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Ipanema Beach, the World’s Sexiest Beach

Brazilians refer to Rio de Janeiro as “Cidade Maravilhosa” or The Wonderful City and rightly so. The place is always filled to the brim with rhythm, color, sound, and joy. All these make this Brazilian city a hub for merrymaking. It’s noteworthy that very few places in the world can match the hospitality and natural charm in which Rio de Janeiro is perpetually swathed.
The city is squeezed into a narrow zone right smack cliffs rife with rainforests and the sea. Think of Rio de Janeiro as an artery that pulses with life amidst its setting, which many have aptly dubbed as ‘the world’s most beautiful city setting’.

One of the most striking features of the city is its plentiful beaches. Rio’s beaches seem to have been handcrafted by nature. Lush landscapes, waves that beckon surfers, attractive sand dunes, rows of coconut trees along the sandy coast, long stretches of multi-colored sands, colorful corals, and serene beaches – all these make up the outstanding and breathtaking design of Rio de Janeiro’s coastline. Little wonder, then, that the city is renowned worldwide for its urban beaches.

Ipanema Beach, Brazil

Copacabana is one of Rio’s beaches that has made quite a name for itself. In fact, Barry Manilow has a song with the same title that tells the story of a showgirl at the Copacabana hotel named Lola. Incidentally, there really is a Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio. This beach was where every tourist trooped to not so long ago.

However, over the last few years, Ipanema Beach emerged as one of the most sought-after Brazilian beaches. Actually, the real hip ‘cariocas’ (people who live in Rio) have been hanging out in Ipanema Beach since the 1960s, but it was only in recent years when it became a popular tourist destination.

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Romantic Mexican Destinations for Couples


Are you thinking of going on a romantic getaway with your significant other? Mexico is a great option that offers many great destinations. The country is known for its amazing beaches and resorts, which make it perfect for those who love swimming, snorkeling, and other related activities.

To begin with, some of the most romantic hotels in Mexico can be found in Los Cabos. The natural beauty and serenity of the place also adds to the numerous reasons why this is a favorite among many couples.

The Las Ventanas al Paraiso is a paradise but make sure to have lots of money in your pocket if you plan to take your partner there. This is known as one of the most expensive sites in the country.

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa is another recommended spot for couples. The services they provide is often talked about by past clients. You’ll be relaxed and rejuvenated if you visit this place. You could also spend your honeymoon at Pueblo Bonito Rose. They have fantastic room service and you have the option to stay in bed and ask for Mimosas and tropical fruits.

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Exploring Galapagos Islands

Exploring Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a natural paradise and incredible treasure. The site of many scientific explorations and discoveries, they are an untouched paradise that most people enjoy through books and pictures.

However, with travel cruises to the Galapagos, you can now experience the magic yourself. With summer just around the corner, it is one of the best destination one can choose.

If you have always wanted to take a cruise and you dream of visiting the mysterious Galapagos Islands, you can now combine the two. This luxurious cruise features several social areas, including an indoor and outdoor piano bar, sun deck, hot tubs and a main lounge for conferences and other meetings. Activities on the cruise include several that are customized for the Galapagos Islands, like Spanish classes, a naturalist program and lectures on the islands.


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Isla De La Juventud – An Island of Many Names

Think holidays in Cuba began and end with Havana? So do most, but look a little beyond the obvious and join the privileged few than discover more!

There’s nothing quite like having something named after you as a means of thanks to your hard work and commitment – something Isla De La Juventud represents in fine form. Having been previously known under the equally charming handles of the Isle of Pines, Parrot Island and even Treasure Islands, Isla De La Juventud was renamed with the current moniker in 1975 as a tribute to youngsters studying, working and basically making the island what it is today – a real Cuban gem!

The region is comprised of nearly 700 small islets and cays, delivering a remarkable sensory experience for any visitor to Cuba in the form of the Los Cannareos archipelago. Nearby hills hide an insurmountable fortune in diverse and frankly stunning marbles, along with lush vegetation that contrasts remarkably with the rough coastlines.

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Locals and visitors alike often refer to Isla De La Juventud as the land of ceramic and citrus, as along with the marble deposits the region is also an important centre for fruit production. Prior to harvest season, the air is filled with the intoxicating and unforgettable aroma of lemon blossom, as the enormous orange and grapefruit plantations near readiness. The quality of this fruit is in huge demand all over the world and is not to be missed out on when paying a visit to Cuba.

Such an overwhelming abundance of important historical and archeological sites has seen the Isla De La Juventud become a protected zone recognised all over the world, where rare and exotic creatures like enormous lizards and wild pigs run free as nature intended.

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Travelling Abroad to Brazil: Welcome Advice

With its beautiful, white-sand beaches and colourful carnivals, it’s no mystery why so many people choose Brazil for their holiday abroad. However, going to a completely different country can be a huge culture shock, and if you’re not prepared to deal with the dangers you may encounter, you could find yourself out of pocket, or even worse, personally harmed.

With a little travel advice, you can make the most of your holiday and minimise the risks. Read on for our insider’s safety guide to Brazil.


Brazil’s crime rate is high, so you should be extra cautious. Slums, called ‘favelas,’ surround all the big Brazilian cities. These shanty towns are deposits for excruciatingly poor and desperate people; unfortunately, due to reduced circumstances, these areas can be dangerous and attract high levels of crime.

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