Festival of São Brás is Celebrated Today in Trancoso in Bahia

Festival of São Brás is Celebrated Today in Trancoso in Bahia

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Report RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The seemingly sleepy seaside town of Trancoso is located in the south of the Brazilian beach state of Bahia. Combining charming colonial architecture with a glorious rainbow palette and endless stretches of near-deserted white sand shores, it is so luxuriously laidback that it attracts many an […]

Expatriate Financial Planning in a World of Volatility: Sponsored

Expatriate Financial Planning in a World of Volatility: Sponsored

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – At the crescendo of negative news about the Latin American giant and BRICS member, some savvy investors are realizing the ‘Brazil is for sale’, and there may be no better time to leverage the weakened currency and the lack of confidence in the local markets. […]

Rio’s Carioca Cricket Club Launches 2016 Season: Sponsored

Rio’s Carioca Cricket Club Launches 2016 Season: Sponsored

By Georgie Hay, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Carioca Cricket Club (CCC) will be launching their 2016 season on Thursday, February 18th, at the Lord Jim Pub in Ipanema. After a hugely successful 2015, the club will be announcing the calendar of events for the year ahead and will be looking to […]

Brazil Says No Possibility of Canceling Olympics Due to Zika

Brazil Says No Possibility of Canceling Olympics Due to Zika

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The chief of staff in Brazil, Jaques Wagner, says there is no possibility of the cancellation of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in August due to the outbreak of the Zika virus in the country. This comes a day after the […]

One Million Tourists Expected to Attend 2016 Rio Carnival Festivities

One Million Tourists Expected to Attend 2016 Rio Carnival Festivities

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Despite economic turmoil and concerns rising over the Zika virus, officials estimate that approximately one million tourists will visit the city of Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Carnival. The holiday will take place this year from February 5th through to the 9th. The […]

Economy Forces Smaller Cities in Brazil to Cancel Carnival

Economy Forces Smaller Cities in Brazil to Cancel Carnival

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – While hundreds of thousands of Carnival-goers flock to streets of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, many smaller cities have cancelled or drastically reduced the traditional festivities due to the economic woes faced by the country. For the administrators who run these smaller cities, the […]

Property Prices in Rio de Janeiro Fall by 1.36% in 2015

Property Prices in Rio de Janeiro Fall by 1.36% in 2015

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The FipeZap index, which records data of property prices in twenty Brazilian cities, showed that Brazil’s real estate market grew by 1.32 percent in 2015, but also saw a reduction in Rio de Janeiro property prices by 1.36 percent. When inflation is taken into […]

Congress in Brazil Returns to Impeachment and Corruption

Congress in Brazil Returns to Impeachment and Corruption

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian congressional representatives are scheduled to return to work this week and will have to face a wave of controversial issues already at the beginning of 2016. In addition to processes involving the possible impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, representatives in Brasilia will also have […]

Brazil Registers Highest Primary Deficit Since 2001

Brazil Registers Highest Primary Deficit Since 2001

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The result of the 2015 primary deficit for Brazil’s federal, state and municipal governments together, closed last year at R$111.249 billion the worst deficit since 2001, representing 1.88 percent of the country’s GDP. The results, released by the Central Bank show that last year was […]

Mangueira Samba School Will Close Rio’s 2016 Carnival

Mangueira Samba School Will Close Rio’s 2016 Carnival

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Samba school Estação Primeira de Mangueira, best known simply as Mangueira, will be the last school to enter Rio’s famed Sambódromo on February 8th to parade in the Grupo Especial (Special Group) competition during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Carnival. Well known by the […]