WHY BRAZIL ?
Brazil is unusually blessed country. Besides the 5,000 miles of coastline with amazing beaches, you will find a huge variety of culture, wildlife and ecosystems like the Rain forest in the Amazon. But above all, the big attraction is the people, the Brazilians. but what about the destinations ?

BRASILIA - architecture and arts
Splendid colonial cities, a legendary carnival season, the exuberant nature of the Amazon and Pantanal, not to mention caipirinhas on a samba-filled beach... Who would bother with the political suits and Grand Prix traffic of a bureaucrats' utopia? Well, anyone who is interested in pioneering modern architecture and fantasy urban planning, or who is just intrigued to see the city that, according to UN statistics, enjoys the highest quality of life in Brazil. Brasilia is not to everyone's taste. But even if you're just passing through - and flight schedules to the Amazon and Salvador mean many travellers are - it's certainly worth a stop.
The most memorable sights in the capital owe everything to the undisputed Picasso of Brazilian architecture, Oscar Niemeyer. He designed most of its great public buildings, using concrete with a fluid irreverence that makes it seem more like pastry or fabric.

What to see : JK Memorial, Setor Militar, TV Tower, Catedral Metropolitana, Praça dos Três Poderes, Congresso Nacional, Palácio do Itamaraty, Santuário, Superquadras, Esplanada dos Ministérios, Espaço Oscar Niemeyer, Palácio da Alvorada, Praça do Buriti.
by Nigel Tisdall

RIO DE JANEIRO -
Rio de Janeiro
The Cariocas (residents of Rio) have a saying that God created the world in seven days, the eighth He devoted to Rio de Janeiro . As you stand on top of Sugar Loaf Mountain at sunset, with the city curling its way around the granite peaks, forests and golden beaches below you and with the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer, arms aloft, high behind you on Corcovado , you may be inclined to agree. The sheer beauty of Rio is breathtaking, and the vibrancy is captivating. It is a city that will keep you busy and probably tire you out, whether you are exploring the colonial centre, relaxing with the locals on the golden sands of Copacabana or Ipanema, taking the tram to bohemian Santa Teresa or hang-gliding off one of the peaks to the beach below.

Best beaches
Ipanema : 2,2 km of gorgeous residential beach and string bikini's. Famous for its beautiful women, a place to see and to be seen. Even more irresistible than the muse who inspired the "Girl Ipanema" - the song which immortalized both her and her neighborhood - there is no doubt that Ipanema is a famous meeting point in Rio de Janeiro.
Grumari : Grumari Beach lies at the end of a short coastal drive southwest of Rio de Janeiro. It's located in an environmental protection zone, and is buffered by mountains that seem to spring up the ocean. Between the ocean and these mountains, lies a "caatinga" or semi arid coastal scrub land full of dense vegetation. It's pretty much deserted during the week, but gets very crowded on weekends.

Best outdoor market
Hippie Fair : The official name is Feira de Artesanato de Ipanema (Handcrafts & Art Fair of Ipanema), but everybody still uses the original name, a reminiscence of the 70´s
Rio's "Hippie Fair" is located at General Osorio Square in Ipanema and happens only on Sundays.

Best outdoor sites and attractions combined with Nature :
Botanical Garden : a very beautiful and exotic orchidarium will be visited. Each of the 141 hectares of Rio's Botanical Gardens shelters outstanding examples of plantlife Brazil and all over the world. The Imperial Palms are among its most spectacular attractions, planted in 1809 by Prince Regent D. Joao VI.
Hiking at Tijuca Forest : Rio is the only big city in the planet to have a National Park 5 minutes downtown and why not take advantage on that. Tijuca Forest is considered the largest urban forest in the world - It offers a wealth of trails with different settings and characteristics, and most having one feature in common: spectacular views.
Corcovado and Tijuca Forest Jeep tour : Corcovado + Tijuca Forest National Park : Rio de Janeiro has two landmarks which are instantly recognizable the world over: Sugar Loaf and the Statue of Christ. This tour combines a visit to the Statue of Christ and the Tijuca National Forest.
Prainha and Chico Mendes Nature Park : Another option is a tour to secluded beaches and guided walks through conservation units of the Atlantic Rainforest, mangroves, sandy coastal plains. These are the original “ecosystems”, which covered the entire area of Rio de Janeiro, prior to the arrival of the Portuguese settlers.
Sitio Burle Marx : The deepest pleasure of the Rio visit was seeing the work of garden architect Roberto Burle Marx. This landscaping genius, who died in 1994 at age 85, is described by garden writer Sima Eliovson as having "the greatest single influence on gardens since the development of the English garden tradition in the 18th century."
Aterro do Flamengo : Popularly known as the Aterro or landfill, its 1.2 million m² of lawns, flowering shrubs and trees are one of the loveliest and most important landscaping projects designed by Roberto Burle Marx.
Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon : Surrounded by luxurious homes and embraced by Christ the Redeemer, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon is an impressive sight at sunset, as the light reflects on its tranquil waters. Linked to the sea by the Jardim de Alah canal that divides Ipanema Leblon, it is encircled by parks, multi-sports courts, a roller-skating rink, a heliport, jogging and bicycle paths, and an outdoor food court offering a wide variety of dishes ranging Italian through Japanese, in addition to live music 9 p.m. onwards.

Best outdoor sports :
Golf : In Rio, you can find two golf courses : Gavea Golf Club and Itanhanga Golf club.
Hang Glinding : Hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro is a very special experience. You will have the unique sensation of flying like a bird, with a light breeze of tropical air in your face and surrounded by the beautiful mountains and beaches of Rio de Janeiro
Beach Volleyball & Footvolley on Ipanema Beach : The overwhelming beauty of Brazil’s beaches makes them the obvious locale for many of the country’s most popular sports.
Surfing : Surfing is a very popular sport in Rio, coming right below soccer which is the favorite national sport. The best beaches are Barra da Tijuca, Prainha and Grumari, on the West zone.
Bike tour along Ipanema & Leblon beaches : A pleasant tour along the most famous beach in the world. You will have the chance to feel how the cariocas enjoy theirs beaches, running, playing soccer and cycling along the seashore. on Sundays 7 AM to 6PM the beach side lanes of Rio are closed to the traffic turning the area into a fantastic playground.




SAO PAULO - gourmet, nightlife and shopping
Quite often São Paulo intimidates people because of its size, its constant pedestrian and vehicle traffic, its ethical and cultural multiplicity. But it is this very "city-in-a-hurry" tempo, as composer Billy Blanco described so well in his "Sinfonia Paulistana," that makes the city entertaining, attractive, diversified and unique.
To think of it merely as a business destination, although the largest one in Latin America, would be insufficient. After all, what capital has 280 movie theaters, more than 70 shopping centers and 12 thousand restaurants? Would you like to sample Arabic, Thai or Portuguese cuisine? Come to São Paulo. There are more than 52 gastronomic specialties, with turnovers and pizzas that make even the Japanese and Italians envious. Feel like seeing a Broadway-style play? This is the place. Or would you rather max out your credit card at some charming street boutiques? There are tons of them here, 25 de Março or José Paulino to Oscar Freire.
For these reasons, it's really worthwhile to discover this metropolis, even if you have to squeeze it into just one day of your business trip. The capital of São Paulo operates 24 hours a day, with places that open and close day to night. Because of this, it's a good idea to check business hours before setting out. We are sure that São Paulo will surprise you. And when you come here on business, or for an expo, a congress or convention, stay for at least one more day. Let yourself be seduced by the cultural diversity of this many-faceted city, which vibrates, dictates fashion, is always anticipating trends, and welcomes Brazilians and foreigners all over. You'll be sure to gain a better understanding of what it means to be a "paulistano."

Restaurants :
Bar des arts : With a huge lounge, a square with convenience stores and a cigar shop, this is a typical French bar, different in style and highly sophisticated. Figueira Rubaiyat : Built around a courtyard with a giant fig tree (figueira), itis the latest addition to the Rubaiyat restaurants – with a reputation of fine beef and service for more than 50 years. The kitchen is separated the main salon by a floor to ceiling glass wall and in full view of diners.
Fogo de Chão Churrascaria : This traditional-style churrascaria (barbecue) is a meat lover's delight. Waiters dressed as gaúchos (the Pampas cowboys) come to your table direct the barbecue pit delicious meats (filet mignon, sirloin, lamb, pork ribs and many more). The idea is just like a freeway – it will only stop when you show them the red sign.
Fasano restaurant, in the hotel of the same name. Inspired by the elegant scenario of Milan, the native land of the Fasanos, the restaurant offers the gastronomic standard for which the family's establishments are known, associated with the elegance of chef Salvatore Loi. And the hotel brings back bold memories of the 1930s
D.O.M : The São Paulo based restaurant D.O.M. (www.domrestaurante.com.br) this year was awarded a very good 24th place on the San Pellegrino list of the World’s Best Restaurants 2009, which means a leap upwards of no less than 16 places. In the swanky Jardins district of São Paulo, celebrity chef Alex Atala heads up D.O.M. serving sophisticated nouvelle Brazilian cuisine that captures the soul of his country.

Nightlife :
Bar Balcão : Publicists and artists are fixtures here. It has a 25 meter-long bar that goes all the way around the room.
Geni : This mansion features top musicians and has cozy rooms with sofas
Sarajevo : The club has alternative sounds and cabaret lights. They play rock, discopunk, electro, black music and nujazz, among other styles
Barnaldo Lucrécia : This bar has two stages musicians with guitars in hand interpret MPB classics. For nibbling, there's onion-flavored dried meat with fried manioc, or rice balls
Skye : On the top floor of the Hotel Unique, this combination restaurant and bar has a casual atmosphere with DJs 9 p.m., except on Sundays. The menu has the signature of chef Emmanuel Bassoleil.
Veloso : The caipirinhas (a Brazilian drink made with cachaça, similar to vodka) are inventive and barman Souza won the award of best in the city by the magazine Veja São Paulo. The tables have a view of a countrified cobblestone plaza. The meatballs and chicken coxinhas are the hits of the kitchen.
Club Lótus : This animated dance floor is one of the favorites of famous paulistanos.
LOV.E Club e Lounge : Frequented by a modern crowd and the GLS public, the club has good resident DJs who shake up the dance floors with electronic music
Baretto bar. There, in the midst of French armchairs and a travertine marble bar, the house band plays fine music mainly jazz and bossa nova. Occasionally there are shows by well-known artists.