Monday, 16 December 2013

Gay Carnival 2014 in Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis is the 3rd major destination for gay tourists in Brazil and a favourite summer destination for Brazilians. During Carnival, Florianopolis is second only to Rio in the preference of Brazilian and South American gay men. 

In recent years major label parties and mega clubs moved their parties to 
Florianopolis helping to make it a big contender to be the biggest and hottest gay Carnival in Brazil.

Praia Mole beach is the hub, both at the sand stretch in front of Bar do Deca and at the hotel in front, packed with gay visitors from all over Brazil.

Gay girls concentrate in Lagoa, at the fun themed parties @ Caravana Fusion Food.

Downtown you have all the Gay & Lesbian clubs and bars favoured by the locals, as well as the street parties and traditional Carnival events such as Samba Schools Parade and the Pop Gay festival, a very camp Carnival costumes competition for drag queens. 

Floripa Carnival 2014 Schedule:

From 28 February to 8 March: Bars & Clubs open every night with Carnival specials
Saturday 1 March: Samba Schools Parade & Competition
Monday 3 March: Pop Gay Festival

Plan your trip in advance- quality accommodation (especially in Praia Mole) sells out early. Consult us now.

Read more about Gay & Lesbian Florianopolis in the international LGBT media:

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Help preserve the River Otter- Eco-Voluntourism on Santa Catarina Island


The Brazilian river otter is listed as an endangered species by CITIES, mainly because of the destruction of their natural habitats, such as the Atlantic Forest, by pollution and human development.

A research project, carried out by the Ekko Brasil Institute in Florianopolis, tries to elucidate many aspects of its ecology to help the conservation of the species.

Brazil Ecojourneys teamed up with Projeto Lontra to offer a unique holiday experience for eco-minded travellers out there.

Our 8-day special River Otter voluntourism program will allow you to visit places that most tourists never get to see; you will enjoy active adventures, such as walking, trekking and canoeing, in one of the most beautiful destinations in Brazil, and, above all, you will give a serious contribution to a scientific and conservationist project for this most charming animal.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Surf, Yoga and Whales : 8 days/7 nights Surf Camp for Gays, Lesbians and Friends in Santa Catarina

Santa Catarina, in South Brazil, is a secret Brazilian kept for many years. Known for its gorgeous beaches and mild climate it has grown in recent years as a gay and lesbian-friendly destination.


Praia do Rosa, on the Southern Coast of Santa Catarina, is famous in Brazil for its perfect waves, its rustic-chic guesthouses and restaurants and for receiving the visit of the Southern Right whales in winter.

Due to its shape, the half-moon bay of Rosa is considered a “Disneyland” for surfers, as there is always an option for good surfing, independently of wind or swell direction. Winter sometimes brings big swells that attract pro-surfers, but most of the year it offers good conditions for all abilities.

Adding to that, there is Capitão David: surf coach and owner of the oldest local surf school, established in Rosa since 1995. The Captain, as he is known by his more than 13,000 student/friends, is a friendly character that has taught generations of beginners and trained some serious surfers. His first lesson can last hours and it will teach you more than any other surf school ever did!

For experienced surfers we offer a chance of touring the nearby beaches searching for the best waves in Brazil with a friendly local.
We add to the surf camp, a 2-night stay in Florianopolis, the Magic Island, and a place known for its surfing culture and gay-friendliness since the 80’s!

To make the week even more special, you might have a very close encounter with one of the gentle giants of the seas- the Southern Right Whale.

This will be a Surfing holiday that you will never forget!

Group size: minimum 6, maximum 12

Package includes:
·         All transfers starting/ending Florianopolis airport with English-speaking driver or guide
·         2 nights accommodation at a Town Home in Praia Mole, Florianopolis, with breakfast (shared house, private ensuite rooms)
·         5 nights accommodation at the charming Pousada Casa do Ceo in Praia do Rosa (private ensuite rooms)
·         4 surf lessons/clinic for beginners with Capitão David School or 4 Surf  sessions /clinicwith a local for experienced surfers  + 1 Surfari
·         2 Yoga  Group Sessions
·         2 dinners

Package does not include:
Flights, Visas, meals not mentioned, optional tours, insurance, tips, equipment (except during surf lessons)

Read testimonials about this trip.

**Extensions to Rio or other destinations in Brazil available- please consult us.**

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Weekend Specials - Autumn Colours in the Wine Valley of Rio Grande do Sul

The picturesque Vale dos Vinhedos  (Wine Valley) is located 120km northwest from Porto Alegre, in the Italian-influenced Serra Gaúcha.  The best wines in Brazil are produced in this valley, especially those produced by the micro wineries that never reach the supermarkets. You might be surprised, but the local sparkling wines are frequently top rated by many wine connoisseurs.

It is possible to visit the Valley on a day trip from Porto Alegre but you should spend a couple of nights to make the best of the region.

Autumn is a very special time to visit, with the vineyards exploding in colours.

If you are in São Paulo or  Porto Alegre for business you can easily reach the valley to spend a relaxing weekend at the Hotel & SPA do Vinho, the most comfortable hotel in the valley. The hotel is home to the only Caudalie vinothérapie Spa in South America. 

Book now our Autumn Weekend Special from US$ 599 per person for a 2-night stay including  breakfast, 01 lunch, 01 dinner and 01 day of SPA treatments.
For a year around program, check-out our great value Self-Drive Tour.