5 interesting facts about the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland; Michelaina Johnson; WWF

Brazil – Pantanal Conservation Area

At more than 49.4 million acres, the Pantanal is the largest and one of the most pristine wetlands in the world.

Wetlands—places where the land is covered by water, either salt, fresh, or somewhere in between—cover just over 6% of the Earth’s land surface. Sprinkled throughout every continent except Antarctica, they provide food, clean drinking water, and refuge for countless people and animals around the world. Despite their global significance, an estimated one-half of all wetlands on the planet have disappeared.

Amid the loss, one specific wetland stands out: the Pantanal. At more than 49.4 million acres, the Pantanal is the largest and one of the most pristine wetlands in the world. The Pantanal sprawls across three South American countries—Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay—and supports millions of people there, as well as communities in the lower Rio de la Plata Basin.

WWF is working on the ground to conserve the region through the creation of protected areas and promoting sustainable use of natural resources.

Check out these facts about the Pantanal that every wetland enthusiast should know!

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These Are the Most Colorful Cities in the World; Lindsay Cohn; Brides

Brazil – Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia

These chromatic destinations deserve a spot on your Instagram bucket list.

What makes you fall in love with a locale? Is it the food and culture? Does weather play a role? How about the hotels? Perhaps it’s the beauty of the place itself. If a picture is worth a thousand words, these vibrant vacation spots speak volumes—and are sure to boost the brightness of your Instagram feed.

That doesn’t mean every city on our list is a kaleidoscopic tapestry. While many, like Bo-Kaap and Willemstad, are cloaked in every conceivable shade of the rainbow, others, like Chefchaouen and Júzcar, are washed in a singular hue. These are the dreamiest, Crayola-tinged destinations around the globe. #nofilter

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is a rich melting pot. And nowhere is that more evident than Bo-Kaap, formerly known as Malay Quarter.

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Discover the African soul of #Brazil in its Bahia province #travel #beaches; Just Go Places

Brazil – Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia

There’s more to do in Bahia Brazil than its stunning beaches (Bahia Brazil beaches are famously beautiful and the province has the most coastline of any in Brazil). What more can you do? Lots of things associated with Brazil comes from Bahia – capoeira, samba, carnival etc. The capital city of Salvador has a historic centre that is UNESCO listed. The Salvador Carnival can rival Rio in its fun street party atmosphere. Outside Salvador, you will find national parks (including one visited by Charles Darwin) and colonial villages where African slaves created their own Afro-Catholic religion.

On our trips to Brasil, I really regret that we did not have the time to make it to the Northeastern Province of Bahia. Our expat friends went to the Salvador Carnival in Bahia before they took us to the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

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10 of Brazil’s Most Beautiful Beaches; Kyle Valenta; Oyster

Brazil – Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves

There are more than 4,500 miles of coast to explore in Brazil, so we’re giving you a snapshot of just a few of the beaches that should be on your list the next time you’re planning a trip.

To say that the beaches of Brazil are legendary is perhaps one of the biggest understatements of all time. From the urban beaches of Rio de Janeiro, the secluded shores of Santa Catarina, or the windswept dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in the north, the country has beaches in spades. There are more than 4,500 miles of coast to explore in Brazil, so we’re giving you a snapshot of just a few of the beaches that should be on your list the next time you’re planning a trip.

There are almost too many pretty beaches in Brazil to count!

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City Highlight: Rio de Janeiro; World Travel Guide

Brazil – Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea

Rio de Janeiro is fun and exciting. This Rio de Janeiro City Highlight includes must-see & off-beat attractions, food, nightlife, and other travel tips.

Vibrant, exciting and dazzling are words synonymous with Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s favourite party cities.

With white sandy beaches hugging Guanabara Bay and part of the city designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, tourists flocking to Rio de Janeiro are in for a good time. Join the locals (Cariocas) and share their three obsessions: the beach, football and Carnival. And, if you want to get away from the crowds, leafy suburbs such as Santa Teresa offers bohemian cafés and art galleries, or take a cruise and visit one of the paradise islands that lie just offshore.

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Seven once-in-a-lifetime safaris outside of Africa; Laura Kiniry; USA Today

Brazil – Pantanal Conservation Area

Africa may have a lock on our collective imagination when it comes to safaris, but there are plenty of places outside of Africa where you can come face-to-face with wildlife in its natural habitat, too — think Canada’s “Kings of the Arctic,” Brazil’s big cats, the wolves of Romania, and so much more.

So, if Africa doesn’t figure into your travel plans this year, don’t despair. Here are seven trips that prove you don’t have to go all that way to have an authentic bucket-list safari.

Meet polar bears, ‘Kings of the Arctic,’ in Manitoba, Canada

What it doesn’t have in Big Five wildlife, Canada more than makes up for with its own impressive safari finds, including moose, grizzly bears and even reindeer. Still, it’s seeing polar bears in the wild that many people consider North America’s once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience.

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10 Bucket List Trips Around the World You Probably Never Thought Of; Jenna Seyer; Ecophiles

Brazil – Pantanal Conservation Area

Looking for a travel destination that’s unique and underrated? These 10 lesser known natural wonders are perfect to add to your travel bucket list!

If you’re looking for a place where you’ll be inspired, where you’ll see some of the most beautiful sights in your lifetime, these 10 travel destinations around the world are perfect to add to your bucket lists. Not only are these natural wonders absolutely stunning, but this mix of known and  lesser-known trips will take you to unique spots of unspoiled beauty. Here are the world’s most gorgeous natural wonders you must visit:

Pink Lakes, Mexico

The pink lakes, or Las Coloradas, in Mexico are the hidden gems of the country, a magical wonder of color. These cotton-candy pink lakes, filled with salt, are home to protected wetlands rich in wildlife – flamingos, sea turtles, crocodiles, birds, and more.

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Mayor’s Proposed ‘Slavery and Freedom Museum’ Stokes Debate and Skepticism; Claire Jones & Lisa Hollenbach; RioOnWatch

Brazil – Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site

While Rio’s oldest favela, Providência, marks 120 years since its founding, the city has been undergoing a broader moment of historical reckoning, considering how best to utilize the past in order to construct identities and face the future. As the establishment of the Evictions Museum in Vila Autódromo and the struggle of the New Blacks Institute in the Port Zone show, collective engagements with history often occur through museums, as public spaces dedicated to the past. In particular, museums can serve as spaces for marginalized groups like favela residents and Afro-Brazilians to claim and share their stories, a crucial ability given those communities still face violence and societal obstacles today.

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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – MY JAGUAR JOURNEY, PART 1 OF 3; Cherie Pittillo; The Yucatan Times

Brazil – Pantanal Conservation Area

Jaguar, Panthera onca, El Jaguar (Spanish), Balam (Mayan), Onça (Brazilian Portuguese).

Living in the Yucatan jaguars seemed ever present whether visiting Maya ruins or the protected preserves of Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan’s private El Zapotal Reserve, the private Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve and Calakmul Biosphere Reserve , and in architecture, literature, art and sculpture. To the Maya, the jaguar led the transition between the living world and underworld, a symbol of power, energy, fertility, a great hunter, and warrior. Friends even discussed their excitement of a jaguar crossing a road in Calakmul. I never saw one but was pleased protected areas exist.

However, did any of us ever “paw-nder” the daily life of a jaguar, this powerful, solitary, nocturnal creature of shadows and stealth?

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13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Located in Brazil; Romullo Baratto; ArchDaily

Brazil – Historic Town of Ouro Preto

With more than five centuries of recorded history and many more years of pre-colonial traditions and customs, Brazil is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List with 13 historical sites.

The website Viagem Turismo compiled a list with images and detailed information about each of the 13 sites. The list ranges from the Serra da Capivara National Park, “full of rocky caves covered with rock paintings” made more than 25 thousand years ago, to the modern capital of Brazil, Brasília, founded in 1960.

The thirteen historical sites listed by UNESCO are:

  • Historic Center of Ouro Preto (MG)
  • Historic Center of Olinda (PE)
  • Ruins of São Miguel das Missões (RS)
  • Historic Center of Salvador (BA)
  • Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos in Congonhas (MG)
  • Brasília (DF)
  • Serra da Capivara National Park (PI)
  • Historic Center of São Luís (MA)
  • Historic Center of Diamantina (MG)
  • Historic Center of Goiás (GO)

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