Park Lage is located at Jardim Botanico street , near the Lagoon Rodrigos de Freitas has a historical building protected as national monument , with the School of Visual Art that occupies a luxurious early 20th century building

the charming scenery includes an area of 348 acres of Atlantic forest at the foot of Corcovado with gardens, ponds, walkways, trails and picnic areas in the family

at headquarters, the eclectic style combines marbles, tiles imported from Italy and decorative painting signed by Salvador Paylos Sabaté. The space has a charming cafe, crowded on Sunday mornings

inside the park you can visit an aquarium inside  a cave and you can  see a variety of ornamental fish



This was an annual  meeting that took place in the  month of March in a large space in Sao Paulo where several travel agencies met to promote the natural attractions and places of tourist interest in their states and several states have participated in São Paulo

I was there visitng the booth of Bahia  where Brazil began. It was here that Portuguese explorers in 1549 founded a settlement on the peninsula in Todos os Santos Bay, discovered by Amerigo Vespucci in 1501. It was there  that slaves from Africa disembarked and brought their culture to the new world. It was there where  the Portuguese, African and indigenous cultures met, melded and produced the vibrant music, food, customs and religion typical of Bahia.

I was there visiting the indigenous tribe of Porto Seguro in Bahia  the Natural  Reserve in  Jaqueira is  the most interesting region, the symbiosis between culture and nature , the region  maintained and preserved by the Indians of the tribe Pataxó, keeps intact the richness of the Atlantic and remains today under several Indigenas , that there have their small thatched houses and adobe.

The tribe Pataxó is one of the most important colonies of Indians of Brazil, having maintained its purity and tradition until the present day. The reserve is now a form of subsistence and dissemination of culture Pataxó.

part of the ethnic Indians in the village are Pataxo Indigenous Land of Red Crown, Cabrália Santa Cruz, Bahia located  in  Northeast of  Brazil these indigenous  Pataxó in Jaqueira which lies on the border of the municipalities of Porto Seguro and Santa Cruz Cabrália. They work with  craft, the bow, arrow, customs, traditions, dances, indigenous paintings, indigenous games.

I feel honored to live in a country that has its origins in history in  the year of 1500 where everything started  in the state of Bahia that has  its culture and welcome the first people to inhabit our great country !




The Statue of Christ the Redeemer is the most visited attraction in RIO DE JANEIRO

the family in a chapel located inside Christ the Redeemer´s

after visiting the Statue  we visited the Tijuca Forest Park

one of the niciest waterfall near the city of Rio

me and my friends from Mexico -Laura and jose and their kids having a lunch in one of the local Restaurant at Marapendi wetlands  where you can eat the best fresh fish in Barra da Tijuca  !

the family on a flat boat called chalana , they enjoyed a lot this  calm lagoon  

on this day we saw a cayman getting a little bit of sun near the trees

we also saw a Capivara family the mother and her six babies 

on the next day I visited the lagoon again with Carry and Messy and they observed the nature



these funny monkeys you see around Tijuca Forest and Christ the Redeemer

the guati  you can see inside Tijuca Forest Park

Ducks  are seen at the  Reserva beach in  Barra da Tijuca
the pink  bird  can be seen at   Marapendi Wetland
The turtles are in a lake in front of the entrance of Botanical Garden

Tucans you  usually see then at Tijuca forest , Botanical Garden , ( at the backyard of my house ) 
this picture was taken on Sugar Loaf it is a red bird
this bird was on Gigóia´s Island in Barra da Tijuca

you can see the  gold hand monkeys  on Tijuca Forest , Christ the Redeemer , Sugar Loaf , City Park ( Niterói ) Gigóia´s Island , on the backyard of mu house 


The Selaron stairscase is  located in the heart of  Lapa and  Santa Teresa  neigborhood , with 250 stairs measuring  250 meters long this became a tourist  place in Rio and is  known all over the world ,  Jorge Selaron a Chilean born  artist that lived  in more than 50 countries and decided  to come to Brazil in 1990 he  started   to work in this  staircaise  that was almost abandoned and beggin to create a nice colorful design and has painted more than 300 tiles
In his work he decided to collect several tiles from all over the world people who visit this place send  the tiles from their countries and he has now 20.000 tiles from 60  countries
he consider his work never complete and will be finish only in the day of his death he `says ` first this tiles were scavenged from various construction sites and piles of urban waste found on the Rio streets. Today however, most of the tiles are donated by visitors
he paints pregnant  African woman and he  doesn’t comment on this except to say that it is a “Personal problem from his  past” , he has  invented a fantastic unique technique which consists of constantly changing the tiles, he sayd that  this gives him  a unique energy, and makes it a living, mutating work of art  he just love what he does .



The  Tekoa Mboya-Ty tribe  which means village of the seed consists of about 60 members and was officially installed on the beach in Camboinhas in early 2008. At that place  listed by the Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iphan), there are Indigena  burial grounds, known as Sambaqui.

The region currently occupied in Niteroi  has been inhabited for 9000 years ago by hunters and fishermen who left traces of their passage as large Archaeological remains, the shell mounds. Tambaquis  are the remains of shells, human skeletons, pottery, axes and arrowheads of stone that were buried and gone through a process of fossilization. These testimonies are very common in the Brazilian coast and are extremely valuable for archaeologists today can understand how  worked these prehistoric societies.
In Niterói today there is a large archaeological area of Sambaquis along the Great Dune at Itaipu beach in the oceanic region. Very near this area , you can find the Archaeological Museum of Itaipu, which exposes the Sambaquis that were found in this region.

The  Camboinhas sandbank is one of the most valuable areas in Niteroi these original families left the village Guarani Paratimirim in Paraty, 260 miles south of Rio de Janeiro, escaping financial difficulties, and reached Camboinhas the Guarani tribe built hollow straw on the sandbank between the sea and the lagoon at Itaipu.

             This is me with the little nice indigenous  students  in one of the schools  where the children learn guarani, portuguese and mathematics
The  Guarani tribes  in numbers are now  about five thousand people and their economic activities are fishing ,  cooking and  crafts that they sell for their own subsistence .

This tribe  still have the tradition of dance and music  in their  village



June festivals or feasts of the saints are popular celebrations that take place in several countries historically linked to the pagan festival of the summer solstice, which was celebrated on June 24, according to the Julian calendar (pre-Gregorian) and Christianized in the Middle Ages as " Feast Saint John. "These celebrations are particularly important in northern Europe - Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden - but are also found in Ireland, Galicia, parts of Britain (Cornwall especially), France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Ukraine, other parts of Europe and other countries like Canada, United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Australia.
Of European origin, the bonfires are part of the ancient pagan tradition of celebrating the summer solstice. As the Christianization of pagan tree "evergreen" Christmas tree, the fire of the day of "Midsummer" (June 24) became, little by little in the Middle Ages, an attribute of the feast of St. John the Baptist, saint celebrated on that day. Even today, the fire of St. John is the common thread that unites all the European celebration of St. John (from Estonia to Portugal, Finland to France). A legend Catholic Christianize the pagan bonfire summer says that the ancient custom of lighting fires in the early summer had its roots in an agreement made by cousins Mary and Elizabeth. To tell Mary about the birth of John the Baptist, and get their help after the birth, Isabel had to light a bonfire on a hill.
As Brazil can be divided into two distinct types: the feasts of the Northeast region of Brazil and the redneck party, in the states of São Paulo, Paraná (north), Minas Gerais (especially in the southand Goiás

In the Brazilian Northeast is celebrated with small or large parties that unite the whole community and many tourists, with plenty of food, and much wedding dance. It´s common to the participants of the celebrations they dress the backwoodsman, men with checkered shirt, patched pants with colored cloth, and straw hats, and women with colorful calico dress and straw hat , in the interior of São Paulo still maintain the tradition of conducting fairs and dances around bonfires , in Portugal there are camp with rocket, roast sardines are volunteers and basil, the popular parade marches through the streets and avenues, give themselves with plastic hammers and leek in the minds of people especially in children and when the boys want stick with single girls this is the culture in our Brazil !

Africa World Cup 2010


Our first game and many expectations about who would win, but I think the winds were on our direction  because we did 2-1 against North Korea on the 15th June 2010 at 3:30pm  and we won!

me and my friends celebrated a lot  and we were pleased  the outcome was a victory to  us!


                                         we  were in the group qualified for the final eighth !
                                         it was  Brasil 6 x Chile 0  on 28 June  at 3.30pm  , boy we celebrated again !

                         in the quarter finals we had a thrilling game in which the Dutch finally won  2 x 1  Brazil                          and we returned home! alas!



 Going to Maracanã is to  receive the best we have in our country, soccer is the favorite activity of all  the people  who visit our city, in 2010 World cup in Africa we tried to win all the games ! now Maracanã will undergo a major reform in the Stadium the same that Pelé played , the decision was that the Maracana stadium will be close to the Brazilian championship matches after Sept. 8th , the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said they had a meeting with the Football Federation of Rio de Janeiro (Ferj) to make the decision the closure was motivated "purely for technical reasons in order to preserve the safety and comfort of the fans." Thus, the Maracana will receive only three more matches before being completely closed: Fluminense x São Paulo (August 28th ), Fluminense x Palmeiras (September 1) and Flamengo x Santos (September 5).



I was working for  two couples from England who came to Rio to see  the beauty of our city when we were passing by the Barra da Tijuca they wished to stop to take pictures of the sunset when we came out of my car we saw that  beautiful sunset, was  stunning, and they asked me to take pictures of them at  beach




As a tour guide in rio  it´s required in my profession that  I participate in conferences and seminars in the city of  Rio  and other states of Brazil , I'm always up to date  on what is happening in the Tourism Industry nationally and worldwide  this seminar happened to be in  Rio de Janeiro

The  seminar was held  in a nice and large Auditorium inside the Fundação Getúlio Vargas
and the speakers talked about various topics including main challenges for developing sustainable tourism in Rio from the  view point of local Government 
Youcheng  from China talked about destination marketing the main topic was Achieving succes through Collaboration and networking

Ian F.Wilkinson and his wife Marina  talked about the role of only one bussiness relations and networks in the tourism performance  
During this  seminar they had a full day tour and chose me as their tour guide  so we went to visit the  Taunay waterfall inside   the Tijuca Forest Park located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro It is considered the largest urban forest in the all world this  picture was taken inside the park in front of the Cascatinha , a beautiful waterfall .
we visited  Christ the Redeemer and my guestes took this nice picture with a stunning view of the beaches of Rio de Janeiro and the Lake Rodrigo de Freitas

After visiting the statue we went to an amazing place called Gigóía´s Island  . It´s only accessible by boat but right  in the middle of Barra da Tijuca  . The Island has approximately 2.000 residents
everywhere we look in  this wonderful and wild Island we can see different  species of birds , crabs and even  caymans  !

after this nice and pleasant tour we went to a Restaurant located up the hill to eat a delicious seafood brought in crock pot with gives a better taste to the dish .