September 13, 2011

This is our regular column called Ask a Brazilian”, the idea being that you can quite literally ask a question of a Brazilian – for those issues you aren’t sure about but perhaps dare not ask someone else. It is meant as a bit of fun and answers should not be construed as expert opinion or the definitive reply on the matter. For that reason we ask you to please send your own comments and experiences in order to add to our replies.

I am curious about how Brazilians save their money. I hear the bank CD rates are in the double digits like 11-12%. Is this true? Do Brazilians with some money put their money in a bank CD? How do upper class Brazilians invest their money or where do they keep mid to longer term money? Is investing in the Bovespa either directly or through mutual funds, pension plans etc like that in the USA?

— Dominick

Hello Dominick,

CD is one of the most comom investments for the Brazilian middle class. 11-12% is correct, but we have 5% inflation, so real rates would be 6-7%. Investments in BOVESPA have been growing a lot, but are still far from the popularity you have in the US.

OK? Thanks for your question,


This column is awesome. I need some needed advice on time. My girlfriend, from Salvador, which I hadn’t seen since she moved back from Toronto…. 6.5 years later. Long story no short version. But back to the question. I was at a coffee shop finishing my school work up and she went off to do some shopping for 1 hour (our agreed upon time). I mentioned to her for sure 1 hour as we had plans that evening and my work/coffee shop time would be finished. So 2.5 hours later I headed to the stores looking for her. I was getting nervous, I know Canadians (like myself) have a strict view of time and responsibility to adhere to it. I’m getting worried sick, she isn’t from my city Victoria, BC, doesn’t know anybody or nothing. I know she is a smart woman and wouldn’t get into a car or whatever and be kidnapped but I was losing my mind. Anyway, I went around to the shops again, and after 3 hours (2 hours late) she is there with bags and looking at the clothes racks. She acts like there is no problem about being late. I am shocked to the point of disbelief. She say “it’s a Brazilian thing with time.” Okay, I understand the stereotype Latin America has with time. But really? I’m moving down there in 3 weeks and that time thing is going to drive me nuts. Is this really true? Or is this also a shopaholic, going crazy over the cheap prices in North America?

Thanks very much for answering

— Blair

Hello Blair,

I understand what you say. Yes, Brazilians can be late, depending on who it is, more or less late, but late, yes, definitely. But two hours late isn’t OK. Specially for the situation you mentioned. It wasn’t fair she said: “it’s Brazilian”, I’m sure she lost the time doing shopping and used this as an excuse. Unless you are invited to a party you can be two hours late (cos no one will notice you are not there yet), and when it comes to work (at least here in São Paulo) if I’m 15 minutes late I will be in trouble. So, again and again, I don’t know where you are going to live in Brazil, Brazil is a big country and things can be very different depending on where you go. But yes, no one will be angry if you are 5 minutes late, or ten, but two hours… I’d probably go home and never come back.

Thank you so much for coming by,


Are there any burning questions you have about Brazil, or other issues that you’re curious about, such as Brazilian culture? If so, send your questions to with “Ask a Brazilian” in the subject. We will forward to our Brazilian experts, and publish the best questions (and replies) on the site.

Previous articles in this series:

Ask a Brazilian: Family Closeness
Ask a Brazilian: Waxing and Electronics
Ask a Brazilian: Easter and Surnames
Ask a Brazilian: House Buying and Apartment Entry Problems
Ask a Brazilian: Dating in Brazil
Ask a Brazilian: A Question of Race
Ask a Brazilian: Corruption and Lula
Ask a Brazilian: Leather and Telephones
Ask a Brazilian: Treatment of Animals
Ask a Brazilian: Well-to-do Ladies
Ask a Brazilian: All Souls Day and Halloween
Ask a Brazilian: Answering a Question
Ask a Brazilian: Revoked Visa
Ask a Brazilian: Pedestrian Problems
Ask a Brazilian: Trash
Ask a Brazilian: Tiles
Ask a Brazilian: Headlights
Ask a Brazilian: Differences and Love
Ask a Brazilian: What Do the Police Do?
Ask a Brazilian: Contractor Frustrations
Ask a Brazilian: English Books and Brazilian Boys
Ask a Brazilian: Cold Cahaca
Ask a Brazilian: Interruptions
Ask a Brazilian: Travel and Security Concerns
Ask a Brazilian: Gestures and Toys
Ask a Brazilian: Hispanics or Latinos, and Duvets
Ask a Brazilian: Overbearing Sogros
Ask a Brazilian: Hotels and Bank Transfers
Ask a Brazilian: Swimming, Showers and New Year’s
Ask a Brazilian: Making Friends
Ask a Brazilian: Female Etiquette
Ask a Brazilian: Washing Machines
Ask a Brazilian: Picking Teeth
Ask a Brazilian: Lozenge or Candy?
Ask a Brazilian: Liberal or Jealous?
Ask a Brazilian: Truck Wheels
Ask a Brazilian: Tolerance
Ask a Brazilian: Screens
Ask a Brazilian: Brazilian Wax
Ask a Brazilian: Flashing Lights
Ask a Brazilian: Lemon and Limes
Ask a Brazilian: Shocking Showers

By Ricky Skelton
September 13, 2011

Another year, another Jesus statue.

In November 2010, Poland launched their bid for the Guinness Book of Records with their 33m tall Pomnik Chrystusa Króla, Christ the King. Some people claim that it is the tallest statue of Jesus in the world, others say that the 2m high golden crown that takes it over the limit disqualifies it. Either way, the statue is a winner for the town of Swiebodzin and its 21,000 people. Catholic pilgrims now travel from far and wide to look at a plaster and fibreglass statue stuck on top of a mound of rubble. The recent benefits to the local economy may mean that he is not alone for long as an Absurdly Tall Jesus Statue in a Small Eastern European Town.

Now Peru wants to get in on the act. Lima is constructing its own statue of Jesus on Morro Solar just to the end of Lima’s main beaches, south of the city and the touristic districts of Miraflores and Barranco. The colossal statue is a pet project of the colossal ego (according to Wikileaks’ US Diplomatic Cables) of Alan Garcia. The President of Peru has decided to leave a gift to his nation, although he somehow seems to have managed to sneak in a whole statue and put it on a prominent city hill without anybody else in the city knowing, including the mayor.

Limeo Jesus was just about all paid for by the Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht, who were also given the contract to build the trans-continental highway that recently connected the two countries. Before you can say ‘condition-of-the-bid’, the million dollar man will be up and looking out to sea, while Limeos look at him from all over the city.

The statue will bear a close resemblance to our very own Cristo, and at 37m tall will be very nearly 7m taller, not counting plinths of course. This fact alone may prove to some that the statue will be far more of a tribute to The President himself than to the relationship of his country with Brazil, but reports of the statue bearing a very close resemblance to Cristo de la Concordia of Cochabamba in Bolivia… of course… you all knew that, right? Like the quest to build the Cristo Luz in Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina.

We all know that none of them can remotely compare to the best though.

The beauty of Cristo Redentor on top of Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro lies not just in the originality, the fine art deco lines of the statue itself, his iconic status or his age. As with property, it is location, location, location. The crazy idea that putting an enormous statue on top of a just about vertical 710m high mountain takes Cristo to places which other Jesus statues can’t reach. He is also far less intrusive up there, especially as a ghostly presence at night with swirling clouds. At Carnaval time he lights up in different colours. There are some tourist attractions in the world that are tourist attractions for a reason, and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio is definitely one of them. The views of the city are incomparable, perhaps only Cape Town has similar views from so high up, right on top of the city. With such a wonderful location, the Rio Jesus should be clearly the Best Jesus Statue in the World, and size does not always matter. Neither does the fact that he disappears from view occasionally in the clouds of Tijuca Forest.

But he still isn’t the best. He isn’t the only one who disappears from view regularly. The

Previous articles by Ricky:

Understanding Brazil: Mosquitoes Part II
Understanding Brazil: The Pub
Understanding Brazil: Protesting
Understanding Brazil: General Elections
Around Brazil: Oktoberfest Parade in Blumenau
Cultural Brazil: The Alambique
Around Brazil: Whale-Watching in Santa Catarina
Brazil: Tainha Time
Deported from Brazil? Part 2
Deported from Brazil? Part 1
Brazil: The President in Florianópolis
Swine Flu in South America?
The Best Club in Brazil…?
The Great Brazilian Animal-Off (Land)
Understanding Brazil: Giving Directions
Understanding Brazil: Driving
Understanding Brazil: Farra do Boi
Brazil: Catching Flu’
Around Brazil: Garopaba
Understanding Brazil: Funerals
Brazil: Bernie the Berne
Around Brazil: Journey to the Amazon Jungle
Around Brazil: Crazy Town Ceremonies
Around Brazil: Crazy Town
Around Brazil: Manaus
Around Brazil: Santarem & Alter do Chao
Around Brazil: Amazon Swarms and Amazon Storms
Understanding Brazil: Playing Pool
Around Brazil: Gurup
Around South America: Peninsula Valdes
Around South America: Patagonia
Around South America: Montevideo, Uruguay
Around Brazil: The Amazon
Around South America: Bariloche, Argentina
Understanding Gringoes: Drinking
The Great Brazilian Fruit-Off Part 2
The Great Brazilian Fruit-Off Part 1
Understanding Brazil: The Kids
Brazil v Argentina: Buying Beer
Understanding Brazil: Mosquitoes
Around Brazil: São Luis
Teaching English in Brazil
Around Brazil: Lenois Maranhenses
Understanding Brazil: The National Anthem
Around Brazil: Barreirinhas
Around Brazil: Jericoacoara to Barreirinhas
Understanding Brazil: Shopping Centres
Around Brazil: Jericoacoara
Around Brazil: Chapada da Diamantina/Lenois
Brazil vs. Argentina: Statues of Christ
Around Brazil: Salvador
Brazil vs. Argentina: The Buses
Around Brazil: Morro de São Paulo (& Itabuna)
Understanding Brazil: The Workmen
Around Brazil: Praa Pateo do Colegio
Around Brazil: Porto Seguro
Around Brazil: Rio de Janeiro to Porto Seguro
Around Brazil: Cristo Redentor
Understanding Brazil: The Sellers
Around Brazil: Ilha de Gigoia
Brazil Journeys: São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro
Understanding Brazil: Dogs Part 2
Brazil: A Lie-In in Downtown São Paulo?
The Best Job in Brazil: Ankle Specialist?
Understanding Brazil: Dogs
Brazilian Places: Ilha do Santa Catarina (Floripa)
Classic Brazilian Journeys: South to Florianopolis
Understanding Brazil – The Shower
Brazil: Boats on the Amazon
Brazil: Understanding Novelas
Brazil: Bus fires in São Paulo – always a bad thing?

September 13, 2011

Meet Robyn and Willem Van Der Merwe who moved to Brazil four years ago. Read the following interview in which they tell us about some of their most memorable experiences and give some useful advice to newcomers.

1. Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, what do you do etc.?

Ok, hi, my name is Robyn, 50, and married to Willem, 55. We are both South Africans, him from Rustenburg, interior, and me from Cape Town. We built and now run an open air restaurant – mainly barbeque of all foods, on the west coast of the island of Itaparica, 30 kms from Salvador in Bahia.

2. When did you arrive in Brazil and what brought you here?

We arrived here 4 years ago, and sailed directly from Cape Town to Salvador, on the advice of good friends who told us that if we missed visiting Salvador we were missing the best of Brazil. So we took their advice and here we still are! But must emphasize that living on an island, although on Salvador`s doorstep, is a far cry from living in or near the mainland city.

3. What were you first impressions of Brazil?

NOISE! Music, dancing, singing, laughing, loud talking, a big city gone crazy!

Remember we had been at sea for 40 days and were accustomed to absolute silence with the exception of frenzied barking of excitement every time our dog Tommy, an amazing Belgian Shepherd, spotted dolphins – at times there were hundreds in a pod!
We were entranced and just loved the whole vibe.

4. What do you miss most about home?

Biltong! Our version of salted dried meat, and Boerewors – local sausage made especially for the BBQ – simply the best in the world! The nature – South Africa has a spectacular variety of flora and fauna – very diverse and every bit stunning. Marmite, family, table mountain, being able to understand the language!

5. What has been your most frustrating experience in Brazil?

Being Gringoe’d” one too many times i.e. a different price for the locals!

Being robbed 6 times in four years… dont ask!

The reams and reams of paperwork involved in obtaining permanencia, after the fact we realized we could have done it ourselves much faster, easier and cheaper!

6. What has been your most memorable experience in Brazil (specific incident)?

Going to a huge intense exciting Olodum concert – the people, the drumming, the whole atmosphere was mindboggling… exploring the rivers and nooks and crannies of our bay by boat, absolutely magical!

7. What do you most like about Brazil (in general)?

Definitely the people… we have experienced over the years an acceptance into this island family that is very special. Also in the big cities, people here in Brazil are very open, helpful, friendly, quite ready to invite you as a total stranger into their fold with no inhibitions or criticism. Also of course the beautiful scenery… this country is truly gorgeous.

Willem, if he were doing this interview, would of course include the “feast for the eyes” strolling the beaches in summer!

8. What is your favorite restaurant/place to hang out here?

To be totally honest… ours – for numerous reasons – we were lucky enough to find a spot on the developed section of the town of Itaparica, 5 metres from the high water mark, right next to the marina, so every night we have stunning sunsets with the added pleasure of watching all the yachts coming and going. Most anchor right in front of our place; we live on the premises too – double bonus – no driving to work! We have a 50/50 mix of locals (Itaparicanos and Brazilian visitors) and people from around the world, obviously mostly sailors, and the combination gives our restaurant a fantastic tranquilo cosmopolitan atmosphere that all enjoy, mostly us!

Also the local beach bar, right on the sand, tables 1 metre away from the crystal clear water, 270 degree panoramic view of the Baia dos Todos os Santos, breathtaking!

9. Do you have any funny stories/incidents to tell about your time in Brazil?

The time, two years ago, we had packed a picnic lunch etc. for a day out on the water (we had bought an old 8 metre schooner and fixed her up – or so we thought!). Anyway, we walked along the boulevard to the marina where we hoped to catch a lift to our boat, only to discover she had sunk! Only the upper bits were sticking out of the water. After the short initial shock wore off, we just sat down and laughed, and carried on laughing for many days after that!

Also, the numerous times I got caught out by people who would yak away to me in Portuguese and I would “sim, sim” and then they would ask me a direct question. They would be rewarded with a very blank and embarrassed me, and then figure out I did not have a clue what they had been talking about! Moral of the story: if you don’t understand don’t pretend you do!

10. What difference between your homeland and Brazil do you find most striking?

The most striking for us, and something we comment on regularly, is that despite the fact that there are an enormous amount of people living on very little money, they are accepting of their lot in life. These people just get on with it without the bitterness, blaming, anger and of course violence that we know has been a big problem in South Africa in the past. Things are improving there now, but our experience 4 years ago was very different.

11. How is your Portuguese coming along? What words do you find most difficult to pronounce/remember or are there any words that you regularly confuse?

We have the highly undistinguished title here on the island of being the gringoes who have taken the longest to learn Portuguese! I don’t know why, maybe because we work too much and don’t mix enough to pick up the language quicker. I find it almost impossible to pronounce the word pão – as in bread! I cannot do the nasal thing and have the local bakery in giggles on a regular basis! I also always use tem instead of tenho, from my point of view. I permanently mix up tenses – estou aindo aprendendo!

12. What advice do you have for newcomers to Brazil?

Definitely to come with an open mind and an open heart.

Listen to your gut instinct about people here – they are generally very easy to read and when in an awkward or disadvantaged position be very assertive and firm about how you feel – that will be far more beneficial to you than trying to be nice about something that is not!

13. What are some things that you would recommend for a visitor to do in São Paulo (or anywhere else in Brazil)?

We haven’t visited São Paulo.

Visit Itaparica and come and have an ice cold beer with us while watching a stunning sunset!

You can contact Robyn and Willem via

Are you a foreigner who has lived in, or is living or travelling in Brazil? Are you a Brazilian who has a lot of contact with foreigners and/or lived outside of Brazil? Are you interested in telling your story? If you would like to volunteer for our interview series, or if you would like to recommend someone, please send a blank email to with “Interview” in the subject. We will send you the interview questions by return email.

To read previous interviews in the Brazil Through Foreign Eyes series click below:

Danielle Carner – USA
Jaya Green – USA
Andrew Dreffen – Australia
Marcus Lockwood – New Zealand
Jonathan Russell – USA
Jeff Eddington – USA
Rod Saunders – USA
Ken Van Zyl – South Africa
Angus Graham – UK
Anne Morddel – USA
Jessica Mullins – Switzerland
Evan Soroka – USA
Mary de Camargo – USA
Brendan Fryer – UK
Aaron Sundquist – USA
Jay Bauman – USA
Alan Williams – USA
Derek Booth – UK
Jim Shattuck – USA
Ruby Souza – Hawaii
Stephan Hughes – Trinidad and Tobago
Louis van der Wiele – Holland
Drew Glaser – USA
Barry Elliott – Canada
Joel Barsky – USA
David Drummond – Canada
Liam Porisse – France
Jim Kelley – USA
Max Ray – USA
Jeremy Clark – Canada
Don Fredrick – USA
Jase Ramsey – USA
Ben Pearce – UK
Nitai Panchmatia – India
Johnnie Kashat – USA
Jeni Bonorino – USA
Eric Jones – USA
Bill Martin – UK
Bernard Morris – USA
John Graves – USA
Deepak Sapra – India
Alison McGowan – UK
Brent Gregory – USA
R Dub – USA
Tara Bianca – USA
Jack Hurley – USA
James Woodward – Canada
Tony O’Sullivan – Ireland
Anna Belavina – Russia
Jim Kirby – USA
Linda Halverstadt – USA
Michelle Monteiro – USA
Chris Mensah – UK
David Sundin – USA
Stephanie Glennon – USA
Julien Porisse – France
Hans Keeling – USA
Jim Adams – USA
Richard Murison – USA
Will Periam – UK
Jan Sandbert – Sweden
Jim Jones – USA
Mike Stricklin – USA
Edward Gowing – Australia
Adrian Woods – USA
Kevin Raub – USA
Pierpaolo Ciarcianelli – Italy
Zachary Heilman – USA
David Johnson – Bermuda
Cipriana Leme – Argentina
Timothy Bell – USA
Patti Beckert – USA
Timothy Bell – USA
Paul James – USA
David McLoughlin – Ireland
Pat Moraes – USA
Richard Dougherty – USA
James Weeds – USA
Tom Sluberski – USA
Peter Kefalas – USA
Sylvie Campbell – UK
Kathleen Haynes – USA
Matt Bowlby – USA
Alan Longbottom – UK
Eric Karukin – USA
Eddie Soto – USA
Kieran Gartlan – Ireland
Bryan Thomas Scmidt – USA
Emile Myburgh – South Africa
Bob Chapman – USA
David Barnes – USA
John Milan – USA
Chris Coates – UK
Matthew Ward – UK
Allison Glick – USA
Drake Smith – USA
Jim Jones – USA
Philip Wigan – UK
Atlanta Foresyth – USA
Lee Gordon – USA
Carmen Naidoo – South Africa
Lee Safian – USA
Laurie Carneiro – USA
Dana De Lise – USA
Richard Gant – USA
Robin Hoffman – USA
Wayne Wright – UK
Walt Kirspel – USA
Priya Guyadeen – Guyana
Caitlin McQuilling – USA
Nicole Rombach – Holland
Steven Engler – Canada
Richard Conti – USA
Zak Burkons – USA
Ann White – USA
Monde Ngqumeya – South Africa
Johnny Sweeney – USA
David Harty – Canada
Bill McCrossen – USA
Peter Berner – Switzerland/Brazil
Ethan Munson – USA
Solveig Skadhauge – Denmark
Sean McGown – USA
Condrad Downes – UK
Jennifer Silva – Australian
Justin Mounts – USA
Elliott Zussman – USA
Jonathan Abernathy – USA
Steve Koenig – USA
Kyron Gibbs – USA
Stephanie Early – USA
Martin Raw – UK
Sean Coady – UK
Hugo Delgado – Mexico
Sean Terrillon – Canada
Jessie Simon – USA
Michael Meehan – USA
Thales Panagides – Cyprus
Tammy Montagna – USA
Samantha Tennant – England
Ron Finely – United States
Bob Duprez – United States
Peter Baines – England
Youssef Bouguerra – Tunisia
Van Wallach – USA
Lesley Cushing – England
Alexander von Brincken – Germany
Hank Avellar – USA
Ed Catchpole – England
Penny Freeland – England
Yasemin de Pinto – Turkey
Amy Williams Lima – USA
John Naumann – England
Marsye Schouella – Eygpt
Rita Shannon Koeser – USA
John Fitzpatrick – Scotland
Liam Gallagher – Northern Ireland
Lorelei Jones – England
Adam Glensy – England
Tommie C.B. DeAssis – Japan
Aaron Day – Canada
Graham Debney – New Zealand
Silke Tina Tischendorf – Germany
Tanya Keshavjee Macedo – Canada
Frank de Meijer – Holland
Carl Emberson – Australia
Kim Buarque – Wales
Damiano Pak – South Korea
Jonas Helding – Denmark
Pari Seeber – Iran
John Milton – England
Ken Marshall – Australia

By Jose Santiago
September 13, 2011

The new Normative Resolution number 95 amends the Investment Visa Rules as follows: Resolution number 95 of 10th of August 2011, changes the rules for concession and renewal of certain investment visa types.

Below are the most important changes:

Kind of visa: Permanent visa for administrators
Minimum investment required: R$600,000
Person or entity that must make the investment: foreign company, shareholder of the Brazilian company
Other requirements: (a) indicated the candidate to be the future general manager of the Brazilian company and (b) the candidate must be paid locally
Restrictions: the foreigner has to remain as administrator of the Brazilian company for at least five years other wise the RNE and permanent visa are not renewed, as well as the investment cannot be repatriated

Kind of visa: Permanent visa for administrators
Minimum investment required: R$150,000
Person or entity that must make the investment: foreign company, shareholder of the Brazilian company
Other requirements: (a) indicated the candidate to be the future general manager of the Brazilian company (b) the candidate must be paid locally (c) present a list of the functions of the 10 Brazilian employees that the company commits itself to hire within two years
Restrictions: (a) the RNE will be valid for two years and before it expires we must apply for its renewal, attesting that the foreigner has remained as a general manager of the Brazilian company and the Brazilian company has more 10 employees than it had when the visa application was lodged and the investment was not repatriated (b) the foreigner has to remain as administrator of the Brazilian company for at least another three years, otherwise the RNE and permanent visa are not renewed for the second time, as well as the investment was not repatriated.

Kind of visa: Permanent visa for individual investors, natural person
Minimum investment required: R$150,000
Person or entity that must make the investment: foreign natural person (individual), shareholder of the Brazilian company
Other requirements: present an investment plan detailing how the investment will be spent
Restrictions: the RNE will have three years validity and before the three years expire you must ask for its renewal attesting that the Brazilian company is still open, the investment was not repatriated, and that the business plan was accomplished

These changes do not apply to applications filed before the publication of this Resolution, 08/10/11.

DISCLOSURE: All information herein given is merely for elucidative purposes. It reflects current Legislation, which can be modified in the future. In case of questions regarding a particular case/issue, always consult with your own attorney.

Previous articles by Jose:
Brazil: The 2010 Income Tax Return Rule Changes
Brazil: Advantages and Disadvantages of Importing a Vehicle to Brazil
Changes to Investment Visa Law
How Foreign Individuals Can Invest in the Brazilian Stock Market
Non-Resident Bank Accounts for Foreigners in Brazil
Brazil: General Guidelines for Foreigners who Intend to Open a Brazilian Corporation
Brazil: Myths and Facts Regarding the Investment Visa Program
Brazil: The Importance of a Title Search When Buying Real Estate
Brazil: Restrictions for Foreigners When Buying Rural Properties
Brazil: Having a Child Abroad for US Citizens
Careful When Buying Pre-Construction Properties in Brazil!
Understanding Brazil: Sending Money Home from a Real Estate Deal
The Closing Process in Brazil
Permanent Visas in Brazil
Brazil: International Money Transfers
Brazil: Squatters Rights (Usucapião) – Be Aware!
Brazil: Annual Procedures to Keep Your CPF Number Valid
How to Hire a Lawyer in Brazil Part 3
How to Hire a Lawyer in Brazil Part 2
How to Hire a Lawyer in Brazil Part 1
Tax Information for Foreigners in Brazil Part 4
Tax Information for Foreigners in Brazil Part 3
Tax Information for Foreigners in Brazil Part 2
Tax Information for Foreigners in Brazil Part 1
8 Reasons to Invest in Brazil’s Real Estate
The Brazilian Resident Investor Program for Foreigners
Brazil: Annual Required Procedures to Keep Your CPF Number
Legal Aspects of Acquiring Real Estate in Brazil

By Alison McGowan
September 13, 2011

The Pousada Aratinga Inn only opened in December 2009, but it has already rocketed to the top of Trip Advisor and it is not difficult to see why. It is frankly head and shoulders above other pousadas in the same price range in Abraão, both in terms of comfort, style and value for money.

Not To Be Missed
– boat trip over to Abraãozinho for fried fish
– trek over to Lopes Mendes beach
– schooner trip to Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde
– Cafe do mar for beach food in Abraão

* beautiful quiet, leafy surroundings
* very comfortable suites and bed linen
* close to the village but away from the noise
* hospitality of Australian host Rennie

Try a different place if…
…you want a sea view or to be right on the beach

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on Visit her site at

Previous articles by Alison:

Five Exceptional Beach Destinations in Brazil
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Taruma, Conceicao de Jacarei, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Encanto da Lua, Marau, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Baia Grande, South Pantanal (Miranda), Mato Grosso do Sul
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Palafitas Lodge, Rondonia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mangueira, Boipeba (Morere), Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Cote Sud, Porto da Rua, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Spa Casinha Branca, Bananal, nr. Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Castelinho 38, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Capao, Serro, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada d’Oleo de Guignard, Tiradentes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Bela Vista, Novo Airão, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Agua de Coco, Ceara
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Alcino Estalagem, Lenois, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada 0031, Cumbuco, Cear
Brazil: Maguire’s Guesthouse, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Casa do Amarelindo, Salvador, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel BeloAlter, Alter do Chão, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Santa Marina, Santana dos Montes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casarão da Amaznia, Soure, Ilha de Marajo, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Mila, nr. Ubatuba, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Beleza, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Bambu Bamboo Pousada and Spa, Parati, Rio de Janeiro
Random Ramblings on the Weather in Brazil
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijamar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel 7 Colinas, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada dos Quatro Cantos, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Estrela do Mar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Vivenda, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Terra, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mirante de Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Caju, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Amendoeira, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Estalagem Caiuia, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Lagoa do Cassange, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta do Muta, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Santa Clara, Boipeba, Bahia

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