All posts tagged: Brazil

The Natural Wonder of Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls are located at the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay and they’re one of the largest waterfalls in the world. If time allows it make sure you visit both the Brazilian and Argentinian side of the waterfall. The Brazilian side has fewer waterfalls but the hike up provides spectacular views of the Argentinian falls with a beautiful rainbow hovering over. On the way you’ll be welcomed by packs of coatis, hog-nosed racoons, scavenging for food. At the end of the hike there’s a spectacular waterfall and a walkway for visitors above the falling waters. Be prepared to get wet. Once you’ve completed the hike, you’ll have the opportunity to join other guided tours of the national park at extra costs. If that doesn’t appeal to you just outside the park there is a bird sanctuary, Parque das Aves, where you can walk inside bird cages and see toucans, parrots, flamingos and butterflies up close. For dinner try churrascaria Bufalo Branco, an authentic Brazilian bbq restaurant and be sure to savour grilled pineapple with …

The Best and Worst of Paraty

Paraty is a beautiful Brazilian coastal town, a four hour bus ride from the city of Rio. The town is known for its white colonial houses with colorful window trims and doors and uneven cobble stone streets. We arrived in Paraty under torrential rain. Since my boyfriend estimated that our hotel was only 500 meters from the bus terminal we figured we could make a run for it. To begin with, we took a wrong turn and got lost in what seemed to be a street maze. Within a matter of minutes we were drenched. We turned a corner and found ourselves in water half way to our knees, trying to keep our bags above the water. My boyfriend’s havaianas came undone and so there he was, lugging my suitcase, while wearing his backpack, shin deep in water, barefoot. We stopped at a shop and then a pousada (bed & breakfast) to ask for directions. After what seemed like an eternity we found our pousada. The bags were drenched and most of our clothes were …

The Beauty of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is an absolute visual delight. The city has something for everyone from beautiful Ipanema and Copacabana beaches to ┬ábreathtaking views of the city from the top of Sugarloaf mountain and Cristo Redentor. The city is humming with life and Brazilians seem to strike a perfect balance between work and play. Rio has an interesting and diverse mix of colonial, modern and even bizarre architecture like the cone shaped Catedral Metropolitana. On the weekends, you can visit the busy street markets of Flamengo and take in the sights and smells of fresh produce. Don’t miss the quaint and quiet neighbourhood of Santa Teresa with its steep cobble stone streets and colourful tiles decorating the street steps. Rest from the climb up on the terrace of Cafe Rustica and enjoy a caipirinha, Brazil’s specialty drink. Colourful graffiti are a trademark of the city of Rio and they enhance the visual experience. You can shelter from the afternoon heat under the beautifully manicured trees of the Botanical Garden or rent a bike and follow the …