As 75-year-old villager Antônio Gomes told us stories of growing up in Boca do Mamirauá, a tiny settlement in the northern Amazon rainforest, I tried to ignore the tiny blue flies biting through my trousers. Despite my interest in hearing how locals survive in this remote part of the Brazilian rainforest, now a part of the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, I was grateful to escape when he finished, finding refuge in one of the tall wooden houses.
From pink dolphins to ecolodges, Brazil hopes the World Cup will boost tourism, but Amazon can handle visitors in small doses.
Every four years, the World Cup erupts to the joy of millions around the world, some of whom converge on the host country to join the month-long festivities. Although only a fraction of fans manage to attend a match, they all come to celebrate football – and there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the Brazil World Cup than by savouring the specialties of some of the competing countries in immigrant-centric São Paulo. Here are nine places to indulge in the eclectic food and drink scene of Brazil’s biggest city.
During the last years researchers have discovered an important impact of tourism on traditional Amazonian Indian practices such as agriculture and hunting.
When I first told friends I'd be visiting Mexico City – an urban centre of more than 20 million people – many warned me about the heavy traffic, the endless smog and the notorious crime.