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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Canadian-born pop sensation and all-round social media celebrity, Justin Bieber, will be performing on Wednesday, March 29th in Rio de Janeiro at the Praça de Apoteose, the site of the...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After two confirmed cases of yellow fever in the State of Rio de Janeiro, the government has mobilized a massive state-wide vaccination program, however the availability at medical centers will...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Unfortunately the 2017 Carnival parade competition of the Grupo Especial (Special Group) samba schools held in Rio's famous Sambódromo, saw four accidents this year, one on the first night and...
Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As Carnival reaches its second official day (Saturday, February 25th) of the 2017 season, Rio de Janeiro will host a full slate of blocos (street parties) spread across the city. Of...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The interior of Rio de Janeiro state, referred to as "fluminense", has seen cities attract more and more tourists during the Carnival season this year, with hotel occupancy rates higher...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Defense Minister of Brazil, Raul Jungmann, detailed the plans for Operation Carioca on Tuesday (February 14th), which includes sending 9,000 armed forces to Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Carnival...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The famous blocos (street parties) may seem like an enigma to travelers new to Rio's Carnival festivities, but with over 450 of these events officially licensed this year, they are...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For years the city of Rio became increasingly expensive, between currency exchange rates and inflation, it was crossed off the list of many budget travelers. However the famous Carnival...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The bonde tram of Santa Teresa doubles as local transportation and iconic tourism draw for the bohemian hillside neighborhood, although after a tragic accident in 2011 it took until 2015...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As Carnival approaches the city is bracing for the influx of tourists and the hundreds of blocos that will overrun the streets with celebration. To help increase public safety,...
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