Beaches and Art – Our last Morning in Rio.

Oh, you’re still here? Great, in case you were worried that we just stayed in Brazil after the last post, we didn’t. Though another week or two would have been a very welcome alternative to returning to work. Our last day in Rio was a quick one, but fruitful nonetheless. We had a 4:30 pm flight from Rio to Sao Paulo where we would catch the overnight direct flight home. This left us with about half a day to spend in Rio.

Kiosk bar on Ipanema Beach
Kiosk bar on Ipanema Beach.

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“Take all the pictures you want, except of the drug dealers.”

Sometimes the strangest things become tourist attractions. If you asked me whether I would like to visit a poor neighbourhood controlled by drug lords in the US, I would call you crazy. However, put that neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, call it a favela and suddenly I’m in. So, for our second day in Rio, that’s just what we did.Rocinha Favela, Rio de Janeiro Continue reading ““Take all the pictures you want, except of the drug dealers.””

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.”

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”

The Magic Globe has spoken…

One of the questions we get most about our travels, even more than “why are you going there?”, is “how do you choose where you’re going to go next?”

Well, I’ve been reluctant to share this, but we have a Magic Globe. We found Continue reading “The Magic Globe has spoken…”

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