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Hi! This website is a one-woman show, and my name is Bruna.

Welcome to I Heart Brazil! I hope you can experience all the diversity of this giant country through my eyes.

Bruna Venturinelli, author of I Heart Brazil

By the end of the page, you’ll probably feel like you know me really well, so let’s make it official and connect on social media, okay?

There, you can be up-to-date with lots of tips and fun facts about Brazil.

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I was born and raised in São Paulo, have traveled to lots of cute little towns in Brazil, learned all their nooks and crannies, and decided it was time to explore other countries.

So I visited our South American neighbors, our faraway neighbors in Europe, and went on and on. At any rate, after graduating in Economics and traveling around the world, solo and with friends, I moved to Amsterdam. There, I met wonderful friends who ended up loving not only me (yay!) but also Brazilian cuisine.

Why Amsterdam, you might ask. Well, have you ever seen how cute the city is? The crooked houses, the romantic canals, charming architecture. I was sold and still am.

Then and only then did I start writing about travel. It started as a blogger wannabe to my full-time job (which includes lots of background optimizations I won’t bore you with!). And I love it! I’m glad I took this leap because it’s a job that gives me great pleasure. “Do what you love, and you won’t work a day in your life,” they say.

It’s true, but I must admit sometimes I work way more than I should.

I Heart Brazil – Experience Diversity

Anyway, I’ve been writing about travel as well as learning about other cultures for over five years now. But in all this time working in the tourism sector, one thing caught my attention: the lack of useful and original information about Brazil in English.

Note that Brazil is nearly the same size as the whole European continent, and still, most travel guides available online are written by foreigners who only cover the cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Salvador. That’s it.

Well, let me tell you something: This is about to change.

As I said, I was born and raised in São Paulo and have traveled extensively throughout Brazil, and I can guarantee you that my country has much more to offer than these three cities. (Although Rio de Janeiro is indeed a ridiculously pretty city.)

So I Heart Brazil came from this desire to show more of my country to tourists so I could help them plan their vacation with our travel guides and itineraries. I want to increase the number of visitors to Brazil because the country is awesome, and I’m sure people will love it. They just need a little push.

With I Heart Brazil, I will:

  • Write the best travel guides and itineraries you can find online to plan your trip.
  • Share down-to-earth tips on where to go, where to stay, what to do, what to eat, Brazilian traditions, and more.
  • Help foreigners learn more about Brazilian culture and experience the diversity it offers.
  • Break the stereotype the 8 pm news taught you.
  • Give you insider advice on safety, carnival, soccer, and more.

Therefore, if you need tips on traveling to Brazil, this is the website you need to read.

Brazil is a country full of mesmerizing landscapes, modern cities, cozy small towns, delicious food, and friendly people. And I’m here to show you all of that. (And more!)

A little more about Bruna

As I said, I’ve not only traveled extensively throughout Brazil, but I also traveled a lot around the world, and I share lots of travel tips, cultural and sustainability advice as well as food guides about all regions in the world at Maps ‘N Bags.

Over the years, I’ve worked with many online publications and shared my knowledge about traveling on big outlets out there, such as Google’s travel hub, Touring Bird.

Now that you know more about me be sure to follow I Heart Brazil on social media AND to join my community on Facebook. There’s lots of valuable advice and tips from me and other travelers as well. This is a great forum for anyone traveling to Brazil.

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