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National Geographic Traveler editor at large Christopher Elliott is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips. Here’s his latest advice.

In the 1970s, Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke made waves when he introduced a new style of music that layered jazz improvisation with Ethiopian folk rhythms and its traditional five-note scale. Now 70, the father of Ethio-jazz is still mixing things up.

National Geographic Traveler editor at large Christopher Elliott is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips. Here’s his latest advice.

It’s not easy to get out from under the shadow of a place like Brazil’s Pantanal—a natural wetland bigger than England and home to a biodiversity bonanza of such rare species as the tapir and the jaguar. Yet the town of Bonito, on the Pantanal’s border, is emerging as one of Brazil’s favorite adventure outposts­.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in July.

The staff at National Geographic Travel is always criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else. Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why.

Street parades, art, and music provide the rhythm of life in Salvador, so I decide to see if any locals might be willing to teach me how to party like a Salvadoran.

During the summer season, Florianopolis swells to two million people, nearly five times its usual size. My driver, Leo, tells me it’s the “number one place people wish they could move to in Brazil,” citing a boom in tech start ups along with its natural beauty (“over three quarters of the area is preserved,” he boasted) as reasons. Plus, Brazil’s third-largest university provides a youthful vitality that keeps the city fresh.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

Bottle the pheromones in Rio de Janeiro during carnival, and you’ll become a billionaire overnight.

It’s no surprise that the heart of carnival pumps faster in Rio than it does anywhere else in the world. In a city of seismic social disparities, it’s the one time of year when it doesn’t matter if you measure out your wages in handfuls of beans or if you live in the most expensive gated estate in the Southern Hemisphere. Instead, it’s how many kisses you steal in a night and how many samba steps you squeeze into a second that count.

From pristine rain forests to some of the biggest parties on Earth, Brazil is a world unto itself. Find out how to avoid offending the more than 193 million people who live there (and even make friends) by following cross-cultural guru Dean Foster‘s advice on how to navigate the largest lusophone (that means Portuguese-speaking) country in the world.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #NGTradar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our roundups.

The Icon: Rio’s “Cristo”

Functioning as Rio de Janeiro’s dashboard Jesus, the towering “Cristo Redentor” (Christ the Redeemer) gazes out upon a city celebrated more for the pleasures of its flesh than for the saintliness of its sculptures. Here are a few fun facts about the iconic statue.

A Change of Pace in Paraty

Paraty on Brazil’s Costa Verde — the halfway point between São Paulo and Rio — has become a center for laid-back artsy types and nature lovers looking to explore the rainforest-covered mountains and turquoise waters that surround the colonial town. Guest blogger Liz Behler offers a few tips to help you plan your visit.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by RobVSF, Flickr.

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

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The next time you travel, engage the locals in their national pastime.  Pick up beach soccer in Brazil, shuffle mahjong tiles in China, or soak in the Széchenyi Baths, the place to play chess in Budapest. [Lonely Planet] Don’t want to travel alone? Globetrooper helps connect like-minded travelers to create, plan, and go on adventures…

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Our friends over at Atlas Obscura, “a compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities, and esoterica,” have published the Atlas Obscura Guide to Islands You Never Want to Visit. It is the “definitive guide to the worst, most horrible islands in the world” and includes places from radioactive beaches to “the island kingdom of a murderous…

Eco-Friendly Rio?

Jam-packed highways, crowded favelas [slums], and beaches crammed with tanned bodies– hardly the image of an eco-friendly environment. Ah, but Rio de Janeiro defies all expectations. This chaotic city is brimming with verdant green spaces and networked with myriad pedestrian paths. Jungle Jaunts Just minutes from Rio’s urban sprawl, Leslie, my guide from Crux Ecoaventura,…

Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn first worked together while filming a documentary for MTV about hip hop in the favelas (Brazilian slums) of Rio and São Paolo. They’re still making their mark in Brazil, but this time they’re not using video cameras, they’re using paint. The “community-driven art interventions” of their Favela Painting Project are providing…

Daily Radar: 08.10.10

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British explorer Ed Stafford has become the first person to hike the entire length of the Amazon, completing a 4,000-mile journey that began on April 2, 2008 at the river’s source in Peru. Stafford, who was accompanied by Peruvian forestry worker Gadiel “Cho” Sanchez Rivera for the majority of the trip, set out on the…

Saying Hello to São Paulo

Intelligent Travel blog editor Janelle Nanos is back from her honeymoon in Brazil, and told herself she wouldn’t work on her trip. But there were a few things she just had to share… Truth be told, you are exhausted when you start your honeymoon. The nonstop planning that took place in the months leading up…