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Frommer's Brazil [Paperback]

Alexandra de Vries , Shawn Blore
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April 24 2012 Frommer's Complete Guides
  • Insider advice on avoiding the crowds as you explore some of Brazil's greatest gems, from Copacabana and Ipanema beaches in Rio to the best jungle lodges in the Amazon to the majestic waterfalls at Iguacu. Plus tips for navigating the country's lovely but less-traveled corners, from the wild Pantanal wetlands to the historic gold rush cities of Minas Gerais state.
  • Where to find the absolute best beaches, the most extravagant rodizios (all-you-can-eat meat affairs), and the hottest nightlife that Brazil has to offer. Plus lots of tips on how and where to spot wildlife.
  • Helpful information on everything you'll need to know to celebrate Carnaval in Rio.
  • Opinionated write-ups. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
  • Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
  • All Complete guides offer user-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.

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Stroll through the cobblestone streets and admire the Dutch and Portuguese colonial architecture in the city of Recife, in northeast Brazil. See chapter 9.

  • Easy-to-read maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

Find news, deals, apps, expert advice,and travel forums at Frommers.com

About the Author

A native of California, Shawn Blore has lived and worked in a half dozen countries and traveled in at least 60 more (but who’s counting). Long a resident of Vancouver, Shawn has in recent years made his home in Rio de Janeiro. He is an award-winning journalist and author of Vancouver: Secrets of the City.

Alexandra de Vries is a freelance writer and translator. Born in Amsterdam to a Dutch father and Brazilian mother, Alexandra made her first trip to Brazil at the ripe old age of 1 month. Throughout the years, Alexandra has returned many more times to travel, explore, and live in this amazing country. Alexandra wrote the Frommer’s Rio de Janeiro Day by Day guide and has translated books and articles on Brazilian icons such as Oscar Niemeyer, Burle Marx, Vinicius de Moraes, and Chico Buarque.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource Sept. 15 2012
By JenMill
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This book was so reassuring!! I was in Brasil in 2012 but did not stray too far off the beaten track because of my security concerns (remaining from my last visit in 1990). I am returning in a month and with the information provided by this guide, feel quite capable of exploring far and wide. I have made note of the many recommendations for food and drink, and plan to visit as many as possible. Thank you Frommers!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars lacking April 1 2012
By Daniel Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who travels often,I found this guide quite lacking. It does not have decent hotel listings - it lists just of few. It also does not as many cities listed... for example we were going to travel to Cabo Frio, and they had nothing. Espirito do Santo - nothing. This guide may be ok (medioccre) if you were just going to stay in the major cities. Very disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the rest Dec 12 2012
By Alison Mastny - Published on Amazon.com
I haven't been to Brazil yet, but I have read a lot of guidebooks now and wanted to counteract the 1-star review. There aren't many good guide books to Brazil and looking through a dozen fairly carefully, this certainly seems to be the best. I hope to read more reviews by people who have been, but compared to the rest, this is great. It is opinionated while giving you options and seemed to have practical tips (about, e.g., tours) that other guides lacked.
5.0 out of 5 stars another great frommer book Aug. 13 2013
By r t segraves md - Published on Amazon.com
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concise clear travel book in Frommer tradition
practical, user friendly, my type of book, recommend it to anyone thinking of going to Brazil
2.0 out of 5 stars There must be a better book than this Feb. 17 2013
By Randolph M. Siverson - Published on Amazon.com
At the outset I need to acknowledge that we only visited three cities, but in each case there were aspects of our visit on which this book was not nearly as helpful as what we found on out own. For example, the recommendation (p. 43) to book a taxi with a service in the arrival hall at the airport is sound, but just on the other side of the exit is another desk for the radio taxis that at about 30 % less and give you a discount card for the return trip with a further saving. The total cost of the round trip is about 45% less if you use this. Similarly, if you visit Iguassu you can stay in town or in one of the expensive hotels close to the falls. However the Harbor is about 2 km away (and about the same distance from the airport), and is both reasonably priced and comfortable. You do not need to haul back and forth between the town (unless for some odd reason you want to see it) and for about R$15 they will take you top the entrance and pick you up. The rooms are clean and quiet, but not exciting. Want the view from Corcovado without the cost of the train? Ask a taxi driver to take you up to the nearby helipad. Our did and waited for to enjoy a great view before driving us back to Centro. The book is OK, but nothing special.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for sophisticated travelers Dec 14 2012
By Charles Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this guide to be way off base in its reviews of hotels and restaurants and regretted having used this book to choose a place more than once. To be charitable, I have to assume the author hasn't done much traveling beyond the backpack crowd. She is too easily overwhelmed by what would be considered fairly basic accommodations and dining anywhere else.
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