carnival 
in Bahia Brazil.
It is an explosion of happiness you’ve certainly never seen before. 
The Carnival happens in every city of the country, but no other city in Brazil
has a carnival like the Salvador Carnival

We know that this may sound strange to foreigners who always ask:
“what about Rio?” No doubt, the carnival parade in Rio is maybe the
most beautiful spectacle in the world, but if you are looking for real fun,
the Salvador Carnival is the place to go. Salvador Carnival is different 
and bigger. If in Rio you are a spectator of the parade, in the Salvador 
Carnival you are the show. If in Rio the carnival parades are done in two
days, the Salvador Carnival last one week!!!

BRAZIL EXPANDING LINKS IN AFRICA: LULA'S POSITIVE LEGACY

October 12, 2010

Brazil Expanding Links in Africa: Lula’s Positive Legacy




While the results from October 3 presidential election left his former chief of staff and handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff, just shy of a first-round victory, forcing an October 31 runoff with second-place finisher José Serra, Brazilian President Luiz Ignácio Lula da Silva is nonetheless basking in his countrymen’s favor as well as most of the world’s approbation—U.S. President Barack Obama famously dubbed him “the most popular politician on Earth”—as he completes his second four-year term. It did not start that way. The 2002 election of the former trade unionist from the left-wing Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT, “Workers’ Party”) caused a panic in the financial marketsThe Economist last week highlighted the remarkable change:
The markets’ mood could hardly be more different. By way of a pre-election boost, Lula even travelled to São Paulo’s stock exchange to hail a $67 billion share issue by Petrobras, the national oil company, to raise funds to develop Brazil’s vast new deep-sea fields. Brazil’s circumstances and its standing in the world have been transformed during Lula’s presidency and mostly for the better. Poverty has fallen and economic growth has quickened. Brazil is enjoying a virtuous circle: soaring Asian demand for exports from its farms and mines is balanced by a booming domestic market, as—partly thanks to better social policies—some 20 million new consumers have emerged from poverty. No wonder foreign businesses are piling in, while a swelling group of Brazilian multinationals is expanding abroad

BBC NEWS: HOW PRESIDENT LULA CHANGED BRAZIL

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2 October 2010         Last updated at11:53 GMT

How President Lula changed Brazil

By Steve KingstoneBBC News, Sao Paulo
Brazilians  walk along a main street in Sao Paulo, September 2010Brazil has seen a huge swell in its middle class since Mr Lula came to power
I used to tell visitors to close their eyes as I drove them into Sao Paulo from the airport.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

BAHIA SPOTLIGHT: THE SMALL TOWN OF ITACARÉ


Itacaré
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Gorgeous beaches, tropical forest, waterfalls, good waves for surfing, capoeira, adventure sports... Come to Itacaré!
Itacaré is a small town in the cocoa zone of the state of Bahia, south of Salvador, with beautiful beaches, good vibes and generous nature. © itacare.com The ambiance in Itacaré is unique. Surf culture is present everywhere. The Bahians are friendly and like to party. At night there’s an air of magic in the little bars in town.

With many people from all over the world who came to live in Itacaré, the atmosphere is cosmopolite, relaxed, typically Bahian and definitely different from any other place in Brazil.
The coast of Itacaré is a succession of beaches and hills covered with palms and tropical forest. The region is a perfect setting for Adventure Sports like white-water rafting, canyoning, biking, kayaking, paragliding...

© Fábio Coppola
ATLANTIC RAINFOREST
Besides more than 20 beaches, Itacaré has rivers, waterfalls and a great Atlantic Rainforest reserve. The harmony of forests with waterfalls and beaches is one of the most exotic and beautiful ever seen in Brazil.
© Fábio Coppola
The region in the south of Bahia, more specifically the band contained the Jequitinhonha and Contas Rivers, preserve the most significant parcel of Atlantic Rainforest in the northeast of Brazil. The forests of this region are characterized by tall trees with leaves that always remain green and the abundance of epiphytes. There you'll find species threatened with extinction like the yellow-breasted twig monkey and the ring-necked sloth.

The Atlantic Rainforest is considered by the worldwide scientific community one of the richest combined ecosystems in diversity of animals and plants species in the world and the second most threatened with extinction. Because of this fact, in 1991 UNESCO elevated the Atlantic Rainforest to the category of Biosphere Reserve, being today one of the three mayor conservation priorities in the world.

© Fábio CoppolaPARKS AND RESERVES

The principal conservations areas of the region are APA of Itacaré/Serra Grande and Serra do Conduru State Park.

The Area of Environmental ProtectionAPA of Itacaré/Serra Grande – is considered as a "Heritage of Humanity". Its limits are marked in the north by the mouth of the Contas River, in the south by Sargi Creek and in the east by the Atlantic Ocean; with an area of approximately 16,000 hectares (40,000 acres) of rich fauna and flora.

The Serra do Conduru State Park has an area of approximately 9,000 hectares (22,000 acres). It covers important sections of Atlantic Rainforest which are still preserved. A survey performed there by botanists from the New York Botanical Gardens identified 456 different vegetal species in a single hectare (2.47 acres), a world record.
© Fábio Coppola 
WALKING THROUGH FORESTS AND AMONG RIVERS

Nature is the main tourist attraction of Itacaré.

WHILE THE AMERICAN DREAM IS OUTSOURCED BRAZIL DRIVES THE WORLD INTO THE FUTURE

While the American Dream Is Outsourced Brazil Drives the World into the Future

Written by Ricardo C. Amaral   

Sugar Cane fields forever in BrazilNever in the history of the world have we had an economic revolution similar to the one that it is under way today. The global reallocation of economic power from the current superpower - the United States - to the new emerging powers of the future such as China, Brazil, India, Russia and the Arab Gulf countries is mind-boggling.


Brazil has a young economy in the areas of manufacturing, agriculture, and services. We can say that today Brazil's economy is comparable to a small company with a great potential for growth in the future.

In contrast, the United States (where billions of petrodollars have been parked temporarily waiting for better long-term investment opportunities) has an old and aging economy - with a very mature and declining manufacturing base that is struggling to carry the heavy load of its legacy costs, such as pension and health care obligations; these costs are related to a large number of retirees from the old American economy.

Today its service industry and the remaining manufacturing are being outsourced out of the United States at the speed of light to countries such as India and China among many other countries around the world.

We can say that today the United States economy is comparable to a very large company that is fast becoming obsolete and many of its viable and surviving parts are leaving the United States through outsourcing for better opportunities around the world including Brazil.

MOORISH HISTORY AND ISLAM IN BRAZIL

One of the keys to researching Moorish history is the understanding that the terms "muslim" and "islam" when applied to Africans, especially in the Western Hemisphere, is a code word for Moor.  This is a result of the Spanish Inquisition, which never truly ended.


Muslim slaves in 18th century's Bahia, Brazil
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Cabral did not discovered Brazil; a half of the slaves brought to the Americas must well have been Muslims; the Quilombo of Palmares followed Muslim orientation; Portugal and Spain were Muslims by 800 years until just two years before Cabral having arrived at Brazil ...

This, not to mention that the Reformation had Muslim support ... In short: the history of Brazil and the Americas is undergoing an amazing revision that is still not entirely known even by the Latin American academy and deeply involves the Muslims. This and more is approached through a variety of media in: http://www.martinsbenperrusi.com/crbst_41.html

Original Article Here:
Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas
Muslims' love for education continued in slavery wherever possible. Gilberto Freyre, the Brazilian scholar is quoted as saying "in the slave sheds of Bahia in 1835 there were perhaps more persons who knew how to read and write than up above, in the Big Houses [of slave owners]".

What happened to these Muslims when slavery was officially over? Diouf does report narratives recorded as late as the 1940s about how Islam was practiced by some African-American descendants of slaves in the islands of the North Carolinas. Steven Barboza (1993) also mentions that in 1910 there were some 100,000 African Muslims in Brazil.

Wikipedia, Islam in Brazil
Islam in Brazil was first practiced by African slaves. The early Brazilian Muslims led the largest slave revolt in Brazil, which then had the largest slave population of the world. The next significant migration of Muslims was by Arabs from Syria and Lebanon. The number of Muslims in Brazil according to the 2000 Brazilian census was 27,239[1], or 0.00016% of the total population. According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life's 2009 report, that number had grown to 191,000[2], or 0.096% of the total population.

History


Capoeira or the Dance of War by Johann Moritz Rugendas, 1835

The history of Muslims in Brazil begins with the importation of African slave labor to the country. Brazil obtained 37% of all African slaves traded, and more than 3 million slaves were sent to this one country. Starting around 1550, the Portuguese began to trade African slaves to work the sugar plantations once the native Tupi people deteriorated. Scholars claim that Brazil received more enslaved Muslims than anywhere else in the Americas.[3]

Malê Revolt

The Muslim uprising of 1835 in Bahia illustrates the condition and legacy of resistance among the community of Malês, as African Muslims were known in 19th century Bahia. The majority of the participants were Nago, the local designation for ethnic Yoruba. Many of the "Malês" had been soldiers and captives in the wars between Oyo, Ilorin and other Yoruba city-states in the early part of the 19th Century. Other participants included Hausa and Nupe clerics, along with Jeje or Dahomean soldiers who had converted to Islam or fought in alliance with Muslims.[4]."

World Business News: Brazilian Businessman Eike Batista on Charlie Rose

Brazilian Businessman Eike Batista is a billionaire who is on pace to become the richest man in the world. Check out his interview on Charlie Rose and here his interesting outlook on the future of Latin America and Brazil.
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World Business News: Sam Zell Talks Brazil on MSNBC

Sam Zell is a one of the most successful real estate investors in the world. Half of his investment portfolio is in Brazil.  I'm not making this stuff up!  Brazil has huge potential.



Monday, October 25, 2010

THE ART OF CAPOEIRA IN BRAZIL

A lot of people were exposed to Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art, thru this guy right here, Eddy Gordo from the game Tekken (and also the movie Tekken).  The way that Capoeira in Brazil developed has made the martial art a worldwide cultural phenomenom.  You can now find Capoeira schools all over the world.
capoeira in brazil
There is a great Brazilian movie called Besouro that was filmed right in the Mecca of Capoeira, the state of Bahia.  Bahia is where Capoeira was created and also where the culture is strongest.  Back to Besouro, check  it out.  It's like a Capoeira Kung Fu movie (complete with high-wire special effects made popular by Kung Fu flicks) where actual figures from Brazilian/Bahian history have there stories told in super hero fashion.  The main character is definitely larger than life in the movie.  If you are a fan or practitioner of Capoeira you have to check out this film. 

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Capoeira in Brazil

Capoeira (Portuguese pronunciation: [kapuˈejɾɐ]) is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, music, and dance. It was created in Brazil by African slaves by mixing the many fighting styles from many of their tribes, sometime after the sixteenth century.[1] It was developed in the region of Quilombo dos Palmares, located in the Brazilian state of Alagoas, which was the state of Pernambuco before dismemberment,[2] and has had great influence on Afro-Brazilian generations, with strong presence in the states of Bahia, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.[2] Participants form a roda, or circle, and take turns either playing musical instruments (such as the Berimbau), singing, or ritually sparring in pairs in the center of the circle. The sparring is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, takedowns, and with extensive use of leg sweeps, kicks, and headbutts. Less frequently used techniques include elbow strikes, slaps, punches, and body throws. Its origins and purpose are a matter of debate, with theories ranging from views of Capoeira as a uniquely Brazilian folk dance with improvised fighting movements to claims that it is a battle-ready fighting form directly descended from ancient African techniques.[3]

Etymology

The word "capoeira" had a probable origin as a derisive term used by slave owners to refer to its practice as chicken fights (the word literally means "chicken coop" in Portuguese). Another claim is that the word "capoeira" derives from the Native-American language Tupi-Guarani words kaá ("leaf", "plant") and puéra (past aspect marker), meaning "formerly a forest."[citation needed]

Afro-Brazilian art form

Capoeira in Brazil is a direct descendant of African fighting styles, and was incorporated with Brazilian dance form distilled from African slaves in Brazil which is in essence from various African and Brazilian influences.[3]

CANDOMBLÉ

Candomblé

 

This was taken from Wikipedia.
Candomblé is an African-originated or Afro-Brazilian religion, practised chiefly in Brazil by the "povo de santo" (people of saint). It originated in the cities of Salvador, the capital of Bahia and Cachoeira, at the time one of the main commercial crossroads for the distribution of products and slave trade to other parts of Bahia state in Brazil. Although Candomblé is practiced primarily in Brazil, it is also practiced in other countries in the Americas, including Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Mexico, and in Europe in Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

The religion is based in the anima (soul) of Nature, and is also known as Animism. It was developed in Brazil with the knowledge of African Priests that were enslaved and brought to Brazil, together with their mythology, their culture and language, between 1549 and 1888.

The rituals involve the possession of the initiated by Orishas, offerings and sacrifices of the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdom, healing, dancing/trance and percussion. Candomblé draws inspiration from a variety of people of the African Diaspora, but it mainly features aspects of Yoruba orisha veneration.

Overview

In many parts of the Latin America, Orishás are now conflated with Roman Catholic saints. This religion, like many African religions, is an oral tradition and therefore has not been put into text throughout the years. Only recently have scholars and people of this religion begun to write down their practices. The name Batuque is also used, especially before the 19th century when Candomblé became more common. Both words are believed to derive from a Bantu-family language, mainly that of (Kongo Kingdom).

Candomblé may be called Macumba in some regions, notably Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, although

Ilha Itaparica | Lovely Island A Few Minutes From Salvador

ilha itaparica paradise in the bay of all saints
Beautiful Island only 25 minutes from Salvador by boat, Ilha Itaparica.

Itaparica Island (Ilha Itaparica) is Brazil´s largest island in the sea (there are bigger islands surrounded by fresh water in the Amazon estuary).  It is one of two islands you should definitely visit when coming to Salvador, Bahia, Brasil.  The other one is Morro de Sao Paulo, covered in another post here.  Ilha Itaparica, located in the All Saint's Bay is not the only island in the bay.  Actually the bay is filled with interesting islands, however Itaparica is the largest.  If interested we can help arrange a schooner to take you on a tour of the islands in the bay including Ilha Itaparica.  Click this Bahia Tours link to arrange your trip.

Ilha Itaparica is one of the many magical places located  in Bahia, Brasil.  If you head out to the island during the daytime in the low season (April - October) you can pretty much get the entire beach to yourself.  Many Brasileiros (Brazilians) like to head to Ilha Itaparica on the weekends, especially during the high season.  There are some nice restaurants, pousadas, and even a cool night scene during high season.

There are plenty of boats that leave to go to Ilha Itaparica all day long, however many people just take the ferry boats that come back and forth between Itaparica and Salvador every hour.  You can even take your car.

I included some info about Ilha Itaparica as well as pictures and video footage from a family trip out there a few years back.  The history of the island is very interesting.  This was one of the first points of contact for the European explorers into the Western Hemisphere.

Ilha Itaparica | A Stone's Throw From the City

taken from wikipedia
Centro ilha itaparica ba.jpg
Ilha Itaparica is a Brazilian island in All Saint's Bay (Portuguese: Baia de Todos de Santos), about 10 km from the city of Salvador, Bahia. It is known for hosting the Sul America Open tennis competition. In the island, there are two cities: Itaparica and Vera Cruz.

Itaparica can be reached in about one hour by ferry from Salvador. The smaller passenger-ferry departs from near the Mercado Modelo, while the larger car-ferry goes from about two km north to Bom Despacho.

It is the former home of the tennis tournament, the ATP Itaparica.
Ilha Itaparica has 40 km of beaches suitable for tourists and exuberant tropical vegetation.

 Here is some video footage of my family's last trip to Itaparica Island:




ilha itaparica in bahia brasil
Meet the genuine Brazil on Itaparíca Island next to Salvador. Enjoy a holiday in the sun on beaches that seem not to have an end. This is a place that Brazilians themselves choose for their holidays. The sea breeze comforts, and it is never cold. Itaparica Island offers a peace and calm in a lush green landscape, and Salvador offers everything that you can expect from a city with 2.6 milliion inhabitants.

Ilha Itaparica and Salvador: Climate

Salvador da Bahia, the state capital, is situated at 13 degrees south of the equator. Traveling eastward across the Atlantic you will reach Angola. The climate is tropical, hot all year round.

BAHIA SPOTLIGHT: CHAPADA DIAMANTINA (DIAMOND PLATEAU)

Português: O rio da pratinha entrando na grande gruta... aguas cristalinas! Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brasil.  English: The little silver river entering the great grotto... crystalline water! Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil.

Chapada Diamantina

Chapada Diamantina is a region of Bahia state in the Northeast of Brazil.
The Chapada Diamantina has a dramatic landscape with high plains, table-top mesas, and steep cliffs or towers known as 'tepuy.' Before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 1800s, the only local inhabitants of the region were indigenous Indians from the Maracas and Cariris tribes.

 Chapada is a Brazilian word that means a region of steep cliffs, usually at the edge of a plateau. Diamantina
refers to the diamonds found there in the mid-19th century.

The Diamantina Tableland Region

The geographical center of Bahia is the Diamantina Tableland region. In this mountainous region with a diversified topography, 90% of the rivers of the Paraguaçu, Jacuípe and Rio das Contas basins have their source here. There are thousands of kilometers of clear waters that spring from these mountains and descend in cascades and waterfalls to plateaus and plains, forming beautiful natural pools.

FESTA NOSSA SENHORA DA BOA MORTE FESTIVAL

Fest Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte (Order of Our Lady of the Good Death)

festa nossa senhora da boa morte
The Festa Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte A.K.A. Boa Morte Festival is an incredible event to witness!  The Irmandade da Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte means Order of our Lady of the Good Death.  It is a Candomble sorority that has been going strong for nearly two hundred years.

Once every year the sisterhood of Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte holds an event where the Virgin Mary is marched through the town while festivities celebrating this colorful event take place.  (read below for more info)
with the family at the festa nossa senhora da boa morte festival

I have witnessed the Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte Festival and it was very impressive.  People from all over the world come to this small town called Cachoeira to witness this event.  Click this link if you would like to attend this wonderful event.

This article can be found @ Wikipedia here.

The Order of Our Lady of the Good Death (Irmandade da Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte) is a small but renowned Afro-Catholic religious group in the state of Bahia, Brazil.

Founded in the early 19th century as a Church-sponsored beneficent Sisterhood for female African slaves and former slaves, it became one of the oldest and most respected worship groups for Candomblé, the major African-based religion in Brazil. Presently reduced to about thirty members (from 200 or so at its height), most of them over fifty, it still attracts worshipers every year, especially at its August festival.

History of the Festa Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte A.K.A. Boa Morte Festival

The history of the Irmandade da Boa Morte ("Sisterhood of the Good Death"), a religious confraternity devoted to the Assumption of the Virgin, is part of the history of mass importation of blacks from the African coast to the cane-growing catchment area around the port of Salvador, Bahia, known as the Recôncavo Baiano. Iberian adventurers built several towns in this area, one of them being Cachoeira, which was the second most important economic center in Bahia for three centuries.

Bahia Spotlight: Cachoeira


Cachoeira means "waterfall" in Portuguese. 

There is a small town in the state of Bahia with the same name.  This place is a beautiful treasure in my opinion.  One of the reasons I believe you haven't really experienced Brazil until you experience small town life here.  Life here is very laid back, a big contrast to the overcrowded cities.  That's saying a lot because Brazil as a whole has a laid back approach to life.

Thousands of people are drawn to Cachoeira every year for a festival called for the Assumption of Our Lady of Glory.  The festival is held by Irmandade da Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte (The Order of Our Lady of the Good Death).  For more on this festival check out the next post here.

I attended this festival back in August 2008 with my wife and youngest son.  We enjoyed ourselves a lot and fell in love with Cachoeira.  We even found this photo of ourselves online via flicker.  People from all over the world convene here every year for this historical event.


Cachoeira (Portuguese, meaning the waterfall), is an inland town of Bahia, Brazil, on the Paraguaçu River. The town exports sugar, cotton and tobacco and is a thriving commercial and industrial centre.
First settled by the Indians, it was later settled by the Portuguese families of Dias Adorno and Rodrigues Martins.

It became known as Nossa Senhora do Rosário in 1674. It was a strategic area and

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