7 Sizzling Sights in Brazil - United Hub

7 sizzling sights in Brazil

By Bob Cooper

Brazil may rank fifth in size and population among the world's countries, but many global travelers are just now discovering its allure. If the 2014 FIFA World Cup didn't permanently put it on the map, this summer's Rio Olympics surely will. But when you visit Brazil, what is there to see in Rio and beyond?

An aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro

Go for the sights: Gaze down on Rio and its famed beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema, from the 98-foot-tall Christ the Redeemer statue atop the Corcovado mountain towering 2,300 feet into the sky — or reverse the view by peering up at the monument from the pristine sand. Go for the sounds: Samba clubs are the pulse of the music scene in the Lapa neighborhood. Go for the flavors: The aroma of meats grilling at churrascarias (a type of Brazilian steakhouse known for its buffet-style serving) envelops the city. Or just go for the whole sensory feast, whether your reason for visiting is business, your bucket list, the Olympics (August 5-21) or the next Carnival (starting Feb. 24 2017).

A skyline view of São Paulo in Brazil

Sights of São Paulo

Often overshadowed by Rio, São Paulo is actually far more populous and more affluent and diverse, with the people and the cuisine reflecting waves of immigration from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It's home to the most Japanese residents outside of Japan, so sushi can be enjoyed everywhere. Sao Paulo is also Brazil's culture capital, so don't miss the Museu do Ipiranga and its Versailles-inspired gardens.

The Iguazu Falls in the rain forest on the border of Brazil and Argentina

Iguazu Falls

Think Niagara Falls — but higher, wider and with more waterfalls. This thunderous medley of cascades also straddles an international boundary, in this case, the Brazil-Argentina border. Viewed from wooden platforms — or a boat, helicopter or rainforest train — Iguazu Falls (also called Iguassu or Iguacu Falls) tumble into two national parks.

A man on a small boat on the Amazon River going into the rain forest

Amazon adventures

Most Amazon explorations commence from Manaus, a city at the mouth of the amazing Amazon. Transportation and lodging options range from luxury cruise ships to eight-cabin riverboats and rustic eco-lodges. Regardless of your choice, you will be surrounded by the world's most bio-diverse collection of flora and fauna as your vessel ventures deep into the rainforest.

Brazil's Atlantic Coastline, including the beach

Beach cities

Along Brazil's Atlantic coastline — at 4,655 miles, more than twice the length of the U.S. East Coast — are countless cities, towns and villages known for their sunbathing and surfing beaches. The cities with the most to offer in addition to beaches:

  • Salvador (located in northeastern state of Bahia): Check out its 17th-century cathedral and Afro-Brazilian cuisine.
  • Florianópolis (capital of southern Brazil's Santa Catarina state): Take a selfie on one of its picturesque bridges and indulge in the superb seafood.
  • Recife (capital of Brazil's northeastern state Pernambuco): This former Dutch colony is situated near coral reefs and tropical forests for those looking to spend some quality time with Mother Nature.
  • Fortaleza (capital of northeastern state Ceará): The museum district and lively nightlife won't disappoint.

Sunset overlooking the ocean on the Fernando de Noronha Island in Brazil

Fernando de Noronha

Visiting this island, 220 miles off the easternmost tip of South America, is worth the relatively high accommodations prices. The snorkeling, diving and hiking options are all outstanding, and the beaches are rated the best in Brazil. Much of the six-mile-long island is part of a national marine park — expect to spot spinner dolphins. Only about 300 visitors are allowed to arrive daily by air, so reserve a flight well in advance on Azul Brazilian Airlines.

An aerial view of the city of Brasília


This unique planned city sprung out of nothing — carved out of the jungle in a three-year uprising of modernist architecture during the late '50s. Several palaces, the massive government complex at Three Powers Square and the glass-roofed Cathedral of Brasília are some of the most popular attractions.

All of these destinations are easily accessible via United nonstop flights from the U.S. (to Rio and São Paulo), and, once you arrive, you can get to the smaller cities on United mileage partner Azul Brazilian Airlines. Plan your adventure on united.com or by using the United app.

United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment, and to provide transparency and choice throughout the travel journey.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
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    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
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    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
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    Rolling out touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing
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    Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers to disinfect in the airport

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
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    Providing onboard items like pillows and blankets upon request
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    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
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    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
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    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove 99.97% of airborne particles
    • The cabin recirculated air is exchanged every 2-3 minutes

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

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