South America has, in my mind, always been a world separated by more than just the Atlantic Ocean. Stories from friends who have ventured to the ancient Incan ruins or the vast ecosystem that makes up the Amazon, have always seemed like tales and fantasies, Continue reading
When I set my sights on Brazil, a haven of natural wonders with a gloriously long coastline famous for heavenly beaches and tropical climes, I found myself spoilt for choice while simultaneously needing to be very choosy. Seeing the country in its entirety could take months, and even heading north to the shores of Bahia Continue reading
If you’ve been inspired by last month’s Olympic Games to visit Rio de Janeiro, now is the perfect time to head to Brazil’s second-largest city. With the atmosphere of the Games still prevalent, a stop in Rio is a must if you’re thinking of heading to Latin America. Here is a selection of this vibrant city’s highlights, which encompass both some famous landmarks as well as lesser-known sights.
As the long-awaited 2016 Olympic Games get underway, Rio de Janeiro’s state employees have voiced their concerns about the financial crisis their city is facing. Back in June, Rio’s state governor Sergio Cabral Filho declared a state of ‘financial emergency’ and urged the Brazilian government to offer aid to the city to avoid widespread repercussions for ‘public security, health, education [and] transport’ after the majority of the city’s budget for several years now, has given priority to the Games. Continue reading
A group of nearly 150 healthcare professionals from around the globe are calling on the World Health Organization to postpone or move the Olympic Games this August due to the risks surrounding the recent Zika virus outbreak. The virus, which is transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes, is said to cause severe birth defects such as microcephaly — a condition which results in babies being born with abnormally small heads due to incomplete brain development. Experts warn that not only does the Zika outbreak put visitors at a direct risk of being infected, it is also thought that it could result in the virus being spread throughout the world when these visitors return home.