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  • Walking Tour: Brasília – Vila Planalto

    May 8, 17 • Marion • Excursions, TopicsNo CommentsRead More »

    Vila Planalto is the oldest part of Brasília where workers and engineers had been settled during the construction period of the town. The village was supposed to be demolished  after the inauguration of Brasília, but the families refused to move away. The Walking Tour shows you a picture of 50 years of urban architecture of Brasília, – a scale from still existing wooden houses to modern concrete buildings. You will live moments of day-to-day life of Brazilian village people which is complete different from the rest of the capital. Vila Planalto, being centrally located, recently became popular for urban living. Its  gastronomic scene is amazing, – you will know some of the more than 40 restaurants and lanchonetes which are mainly frequented for lunch time. And you will be shown some selected shops and services of general interest.   From the external street, along green areas, you will enjoy a magnificant view onto the Lago Paranoa and the Digital TV Tower. Availability: any day (except Sunday) with prior notice of min. 1 week before date Participation: closed groups of min. 4 – max. 6 persons Duration: 2 hours from 10 – 12 a.m. Investment: R$ 50 / person   Remarks: – The tour can also be booked by 1-3 persons; in this case, the minimum investment of R$ 200 will be charged and divided among the participants. – Single persons interested might

  • Visits to Brazilian artists’ ateliers – textile production & design: Tecelagem Artesanal de Unai

    Mar 4, 17 • Marion • Cultural life, Excursions, TopicsNo CommentsRead More »

    Weaving always had been a traditional activity and income source in the state of Minas Gerais where cotton is cultivated since ever. The process of the cotton being planted, harvested, carded, spun, dyed (with natural plant materials) and woven has been taken place in fazendas involving all family members. The final product – threads or cloths were used for proper necessities of the families or exchanged for other items needed. Dona Cândida Sardinha was one of the pioneers of weaving in Unai. She moved there from Madeira (Portugal) and brought with her broad experiences in weaving – both techniques and design. Her wall carpets gained worldwide reputation. Along with rural exodus and the experienced women becoming older, the necessity of rescuing the regional tradition and knowledge of weaving was recognized. Finally, in 1966 a chacara was donated to the Associacao Beneficiente Natal Justino da Costa, and in 1999 the project „Tecelagem Artesanal de Unai“ was inaugurated. The project is considered to be a cultural and historical rescue, also maintaining the dignity and knowledge of human kind. It provides work for people of all ages and training and working opportunities for disabled persons (deaf and dumble). Its sustainability is assured by the work of volunteers and sales of the final products in an own shop. Location: 160 km out of Brasilia Excursion: bookable for individual groups of max. 4 persons on

  • Walking Tour: Vila Planalto

    Feb 23, 17 • Marion • ExcursionsNo CommentsRead More »

    Vila Planalto is the oldest part of Brasilia where workers and engineers had been settled during the construction period of the new capital. The village had been supposed to be brought down after the inauguration of the city , but the families refused to move away. The Walking Tour reflects a picture of more than 50 years of urban architecture of Brasilia, – a scale from still existing wooden houses to modern concrete buildings. You will live moments of day-to-day life of Brazilian village people which is complete different from the rest of the city. The gastronomic scenery is amazing, counting with more than 40 restaurants and lanchonetes,and you will be shown some selected shops and services of general interest.             From the external street, along green areas, one has a magnificant view onto the Lago Paranoa and the Digital TV Tower.   Availability: any day (except Sunday) with prior notice of min. 1 week before date Participation: closed groups of min. 4 – max. 6 persons Duration: 2 hours from 10 – 12 a.m. Investment: R$ 50 / person Remarks: – The tour can also be booked by 1-3 persons; in this case, the minimum investment of R$ 200 will be charged and divided among the participants. – Single persons interested might get registered and be informed whenever a tour will take place with vacancies

  • Brasilia – Walking Tours

    Feb 17, 17 • Marion • ExcursionsNo CommentsRead More »

    Although Brasilia seems to be a city mainly designed for car driving instead for pedestrians, there are some areas which can be discovered by foot. Praca 3 Poderes               Memorial JK           Setor Comercial Sul           Vila Planalto HOM-ing now offers the following Walking Tours: ° Vila Planalto ° Praca de 3 Poderes ° Praca Buriti & surroundings ° SCS (Setor Comercial Sul): Caixa Econômica, Banco Central, Galeria das Nacoes, Museu de Correio, CONIC, Rodoviaria) The tours can be booked by groups of min. 4 / max. 6 persons for any day upon prior reservation of min. 7 days before date and subject to availability. Investment: R$ 50 per person  

  • City Tour 2: Walking Tour in Vila Planalto

    Aug 10, 16 • Marion • Excursions, TopicsNo CommentsRead More »

    Vila Planalto is the oldest quarter of Brasilia. It was built up to host the engineers and workers who constructed the city. Its location between the Esplanada dos Ministerios and the Palacio da Alvorada nowadays is most attractive for the citizens to live near to the center and at the same time in a quiet area. Till today, some old wooden houses can be seen. While walking through Vila Planalto you will experience a typical Brazilian village atmosphere and know restaurants and shops. On Wednesdays and Thursdays you’ll have the opportunity to make your shoppings of fresh products at the weekly market. At the end of the tour, we will have lunch at one of the buffet restaurants. You may book this tour for any day of the week. Ideal tour for parents and small children.   Duration: 2 hours Number of participants: 1 – 5 persons Fee: € 60 (or equivalent in Reais) (cost for lunch not included)  

  • City Tour 1: Setor Militar Urbano (SMU) – Cruzeiro Velho

    Aug 4, 16 • Marion • Excursions, TopicsNo CommentsRead More »

    The Military Sector is really worth to be visited with its buildings by Oscar Niemeyer and the Praca dos Cristais designed by Burle Marx. We will walk around this area and after that continue to the quarter of Cruzeiro Velho to visit the market hall (feira permanente) where you may make your shoppings of fresh products. The tour ends with a lunch in one of the restaurants nearby. This tour is suitable for parents with small children and may be booked for any day of the week.   Duration: 3 hours Nr. of participants: 1-4 Fee: € 80 (or equivalent in Reais)

  • NEX – Jaguar project

    Jul 28, 15 • Marion • ExcursionsNo CommentsRead More »

    NEX- No extinction  is a NGO dedicated to the defense and preservation of wild cats threatened by extinction. The Fazenda Preto Velho where this project is settled, is located about 80 km outside Brasília. We leave at 9 a.m. (from a meeting point, sharing cars) and return around 5 p.m. Program: – 9.30 a.m. Welcome coffee with explications to the project’s dedication and work – tour through the huge area guided by Rogerio who presents each wild cat and tells us its story behind – free time for a refreshing bath at a nearby waterfall within the fazenda’s territory, for relaxing in one of the hammocks or for visiting the araras’ area – lunch prepared by the social project “Onças ajudando gente” (“Wild cats helping people”), from the neighbour village Aparecida de Loiola, and its cook Patricia. – show time!! The tutors feed the animals demonstrating the brutal change of behaviour of the wild cats while being feeded. Great experience! – snack and time for exchanging experiences and asking more questions. – T-Shirts and other souvenirs can be purchased, the net profit of the sales also helps to finance this project. – 3.30 p.m. end of visit   Tickets (cash only): Adults – R$ 100,00 Children – R$ 50,00 (6 to 10) Children below 5 years of age are free   General conditions & remarks: – reservations with HOM-ing (by

  • TGIF Luncheon Tour

    Apr 7, 15 • Marion • Excursions, Social integrationNo CommentsRead More »

    TGIF Luncheon Tour Start into your weekend joining HOM-ing’s Luncheon Tour on Fridays! We’ll experiment hidden restaurants in Brasília and surroundings during the months of APRIL / MAY: “El Tero” (Spanish), Asa Norte / W3 Norte – Paella Valenciana “Pampa e Cerrado Grill” (Brazilian), São Sebastião, – Churrasco Gaúcho “Emporio da Mata” (international), Jardim Botânico among others.   Friday, April 10: “El Tero” (Spanish), Asa Norte / W3 Norte – Paella Valenciana For more details and reservation contact us: marion@hom-ing.me    

  • On the road with Marion

    Jan 2, 15 • Marion • Excursions, TourismNo CommentsRead More »

    Group tours organized by HOMing & VIANA Turismo Brazil is a huge country with abundant nature to be explored. In order to make the best use of a temporary stay in Brazil covering as many touristic destinations as possible, you should work out your personal travel agenda, considering high / low season public & school holidays climate (rain and dry season; temperature) nature (cycles of fauna and flora) special events (carneval; indigenous traditions; cultural, religious & gastronomic festivals) HOMing knows about the touristic priorities, special needs and expectations of foreigners, and therefore offers group tours in co-operation with: VIANA Turismo, a family owned tourism agency based in Brasilia, counts with 19 years of experience in the market and excellent contacts to pousadas, tour operators and English speaking guides at destinations like: Pantanal Amazonas Fernando de Noronha Iguacu waterfalls Belo Horizonte & HOTIM, – and others All places of our program had been visited by VIANA Turismo several times. With the selection of attractive pousadas and a varied activity program you will learn more about Brazilian traditions and typical regional characteristics. You may expect individual high-quality service and comfort whereever you go. Our group tours are especially interesting for SINGLES who may lower their travel costs by sharing double rooms with twin beds. Also FAMILIES with small children are welcomed and may enjoy special rates and attention. Share unforgetable travel memories

  • Rural Tourism: Palmitos & Cucumbers from Altoé / Tabatinga

    Apr 27, 14 • Marion • Excursions, Topics, TourismNo CommentsRead More »

    Where the palmitos and cucumbers come from “Altoé” is a family-owned small-scale industry in the outbounds of Brasília (ca. 40 km) in Tabatinga. They cultivate the pupunha palm tree and process palmitos – the only palmito production in the whole central Brasil region. Altoé started its business 6 years ago and is – since then – slowly but steadily increasing the production scale and product diversity: palmitos as entire pieces, slices, cubes and sticks. They recently started to also process cucumbers: pepinos and mini-pepinos from their own cultivation. HOM-ing organizes Rural Tourism – excursions to rural production sites like Altoé. Next visit to Altoé / Tabatinga: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, from 9.30 till 12.30 Introduction to the cultivation of pupunha palm trees, visit of the production site, tasting of palmitos, pepinos and prepared dishes. Direct purchase of the products possible. Maximum number of participants: 20 Investment: R$ 20 per person, including tasting and drinks. (Transfer by private cars of the participants) Registration with HOM-ing

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