Few leave Rio de Janeiro without a wild story or a night in Lapa, because more often than not they are one in the same. The white arches of Lapa stand proud and elegant during the day, with a trolly that traces back and forth along the top. They are an icon, a flashbulb of Portuguese imperialism, and…

So folks, why travel? I have a reason. My relationship to travel began before I could mutter my first words. I was born in Cannes, France to a Brazilian mother and an American father, whom at the time were spending the year there. I was on my first airplane when I was merely a few…

Hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro isn’t only for the adrenaline seekers. It’s for the nervous train wrecks as well. Let me explain. Years back before I moved to Rio de Janeiro, I came here for the first time on a visit. During that first trip, I, along with my brothers and co-founders of Jinga…

It’s a contagious happiness and love for life that intoxicates the city. It’s a sunset so beautiful, people in Ipanema everyday sit on Arpoador rock and applaud its fading rays. It’s Rio de Janeiro, a city that wasn’t designed for passing through. In Rio, you don’t turn a corner before you feel it.  In street…

With a stretch and a yawn, you look at your phone and see a 15 percent chance of rain in Rio de Janeiro. Friday nights are hard to say no to, but somehow you did it. You stuck to your guns and made the last beer early to pull yourself away and awake well rested…

So why does Jinga Experience prefer multiple day tours? Short answer: A typical single day tour stinks. Long answer: You’re packed in a coach bus surrounded with sunburned tourists; you know, the kind that wear socks AND sandals. You try and catch glimpses of the local way of life as a guide makes corny jokes over a microphone…

Ladies and gentleman, why do we vacation to new and exotic places? To meet new people? pshh can’t do that in my own language nonetheless a different one…Maybe it’s to learn something new about a different culture? sure, sure…How about simply to escape work and relax? ummm, what are local bars for?…the obvious answer, and the only real reason to travel is……

A brief history of West Zone of Rio de Janeiro: In the early 1970’s, Rio de Janeiro inaugurated the Joá Bridge and Tunnel, that joined the South and West Zones. This began the unprecedented growth of this new area in both construction and population. The West Zone (Barra da Tijuca, Baixada de Jacarepaguá and beyond)…

Although Rio de Janeiro’s grand scale Porto Maravilha project is center stage, smaller scale projects are gaining fame as well. Rio de Janeiro is not just beautiful beaches and tall palm trees. The majority of its population lives outside the city center in poverty. The neighborhoods are mainly located in the North and West Zones.…

The “Operação Urbana Porto Maravilha” is a massive urban renewal project occurring in Rio de Janeiro’s Downtown Port Zone, involving an area of 5 million square meters (1,120 football fields). This is by far the largest neighborhood revitalization project in Brazilian history. This area, although historically prominent and architecturally aesthetic, has suffered from huge devaluation, problems…

What is the Jinga Experience  –  About Experience Travel  FIRST THINGS FIRST, Jinga isn’t here to take you on standard tours. Don’t get me wrong, the Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the 7 wonders of the world, and the famous gondola up the Sugar Loaf Mountain are certainly places worth visiting. The pictures you take…

The city of Rio de Janeiro is not the only reason visitors travel from all over the world to go to Rio. Outside the city has some of the most spectacular landscape and colonials cities in the entire country of Brazil. It varies from fantastic beach towns, to charming colonial towns with neighboring waterfalls, to a mountain…