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Brazil Just Got a Whole Lot Easier to Visit

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/27/2017, 12:00 AM

Hallelujah! Brazil's arms are finally opening wide to tourists. For years, if you wanted to visit the riches of this South American country, you soon found out how difficult it was. You'd have to make an appointment with the nearest Brazilian embassy or consulate, and that could take more than a month. On the big day, you'd travel there and proffer your passport along with photo, an application, a...

Popular Hike to Rio's Christ the Redeemer Closed Following Robberies

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2017, 4:00 AM

A popular hiking trail to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro has been closed following a spate of robberies. In just 10 days, 58 people have become victims of the crime on the 2.5-mile path from Parque Lage to Corcovado. So far in 2017, a total of more than 150 hikers have been robbed on the trail, reportedly by men holding knives. One Polish tourist was stabbed earlie...

The Possibility of Public Disorder is Perhaps Another Problem of the Upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/19/2016, 4:45 PM

Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro. Photo credit: ru_boff/Instagram        On my own several trips to Rio de Janeiro (as a one-time tour operator, I offered charter flights there), I confined my visits to the areas around Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach. I had been warned by numerous acquaintances not to venture into downtown Rio, the Tijuca Forest, or any other area outside those two fa...

What Travelers Need to Know About the Zika Virus

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/19/2016, 10:15 PM

As frigid blasts of winter descend on much of North America, visions of blue sky, sandy beaches and swaying palm trees are being rudely interrupted by a buzzing sound. And it’s a very scary buzz, at that—the buzz of a mosquito that carries the Zika virus. Though the virus is not new, in the last year pregnant women who have been infected have given birth to children with microcephaly, a co...

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