How the Zika Virus is affecting travel plans

The travel industry is beginning to react as vacationers rethink their trips amid growing concern over the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne disease that experts say is possibly linked to microcephaly in babies. The spread of the virus in Brazil and Latin America has led the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to warn pregnant women…

Pope asks youth to change world at Brazil mass

Hundreds of thousand of people crowded Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro today to hear the Pope’s final mass of his visit to Brazil. Rio’s famed Copacabana beach, usually known for its scantily-clan sen seekers and revelry, took on a more serious role as Pope Francis concluded the youth festival by urging young people to…

Rio prepares for World Youth Day

Hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics have gathered at Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the opening of the World Youth Day Festival. The highlight of the festival will be the visit by Pope Francis on Thursday. The Pope arrived on Monday for his first trip abroad since becoming the head of the…

Pope refuses to use bullet-proof vehicles during Brazil trip

The Vatican has said that Pope Francis will not use bullet-proof popemobiles on his visit to Brazil next week as he wishes to have more direct contact with the crowds, despite the security risks involved. The Argentine Pope arrives in Brazil on Monday for his first trip outside of Italy as the Pope. He will…

Top tips for the early Brazil World Cup traveller

Follow this great guide extracted from the Guardian to avoid ripoffs, punchups and running out of money in Rio next year. Where to stay and where to find hotel bargains in Rio The best place to stay is in the Copacabana tourist trap. For those looking for more upmarket neighbourhoods, try further down the beach…

Brazil World Cup will have ‘cheapest ever tickets’

According to football’s governing body, Fifa, the tickets for next year’s World Cup in Brazil will be the “cheapest ever.” Fifa Secretary-General, Jerome Valcke said 70% of the matches would cost less than in previous events, with ticket prices being announced on 19th July. Fifa President Sepp Blatter said that the Confederations Cup was a…

Brazil to invest $1.2bn in favela areas in Rio de Janeiro

Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, has announced an investment of more than $1.2 bn (£770m) to be spent in the favelas, or shanty towns, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Ms Rouseff said the money would be spent improving three areas – Rocinha, Jacarezinho and the Lins complex so that they can be better…