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What Not to Do in the Amazon: The Top Five Tourist Mistakes

Where: Brazil
February 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: Brazil is nearly the same size as the entire United States. Fun idea: go there! All this week, we'll be sharing our best Brazil tips for a primer on this diverse and spectacular country, in partnership with LATAM Airlines' Only in South America project. Enter the contest (by March 5) to win this trip!

Making the decision to the head to Brazil's Amazonas? Great idea. Referring to our ultimate Brazil packing list while preparing? Brilliant. Flying into Manaus' International Airport and hopping a boat to enter the real Amazon? Excellent decision. So far, so good, but as we learned from our recent trip to the "Lungs of the Planet," a region of over 2 million square miles, the Amazon requires special tips and cautions to make for the best possible experience.

Without further ado, here is the Jaunted guide of What Not To Do In The Amazon: The Top 5 Tourist Mistakes:

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Ultimate Packing List: What to Bring for a Trip Around Brazil

Where: Brazil
February 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: Brazil is nearly the same size as the entire United States. Fun idea: go there! All this week, we'll be sharing our best Brazil tips for a primer on this diverse and spectacular country, in partnership with LATAM Airlines' Only in South America project. Enter the contest (by March 5) to win this trip!

As you can probably tell from our photo of Iguaçu Falls above, Brazil is a place where wild nature easily awes the wildly curious. The key to enjoying it is to tack a few more days onto a trip, head outside the usual spots of Rio and Sao Paulo, and be sure to pack appropriately.

Brazil boasts a coastline of 4,655 miles, so beach wear is a big duh, but what about the Amazon as well, or the "cultural capital" of Salvador da Bahia? The Amazon alone is 40% of the entire country, and requires a whole different wardrobe of tropical attire, and Salvador has its own sand style apart from the thongs of Ipanema.

Aside from the basics, we've created packing lists for four Brazilian destinations we just visited ourselves: Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, Iguaçu Falls, and the Amazon:

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Last Chance for Flights to World Cup 2014 in Brazil, as Airlines Add Hundreds Extra

Where: Brazil
February 21, 2014 at 8:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last chance to book travel to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup! Regular flights, both into and around the sprawling country, are nearly sold out during the World Cup dates of June 12 - July 13. This means it's time for airlines to announce how many extra planes they'll be running for fans to reach the 12 host cities.

Leading the pack is TAM, Brazil's largest airline, which only just dropped the huge news that they'll add 750 domestic and 300 international flights to supplement their usual schedule, all for travelers and soccer fans eager to visit during the World Cup.

TAM's competitors in the region (Avianca, GOL and Azul) are also throwing extra planes into the sky to help the rush, but nowhere near TAM's outlay. Azul, which only flies domestic routes in Brazil (and was actually created by the same man who founded JetBlue, David Neeleman), will only add around 350 flights during the World Cup period, for example.

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Breaking Down the Wild Process of Obtaining a Visa to Visit Brazil

Where: Brazil
February 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Without a doubt, Brazil is cool. Many elements combine to make it so; Brazil is fortunate to have some of the world's best beaches, liveliest music, sexiest people, most exotic flora and fauna, and tastiest food. Still, there is one bit about Brazil that's not so cool: going through the process of obtaining the visa necessary for US citizens to visit.

It's our own fault, really. Brazil is only doing to us what we do to their citizens wanting to visit the US; it's called reciprocity. Still, the Brazilian visa process is necessary evil of traveling to this beautiful country, and since we just sweated through it ourselves, we thought we'd break it down into simple steps.

Note that spectators, staff and volunteers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup have abbreviated visa requirements for what is a free "temporary special visa" with 90 days validity. If you're heading to the World Cup and think you'll return to Brazil at some point, then opt for the regular tourist visa, which comes with ten years of validity but costs $160-$180.

* Instructions and links below are intended for one regular adult tourist of US citizenship, holding a US passport.

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Go Here in 2014: The Six Big Cities for Events

January 6, 2014 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

The start of a new year means a zeroing-out of frequent flier qualifying miles and hotel loyalty program balances. Thus, there's no better time to plan for 12 more months of travel. To help with some inspiration, we're sharing the places and events we're most excited about for 2014.

More new months in the year means more chances to party at the buzziest events or simply witness a historical occurrence. Keep this list handy as you map out your itineraries for this year:

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Skyscanner Helps You Find the Perfect Flight to the 2014 World Cup

December 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

We can almost hear the vuvuzela horns now, as the World Cup is set to arrive over in Brazil in just a few more months. If you haven’t made plans to attend yet it’s probably a good time to start figuring things out. Thankfully the folks over at Skyscanner are ready to help you out, as they recently launched their Soccer Flight Finder in hopes of getting you from here to there.

The site does its best to reveal all kinds of itineraries from the 32 countries around the globe with teams trying to score an invite to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The fun doesn’t stop there, as the website can also display all kinds of domestic options in and around Brazil. The country is pretty darn big—in case you haven’t checked out the map—so you’re probably going to need to fly a little bit to hit all the matches.

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Travel to the World Cup 2014 May Not Be as Smooth as a Brazilian

Where: Brazil
October 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The excitement is beginning to build for next year's World Cup because not only does the massive soccer event attract world-wide spectators, but the 2014 version will happen in a country known for partying: Brazil!

If you're planning to pop down to Brazil to watch a little soccer and partake in a few caipirinhas, travel there may not go as smoothly as you'd hope. Along with some heavy-duty pre-planning, travelers might need to fork over more Reals than originally planned if the Brazilian government doesn't implement the Open-Skies agreement signed in 2010.

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How To Get Tickets To Three of the World's Greatest Sporting Events

Where: Brazil
July 2, 2013 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

If Wimbledon has inspired you see all of the world's greatest sporting events in person, here's how you can tickets to three of them.

The Masters

The Masters 2014 will take place at Augusta from Monday, April 7 through Sunday, April 13. The only way to get tickets to the Masters practice rounds and daily tournament is by applying online. You will first have to register for an account and then choose which days you want to attend. But, don't even think about asking for their Pimento Cheese spread recipe.

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Take a 3D-ish Flight Through Brazil's World Cup Host Cities

Where: Brazil
February 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve heard of some unique ways in which Brazil is preparing for the influx of visitors in advance of next year’s World Cup, and once again they’re putting on their thinking caps when it comes to some creative marketing. Forget the traditional travel apps and the specially designed websites, as this time the tourism folks are going forward in 3D.

No need to brab your glasses for these clips, as Embratur—that’s Brazil’s tourism group—has just shot a whole bunch of 3D-style movies. Their goal is to bring around twelve different destinations to life, as they’re hoping to familiarize everyone with the different spots in which the games will take place.

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Everyone is Preparing for the 2014 World Cup (Even the Red Light District)

Where: Brazil
January 23, 2013 at 7:24 AM | by | Comment (1)

We understand that 2013 has pretty much just started, but when it comes to planning for something as big as the World Cup it pays to start as early as possible. We’re not surprised that the folks in Brazil have been putting in the overtime to ensure that everything is ready to go before the very first kick-off. What is a little surprising is that the prostitutes are also getting ready as well, but for them it’s all about studying.

Prostitutes want to be prepared for all the tourists heading to the country in little over a year, so they’re signing up for English language courses. After all it’s a little bit easier to negotiate the terms of a deal when you’re both sharing the same way of communication. Prostitution is legal in Brazil—that’s a fun fact—and the advocacy groups are going all in to ensure that the ladies are prepared as possible.

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World Cup 2018 Goes to Russia, 2022 to Qatar (Where It's Illegal to be Drunk)

December 2, 2010 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just moments ago, two huge announcements hit the world, news that brings major repercussions for tourism, development, media and (of course) money. FIFA revealed the winner countries who will get to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. Russia will host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. Yo, Qatar Airways and Aeroflot, you can start sketching some new World Cup airplane livery now.

Russia beat out England, Spain-Portugal and Holland-Belgium to win for 2018, while Qatar took top spot for 2022 over the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia.

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Where Else to See Funky Fish, Now That Paul the Psychic Octopus Has Died

October 26, 2010 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today is a sad day in the soccer world, but also in the crazy animal stunts world, as Paul the Psychic Octopus has passed away. There'll be no more World Cup match predicting for him, but they had planned to retire him from that sort of thing anyways. At first we wondered what is the typical lifespan of an octopus, anyway? Three to four years for his sort, apparently, so in theory we should have all been preparing for this, as he was just over two and a half. His death now ends a great year of tourism for the aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany.

The The Daily Mail got the aquarium to comment:

'He appears to have passed away peacefully during the night, of natural causes, and we are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life here,' said Stefan Porwoll, manager of the aquarium in Oberhausen.

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