Brazil

Beyond Words –
Brazil for the Deaf Traveler

Posted by on 6:00 am in Announcements, Brazil, South America, Spotlight | 3 comments

Beyond Words –  Brazil for the Deaf Traveler

Part of the appeal of traveling to other places is broadened horizons, right? New languages, new people: all part and parcel of the spice of a new country. As a deaf traveler, negotiating my way through a new culture in complete silence was doubly difficult in comparison to attempting in my own. Language barriers are challenging enough as a deaf person working between my own language, English, and the UK’s national sign language, British Sign Language. For me and many other deaf people understanding a foreign person speaking can be a struggle...

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An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks

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An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks

An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks As part of my trip to Brazil, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite photographers, Gordon Parks. In 1961, Parks released a photo series for Life magazine, “Freedom’s Fearful Foe: Poverty” transporting Middle America from the comfort of home into the squalor of the favelas of Brazil. The portrait of young Flavio and his families struggle for survival brought out an outpouring of sentiment and donations from hundreds of Americans. Subsequently,...

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Rio De Janeiro Becomes World Heritage Site

Posted by on 9:27 am in Announcements, Brazil | 1 comment

Rio De Janeiro Becomes World Heritage Site

Christ Redeemer and Rio, Brazil, now Tops to UNESCO UNESCO World Heritage Recognizes Rio De Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – The UNESCO Heritage Committee has elected the city of Rio de Janeiro as the first big city to receive the title of World Heritage Site in the Urban Landscape category. The decision was made at the Committee’s 36thsession in Saint Petersburg, Russia on July 1, 2012. The National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage – IPHAN – presented Rio’s candidacy in 2009 with the concept of the harmonious relationship between...

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My CISV Experience

Posted by on 8:31 am in Brazil, ITKT Staff Writers, Spotlight | 8 comments

My CISV Experience

My CISV Experience   Before I could say “hello” or ask what was wrong, the girls teared up and said they had a confession. They had picked the lock to the female leaders’ room — which was off limits – stolen a full jar of Nutella, and had eaten the entire thing. They wanted me to hear the confession directly from them. These girls were learning to be responsible adults as they learned the true meaning of respect, honesty and integrity. From late December 1999 to January 2000, I traveled to Salvadore, Brazil with six 14-year-olds...

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LAN Airlines’ Biannual ‘Big Deal’ Sale to South America

Posted by on 3:20 am in Announcements, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, South America, Uruguay, Venezuela | 0 comments

LAN Airlines’ Biannual ‘Big Deal’ Sale to South America

(MIAMI, FL – May 31, 2012) – LAN Airlines, South America’s premier air carrier, and its affiliates are excited to announce the mid-year ‘big deal’ sale! Plan an adventure to one of South America’s most sought after destinations and take advantage of some of LAN’s lowest prices yet. Savings this big only happen twice a year, so book now for an unforgettable travel experience that can be found only in South America and only with LAN.   Passengers who book now and fly later will enjoy savings to Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil,...

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LAN Airlines Offers Spring Specials to South America

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LAN Airlines Offers Spring Specials to South America

(MIAMI, FL, March 2012) – LAN Airlines, South America’s premier carrier, and its affiliates invite passengers to celebrate the arrival of springtime by booking a trip to South America. Savvy travelers can get a head start on planning a summer getaway this year by taking advantage of LAN Airlines and its affiliates’ low fares on travel taking place from March 15 to June 15. Passengers can book now through March 12. “We are excited to offer these incredible fares to our travelers. With prices as low as these, this spring is the perfect time to...

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Hilton Hotels Launch “Authentically Local” Vacation Experience

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Hilton Hotels Launch “Authentically Local” Vacation Experience

(MIAMI, Fla., February 2012) – In an effort to meet travelers’ growing desire for authentic vacation experiences, a selection of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, and Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America today announced the “Authentically Local” package – an exciting new program that introduces travelers to local culture and language. Available now through Dec. 31, 2012, the “Authentically Local” package features accommodations and a number of local touches including: ·         Local culture...

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Copa Airlines Announces Service to Four New Destinations

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Copa Airlines Announces Service to Four New Destinations

(PANAMA CITY, Jan. 25, 2012) — Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., announced that it will begin non-stop service in June 2012 from Panama to four new destinations: Recife, Brazil; Liberia, (Guanacaste), Costa Rica; Las Vegas, Nevada and the island of Curacao. Passengers who depart or connect to these new flights through Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport will have access to a network of 63 destinations in 29 countries in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. As part of the...

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LAN Airlines Announces the Biggest Deal of the Year

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LAN Airlines Announces the Biggest Deal of the Year

 (MIAMI, November 28, 2011) – LAN Airlines, South America´s premier air carrier, and its affiliates announce the biggest deal of the year! Passengers looking to travel to South America next year can book now through December 12, 2011 and enjoy savings on trips to Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.   “LAN is making a big deal about South America this year! With prices this low to destinations this exciting, there’s no time like now to book a trip to South America,” said Pablo Chiozza, LAN Airlines’ Vice...

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New Latin American Vacations in 2012

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New Latin American Vacations in 2012

Brendan Vacations, the Ireland Specialist, is also a leader in providing unique and memorable guided vacations to Latin America. Brendan is now pleased to announce their 2012-13 South & Central America 2012-13 Brochure highlighting the region’s vibrant culture and vast natural and historical treasures. Brendan knows it’s all about you, the customer– everyone has different travel needs and expectations. By “taking you personally,” Brendan ensures its highly trained, hands-on team focuses on old fashioned service, taking care of each...

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Brazilia, Brazil, and Travel Serendipity

Posted by on 4:54 pm in Brazil, Spotlight | 1 comment

Brazilia, Brazil, and Travel Serendipity

Brazilia, Brazil, and Travel Serendipity Who actually plans a trip to Brazilia, Brazil’s made-to-order capital city? Not me. It was, however, a three-day stop en route from Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon. I can’t say that Brasilia is enchanting or charming by Merriam-Webster’s definition, but it is captivating. In my experience, the capitals of most countries contain an olio of historic buildings and neighborhoods that provide a history lesson in and of themselves. Brazilia is unique in its uniformity. An oxymoronic statement, yes, but let me...

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Blue Eyes and Brazilian Hospitality

Posted by on 2:33 pm in Brazil, Spotlight | 0 comments

As an American of Northern European ancestry, I have never considered my somewhat pale features to be anything out of the ordinary. In fact, I would laugh at the notion of ever being considered “exotic”. However, on a recent trip to Brazil, I found that my features are considered by some to be a delightful novelty. I was relaxing on Ipanema Beach one day enjoying the sun and sand Rio de Janeiro has to offer. I had experienced some trouble applying sunscreen to a portion of my back, resulting in a bright red spot from the sun’s rays....

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The Samba of Rio de Janeiro

Posted by on 10:50 am in Brazil, ITKT Blogs | 0 comments

I never became an extraordinary samba dancer in my week’s trip to the city.  I tried three times, moved the feet, and acted like I knew what I was doing – but I didn’t.  I still don’t understand the steps of the quick samba. But I do understand the vibe and rhythm of the music’s energy.  The samba scene is full of smiles, carefreeness, and unity.  Look around a samba bar and you are likely to find a healthy mix of white, black, old, and young among other people. Actually much like the capoeira dance circles. ...

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January´s River, Brazil

Posted by on 9:40 am in Brazil, Guyana, ITKT Blogs, Mexico News | 0 comments

There is no river here from what I can find, but still Rio de Janeiro goes by the name.  It´s a huge bay with a lot of action coming in and out of its ports.  But clearly that is not why I came here for a week (from Montevideo, Uruguay) – to get a glimpse of the culture was the goal.  And in this goal, dance always has to be experienced…for me at least. Enter last night in the center of town.  Walking into the spacious building with ceilings of at least 35 feet in height, I knew the night was going to be a good one.  The live band...

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In the Steps of Werner Herzog

Posted by on 3:56 pm in Adventure, Brazil, Spotlight | 0 comments

I am usually a mountain person when it comes to trips. However, there is one place in the tropics that has always captured my interest, and that is the Amazon basin in the rain forests of Brazil. The Amazon basin is the largest drainage basin in the world. The river is larger in volume than the next 10 largest rivers in the world combined. At dinner one night, a friend mentioned the movie, Aguirre, The Wrath of God, by Werner Herzog, and described the epic of Herzog filming and camping in the Amazon rain forests for several years while trying...

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