Christ, smaller in person than you would think.

Our first day in Rio de Janeiro started with a predawn trek through Paraty to catch the bus. Fortunately, we had picked up the tickets the day before so it wasn’t a problem when the ticket booth for the bus company wasn’t open. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, sitting at a bus station at 5:00am before dawn means keeping an eye on some suspect looking individuals. Of course, it was 5:00am and I hadn’t had a shower or any coffee, so it’s entirely possible others were keeping an eye on me.

After a very scenic tour along Costa Verde, our bus worked it’s way into downtown Rio.  All the while we kept an eye out for what is probably Rio’s best known attraction, the Cristo Redentor statue (Christ the Redeemer), which overlooks the city from high on Corcovado mountain. Do you know what went through my head upon first seeing this world-famous site on the horizon? Continue reading “Christ, smaller in person than you would think.”

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A car free day in Paraty.

When faced with a day at a UNESCO World Heritage site like Paraty you need a plan. Ours was aggressive, but with a little luck and determination we just might succeed. The plan had three components: eat, drink, wander; repeat as required. Doors in Paraty Brazil

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Sailing the Brazilian seas, not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

Waking up in Paraty after a rough day of travel, we hoped a new day would bring a change of luck. Things started looking up from the moment Katy first looked out the window, sun! By this point in the trip we hadn’t seen a lot of sun so Katy did a little happy dance. Sadly I didn’t get the video camera out fast enough, this time.

Pousada D'Ouro
Heading in for breakfast at Pousada D'Ouro

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The road to Paraty should not go through Curitiba.

Well, it was bound to happen sometime. Over the years, we’ve done a fair amount of travel and I’d say we’ve had some pretty good luck along the way. It seems our luck ran out, at least for a day, and we had what can probably best be described as a craptastic day. Continue reading “The road to Paraty should not go through Curitiba.”

3 Meals, 3 Countries, 1 Day

While we were touring the Brazillian side of the falls with Katy, Michelle, and Rebecca they mentioned a plan to have three meals in three diffrent countries all in the same day. Unfortunately they hadn’t been able to make it work. So, we decided that we would take care of it. The plan was to have breakfast at the hotel in Brazil and lunch in Argentina while visiting the falls from that side. The only tricky part would be getting over to Paraguay for dinner.

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Dangling from a rope at Iguassu Falls

Our first day in Foz do Iguassu had a very civilized start. We booked this part of the trip through G Adventures (formally known as GAP Adventures – apparently people confuse cheap, crappy clothes and adventure travel) and we weren’t meeting the local guide until 10:45 am. After a busy few days in Buenos Aires, and the rocky flight the night before, it was nice to sleep in a little. Continue reading “Dangling from a rope at Iguassu Falls”

Buenos Aires – Started the day with the dead, thought we might join them at the end.

Our last day in Buenos Aires was a relatively calm one. Our flight to Iguassu didn’t leave until 7:05 in the evening so we had most of the day free to explore a bit more.

We decided to get up fairly early and go see the Floralis Genérica, a giant aluminum flower sculpture that “blooms” each morning at 8:00 am. Or so the guidebook told us. Continue reading “Buenos Aires – Started the day with the dead, thought we might join them at the end.”

Colonia – There’s more to Uruguay than rain.

On our second day in Argentina we decided to leave the country and take the ferry across the river plate to Colonia in Uruguay. This was recommended both by the guide books and by a Uruguayan coworker of mine who said Colonia was nicer than Montevideo and definitely worth the trip.

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Buenos Aires – Tango, sight-seeing and an unexpected run.

To be fair, it’s been grey and rainy, we were fresh off the plane and it was only the first day, but Buenos Aires did not jump immediately to the top of my ‘favourite places’ list.

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