Journey Idea » South America http://www.journeyidea.org Travel across the world with Journey Idea Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Unmissable South American Travels http://www.journeyidea.org/unmissable-south-american-travels http://www.journeyidea.org/unmissable-south-american-travels#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2013 08:10:48 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=8779 When you are in South America, the Patagonian land is one place you should surely not miss. The surroundings provide you with a beautiful feeling of being in the right place at the right time. Amongst the ideas to make your South American travel interesting, a visit to Patagonia is surely a fantastic one and is really a must do in travels to this part of the world.

With a sea of nothingness and lovely sights of bunch grasses in desolate areas, the tours here are filled with awe and surprise. The harsh climate of the steppe region makes the landscape here very interesting and unique. The howling winds only complement the different experience here and tourists come back with a cherished travel kitty of estancias or ranches and god forsaken villages.

Places to Visit in Patagonian land

The place has been in existence since hundreds of years and they bring out the spirit of an old Patagonia land where settlers and Anglican missionaries dominated life. They were here to evangelize luck. There are many tales of adventurers like The Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy notwithstanding the outlaws of American origin who used to urn the land here. So the log cabins on the outskirts of Cholila a beautiful village here used to be the mainstay of everyday life here in earlier days.

Patagonia is also famous for the volcano Mount Hudson that is seen bordering the southern part of Andes between the regions of Chile and Argentina. In the early half of the nineties, Mount Hudson blew its top with a typical apocalypse nature and lot of livestock died and the entire area was weakened. The ewes were destroyed and this is popularly called the Pompeii of Patagonia.

Mount Hudson in Patagonian
Since this event, Patagonia is a tourist spot for travelers who love to come here, tour the estancias, and spend time in an ancient historical land in South American travels.

So get spiced in South America travels by visiting Patagonia and come back with a valuable experience.

 

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Travel delights at Puerto Iguazu http://www.journeyidea.org/travel-delights-at-puerto-iguazu http://www.journeyidea.org/travel-delights-at-puerto-iguazu#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:08:16 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=8746 While on tours to South America, enjoy the pleasures of being in a travel paradise and bask in the delights of a beautiful land filled with the best possible tour experiences. Puerto Iguazu in South America is one such beautiful travel destination in this part of the world. Located at a place where the three countries, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina meet, this is one location that is a must see in tours to South America. With the Tancredo Neves Bridge connecting Iguazu with Brazil, this is a place where one gets to see interesting sights and memorable locales.

The Mborore Museum is one such place here where you get to see the best of museum collections. Besides, you also have a bird rehabilitation centre where you get to know a lot about birds and their descriptions. The Iguazu National Park is another place of interest for travellers providing the best of natural ambience and the most of serene surroundings. With the Iguazu waterfalls complementing the beauty of the natural magnificence here, it is a totally unique experience to visit this one stop destination in South American tours. Visit the Iguazu waterfalls and marvel at the manner in which they fall from a height of around 270 feet. It is said that there are at least 275 waterfalls here. With the warm winters and the hot summers, the temperatures test the traveller’s capacity when they rise yet the interested tourist would more than adjust to all these natural changes and enjoy his tours to Puerto Iguazu.

Iguazu Waterfalls

Tourists mainly get attracted by the natural beauty here and enjoy the lovely scenery alongwith the pleasures of being in a beautiful land. Visit the Three Frontiers Landmark here and see how beautifully the regions of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil come alive here. This is a spot that remains etched in your mind and is a must see in Puerto Iguazu.

Then of course as mentioned you have the Iguazu Falls, which is today, regarded as one of the natural wonders in the world. Enjoy the pleasures of sighting a toucan, caiman and much more. Travellers coming here enjoy a hiking experience here in the early mornings when the sight of the falls in the background and the natural ambience beckon you to explore more. There are hikes up the island trail, which is even more exciting as it involves a boat trip across the river. Puerto Iguazu is also a place where you have the best sightseeing experiences of not only the Brazilian but also the Argentinian side of the waterfalls here and Puerto Iguazu more than makes up for everything by providing the sights of the Iguazu falls from both sides.

Guira Oga wildlife in Puerto Iguazu Guira Oga Wildlife Sanctuary

Another interesting and cherishable experience is Guira Oga a lovely locale in Puerto Iguazu, which gives you the best sights of animals like the toucan, caiman etc. Guira Oga is actually a hospital for animals and also a centre for rehabilitation of injured animals. There is a breeding program for the endangered species here. Tourists enjoy going around the park along with a biologist who would detail about the creatures, the problems they are facing and how they are being treated. This tour takes around a hour and a half and is a tour very much looked forward to by tourists in visits to Puerto Iguazu.

Hito Argentino is another lovely place to visit lying at the confluence of the Rios Parana and the Iguazu Falls. Here you would get to see both Brazil and Paraguay thus making it a great attraction for tourists coming here.

Jewellery Shop in Hito Argentino Tourist Place in Puerto Iguazu

Puerto Iguazu has some of the best experiences of shopping. There are lots of souvenirs available here and all tourists love to shop here to their heart’s content.

Restaurants are a mainstay of tours to Puerto Iguazu and with the presence of palatable cuisine it gives the best of culinary experiences. In fact after a day of touring here, food is what relaxes the mind, body and soul of the tourists here.

Thus, tours to Puerto Iguazu are filled with adventure, fun, travel delights, and cherishable memories. With so much in tow, a visit here is a must indeed.

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Places to see in Cuyo http://www.journeyidea.org/places-to-see-in-cuyo http://www.journeyidea.org/places-to-see-in-cuyo#comments Mon, 03 Sep 2012 09:38:46 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=8467 Visit South America and enjoy the adventurous thrill that is a part of tours here. The experiences here are so exciting that one goes back with a memorable travel kitty. Come to Cuyo the land of heavenly experiences and lovely luxuries and see how you can actually let your hair down and enjoy here. The pristine ambience of this wine producing region totally enthralls the visitor and makes it a great travel delight in this part of the world.

With the sight of the most majestic mountains this is one place where you can be sure to come back with a lot more than you expected. Earlier a part of the San Juan provinces it also included San Luis and Mendoza. Cuyo is inclusive or La Rioja province and Cuyo. This new Cuyo city is today a political and economic region and a part of the northwestern part of this magnificent land of Cuyo.

With a lot of Cuyo attractions, which are part of the highest ranges of the Andes and the mighty Aconcagua, this is certainly a greatly attractive here. Visit the Ischigualasto Provincial Park which is another fascinating land here in travels to South America.

Cuyo attractions

Predominantly made up of red soil, the grace of the rivers crossing this region is eye catching. These rivers that cross the region here are totally snow fed and so the volume of water here consistently increases during the spring season. The Desaguadero River is the main place of collection. This is a river that has waters from other rivers like Vinchina, Bermejo, Salado which together reach the River Colorado.

Cuyo is a main area of viticulture. Wine is produced here to a great extent and more than 80% of the national production is made up of wine. Olives and potatoes are also cultivated here largely and some of the most delicious fruits are also prepared here. Cuyo is also a great destination for the most magnificent houses and churches which seem to be found all over the region. This is a very interesting place for those who wish to see something different. The simple sight of the Universidad  Nacional de Cuyo is found here. Found in 1939, this has a campus in Mendoza and has innumerable faculties.

With the San Juan region providing a great verdant expanse, the Ischigualasto is a major part of the region here and is adjacent to the border with Chile and lies in another green paradise here. This is the Talampaya National Park in La Rioja. In fact a part of the Pampa Hills provides some of the most fascinating scenery and is also famous for its past history.

Talampaya national park in la rioja

This park in the province of San Juan is also popular for the most magnificent geological formations. Today one can see the Valle de Luna which has been caused due to these geological structures and thus provides the visitors with a great green stretch.

Tourists normally come here to do something different. So the sight of dinosaurs enthusiasts and paleontologists is very common here and the added delight of seeing the bones of the dinosaurs is something that makes travel here greatly pleasurable. These dinosaurs have existed here since the Triassic period and they have provided a great study of mammals that have been living here since ages.

This World Heritage Site is a great site with the best sights of the rock formations. The Talampaya National Park has a magnificent gorge which has the most fascinating rock formations. Tourists here love to see the manner in which the rocks go up to a height of around 262 feet wide and more than 469 feet high.

Heritage site

The awe striking flora and fauna here make up the main sights of the place. There is something really special and nice about the rich biodiversity of the region thus making it a nature lover’s dream come true. Visit the Cuyo region in South America and come back with a fascinating tour experience.

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Total Enchantment at the Iguazu falls http://www.journeyidea.org/total-enchantment-at-the-iguazu-falls http://www.journeyidea.org/total-enchantment-at-the-iguazu-falls#comments Mon, 07 May 2012 08:54:42 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=8326 If you are in South America, then you shouldn’t miss the Iguazu falls which is a great water body in this part of the world. Taller than the Niagara Falls this is a beautiful water body with around 275 cascades. Spread in a horseshoe shape and spanning around two miles of the River Iguazu and the falls are a result of a great volcanic eruption. This eruption created a crack in the earth and this is resulted in the Iguazu falls.

In the month of November when rainfalls, the flow of water increases and goes upto around 450,000 cubic feet. As the falls thunder down the 269 feet, the location of the Iguazu falls is a beauty to the eye and a total enchantment. These falls are divided into many smaller waterfalls. Iguazu is around four times wider than the Niagara Falls. They are divided into many water bodies like the Devil’s throat which is very popular. Then there is the San martin falls, and also the Bernabe Mendez falls besides the Bossetti Falls.

Known as Foz do Iguacu in Portuguese and as Cataratas Del Iguazu in Spanish language this beautiful blessing of Mother Nature is located on the border of Argentina and Brazil and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is easy to get here and flights to Argentina or Brazil would take you here.

Iguazu falls
The Iguazu falls belong to the jungle ecosystem which is protected by the Brazil national parks and also the national parks of Argentina. The cascade thus has the beautiful green zones of both the places on either side. Two thirds of the Iguazu falls is in Argentina and here you can thus take a tour to the Iguazu National park. Here the innumerable jungle trails and also he exciting hikes would surely keep a tourist totally enchanted. It is required that you spend a full day in this lovely park and enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna that greets you here.

It is always better to take a detailed trip to the Iguazu falls and not take the smaller trips as the falls in itself is such a delightful sight that a lot of time would be essential so that you get the best of the Iguazu falls. So get the best of the falls and the greenery here and enjoy the moment to the fullest. The view of the Iguazu falls from the Brazilian portion is very panoramic and there are facilities of helicopter rides which take you over the falls from the Foz do Iguacu. Take boat rides to these falls and enjoy the light here to facilitate better photos.

Iguazu Falls Helicopter
The Devil’s Throat is that part of the Iguazu Falls which give the best travel memories to this part of the world. Here there are around 14 falls that fall here from a height of around 350 feet and the force with which they fall creates a spray cloud of around 100 feet here. Get the pleasures of seeing the beautiful rainbow here. You can walk through the national Iguaçu Park and go to the foot of the Salto Floriano and take the lift to the top of the waterfalls and also walk over the falls at the place called Salto Union.

The Argentine side of the Iguazu falls gives you the best experiences of walks over the water as it gushes into the Devil’s Gorge. You would be given rain suits to protect yourself from the water sprays. Many areas are there where you could swim and it is important that you have guidance as you are in these areas.

Devil's Gorge
The Fall season and the spring is the ideal time to visit the Iguazu falls. The summers here are very humid and hot and the winter sees the water level coming down. Hotels on either side of the river and sightseeing facilities ensure that you enjoy your visit to the Iguazu falls.

The Rivers Iguazu and Parana meet at the place where Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina borders unite so this is a landmark for each country. So each country has made a landmark here with the colours of all the three countries in the place where they meet.

The word Iguazu comes from the Guarani word which means great water. It was lavar Nunes Cabeza who saw the falls first and the entire power of the Iguazu falls was not utilized till the Itaipu Hydroelectric power plant was built. This has been jointly constructed by Brazil and Paraguay.

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Enchanting Tales From the Baritu National Park http://www.journeyidea.org/enchanting-tales-from-the-baritu-national-park http://www.journeyidea.org/enchanting-tales-from-the-baritu-national-park#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:38:05 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=8275 Situated in the northeastern part of the province of Salta, there is a beautiful green region filled with the  pleasures of lovely plants and fascinating animals. Get to see the best of animal delights and travel pleasures when you are in South America. Visit the Baritu National Park in this part of the world and enjoy the pleasures of great sights here.

Baritu National Park is home to the biggest eagle Aguila Arpia which is the largest in the entire world. There are many rivers which cross this region and River Lipeo is the most important of them,and this is a park that lies in the northernmost tip of the Argentinian locales. It takes cares of the Montana jungle.

Baritu National Park River Lipeo

It is a part of the Yungas which are mountain jungles and forests that are seen to go deep into Bolivia and also pass Salta, Jujuy, Catamarca and Salta. These beautifully cover the eastern parts of the Eastern Andes Range. There is a lot of humidity that is created here due to the winds that come from the South Atlantic region and come to rest on the eastern slopes of this region.

The region is filled with subtropical forests and they are very natural and maintain the beauty of the place. There are many species of trees here and are found in the south that they don’t grow beyond a certain height. The climate is hot and humid here thus creating the right condition for development. There are many kinds of wildlife that are found here so get to see the ocelot and the jaguar and also the otter.

Baritu National Park
The Baritu National Park is a national region in the Argentinian region which is situated in the Santa Victoria Department in the northern part of Salta. It has Bolivia and is normally easily accessed through this country. Spanning over 720 square kilometres, this is the only topical park in this part of Argentina.

Created in the year 1974, this is mainly bordered by mountains and has a protected area that belongs to the eco regions in the southern Andean Yungas locale. It is made up of the Sub Andean Hills which is around 300 to 400 m tall. The hot and wet climate with the intermittent summer rains, makes this a perfect haven for the endangered species like the onza and the yaguarete. Trees like the cedro salteno or the Salta cedrelas are huge here and the wood from these trees are very valuable.

Thus this park which is a part of the ecosystem of the Yungas has many beautiful streams dotting the entire place and has the best kind of varied vegetation in this part of the world. An enchanting natural paradise this is a place which makes you feel closer to nature and offers the most fascinating sights of a great green haven.

Baritu National Park

The sheer beauty of the greenery here coupled with the smell of soil and the leaves completely enthralls the tourist   and he goes back with a valuable travel kitty. This is a secluded region in the world and sunlight barely reaches inside due to the thick canopy of trees here.

With Mother Nature totally left undisturbed here, the forest has a certain intrigue and uniqueness to it, that is best left undisturbed. Cloud forest has remained untouched here and this is a place that is inaccessible, and the terrain is uneven so making it a greatly natural region. The main reason that wood extraction has been prevented here is due to the roughness and uneven terrain.

There are sights of the most unique plantations and trees here and the plethora of flora and fauna attracts the tourist coming to this part of the world. Come here and experience the pleasures of being in a land of pleasurable sights and lovely memories. Certainly tours to South America should include visits to the Baritu National park which provides the tourist with something special and unbelievably natural.

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Chaco National park Tour Guide http://www.journeyidea.org/chaco-national-park-tour-guide http://www.journeyidea.org/chaco-national-park-tour-guide#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 12:57:33 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=8182 Ensconced in the virgin surroundings of the Chaco region is a pristine land filled with the greatest pleasures and the most ideal tour delights. This is where lies the Chaco National park spanning an area of around 15,000 hectares. Created in the year 1954, this park is a region which has the best bio diversity and is found in the eastern area of the Chaco province and is filled with the best quebracho Colorado trees.

Chaco National park

Quebracho is a strong wood and is rich in the tannin substance or it had been subjected to a lot of logging for more than100 years. Quebracho was almost near extinction and it is only the creation of the Chaco National Park that today the species of Quebracho are found here in the region and the flora and fauna today thrives greatly in this region.

The park with its variety of landscape and the beautiful savanna, and the verdant woodlands along with the lagoons and marshes makes a great place to be in and has the widest plethora of terrain. The woodlands where with the beautiful trees that go up to around 15m high provide the variety that is needed thus making these Argentinine trees greatly intriguing and interesting.

The base of the forest is completely filled with the bromeliads which are also known as the Chaguares. They with their strong spines with the spikes found at the leaf edges make up the main woodland and they are totally impenetrable. The plants that are found here in the denser areas which surround the River Negro add to the beauty of the region where the river winds up through the park in the camping zones.

Capybaras Quebracho

The park is a place where you get the widest mix of animals. So there are cougars, alligators, yacares, armadillos, guazunchos, capybaras and also the cayara monkey. The capybaras are a large rodent and the guazunchos is a kind of deer. This is where you would also get the coralina punteada which is a lovely snaked that is found mainly underground. The lagoons are a preferred habitat here and the frogs here enchant the tourists in summer. There are marshes here and these are inhabited by the aquatic turtle caquena. More than 340 species of birds are found here.

The park has a huge camping zone and has many tables, bathrooms and also has facilities of lights. There are many footpaths that are seen to bifurcate from here and there is a lake called Panza de Cabra which is the region for multiple campsites. There are however no electricity or bathrooms ere and thus it gives a greatly natural experience.

The Moscovies and Tobas communities are found here, and they are supposed to tbe the descendants of the first indigenous communities in this area. There is a path which takes you through the park and they are normally traversed by car and it is a greatly fascinating sight to travel through the park region with the sights of the beautiful quebracho Colorado woodlands.

There are two pedestrian crossings here which lead from the main path. There is a 3 km path on one side and there is another that is 1.5 km long. The paths give the visitors great bird watching and hiking facilities.

This is a park with a greatly subtropical environment, and the park provides the right means to conveniently and comfortably visit the surroundings just to enjoy the absolutely mesmerizing sights in the Chaco National Park.

Argentina is a land of tourists pleasures and travel delights. It has the most serene and tranquil ambience and gives the tourist a lot travel delight. The Chaco national park provides the tourist with greatly interesting sights and the most magnificent surroundings. The simple presence of the Quebrecha variety and the ideal presence of flora and fauna gives the tourist a great reason to visit this land of pleasure, thrill and excitement. Come here and enjoy the best ambience that you could see in this part of the world.

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Sao Paulo – The Most Rewarding and Best Trip Possible http://www.journeyidea.org/sao-paulo-the-most-rewarding-and-best-trip-possible http://www.journeyidea.org/sao-paulo-the-most-rewarding-and-best-trip-possible#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 07:05:34 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=7882 Sao Paulo is the Brazil’s biggest city in South America and southern hemisphere and 7th biggest city of the world by population. The city is anchor to Sao Paulo metropolitan region ranked as 2nd most crowded city in the America and amongst 5th biggest metropolitan regions on earth. It is the capital state of Sao Paulo, the most crowded Brazilian state and wields strong regional influence in finance and commerce along with entertainment and arts. Sao Paulo maintains strong global influence and is regarded as Alpha World City. The city has significant influence globally and nationally, in terms of politics, culture and economy. It houses various significant museums, monuments and parks, including Latin American Memorial, Museum of Portuguese Language, Paulista Avenue, one of the most significant financial centres of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Museum of Art and Ibirapuera Park.

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo holds plenty of high profile events such as Sao Paulo Indy 300, Sao Paulo Art Biennial, Sao Paulo Fashion Week and Brazil Grand Prix Formula 1 Sao Paulo. It is a home to Sao Paulo Stock Exchange, Future Markets and Cereal Market Stock Exchanges and has been home to different tallest apartments in Brazil such as Mirante do Vale, Italia, North Tower of United Nations Centre Enterprise and Altino Arantes. Sao Paulo is also colloquially called Sampa and is also quite famous for its unreliable weather, size of its helicopter fleet, multitude of skyscrapers, architecture, severe traffic congestion and gastronomy. The original coastal settlement in Brazil, Sao Vicente was established in the year 1532 and was first permanent Portuguese colony in New World. 22 years later, Jesuit missionaries Jose de Anchieta and Manuel da Nobrega and Tibirica Chief established the Sao Paulo village called dos Campos de Piratininga around 42 miles inland from the city. The clergymen founded a mission at Colegio de Sao Paulo de Piratininga, intended at converting Tupi–Guarani native Brazilians to Catholic faith, along with making it easier for Portuguese crown to rule them.

Sao Paulo is situated in south-eastern Brazil in south-eastern Sao Paulo State, around halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba. It is located on flat terrain situated within Serra do Mar, itself the component of vast area called Brazilian Highlands with average elevation of approximately 2,621 feet above sea level. This distance can be covered by two highways – Anchieta and Imigrantes, which roll down the range leading to Santos’s port city and Guaruja’s beach resort. Rolling terrain triumphs surrounded by developed regions of Sao Paulo except in city’s northern area, where Serra da Cantareira Range sports sizable remnant of Atlantic Rain Forest and higher elevations. The complete area is quite stable tectonically, and no noteworthy seismic activity has ever been recorded.

Atlantic Rainforest

In all of Brazil, individuals of various ethnicities mix with each other, creating multiethnic society. At the moment, people of many different ethnicities make Sao Paulo their home. The main groups taking into consideration all metropolitan regions are: three million people of Portuguese descent, six million people of Italian descent, 1 million people of Arab descent, 665,000 people of Japanese descent, 1.7 million people of African descent, 120,000 people of Chinese descent, 40,000 Jews, 400,000 people of German descent, 150,000 people of Greek descent, 60,000 Bolivian immigrants, 50,000 people of Korean descent and 250,000 people of French descent.

The luxury goods sales in Brazil recorded $8.9 billion in the year 2010, as per GfK Brazil, out of which 70 percent of luxury goods are marketed in Sao Paulo City and 95 percent of sales in city are symbolized by luxury quadrilateral. The Cidade Jardim mall is one of the high-end malls, in Jardim Panorama, Morumbi district, with cinemas, boutiques and restaurants, including Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Giorgio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Longchamp, Hermès, Rolex, Montblanc, Tiffany & Company, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Alexandre de Paris, Emilio Pucci, La Martina, Daslu department store and Canali. The Italian Fendi, Prada, Balmain, Christian Louboutin, Tod’s, Dolce & Gabbana, English Issa London, Argentinian brand Etiqueta Negra, flagships of Dior, French Twins for Peace, Cartier, Chanel’s new store and Gucci.

Salvatore Ferragamo at Cidade Jardim mall

The Iguatemi Faria Lima located in Faria Lima Avenue, is one of the oldest malls of Brazil released in the year 1966 and is regarded as eleventh most expensive shopping regions worldwide as per Cushman & Wakefield. Amongst the more than 30 global luxury marques include Emporio Armani, Burberry, Chanel, Hugo Boss, Bvlgari, Bang & Olufsen, Diane von Fürstenberg, D&G, Missoni, Gucci, Kate Spade, M Missoni, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, Salvatore Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin, Ermenegildo Zegna, Louis Vuitton, Baccarat, Max Mara, Tiffany & Company, Swarovski and Swatch.

Iguatemi Faria Lima

With 20 thousand square meters, the Sao Paulo’s Vila Olimpia neighbourhood is the Villa Daslu departament store sells around 330 global and national luxury brands like Ermenegildo Zegna, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Blumarine, Balmain, Givenchy, Chloé, Manolo Blahnik, Moschino, Missoni, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, DKNY, BCBG Max Azria, Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith, Goyard, Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo and Sergio Rossi. In the adjacent region, is being developed the future high-end mall called JK Iguatemi, which will have marques, including Balenciaga, Versace, Gucci, Nicole Miller, Ermenegildo Zegna, Chanel, Tod’s, Longchamp, TopShop/TopMan, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Burberry, Diane von Fürstenberg, Miu Miu, Polo Ralph Lauren, Goyard, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Carolina Herrera, Bottega Veneta, Dolce&Gabbana, Coach, Inc., Tory Burch, Sephora, Rimowa, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vicomte A., Daslu and Paula Cahen D’Anvers.

In Jardins are Aston Martin, Ferrari, BMW, Bentley, Maserati, Bugatti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Porsche, Volvo, Pagani, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Land Rover dealerships. Hotels as Porto Bay, Tivoli, Emiliano, Fasano, Unique and Renaissance are one of the best restaurants in the world as Fasano and D.O.M. In nearby and Oscar Freire streets like Bela Cintra and Haddock Lobo are some of the best marques of Brazil and world with Calvin Klein, Bang & Olufsen, Dior, Cartier, Ermenegildo Zegna, Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Marina Rinaldi, Marc Jacobs, Montblanc, Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Versace and Tommy Hilfiger.

Sao Paulo Fashion Week, which was founded in the year 1996 as Morumbi Fashion Brasil is one of the major and largest fashion events in South America. Brazil initially entered into global fashion circuit with increasing reputation of famous Brazilian top models, including Adriana Lima, Isabeli Fontana, Alessandra Ambrosio, Gisele Bündchen, Ana Beatriz Barros, Fernanda Tavares, Brenda Costa, Izabel Goulart, Evandro Soldati and Ana Hickmann.

Sao Paulo Fashion Week

The city has several universities and colleges in Sao Paulo include Universidade de Sao Paulo; Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Sao Paulo; Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho; Faculdade de Tecnologia de Sao Paulo; Instituto Federal de Educacao; Universidade Federal de São Paulo; Universidade Nove de Julho; Universidade de Mogi das Cruzes; Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie; Universidade São Judas Tadeu; Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing; Fundação Getúlio Vargas; Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado; Universidade Anhembi Morumbi; Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas; Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais; Faculdade de Comunicação Social Cásper Líbero; Faculdade Santa Marcelina and more.

Sao Paulo Landmarks: Street leading to Banespa building; Court of Justice of São Paulo; Paulista Avenue; Brooklin; Banespa Building; Catedral da Sé; Edifício Copan; Estação da Luz; Mooca; Liberdade; Mercado Municipal; Municipal Theatre of São Paulo; Museu de Arte Sacra; Museu do Ipiranga; Museum of the Portuguese Language; Pátio do Colégio; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; Praça da Sé

Museu de Arte Sacra

Sao Paulo Parks include: Parque da Aclimação; Parque da Água Branca; Parque Alfredo Volpi; Parque Anália Franco; Parque Anhanguera; Parque Buenos Aires; Parque Burle Marx; Parque da Cantareira; Parque do Carmo; Parque Cidade de Toronto; Parque dos Eucaliptos; Parque Estadual Fontes do Ipiranga; Parque Ecológico do Guarapiranga; Parque Guarapiranga; Horto Florestal de São Paulo; Ibirapuera Park; Parque Estadual do Jaraguá; Parque Jardim Felicidade; Parque Luís Carlos Prestes; Parque Nabuco; Parque do Piqueri; Parque Previdência; Parque Lina e Paulo Raia; Parque Raposo Tavares; Parque Raul Seixas; Parque Rodrigo de Gásperi; Parque Santa Amélia; Parque Santo Dias; Parque São Domingos; Parque Severo Gomes; Parque Ecológico do Tietê; Parque Trianon; Parque Vila dos Remédios; Parque Vila Guilherme; Parque Ecológico da Vila Prudente; Parque Villa-Lobos.

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Dangerous Animal Species Thriving in the Brazilian Rainforest http://www.journeyidea.org/dangerous-animal-species-thriving-in-the-brazilian-rainforest http://www.journeyidea.org/dangerous-animal-species-thriving-in-the-brazilian-rainforest#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 07:05:02 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=7821 Brazil houses the biggest rainforests on earth, majority of which lie in the Amazon. The rainforests of Brazil are inhabited by a wide variety of dangerous animal species. This article will inform you about some of them.

The Brazilian rainforests are famous for being home to several snake species. One of the most famous one among them is Brazilian coral, a snake with black and red body adorned by white stripes. This snake uses the powerful neurotoxins for preying. The other dangerous snake species found here is fer-de-lance; these snakes possess the ability of killing human beings effortlessly. Snakes can camouflage themselves within the surrounding greeneries of the forest, which makes walking across the Brazilian rainforests an extremely dangerous proposition.

Brazilian rainforests

These forests also have amphibian species like the poison dart frog; they are known for their amazing colors as well as for their ability of warding off the potential predators with poison. The poison is secreted form the skin of these frogs. Some of the poison dart frog varieties found in the Brazilian rainforests includes Phyllobates terribilis and sapphire-blue frogs.

Phyllobates terribilis Sapphire blue frog Dart frog Dart frog

According to experts, wandering spiders are the most venomous of all spider species existing on earth. These spiders are quite common in the banana plants of the Brazilian rainforests and whenever they are disturbed, they reciprocate by biting. Human beings walking across these forests also have possibilities of experiencing bites of the bullet ants. The pain caused by a bullet ant bite usually lasts for an entire day.

Brazilian rainforests is also home for the jaguars. The jaguars are great hunters; they have extremely powerful paws and jaws, using which they take down large preys. The strong jaws of this animal are capable of cracking a turtle’s shell. Another dangerous animal species found in the Brazilian rainforests is the black caiman or Melanosuchus niger. This animal is found in the fresh water bodies of Amazon basin. Black caimans almost got extinct; but the conservation efforts have resulted in slow, but steady comeback of this endangered animal species.

Spider Bullet ant Jaguar Melanosuchus niger

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InterContinental Sao Paulo: One of the Best Luxury Hotels of Brazil http://www.journeyidea.org/intercontinental-sao-paulo-one-of-the-best-luxury-hotels-of-brazil http://www.journeyidea.org/intercontinental-sao-paulo-one-of-the-best-luxury-hotels-of-brazil#comments Tue, 08 Nov 2011 08:34:41 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=7711 InterContinental Sao Paulo belongs to the famous InterContinental chain of hotels. It is located conveniently only some blocks away from the actual city of Sao Paulo. You might be visiting the city of Sao Paulo for business purposes or for enjoying the city’s exciting nightlife, this hotel would be a perfect accommodation option for you.

IInterContinental Sao PaulonterContinental Sao Paulo houses 189 guestrooms and boasts a lavish presidential suite and a specially decorated executive floor. The interior of the hotel is done following the Art Deco style of the 1920s. Besides housing well-appointed rooms with amenities like coffee maker and high speed internet connection, the hotel also allows accessing Wi-Fi in all its social areas including Club Lounge.

For fitness freaks, there is a fitness center in this Brazil hotel. The fitness center is named as Estacao Fitness; it is equipped with all the advanced exercising equipments and you will be guided by two notch physical trainers according to your requirements. This fitness center was renovated in the year 2010 and stays open for the guests all through the day. You can also sweat it out in the swimming pol. The hotel has a outdoor pool and pool in its 3rd floor.

As mentioned before, InterContinental Sao Paulo acts as the perfect accommodation option even for business travelers. The business center of the hotel can be used from 7am till 10pm. There are Executive Suites and Executive Floors specially equipped with business facilities like Facsimile, Printer, personal computers etc. If you have meeting organized at any other location, the hotel will organize private limousines for you. You will also be offered foreign currency exchange services within the hotel premises.

InterContinental Sao Paulo room InterContinental Sao Paulo room InterContinental Sao Paulo room

If you are wondering where to dine during your stay at the InterContinental Sao Paulo, you should be rest assured. The in-house restaurant of the hotel i.e.  serves delightful French cuisine topped with Brazilian flavors. The restaurant is located in the lobby floor of the hotel. You can enter Tarsila for having all your meals, breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Tarsila restaurant Tarsila restaurant

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A Visit to the Tijuca National Park of Brazil http://www.journeyidea.org/a-visit-to-the-tijuca-national-park-of-brazil http://www.journeyidea.org/a-visit-to-the-tijuca-national-park-of-brazil#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 07:01:44 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=7531 The Tijuca National Park is located in the capital city of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. It is basically a rainforest covering an area of 8000acre. Currently, Tijuca National Park tops the list of urban forests in the world when it comes to their size. The forest houses 30 waterfalls, several hundreds of trees and plants and a minimum of 100 different animal species. Tijuca National Park contributes hugely to the environment of the city Rio de Janeiro. Due to the presence of this rainforest, the city’s temperature is cut down by as much as 9 degrees.

Tijuca National Park

The surrounding area of this national park is also extremely picturesque. There is the famous Statue of Christ and Cocovado Mountain. The place also has other attractions like Gavea Rock and the second highest mountain peak of the city, Tijuca Peak. The Tijuca Peak is rated among the most beautiful regions of Rio de Janeiro and attracts thousands of tourists from different corners of the globe every year. Standing on the peak you will get to see the extraordinary view of the entire Rio de Janeiro.  The prominent places of the city like Maracana Stadium and Rio-Niterói Bridge and famous beaches like Leblon, Botofogo, Ipanema and Copacabana can all be seen from the top of the Tijuca Peak.

Statue of Christ Tijuca Peak top view Gavea Rock

As you’ll enter the park, you will come across exotic breeds of topical flowers, the stunning waterfalls and encounter a number of new experiences. One of the most exciting possessions of the Tijuca National Park is the Gavea Rock, locally referred to as Pedra da Gávea. It is basically a rock containing gneiss and granite. The rock mounts 842 m above the sea level. The rock looks lot like a human face. The common believe suggests that due to its size and position, the Gavea Rock undergoes severe erosion, which has resulted in this unique shape or design of the rock.

Pedra da Gávea

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