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Brazil Olympics: Ten arrested for ‘plotting ‘terror

Brazilian police have arrested 10 members of a group alleged to be preparing acts of terrorism, two weeks before the start of the Olympic Games. They were not members of so-called Islamic State but had tried to make contact with the group, officials said. The justice minister said the group was in the planning stage of an attack and police acted as a preventative measure. Alexandre Moraes described the cell as “absolute amateurs” and “ill-prepared” to launch an...

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Brazil has waived visa for the 2016 Summer Olympics

Brazil has waived visa requirements for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and will allow U.S. tourists to enter the country for up to 90 days. Despite U.S. passport holders being some of the most powerful (yes, powerful) when it comes to travel, Americans can’t just come and go as they please. But tourists traveling to Brazil this summer are now in luck: In the hopes of drawing people to the country for the 2016 Summer Olympics, held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5–21, Brazilian officials have...

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Mountain Peaks to Visit When You Tour Brazil

Given that it is home to the Amazon rainforest, many people who tour Brazil don’t think of it as a particularly mountainous country. The highest peaks in South America are in the Andes, which are located in nearby Peru, right? Not necessarily! While much of the country is flat, Brazil has its share of mountains, some of which soar to up to 9,000 feet in height. So if you are looking to climb some mountain peaks or see the country from above, you have many opportunities. Serra do...

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When You Tour Brazil, Expect to Dance the Samba!

The samba is the most famous dance in Brazil. In fact, beautiful women in revealing costumes dancing the samba during Carnivale is one of the most popular images people have of Brazil. So is the samba really that popular? And are you like to encounter it when you tour Brazil? The answer to both questions is: “Absolutely!” History of the Samba Samba dancing has been part of Carnivale celebrations, as well as street dances, for centuries. Traditionally, it is performed during the...

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‘Can I Bring My Pet with Me When I Tour Brazil?’

Some people are very connected to their pets and want to bring them with them wherever they go … even if they are visiting a foreign country! While the Brazilian government does allow visitors to bring their pets with them when they tour Brazil, there are certain rules that need to be followed. Pet Microchips Brazil does not require that your pet have a microchip, but for security purposes it is recommended. Before you leave, have your vet implant a microchip in your dog or cat that...

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‘What Kind of Weather Can I Expect When I Tour Brazil?’

One of the biggest challenges of traveling is packing. And knowing how and what to pack depends on knowing what kind of weather you will find once you arrive at your final destination. If you are planning to tour Brazil in the fall — or at any time of the year, for that matter — you should know that due to its tropical and subtropical climate, Brazil generally has warm weather all year round. Winters in Brazil Unlike many parts of the US and the UK, winters in Brazil tend to be...

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Soccer and Brazil: A Love Story

When Brazil hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it was the culmination of a long-standing love affair between the people of this football-obsessed South American country and the sport they love. With five national victories, Brazil currently holds the record number of victories in the World Cup tournament. It’s also the only national team to qualify for every single World cup in the tournament’s history. Brazilian Soccer Players Rule the World Thre are more than 10,000 Brazilians...

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Rio 2016 confirms start date for Olympic Torch Relay

On the day that Rio de Janeiro officially marked one year to go until the 2016 Olympic Games, the Rio 2016 organizing committee announced the dates for the start of the Olympic Torch Relay next year. The torch will be lit in the Greek city of Olympia, the birthplace of the Ancient Olympic Games, on 21 April 2016 before being handed over to Rio 2016 organizers on 27 April after a tour around Greece. On 3 May, the Olympic Torch Relay – will officially start in the capital city of Brazil,...

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You May Be Surprised by What’s Being Grown in Brazil

As the largest country in South America, Brazil is one of the largest exporter of agricultural products in the world. The country currently is the world’s largest exporter of sugar cane, coffee, and soybeans. Brazil also is the world’s largest exporter of ethanol — a fuel made from soybeans — as well as frozen chickens. ‘Breadbasket of the World’ Brazil gained its reputation as the “Breadbasket of the World” thanks to the success of the...

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See Active and Extinct Volcanoes When You Tour Brazil

If you are interested in seeing nature’s wild side, you have to schedule a visit some of South America’s most scenic active and dormant volcanoes when you tour Brazil. In terms of world tectonics, the country of Brazil is located in the center of the South American plate. Unlike Chili and other countries located on the continent’s western edge, it is largely not a part of the volcanic “Ring of Fire” that circles the upper and lower Pacific Ocean. And while there...

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