Whether you're sipping caipirinhas by the beach or paddling through the Amazon, discover the true meaning of Brazilian alegria with Moon Brazil. Inside you'll find:
Flexible itineraries including the three-week best of Brazil, two weeks in São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, and a two-week Amazon adventure
Strategic suggestions for outdoor adventurers, beach-goers, foodies, nature and wildlife fanatics, and more
Top activities and unique experiences: Spot giant otters and jaguars on a canoeing expedition, or swim with pink river dolphins in the Rio Negro. Hang glide over Rio's Guanabara Bay, go rafting beneath Iguaçu Falls, ride a dune buggy across the beaches of Ceará, or trek through the dense Amazon rain forest. Soak up the sun on a sugary beach and sip a fresh caipirinha, or go paddle boarding or surfing in the warm waters. Savor an authentic feijoada, kick back at a local boteco, and dance the night away to the sounds of samba
Expert insight from longtime Salvador local Michael Sommers on how to experience Brazil like an insider, support local businesses, and avoid crowds
Practical safety advice for trekking through jungles, including how to minimize your environmental impact in the Amazon
Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
Background information on Brazil's landscape, history, and cultural customs
Handy tools including a Portuguese phrasebook, packing suggestions, and travel tips for families with kids, women traveling alone, seniors and disabled travelers, and LGBTQ travelers
With Moon's practical tips and local know-how, you can experience Brazil your way.
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About the Author
Born in Texas and raised in Toronto, Michael Sommers grew up with travel on the brain-a consequence of time spent riding around in Oldsmobiles, Mini Mokes, and Pan Am jets in the company of a Gourmet-addicted mother and a father with a roving zoom lens.
When Michael turned 18 he took flight, setting down temporary roots in cities such as Bordeaux, Paris, Montreal, New York, and Lisbon. During this time, he earned a BA in Literature from McGill University and an MA in History and Civilizations from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, where his thesis was "The Image of Brazil and Brazilians in Hollywood Cinema." He also worked as a writer and editor at magazines and newspapers and freelanced for publications such as The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and The Globe and Mail.
Michael first traveled to Brazil at the age of four. His only memory is that of being served a glistening orange wedge of papaya in the grand dining room at Rio de Janeiro's Hotel Gloria. Twenty years later, he returned to Brazil, where he was seduced by the intense, colorful landscapes, rich cultures, and warm people. Michael eventually settled down in Salvador, the baroque capital of Bahia, where he has worked as a writer and journalist for over 15 years.
While Michael has yet to master the art of preparing feijoada (Brazil's national stew of beans, salted beef, and pork), he does make a mean caipirinha.