Brazil, Olympic Ready or a Bit Unsteady?

Brazil, the largest country in Latin and South America, boasts more than its soccer players and coffee. Home to the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil is a beautiful year-round destination filled with inspiring artists, scenic landscapes, fabulous cuisine, and sunshine.

Rio de Janeiro is a vibrant city with uniquely diverse neighborhoods. And in spite of what you may read in the news, travel experts say that many of these areas are perfectly secure for walking tours. With the Summer Olympics under way, people want to visit the stylish cosmopolitan metropolis, yet still are wary about how safe it is. Dan Beschloss, Valerie Wilson Travel’s executive director of corporate sales and industry relations, had a very positive experience there in March 2016. “While the city can be known for a higher than normal level of street crime, like many other metropolitan areas, if you practice common sense, you can have a great vacation there,” he says. The local population in Rio is recognized for being very friendly to visitors and creating a welcoming atmosphere.

Some key destinations that are known to amplify the Brazilian experience are Santa Teresa, Centro, and various fun neighborhoods in São Paulo. Santa Teresa is a very hip and trendy area of Rio, fabulous for exploring the many restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. Visitors to Santa Teresa love the area for its rich culture, incredible artistry, and cobblestone streets. Another beautiful destination is Centro, which has tons of colorful and vibrant tiling and mosaic staircases, as well as unique sculptures made out of what some might consider “junk.” In São Paulo, which is regarded as a corporate city, one can find great areas such as Pinheiros. Experts say São Paulo is like the SoHo of New York or the Wynwood Walls of Miami. Streets are lined with graffiti, and there is a flare of rich urban energy unique to Brazil. Especially notable in São Paulo is a two-Michelin-starred restaurant called D.O.M.,located in the heart of the city. D.O.M., which was ranked No. 9 on the S. Pellegrino 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, is the place to go for authentic Brazilian flavor in a contemporary atmosphere.

Below are a few Brazilian hot spots running great promotions you should certainly consider:

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Resort: Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro

  • Nestled among breathtaking mountain formations and white-sand beaches, the stunning beachfront location overlooks the extensive blue-green Atlantic Ocean; an inspiring and casual retreat for the business and leisure traveler.

  • Family Plan: Enjoy 50 percent off on the reservation of the second connecting apartment.

  • Romance Package: Accommodations for two people with a free upgrade to an ocean view room, flowers and sparkling wine, breakfast in-room or in the Tano Cucina Italiana restaurant, and late checkout at 6:00 pm. (riodejaneiro.grand.hyatt.com)

Location: Itacaré, Brazil

Resort: Txai Itacaré

  • Offering ample spaces designed to promote peaceful moments and well-being with windows that open to lush foliage, Txai Itacaré interacts with nature in a responsible and sustainable way.

  • Book Four, Get Five Promotion: Book four nights and get the fifth night free. (txairesorts.com)

Location: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Resort: Belmond Copacabana Palace

  • Rio Welcomes the World: Award-winning Icelandic-born artist Kristjana S Williams has created a series of art installations at the landmark beachfront hotel.

  • Rio Escape: Explore the vibrant culture and haunting beauty of Rio de Janeiro by touring this fascinating city.

  • Family Getaway: Luxury accommodation, daily Brazilian breakfast in Pérgula Restaurant, special amenities for children, and a 30 percent discount on a second room or suite. (belmond.com)

With friendly locals, rich heritage, and lush landscapes, Brazil is ready to rock it as host of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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