Brazil Archive

Yes, Americans are Getting Fatter – Including Latin Americans

It’s not just the residents of the USA that have gone beyond pleasingly plump to downright fat. Partly because of the junk food and sodas we produce in the fattest country spreading to the rest of the hemisphere and the countries of Latin America buying more automobiles, obesity is spreading fast. This chart of projections [...]

Design Hotels That Serve the Young, Rich, and Artsy

I just attended a luxury travel conference attended by expensive hotels and tour companies catering to the wealthy. This is nothing new, but the focus of this one was new: the “creative class” travelers who want their fine linens and concierges to come with a ladle full of cool. Boutique hotels have gone from occasional [...]

The Shifting Crime Scene in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is getting safer. Is that the whole story though? NPR has been running some excellent Morning Edition reports this week specifically focused on violence in Latin America. Travel publications and news outlets both tend to either ignore or over-hype the crime situation in various places, but we try to keep it real [...]

News of the Month From Latin America – May, 2013

The news out of Latin America is seldom boring. There’s always something going on in this vast region worth talking about. Here are some of the more unusual or noteworthy tidbits from the recent news. Toilet paper shortage in Venezuela It’s one thing to hear about the effects of socialism on a country’s economy, quite [...]

Travel Related News From Latin America – April ’13

Having a new pope come from Argentina should be good news when it comes to numbers. Canada and the USA combined have 86 million Catholics. South America has 339 million. Tired of hearing Argentina’s politicians’ sabre-rattling about the Falkland Islands, the locals went to the polls to vote in a referendum. Only 3 out of 1,513 [...]