The name of Brazil is shortened from Terra do Brasil, “land of brazilwood”, given in the early 16th century to the territories leased to the merchant consortium led by Fernão de Noronha for commercial exploitation, which focussed on the production of dyewood for the European cloth industry. The name of the brazilwood tree (Portuguese pau-brasil) is derived from medieval Latin lignum brasilium (or brisilium); the etymology of brasilium is often given as “red like an ember”, formed from medieval Latin brasa “ember, glowing charcoal” (Old French brese, from a West Germanic *brasa). [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Belo Horizonte CakePHP Meetup – Grupo para pessoas interessadas no framework CakePHP, venha conhecer a comunidade deste framework. [meetup]

Belo Horizonte Green Drinks Meetup – Green Drinks’, which means’ Green Drinks’, is a relaxed Happy Hour event designed to bring together professionals and scholars on the subject of sustainability so that they can acquire new knowledge and expand their network of contacts. [meetup]

Brasília Aberta – Brasilia abierta is a meeting of work, study and discussions about open data and civic technologies. The meeting brings together people from different areas and profiles, technical and non-technical, to discuss and create creative solutions to public problems. [meetup]

Brasilia Camping – Camps, tips, camping, survival … Exchange of experiences, places, etc. [meetup]

Brasília Filosofia Meetup – The Philosophical Quintas is an event conceived from the Philosophical Cafes, now a reality in several countries of the world. Always on the third Thursday of the month, it is a meeting where everyone can participate, without restrictions of age or philosophical baggage. [meetup]

Drink About Sao Paulo – Every sixth night in a different place in São Paulo, SILICON DRINKABOUT is a happy hour format meetup that brings together startups, innovation and creative businesses. The event was born in London and today is present in 18 cities around the world, fostering entrepreneurship and collaboration. [meetup]

Recife Volunteering Meetup – I want to bring people together to form a group of volunteers in the Tower. The project is to form a “playgroup”, to work with children up to 5 years. The group should meet once a week in the morning. The initial meetings will be to discuss the scope of the project, forms of dissemination and action. [meetup]

Rio Friends – So you’re new to Rio and want to meet cool new people and expand you social circle? A group you can trust and feel welcomed. Then you’ve come to the right place. [meetup]

Rio In Business – Rio in Business is a new MeetUp group whose members are located in Rio de Janeiro. It was created by business owners for business owners to generate the networking of various types of businesses, service providers, and independent professionals. We will meet regularly each month in a business but social atmosphere. [meetup]

Salvador Tennis Meetup – This is a meeting point for those who want to find new partners to hit a ball in the area of ​​Salvador and surroundings. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date – Badoo is a third website for online dating in Brazil that you can try if you have found no luck at the sites above. To have any success on this site, you need to send out A LOT of messages as their filtering system for fake profiles is definitely not the strongest. [visa hunter] – BrazilCupid is a member of the prominent Cupid Media network that owns 30+ dating sites around the world. It is my favorite site in Brazil and just happens to be where I met my wife (who is a native of Brazil). [visa hunter] – I have had a decent amount of experience with ParPerfeito (“perfect partner” in Portuguese). I like the site but not as much as BrazilCupid. It is still a good second choice though. You might have seen their banners inside Metro stations if you have ever been to Rio De Janeiro. [visa hunter]

Romantico Brazil – Our site is for single heterosexual adults over eighteen years of age, who are looking for the partner of their dreams. [romantico brazil]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Airo Tour – Join us on a free tour of Recife to get to know this great Brazilian city with a local guide. [airo tour]

Around SP – Around SP is an Inbound Tour Operator that offers a wide range of services within Sao Paulo and its surroundings. With years of experience in the market, we’re specialists in welcoming travelers, and delivering high quality services with excellence. [around sp]

Belem Free Walking Tour – The first free walking tour from the Brazilian Amazon! El primer free walking tour de la Amazonia Brasileña! O primeiro free walking tour da Amazônia! [facebook]

Brasília City Tour – The city tour will visit the most interesting points of the Brasília including some of the residential neighbourhoods, initially built for government workers then sold off privately. [audley travel]

Brazil Booker – Belem is the capital of the State of Pará, and is located on the southern branch of the Amazon River. It is the main point of entry to the Amazon region as well as an important commercial and economic center. During the 19th century rubber boom, the city served as the main port of the region and the famous “Ver-o-Peso” market, designed and built in England, as well the Catholic Churches and the “Peace Theater” are reminders of that era. [brazil booker]

Rio Free Walking Tour – Our main goal is to offer to the tourist information about the culture and the history of Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), barely known by the visitor. We want to pass ahead everything that exists beyond the Sugar Loaf, Christ the Redeemer, samba, beaches, caipirinhas and football. [rio free walking tour]

Rio Natural Ecotourism – Rio Natural Ecotourism is an ecological adventure tourism operator with highly qualified, specialized services. It offers its customers unforgettable experiences in breath-taking natural scenery, bringing moments of great charm to your holiday and providing a lifetime of memories. [rio natural]

Walking Tours Belo Horizonte – Walking tours focused on architecture and belorizontinos lifestyle! Affordable and interesting tours focused on belorizontinian architecture and lifestyle! [facebook]

Walking Tours of Salvador- Free – “Walking Tours of Salvador – Free” is a company providing free walking tours in the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. [facebook]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Amazon Rain Forests – About 20 kilometers southeast of Manaus, the dark Rio Negro waters meet the light muddy water of the Rio Solimões, flowing side by side for about six kilometers before mixing as the Amazon. Boat trips from Manaus take you to this point, called Encontro das Aguas, meeting of the waters. Other boat trips take you into the heart of the rain forests and the network of rivers, channels, and lakes formed by the three rivers. [planet ware]

Art Museums of Sao Paulo – São Paulo holds some of the best collections of fine arts in Latin America, and the buildings in which they are housed are architectural landmarks as well. The Museu de Arte, MASP, displays the continent’s most comprehensive collection of western art, with representative works by artists from the Renaissance through modern masters. There are 73 bronze sculptures by Degas and works by Renoir, Manet, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, and Miró. [planet ware]

Brasília’s Modernist Architecture – Brazil’s new city of Brasília was carved out of the wilderness and completed in less than three years to replace Rio de Janeiro as the country’s capital in 1960. The ambitious plan by Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer became a showpiece of city planning and avant-garde architecture, and it remains today as one of the world’s few cities that represent a completed plan and a single architectural concept. [planet ware]

Belo Horizonte – The capital of the state of Minas Gerais gave the pre-eminent Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer his first commissions, and today, these early Niemeyer buildings draw tourists and fans of Modernist architecture to the city. His first major work, which immediately set him apart from conventional architects, was the parabolic-curved São Francisco de Assis church, beside a lake in the Pampulha neighborhood. On the hillside above it, and connected by gardens designed by landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, is Niemeyer’s earlier casino building, now an art museum. [planet ware]

Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro – Few shows match Rio’s pre-Lenten Carnaval (Carnival) extravaganza for color, sound, action, and exuberance. Make no mistake, this is not just another rowdy street party, but a carefully staged showpiece, where spectators can watch the parades of competing samba dancers from a purpose-built stadium designed by none other than Brazil’s best-known architect, Oscar Niemeyer. [planet ware]

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – owntown Rio’s most fashionable and famous section follows Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana and is bordered all along one side by four kilometers of white sand and breaking surf. The beach is separated from the buildings and traffic by a broad promenade paved in black and white mosaic in an undulating pattern reminiscent of streets in Lisbon, Portugal. The beach isn’t just for show. [planet ware]

Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro – With arms outstretched 28 meters, as if to encompass all of humanity, the colossal Art Deco statue of Christ, called Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), gazes out over Rio de Janeiro and the bay from the summit of Corcovado. The 709-meter height on which it stands is part of the Tijuca National Park, and a rack railway climbs 3.5 kilometers to its top, where a broad plaza surrounds the statue. Completed in 1931, the 30-meter statue was the work of Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski and Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, and is constructed of reinforced concrete and soapstone. [planet ware]

Iguaçu Falls – At the point where Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina meet, the Iguaçu river drops spectacularly in a semicircle of 247 waterfalls that thunder down into the gorge below. Just above the falls, the river is constricted to one-fourth of its usual width, making the force of the water even stronger. Some of the falls are more than 100 meters high and they cover such a broad area that you’ll never see all of them at once, but you do get the broadest panorama from the Brazilian side. [planet ware]

Ouro Preto – The wealth of Brazil’s state of Minas Gerais in its glory days of the colonial period is easy to imagine from the interiors of the churches in its old capital, Ouro Preto. Entire walls are washed in gold that flowed – along with diamonds – from the mines surrounding the city in the 17th and 18th centuries. Cascading down the sides of a steep valley and surrounded by mountains, Ouro Preto is a jewel of a colonial town, but its steep narrow streets and mountain setting – however captivating for tourists today – didn’t meet the needs of a growing provincial capital. [planet ware]

Pernambuco Beaches – The crystal waters, tall palm trees, and broad stretches of silver sand are only a few of the reasons why Porto de Galinhas is frequently cited as Brazil’s best beach. For a country with more than 7,000 kilometers of Atlantic coast, much of it sandy beaches, that’s saying a lot. The town stretching along the beach is laidback, colorful, and just the right blend of old-fashioned beach town fun and chic boutiques. Its hotels and resorts lie close to the land instead of soaring in high-rise blocks. [planet ware]

Salvador’s Pelourinho – The Cidade Alta (Upper Town) of Brazil’s former colonial capital has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its exceptional collection of 17th- and 18th-century colonial buildings, the finest such ensemble in South America. Called the Pelourinho, this old quarter is where you’ll find Salvador’s most beautiful churches and monasteries, built at a time when Brazil was the source of Portugal’s riches, and the plentiful gold was lavished on the colony’s religious buildings. [planet ware]

Sugar Loaf, Rio de Janeiro – The easily recognized emblem of Rio de Janeiro, the rounded rock peak of Sugar Loaf juts out of a tree-covered promontory, rising 394 meters above the beaches and city. Its summit is one of the first places tourists go, for views of Rio and the harbor, and for the thrill of riding suspended in a cable car between Sugar Loaf and the Morro da Urca, a lower peak from which a second cableway connects to the city. [planet ware]



Carnival – Undoubtedly the largest festival in Brazil, carnival is known worldwide for its non-stop one week of partying. The weeks leading up to the official carnival are peppered with random street parades and parties known as blocos, and if that wasn’t enough, the weeks after tend to have some post-carnival parties to ease off the end of carnival blues. Each bloco has its own theme and music with two of the most popular in Rio de Janeiro being ‘Cordão do Bolo Preto’ and ‘Sargento Pimenta’, the latter having The Beatles theme. [the culture trip]

Festa Junina – Festa Junina is celebrated throughout the whole of Brazil for the entire month of June as a celebration of Saint John the Baptist, which gives it the other name of Festa de Sao João. It celebrates rural life with typical clothes, food and dances inside an arraial: a large tent made of raw materials. In big cities, the arraial is usually a building with decorations such as colored flags, checkered table cloths and balloons. [the culture trip]

Festival de Cachaça – Held in the colonial town of Paraty, just south of Rio de Janeiro, is the annual Festival de Cachaça (sometimes known as Festival de Pinga) which is dedicated to cachaça, the national liquor made from sugar cane. Whilst the cheap versions of cachaça could practically strip paint from walls, carefully distilled cachaça can actually be pretty good and this festival gives you the chance to try them. [the culture trip]

Oktoberfest – The Germanic roots of the south of Brazil brought this traditionally German festival to Brazil, where it has become one of the most popular beer festivals in the country. Held in the middle of October every year in Blumenau in the state Santa Catarina, it celebrates typical German cuisine and plenty of beer. [the culture trip]

Parintins Folklore Festival – The annual festival held in Parintins in Amazonas, a state in the north of the country, is the second largest in Brazil after carnival. It goes over a period of three days at the end of June and celebrates the Amazonian legend of a resurrected ox. The main attraction of the festival is the competition between the two teams Garantido and Caprichoso that compete to retell the story of the ox through a compelling mix of dances and singing, as well as lively parades. [the culture trip]

Public Transit

Public Transit

City buses – Buses are the common form of transport amongst Brazil’s lower-class residents who have to commute long distances from the outer-city limits to richer areas where they work. Bus fare is generally very cheap by European and U.S standards, but slightly expensive in relation to the low incomes received by most bus commuters. [just landed]

Subways – Subway systems can be found in about eight Brazilian cities including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. Although covering a very limited area of each city when you compare them to most European subway systems, metros are typically cleaner than buses and the best thing about them is that you do not become a victim of the heavy traffic. Fares cost around R3.00 and travel cards commonly include metro travel. [just landed]

Taxis – Getting around via taxi can save you a lot of time and trouble, especially if you are going out at night which is when public transport can be dangerous. Depending on the city you are in, the taxis look different: in Sao Paulo they are white, in Rio they are yellow, in Curitiba they are orange, etc. [just landed]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Baíca Distribuidora Wella Professionals- Belém/PA – Baica is coming to the beauty and cosmetics market of Belém do Pará as exclusive Distributor of Wella Professionals. [facebook]

Belo Horizonte Lean Startup Circle – This circle is intended to assist San Pedro Valley entrepreneurs looking for spaces to discuss how to accelerate their business through the principles of Lean Startup (aka startup lean). We hope to form an active community so that together we can share experiences, ideas and explore LS interpretations and applications, both in Startups and in corporate environments. [meetup]

Belo Horizonte Python User Group – Meeting point of the Pythonists of Belo Horizonte and region. The purpose of this meetup is to provide periodic encounters with the BH Python community. [meetup]

Brasília Big Data Analytics & Data Science Meetup – This group was created for everyone who works or is interested in working with Big Data Analytics and Data Science in Brasilia. As the capital of Brazil, we have a special interest in promoting research and especially the application of these techniques in the Brazilian Government. [meetup]

Brasilia iOS Developers – This group is for anyone interested in software development for Apple devices. I started this group to meet people interested in development, exchange ideas, promote projects, lectures and meetings. [meetup]

iOS Developer Meetup Rio – Meet with experienced and new iOS application developers – the operating system for mobile devices like iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Participate in discussions about new techniques and strategies in developing new applications. Have fun with ideas for unlikely applications. [meetup]

Marketing Digital em Salvador – Community interested in updating, recycling, initiating, solidifying digital marketing practices through the exchange of experiences on the subject. Salvador is the 3rd city of Brazil in population, this favors that this market is touched by these techniques. [meetup]

Meetup Business Process Management em Salvador-Bahia – We will meet BPM’s community in Salvador-Bahia, once a month, with the objective of achieving personal and collective improvements in the practice of BPM Management – Business Process Management, giving life to the local community and helping people organize themselves. [meetup]

Recife Salesforce Developer Group – Connect with other developers working on the Salesforce Platform. [meetup]

SAP Inside Track Recife #sitREC – SAP Inside Track is the largest independent event of SAP technology in Brazil. It is an initiative of SAP Mentors and members of the SAP Community and already has presence in more than 50 cities around the world. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

American Language Coaching Barra da Tijuca! – This is a group for people that need to lean English but to learn English with an American Teacher! The objective is to form a group of people that want to learn English at a very low price! [meetup]

Belo Horizonte English as a Second Language Meetup – people who have common interests in practicing English as a second language and need people who have common interest. [meetup]

Belo Horizonte Spanish lessons Meetup – This is a group for all those interested in learning Spanish, talking a little, knowing more about the Latin American culture of which Brazil is also part, etc, for any level. [meetup]

Brasília English Speakers Meetup – We are a group interested in good food and practicing english in the city of Brasília in Brazil, if you like good food and would like to practice more in the center of brazil, join us!!! We are happy to have you in our home! [meetup]

English Class Guarulhos – How about a chat to practice and learn English? We will meet in sporadic meetings to exchange experiences and activities that enable us to improve our second language. [meetup]

English Coaching in Rio – Become a fluent English speaker fast! Join either our LIVE or our ONLINE sessions with Real Native English Coaches. This is the best option in Rio if you are looking for a professional life coach and also want to learn English fast. You can simply practice English conversation or you can have a professional coaching session in English. You decide! [meetup]

English Munch São Paulo – We are an English speaking group that practices public speaking and debates. We invite you to join us to practice speaking with others in English. We offer you a friendly and supportive environment, where you can practice and enhance your English skills during a nice breakfast, sharing your opinions and stories, meeting interesting people, making new friends. [meetup]

Language Exchange Recife – Join us @ Language Exchange Recife – practice and improve your English, Portuguese, Japanese and French while meeting new people! If you know any other language and want to share your knowledge while learning another language, be very welcome. [meetup]

Salvador English as a Second Language Meetup – I ‘m learning English alone for three months ago and I need to pratice my conversation this group I hope to accept my invite. [meetup]

Torre de Babel Guará Language & Culture Meetup – The Tower of Babel is a gathering of people who want to talk in foreign languages ​​and meet strangers. It is free! You only pay for what you consume. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Elos LGBT DF – It is with great satisfaction that the Organizing Committee composed of Young Leaders and Ong Elos – LGBT Group of the Federal District and Environment thanks.. [elos lgbt]

Gay- Clube Antissocial – It’s not that we do not like people, we just did not know how to put them together. And here we are to give an incredible update on the list of friends. Let’s celebrate and drink with new people! [meetup]

GAYME Rio – To brighten up its socio-cultural life, GAYME was born, proposing games and activities in Rio de Janeiro for the LGBT audience. For the singles to change the routine of ballads and the committed ones give a repaginada and to value the relationship. [meetup]

Movimento LGBT do Pará – Official fan page of the LGBT Movement of the State of Pará. Here are published the activities, actions, photos and all information related to LGBT Paraenses. [facebook]

São Paulo Gay Professionals Meetup – I am looking for people to help create a professional networking group in São Paulo for gays seeking to thrive in business or profession. The goal would be primarily to make new business contacts, to improve careers, to seek work, to hire new employees, to help grow businesses, meet people from the same industry, and make new friends. [meetup]



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