Brazil Adventure: During the Pandemic (COVID-19)

by History Maker 101

My Travel Experience Immediately after the First Lockdown around the Southern States of Brazil!

I am so glad to show you what you would have never seen in the western media about Brazil.
The journey starts here – My city, São José do Rio Preto, a microregion or local government in São Paulo, located at the northwest of the state.
São José do Rio Preto -cidade

One of the Smart Cities with the strength and resilience to overcome any tragedy and provide full equal rights to everyone living in the city.

What makes it one of the best cities in the country is that there are many advanced actions towards good health, education, technology, transportation, environmental management, family agriculture, with many others. Many private organizations within the city also support the government and the society in social development with a cleaner environment.

By clicking this link, you will watch a video about the city.

Then, my first stopover was the state’s capital São Paulo, one of the world’s largest megacities that is full of innovative architectural design and one of the cleanest metro systems.

During my city tour, I went to Paulista Av and República Av. I used the metro and BRT systems to move from one place to the other.

Paulista Avenue is one of the most important avenues in São Paulo and in the country as well, and often referred to as São ‘Paulo’s answer to New ‘York’s Times Square. It stretches for 2.8 kilometres and runs northwest to southeast. It is the headquarters of many financial, cultural institutions and is the central business district in South America. Praça da República is the historic centre of the city with many iconic buildings in the state. The metro system runs directly underneath the avenue itself.

On the Paulista Ave., there are many things to see like, the Museum of Art of São Paulo, Ibirapuera Park, Paulista Museum, Casa das Rosas with many others but most of them are closed for visitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By clicking this link, you will watch a video about the city.

From São Paulo, I fly to Parana, where I stay for some days in the capital city – Curitiba.

Curitiba is the largest city in the South Region of the country and one of the first cities to market itself as “green” in the ’80s. It is also an important cultural, political, and economic centre in Latin America. For its environmental ecosystem, today Curitiba has become the gold standard in sustainable urban planning, the “green capital” and as well as the “greenest city on Earth”, and the “most innovative city in the world”. Curitiba has many historical centres. According to some measures, the city emits 25 per cent less carbon per capita than most Brazilian cities. It is possible to find steppes, forests, and other formations in the town.

During my stay, the restraints measures were put in place because of the pandemic. Also, I visited some historical places like Ópera de Arame/Pedreiras Park, Historical Area, Botanical Garden of Curitiba, Tanguá Park, Mercês Tower, Oscar Niemeyer Museum, and Free University of the Environment – UNILIVRE.

Thanks to my Couchsurfing friend that also showed me around the city at night.

I also did some city tour in which you can watch the video by clicking on this link.

From Curitiba, I travel by road to Santa Catarina state, where I stayed in Florianópolis city (mostly called Floripa), the capital of the state, which is one of the wells know Brazilian city that was located on an island, the city also stands out economically as a big textile and technological hub for the country.

A special thanks to the Debbie House family that hosted and looked after my welfare throughout my stay. They also took their time to show me around and took me to different beaches on the island.

During my stay in Santa Catarina, I was able to visit parts of the “European Valley” in Brazil, like Blumenau and Pomerode.

Blumenau is a city in Vale do Itajaí, known for its Oktoberfest, the most significant German culture festival in Brazil and the second largest around the world. The cultural root gives the city the tone of its customs and traditions. In Blumenau, the atmosphere is of a typical German city.

It was amazing seeing a lot of European-inspired architecture design like; churches, various restaurants, and handicraft shops as well as the Relógio das Flores (the Flower Clock), the timber framing architecture.

As for Pomerode, it is known as the most German city in Brazil with two official languages (bilingual) German and Portuguese, because most of its inhabitants are of German descent. The town government also uses the English language to translate almost everything about the town to make tourists’ lives easier as well on their website.

You can watch some of the video that I have uploaded on my YouTube By clicking this link, to know and see how beautiful Brazil is.

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