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Brazil – Northeast Region

23 de October de 2012 0

:: Brazil - Northeast Region | Brazil - Southeast Region | By Matueté

We always say how great Brazil is and show you amazing pictures of our country. But now is the time to read about the real Matueté experience, written by one of our clients – The Curcio family, who chose Brazil as the first stop for their round the world trip!

They have a very interesting blog, in which each member of the family writes about their personal impressions of each place, like a travel diary. Their pictures are also very inspiring and totally worth a look!

 

So far they have been to Rio, Salvador and Natal, and have just arrived in Fernando de Noronha Island. This is some of their thoughts about the places they’ve been:

 

Rio by Sheryl – “Art is everywhere in the streets with nameless graffiti artists speaking out with color and intricate designs along main thoroughfares, on neighborhood corners and on school walls. I wish we could know the stories behind each.”

 

Brian about the food: “Although it’s become apparent that Brazil has an obsession with rice and beans (most likely due to the fact that protein is simply more expensive) the one thing we can’t knock is the food.”

 

Natal, by Brian: “by far the sunniest and warmest place we’ve been yet; surprisingly, it’s quite clean too.  Located 4 degrees of the equator, Natal seems to be as close to a touristy paradise as you can get – even the girls here seem to have a certain ‘sparkle’ to them. “

 

Check out their blog to learn more about their experiences and perceptions about Brazil so far!

Have a nice reading!

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2 de October de 2012 0

:: Brazil - Northeast Region | Gastronomy | Uncategorized

Brazilian gastronomy is a mosaic of European, African and Indigenous traditions and ingredients. The country is so big, that depending on where you go, you will find completely different flavours and ingredients.

If you go to the Northeast region, in most of the cities by the coast, you will find a delicious fish stew called Moqueca (pronounced “mo-KEH-kah”). It is basically a fish and vegetable stew, with a special extra touch depending on the city you go. We will teach you how to cook a Bahian style Moqueca so you can have a special and delicious Brazilian dinner at home.

As exotic as it may sound, you probably have most of the ingredients already in your pantry. You’ll want to get fresh fish of course, and with prep, the total cooking time is less than an hour. The only special ingredient that may be hard to find is this red palm oil that we call dendê. It has a very particular taste that brings the exoticness to the dish. If you live in a European or American large city, you can look for a Brazilian store and they will have it for sure. If you don´t find it, just use a good olive oil – It will be delicious as well.

This recipe serves around 8 people and we usually eat it with white rice.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 800kg of fillets of firm white fish such as halibut, swordfish, or cod, rinsed in cold water, pin bones removed, cut into large portions
  • ½ kg of shrimp (this is optional – don´t worry if you are allergic or don´t have it)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Palm oil or olive oil (at taste)
  • 2 big onions sliced (around 1cm)
  • 2 red or green pepper, seeded and sliced (one of each will give a beautiful color to the dish)
  • 3 big tomatoes, sliced
  • Red fresh chili, finely minced, at taste
  • 1 large bunch of cilantro, chopped with some set aside for garnish
  • 300ml coconut milk
  • 500ml water

Place fish pieces and the shrimp into different bowls. Add to each the minced garlic and lime juice so that the pieces are well coated. Sprinkle generously all over with salt and pepper. Keep chilled while preparing the rest of the soup.

In a large covered pan (we like using clay pots), coat the bottom with about 2 tbsp of palm or olive oil and heat on medium heat. First, add a layer of the sliced onions, the peppers, the tomatoes then the fish, and so on, layer by layer. Then add part of the cilantro, all the coconut milk and the water. Cover the pan and let it cook.

Do not strew! After 20min, check if the fish is almost cooked. If it isn’t, leave it for a little more time. Then add the shrimps and leave it for 5 more minutes.

When the shrimps are cooked, add some palm oil (around 3 or 4 tbl spoons) and the rest of the cilantro.

If you enjoyed the recipe, contact us when coming to Brazil – we can tell you where you can find the best Moquecas and take you to a Brazilian culinary class so you can learn more about our cuisine!

Bom apetite!

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17 de September de 2012 0

:: *Beach | Brazil - Northeast Region | By Matueté

Think about a luxury resort exclusively for you and your family for the New Year ‘s Eve celebration. Now imagine that it is settle in one of the most authentic part of the Brazilian coast, by Salvador, in the beautiful Bay of All Saints with all its mysticism and good energies for this special date. If you liked the idea, Ilha das Canas is still available!

Ilha das Canas is a private island and one of the most exclusive properties available for rent in Brazil.

Groups of up to 26 people can have this entire small island for themselves, with a 30 person staff at disposal. They are always ready to produce special events to make your experience unique, just like having a whole resort only for you and your family and friends. The island has a wide range of  water ‘toys’, such as kayaks, sailing dingy, motor boats and a 46ft yacht, that are available to bring even more fun to the experience. Take a look at these pictures to have a better idea of what we are talking about.

We also have a wide range of incredible beach properties available for New Year’s. Consult us for more details!

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22 de June de 2012 0

:: Adventure | Brazil - Northeast Region

For some, our tracks around the rainforest or horseback riding in Pantanal isn´t adventurous enough.  For these travelers who need a very high level of adrenaline we have great news! Rally dos Sertões has opened registrations for its 20th anniversary commemorative edition that will happen from August 18th to 29th.

The Rally dos Sertões is not just a famous competition – it’s the biggest single country Rally and gives the competitors not only the emotion of the race, but the opportunity to discover an unknown reality and new landscapes around small villages of the dry Northeast hinterlands, places unrevealed for tourism.

This year edition will go throw through 11 cities, two of which are unprecedented in the history of the Rally, across five states. The cities are: São Luís (Maranhão), Barrerinhas (MA), Bacabal (MA), Barra do Corda (MA), Carolina (MA), Palmas (Tocantins), Alto Paranaíba (MA), the unprecedented Bom Jesus (Piauí) , Petrolina (Pernambuco), also unprecedented Iguatu (Cearpa) and Fortaleza (CE).

Interested? You still have a month to register at the the rally’s website. But if you can´t join the competition, you can take a look at the Sertões Series, smaller races that happen all year long. In both cases we will be happy to help you plan your trip!

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19 de June de 2012 0

:: *Beach | Adventure | Brazil - Central-west Region | Brazil - North Region | Brazil - Northeast Region | Nature | Uncategorized

We do know some indigenous tribes that can do the rain dance to help our travelers have the perfect trip, but unfortunately that doesn´t seems to be working on the last couple of months… This year the abundant rain – or the lack of it – is getting on the way of those whiling to travel to some of the most incredible destinations in Brazil.

At the Amazon, Saint Pedro (for Catholics, the god that controls weather) has been too generous – maybe even too much. It has been raining much more than what it used to, and the Rio Negro River’s level is much higher than usual. The river is still perfectly navigable, in the case you are planning to travel in one of your yachts in the next few months – but what gets on the way is that most of its beaches are submersed, and as you can imagine, lots of riverside communities have been seriously damaged.

On the other hand, if you are planning to visit the pristine dunes and lagoons of the Lençóis Maranhenses on the next couple of months, we would advise you to take a look at other great places to go in Brazil, since there hasn’t been raining around the region. And if there is no rain, there are only a few of the biggest lagoons remaining. What is still a great view, but definitely not as impressive as it can be. But don´t lose hope! We were told that it rained yesterday, so we will keep you posted in case the situation changes!

But if you like to wait or take this weather risks, why don´t you head to the Southwest region of Brazil and check out the wetlands of the Pantanal and Bonito? Weather is perfect by now and there is a lot adventure and wildlife to be discovered. Liked the idea? Check for more info at http://matuete.com/wpmatuete/places-to-visit/pantanall

Have nice trip :)

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25 de October de 2010 0

:: *Beach | Adventure | Brazil - Northeast Region

 

 

The New York Times travel correspondent, Seth Kugel, recently wrote about his first assignment on his internet blog, The Frugal Traveler: a Latin America “summer” trip, from São Paulo to New York, visiting various wonderful destinations on a low budget. During his 13-week trip he passed by Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico. When it was over, Seth chose the highs and lows of his trip and amazingly (or not) picked the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, in Brazil, as his trip’s Best Moment.

The most beautiful place in the world? I could make an argument. At the very least I’d never seen anything like it before — a desert with oases that were not only real, but so cool and clean that they could have been poured from a Brita pitcher.

Seth Kugel, The Frugal Traveler

 

The Lençóis Maranhenses is a large desert of sand dunes almost 20m high in the northeastern region of Brazil. These dunes dotted with fresh water crystal clear lagoons and seen from above the landscape reminds one of crumpled sheets (in Portuguese: Lençóis) – giving this alluring destination its name. This is a destination of violent winds and changing landscapes; of thresholds where mangrove meets desert, desert meets ocean and ocean meets rivers. The Lençóis is certainly one of the most unique and impressive landscapes in the country, perhaps in the world!

  

 

Still curious? Click here and find out more about this heaven on earth destination.

Source: The Frugal Traveler

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30 de March de 2010 0

:: *Beach | Adventure | Brazil - North Region | Brazil - Northeast Region | Nature

Thereza Bracher (24)

Groups of friends and families looking for a real adventure in remote and extremely beautiful regions of Brazil and who value traveling off the beaten track, have a new tailored itinerary: Northern Adventures. Read the rest of this entry »

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