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Pre-Carnival Prainha Xanahi 2010

January 29, 2010

Xanahi

Looking for a cool way to spend your pre-Carnival summer days? Head straight to Xanahi on Prainha, a private beach in Governador Celso Ramos – SC. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes—or better yet, save your feet the trouble and wear no shoes at all! Dancing on the beach to house music will keep you up all night, so be sure to make arrangements to recover for a few days at a rental property or luxurious hotel.

Jet-setters will flock to Pre-Carnival Prainha Xanahi 2010, produced by ALL (Alliance + AS9), featuring DJ Pic Schimtz, Hands Up and Hed Kendi. For more information, contact ALL (55-48-3028-9400).

When:
Feb.6, 2010

Ticket Prices:
R$50 for women; R$100 for men

Draft Beer Festival at Vai-Vai

January 20, 2010

Pre-Carnival in São Paulo

Vai-Vai, one of São Paulo’s leading samba schools, is going to host its traditional Draft Beer Festival (Festival de Chopp do Vai-Vai) next Friday, January 22nd. Maria Rita, one of Brazil’s most respected singers, will perform at the party with the school’s musicians and Bateria (drum section).

Vai-Vai has been a 13-time champion of Sampa Carnival since the celebrations were made official by Mayor Faria Lima in 1971. This Carnival, the school’s theme is Double Jubilee. The parade will commemorate Vai-Vai and the World Cup, both of which are celebrating their 80th anniversary this year.

Festival de Chopp do Vai-Vai

• When: Friday, Jan.22 at 10 p.m.
• Where: Sambódromo do Anhembi – Av. Olavo Fontoura 1209, in Santana – São Paulo – SP
• Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
• Tickets: R$25
• Phone: 55-11-3266-2581
• E-mail: vaivai@vaivai.com.br

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Fashion Week in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

January 20, 2010

São Paulo Fashion Week

As winter takes over the northern hemisphere, a select group of international journalists and fashionistas headed south towards the warmth of Rio de Janeiro for Rio Fashion Week.

While São Paulo Fashion Week is the bigger and more famous in Brazil, Rio is slowly getting recognition in the international fashion scene despite normally being famous for it’s beachwear. Visitors to this years summer fashion week found that brands that are redefining the Brazilian fashion identity. Sportswear chic is the new word.

Mara Mac, one of Rio’s fashion highlights, sent down the runway echoes of the Carioca cool and effortless style. The ageless and sophisticated collection was a perfect mix of sportswear and tailoring. Tones of dark blue and clashing colors brought a breath of fresh air to the nautical theme.

Melk Z-Da, considered the promising fashion star of Brazil, uses a lot of typically Brazilian handicrafts. Rustic materials were wisely mixed with technologically developed fabrics and deconstructed shapes – and a natural palette was complemented by real laminated wood.

Lucas Nascimento has for a long time been collaborating with big names like Giles Deacon, Luella Bartley, Jonathan Saunders and Basso and Brooke. The London-based designer decided to look back to Brazil and take the next step by investing in his own brand. Thinking about textures he created a very sensual and tactile collection; threads of mohair, merino wool and silk were combined with Lurex, metal and plastic.

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Sommerfest in Blumenau

January 15, 2010

Sommerfest

Each summer Santa Catarina hosts Sommerfest, one of the season’s partying highlights. This summer version of Oktoberfest Blumenau has traditional Oktoberfest nights throughout the season. These nighttime extravaganzas feature beer from local microbreweries, typical food and oompa music. Many of the partygoers who attend Oktoberfest nights and Sommerfest are vacationers at nearby beaches such as Balneário Camboriú, which is less than 40 miles away.

Oktoberfest Nights in Sommerfest Blumenau:

When: Jan.14, 21, 28 and Feb.4 & 11, 2010 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Parque Vila Germânica, Blumenau – SC
Tickets: R$4/ R$2 if you wear traditional German clothes

New Years Eve in Rio de Janeiro

December 10, 2009

While Rio’s best known party is Carnaval, the city’s New Years Eve celebrations are among the best in the world. There are fabulous parties in many of Rio’s restaurants, clubs and hotels, but site of the liveliest party is Copacabana Beach. Nearly one million people gather on the beach, all dressed in white, ready to bring in the near year with an epic night of partying. Many bring candles and candlelit offerings to the Goddess of the Sea, Iemanja, and set them at water’s edge to be taken out to sea. At midnight, the arrival of the New Year is announced by a massive fireworks display. Elaborate shows with samba, “pagode” and popular Brazilian music are set up on numerous stages along the four kilometer beach. The night of entertainment ceases only as the sun begins to rise.

Check out this growing list of New Year’s Eve 2010 parties in Rio.  Tickets are still available for parties, and accommodations are available at Rent in Rio.

Rio Carnival Parade Prices

December 4, 2009

Planning on taking your dream vacation to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival? Are you wondering how much it’s going to cost you to attend the Carnival Parade? On Tuesday, December 1, LIESA, the Independent Samba School League, accepted reservations for Carnival 2010 runway boxes, ranging from about US$1000 to US$3,800 for a box with six seats.

LIESA samba schools form the Special Group. Ticket reservation requests for mezzanine boxes and runway boxes must be submitted by fax. On Dec.18, runway box hopefuls who were selected first-come, first-serve will be notified and will then make their payment at a spot designated by LIESA.

If you’re got a travel agent taking care of your Rio Carnival 2010 tickets, a partner agency in Rio possibly took care of reservations for you today. If you’re curious as to how much LIESA tickets cost when bought straight from the source, go to the LIESA website and click on “Ingressos” on the menu to the left. All ticket prices have been posted now: mezzanine boxes (camarotes, runway boxes (frisas), individual seats (cadeiras) and bleachers (arquibancadas).

The next reservation dates, to be announced, will be for individual seats and bleachers; reservations will be submitted by phone. According to LIESA, those dates will be in the first half of January.

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Brazilian bank BNDES funds 2014 World Cup Stadiums

October 29, 2009

Brasil 2014On Wednesday Brazilian development bank BNDES announced that it would provide nearly $3 billion for improvements to venues for the World Cup.

The announcement contradicts a bid promise which said private funds would only be used for stadium redevelopment as well as pledges that the bank would only fund infrastructure development for the event.

Each stadium would be allocated a maximum of $230 million. According to reports, not one of the 12 venues meets FIFA’s standards for a World Cup.

The Maracana Stadium, likely the 2014 final venue, will undergo a major upgrade next year and many other stadiums are being rebuilt virtually from scratch. New grounds will be constructed in Recife and Natal.

BNDES yesterday approved a similar amount of money for infrastructure redevelopments around the venues.

The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation Ricardo Teixeira says the venues aren’t the only sites needing upgrades for the World Cup and that the country’ airports also require major upgrades. Redevelopment of the airports is scheduled to take place from 2011 to 2013.

Rentals and hotels are already being booked for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics. The government is hoping for the major influx of tourism to change the face of a beautiful city with a rich culture, yet also marked by a dark side of violence. Brazilian politicians promise an eradication of the drug cartels which run the slums in time to host these popular global events.

Olympics and FIFA World Cup Breathe New Life into Rio’s Downtown Airport

October 9, 2009

Rio AirportThe decision of the IOC to host the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has reinvigorated Rio’s status as the global face of Brazil. The city is neither the country’s capital (that would be Brasilia) nor its busiest airport (that would be Sao Paulo). Since 2003, traffic at Rio’s two airports, Galeao and Dantos Dumont, has grown from 10 million passengers to over 14 million. Until last year the downtown Santos Dumont airport was restricted to serving primarily just one route, Sao Paulo Congonhas. When permission was given for other ‘regional’ destinations to be served from downtown last year, airlines Azul and Webjet became present at the airport and passenger numbers rose over 30 percent.

Last year Galeao handled 2.2 million international passengers while Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos handled four times as many. According to OAG data for September Galeao has direct non-stop flights to just 14 international destinations, including five in Europe and four in North America. Now British Airways service to Galeao is non-stop (it used to stop in Sao Paulo until a year ago). TAM’s JFK service began last November while Continental’s Houston service began this August (having also previously stopped in Sao Paulo). In early December US Airways will begin daily non-stop flights from its Charlotte hub using a 767. A total of just 18 airlines currently serve Galeao, with US Airways making it 19 later this year.

With the incoming traffic expected to occur due to the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, it seems that Rio’s Galeao will finally live up to its potential to increase both domestic and international travel.

Rio de Janeiro to Host 2016 Olympics

October 2, 2009

Rio Olympics 2016Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday.

Thousands upon thousands of elated locals clad in Brazil’s green and yellow colors crowded on to Copacabana beach to celebrate what local authorities were calling a historic victory. Residents cheered on the beaches of Rio early Friday as it was announced that Rio won out over Madrid in the final round of eliminations. Chicago and Tokyo were eliminated in earlier rounds. This will be the first time the Olympics will be hosted by a South American country.

Residents of Rio, or “Cariocas” as they are better known, have had their fingers crossed for months about the decision, viewing the Olympics and the 2014 World Cup as a chance to revive their city.

For those who live in Rio, one of the most beautiful cities on earth, the prospect of watching Brazilian athletes performing before a home crowd has had sports lovers here salivating. Among those who fans will hope to see at Rio 2016 are Mayra Aguiar, an 18-year-old judo champion who was the youngest member of the Brazilian Olympic squad two years ago in China, Manchester United’s young Brazilian twins Fábio and Rafael da Silva, and Marta, currently the world’s top female footballer, who at 23 says she hopes to make an appearance in seven years’ time.

Part of the appeal of Rio is that more than half of the venues required for the Olympic Games are already build. These state-of-the-art facilities were constructed for the 2007 Pan and Parapan American Games and include: the Joao Havelange Stadium (the proposed 2016 venue for athletics), the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, the Rio Olympic Arena (which will host gymnastics and wheelchair basketball), the Rio Olympic Velodrome, the National Equestrian Center and its close neighbor, the National Shooting Center.

The Olympic Games are scheduled to occur from August 5th through the 21st and the theme will be “Live your passion.”

The Games will be held in four zones:

  • Barra, the heart of the Games, will house the Olympic and media villages and some venues.
  • Copacabana, a world-famous beach and major tourist attraction, will host outdoor sports in temporary venues.
  • Maracana, the most densely populated of the zones, will contain an athletic stadium and the Maracana Stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies.
  • Deodoro, with little infrastructure but the highest proportion of young people, will require construction of Olympic venues.

The city’s bid was helped by a strong economy and guaranteed funding. Brazil’s economy is now the 10th largest in the world — and predicted to be fifth by 2016.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was expected to be joined by soccer legend and Brazilian native Pele as they advertise the benefits of a Rio Games.

For those hoping to attend the games, booking a place to stay two years in advance is advisable. For the top luxury apartments, it may be best to book even earlier.  Contact Rent in Rio, one of our favorite brokers for vacation rentals in Rio de Janeiro.