By Alison McGowan
June 18, 2013

Expectations are strange things! I knew Vila do Patacho was down the track that leads to the beachfront Pousada Patacho so I had assumed it was set some way back from the beach and that it was just one villa. What I found just blew me away. Not only were there 3 beautiful loft-style villas (now 4) set amongst swaying palm trees, but the pousada is actually right on Patacho beach, one of the most beautiful deserted beaches in Brazil! Originally planned as villa rentals (2 of the houses have well planned open kitchens) owners Guilherme and Veronica decided last year to operate on a pousada basis as well, offering breakfast to guests and also the possibility of individually prepared dinners. Stay a few nights and the pousada option may be best. For those staying longer Veronica will help you to buy all the fresh produce you need plus the catch of the day to cook yourselves.

What is abundantly clear as you look around is that a great deal of love has been put into this place; equally clear are Veronica’s talents both as a designer and as an artist herself. The villas are all super comfortable with 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, and veranda with deckchairs and hammocks. Each one is beautifully and colourfully designed with artwork and one-off pieces of furniture restored or designed by Veronica herself. And most extraordinary huge double height wood doors which formerly graced mansions in Minas Gerais but which seem to fit right into their new beach environment here. In the rest of the pousada there’s a gym for those who want to keep fit plus multiple spaces for relaxation and massage and (of course!) those wonderful loungers overlooking the beach.

If you’re looking for nightlife or formality you’re not going to find it around here; if on the other hand you just want a beautiful as yet undiscovered place to chill either with friends, family or alone, Vila do Patacho is a wonderful new option. Veronica and Guilherme both speak English and will go out of their way to make sure you have the best possible experience. My personal verdict? A truly hidden gem!

* Unique and artistically designed apartments
* Tranquil setting for privacy and relaxation right on the beach
* Great value and wonderfully personal ambiance created by Guilherme & Veronica

Try a Different Place if…
… you don’t appreciate long deserted beach walks and want more nightlife

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

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By Frank Lavario
June 18, 2013

Did you ever dream about living in a tropical country but had no idea how to make enough money over there in order to survive? Are you living in Brazil and don’t know what to do with all your free time? Do you have some expert knowledge that you could write about?

Publishing e-books and selling them over the internet might be the solution. Brazil can be an excellent place to run an e-book business. Taxes can be reduced to 2.28% of your revenues. We are psychotherapists and psychologists from Europe and the U.S. and we identified selling e-books / audiobooks, self help programs against addictions and counseling through emails as an opportunity and moved to Florianopolis, Brazil.

Millions of addicts in the world are afraid to see counselors and open up in face-to-face meetings. Most of them never get professional help against their problems. With products available through the internet they can remain anonymous and finally find help.

Maybe you have expert knowledge as well? Can you write books about it and share your knowledge with others? As long as you don’t sell your products in Portuguese language to Brazilians but in other languages to customers around the world, the Brazilian tax authorities will consider it as export and you will only pay 1.2% IRPJ tax and 1.08% CSLL tax. If you sell to Brazilian customers, you will need to pay an additional 3.65% PIS and COFINS taxes and 12 or 17% VAT.

However, starting an e-book business won’t be enough to obtain an investment visa in Brazil. It can only be an additional activity that you might want to pursue. Please read one of the numerous articles on how to obtain an investment visa in Brazil in order to find out more about it. For example, one idea is to invest into a real estate business in order to obtain your visa.

In addition to the 2.28% tax on your sales revenue, PayPal will charge you almost 9% if you use them as the company that your customers can pay with. On top of that, PayPal applies an exchange rate that is around 3.5% worse than the official exchange rate BR$ vs. US$ or ?.

Another factor to consider is that the tax authorities (Receita Federal) require you to write official bills (nota fiscal) for every single item that you sell. The Brazilian tax authorities sell software for your laptop (Emissor de Nota Fiscal Eletronica) for an annual fee of around R$ 150. Writing one bill will take around 6 minutes – which means a cost of for example US$3 if you consider the value of one hour working time US$30.

Don’t underestimate how much time and effort it will take to be ranked high in Google. You won’t have many visitors on your site unless you are on the first page of search results. Despite all of this, you will still have enough time to enjoy living in Brazil. And taxes at home would be much higher than here.

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/accountant.

Frank Lavario, founder of Lavario. Lavario offers self-help programs and counseling against gambling addiction, alcoholism, love addiction and others. The programs consist of e-books, audiobooks and personal coaching. Lavario is active in the US and Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil and offers their products world-wide through the internet. Visit 0 Comments/by

JoaoFerreira250June 18, 2013

Meet João Ferreira who is currently living in Brazil. Read the following interview in which João tells us about some of his most memorable experiences and gives some useful advice to newcomers.

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

My name is João. I was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. I lived in Boston, MA later for several years after college, relocated by the company I worked for back then. I work with soil stabilization slurries which had me travelling for over a decade around the world as a consultant in many different major foundation projects. So, moving to another country wasn’t a new experience to me. Later I started my own business with an improved technology.

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

I regard my arrival in Brazil as having two different stages. I first came over in 2008 to oversee a project in north-eastern Brazil, Cear and stayed for almost 9 months in a beautiful location, Cumbuco, about 25km from Fortaleza, CE. This was when and where I met the woman I married and my main reason for returning.

She left with me and we got married in Lisbon. We moved back in early 2011, primarily because she claimed not to have adjusted to Europe. Secondly the business opportunities in my line of work which at the time I considered and turned out to be a good investment opportunity.

3. What were you first impressions of Brazil?

Disorganized, too laid back, dirty…

4. What do you miss most about home?

That would have to be my family and the food…

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

My divorce and the totally unexpected circumstances that led to it.

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

We did this vacation in Fernando de Noronha. I love everything about the ocean, scuba diving, etc. To mention one memorable incident that would have to be swimming in the ocean with wild dolphins nearby.

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

In general, the great weather where I live.

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

That would be the Mucuripe club in Fortaleza. There are some nice restaurants, but I find the food in most parts of Brazil to be dull.

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

This one time at the hotel we were staying a huge iguana entered the pool and started swimming around. There were women screaming, grabbing the children… rushing to get out. The minute they all got out everybody grabbed their cameras to take pictures and when it got out of the pool people just followed it taking pictures as if it was an alien of some sort. We were having lunch by the pool at the time and this was quite entertaining.

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

The absurd 20th century bureaucracy. Sometimes it makes me feel like the early 80’s are back. Don’t get me wrong, but certain things do take time and patience to get used to. The other thing I find illogical is the feeling of Brazil somehow having way too many unnecessary laws and as many ways to go around them, but only inconsequential things are actually verified by the proper authorities.

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?

If I had to compare it, the best way to put it would be as if an Englishman would move to Texas. I mean, I spoke the language all my life… but then again, it isn’t exactly the same language. It took time for people to understand me as the accents are too different and there are some words that are exactly alike but mean different things. We have words that in Portugal are normal that can be extremely offensive in Brazil and the same happens the other way around. Other from that, I do tend to confuse native words that do not have a Portuguese background.

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

Be aware that most times there will be more than one answer to your question or problem, especially related to documents concerning legalizing your resident status; the same question can be asked to five different people with five different answers.

Watch out for lawyers who are friends of friends wanting to help you and suddenly charging absurd amounts of money for services rendered to do things that in most cases you can do yourself.

Always match information given to you with existing information through proper official channels. As in most countries and cities around the world, learn about where you are; learn what to do and how to perform in an emergency situation before you actually need it.

Be careful and learn where you can go and cannot especially at night.

Most of all, be patient or learn to be. Persevere. Otherwise you’re in for an awful experience. Stay safe.

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

I don’t know São Paulo well enough to express an accurate opinion, but in general when visiting a foreign country, one’s ability to adjust greatly depends on how fast you understand local culture. There are many museums and historical landmarks, great places to visit. This information is easy to find at most hotels which sometimes even organize free visits.

Depending where you are… it is a big country!!

Enjoy the beaches, the food, the atmosphere, music and the people. Brazilians in general treat visitors well and are nice and easy people to get along with.

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.