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Bloco das Carmelitas in Santa Teresa

Hi all, This Friday afternoon I’ll be meeting several friends and friend of friends to watch one of Rio’s most popular blocos (Carnival street parades), As Carmelitas. Although somewhere around 400 blocos now perform during Rio’s Carnaval, As Carmelitas has been a favorite since its inception back in 1990. I think there are several reasons […]

Destination: Santa Teresa

Hi all, When you think of Rio de Janeiro, very likely you think of Copacabana, Ipanema, Sugarloaf, or Christ the Redeemer. Indeed, these are probably the most popular destinations in the Marvelous City. But you should also reserve some time to visit the lovely little hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa, located adjacent to both Lapa […]

Tram derails in Rio

Hi all, Last Saturday, as I was traveling back to Rio, a bonde car – the electric tram – derailed in Santa Teresa, a hilly bohemian neighborhood near Rio’s downtown. Five people were killed and almost 60 were injured. While no official cause has been given, a number of factors appear to have contributed to […]

My Tour of Sugarloaf, Christ, and Santa Teresa is Available!

Hi all, First, my apologies to Ben Ellis and others. I shot lots of footage yesterday during the World Cup match between Brazil and North Korea, but due to some technical difficulties in trying to load the raw footage into iMovie this morning, the video isn’t yet available. Look for it in the next couple […]

Friday Postcard: Arcos da Lapa

Hi all, I hope that you had a good week. Maybe you are planning a big night out. One of the hottest areas in Rio for a big night out is Lapa. It’s a funky area full of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. You often find musicians playing in the streets. It adjoins downtown and also […]

Friday Postcard: View from Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Odds are that if you visit Rio you’ll be staying in Copacabana or Ipanema, in Zona Sul, Rio’s South Zone. While these bairros, or city districts, are undeniably beautiful and appealing, do yourself a favor and visit the artsy, bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa is located in the hills just outside of centro, […]