Morning Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Guaratiba 45 minutes out of Rio de Janeiro

Morning Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Guaratiba 45 minutes out of Rio de JaneiroMorning Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Guaratiba 45 minutes out of Rio de Janeiro  |  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  | One of the many experiences I’ve curated, during my recent trip to Rio de Janeiro, for my VIP clients coming next year for the 2016 Summer Olympics, is the Stand Up Paddle Boarding. This can be done at many location in Rio de Janeiro, but I was told one of the best was in Guaratiba – approx. 45 minutes away from Copacabana and Ipanema.  Continue reading Morning Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Guaratiba 45 minutes out of Rio de Janeiro

My own personal postcards of Rio de Janeiro

My own personal postcards of Rio de JaneiroMy own personal postcards of Rio de Janeiro  |  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  A collection of my favorite postcards for my lasted visit to Rio de Janeiro, all photos taken by me using my iPhone6. I spent a week at the carioca city of Rio, curating the best experiences, restaurants, venues and locations with a view, to host events and activities for my VIP clients coming next year for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Here some of the stunningly beautiful panoramic views I found along the way.  Continue reading My own personal postcards of Rio de Janeiro

Evening exploring Vidigal Favela to the very top

FullSizeRender 10Evening exploring Vidigal Favela to the very top  |  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  | I would say that one of the best experiences I did, during my recent visit to Rio de Janeiro, to curate unique travel experiences for my VIP clients coming to the 2016 Summer Olympics next year, was something was ranking high in my travel bucket list, after being in Rio for many times in the past. Venturing into the intriguing world of a Favela, was quite interesting, and what I found atop Morro do Vidigal – which gives name to the Favela Vidigal – was indeed unexpected.

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Behind the scenes Samba Experience

FullSizeRender 26 Behind-the-scenes Samba Experience  |  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  | If there is an experience you must have when in Rio de Janeiro, it is SAMBA, and what best than doing a behind-the-scenes tour to the world of the “samba schools” of Rio, which has remained mysterious and hidden. Let’s open the doors to reveal the secrets behind it. For this I came to the Samba City in the district called Little Africa, A beautiful, ancient and historical part of the port of Rio, where samba and the very first samba school was born. Hosted by one of the last year winning Escola de Samba Mirim Pimpolhos da Grande Rio ” Samba School “.  Continue reading Behind the scenes Samba Experience

Not to Miss and Should Miss restaurant experiences in Rio de Janeiro

Not to Miss and Should Miss restaurant experiences in Rio de Janeiro  | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Rio de Janeiro, same a London, was never known to be a gourmet destination. But over the years and since my last visit, this has changed and developed drastically. Six One-Michelin starred restaurants, lots of fine and informal Brazilian Cuisine options have taken over the Carioca cuisine scene, and more will come coping with the pulse of the 2016 Summer Olympics in the horizon. For this reason, I came to Rio de Janeiro for a full week, to experience, review and curate the best on the radar and tucked away gourmet gem and experiences, to offer to my VIP clients/guests coming to Rio next August 2016 to attend the Olympics. Nowadays, my savvy travelers demand more than just celebrity Chefs, international awards and glamorous locations. Overall experience, food quality, local influence and friendly service rank high to select the best gourmet options. See below my list by experience of Not to Miss, Undecided and Should Miss restaurants. Bon Appetite. !!! Continue reading Not to Miss and Should Miss restaurant experiences in Rio de Janeiro

72 hours in style at Rio de Janeiro by Carlos Melia

72 hours in style at Rio de Janeiro by Carlos Melia  |  429MAGAZINE  |  Dear followers, my weekly column contribution on Luxury Gay Travel for dot429 is out and online. Check it out. !!! This week on my personal experience of 72 hours in style at Rio de Janeiro. Next week stay tuned for my take on Puerto Rico and a special surprise. Till next week. For on the minute updates on my travels, subscribe to my Facebook or follow me on Twitter. Cheers Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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Kayaking and Sandboarding in Florianopolis

Kayaking and Sandboarding in Florianopolis  |  Florianopolis, Brazil  |  I love outdoor sports, and anywhere I go in the world I go for it… Brazil was no exception. This time Kayaking and Sandboarding… and I was lucky enough to have my friend and colleague, the extraordinaire photographers Jurriaan Teulings to document this moments. He is so such and amazing photographer, that he even makes me look great…. Continue reading Kayaking and Sandboarding in Florianopolis

Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro

Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro  | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  During the course of my city tour yesterday in Rio de Janeiro, we made a stop at one of the two iconic Carioca attractions. One, the Corcovado Christ Redeemer, and then, the Sugar Loaf “Pão de Açúcar”. Located at the mouth of the Guanabara Bay, same that the first portuguese  settlers the 1st of January 1502. From there the name Rio de Janeiro, Rio (River) and Janeiro (January). When sailing across the Guanabara Bay, they though they were on the mouth of a river, and this happened in the month of January. The name Sugar Loaf, is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf. Continue reading Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro

Morning at the Pool of Hotel Santa Teresa by Veuve Clicquot


Morning at the Pool of Hotel Santa Teresa by Veuve Clicquot  |  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  Beautiful day in Veuve Clicquot Paradise, enjoying a sunny day in Rio de Janeiro at Hotel Santa Teresa. Continue reading Morning at the Pool of Hotel Santa Teresa by Veuve Clicquot

Corcovado Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

Corcovado Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro  |  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  Yesterday as part of my tour, I made a long stop at the stunning and iconic Corcovado Christ Redeemer at the top of Corcovado Hill (or Morro as locals call them) 700 meters. Corcovado, translates as hunchback. Considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world, made completely of soapstone, overlooking in the back to Tijuca Forest – the largest urban forest in the world, and to the front the Guanabara Bay. Breathtaking panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, overtaken by the presence of the majestic statue, which welcomes everyone to Rio de Janeiro and Brazil with wide open arms. Continue reading Corcovado Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro