Exploring Rio – Christ the Redeemer

Exploring Rio - Christ the Redeemer

15th July One of our final stops in Rio before heading back to the UK was the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado. This is a serious tourist trap; overcrowded, overpriced and  very over-done, but it also felt like the one thing we couldn’t miss in Rio…

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Exploring Rio – Lapa

Exploring Rio - Lapa

14th and 15th July We may have spent our first four nights in Rio slumming it in the Rocinha favela thanks to the hugely inflated World Cup accommodation prices, but thankfully right after the weekend of the final match Sam and I were able to switch to a more reasonably priced hostel in…

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Exploring Rio – Santa Teresa

Exploring Rio - Santa Teresa

Rio de Janeiro, we discovered, is an absolutely enormous city with dozens of different districts to explore, so varied that it can feel like you’re visiting multiple cities at once. From the Rocinha favela, where we were staying in the midst of the busy slum town, to the glossy city…

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Cook in Rio

Cook in Rio

I chat Brazilian culture and food with Simone at the Cook in Rio class – oh, and we also make some food, too…

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Exploring Rio – The Beaches and City Centre

Exploring Rio - The Beaches and City Centre

The final week of our five month South American Adventure was spent in Rio de Janeiro; the perfect place to really make the most of our last few days on the road. Better yet, we were there over the weekend of the World Cup Final, so that the usual party atmosphere was…

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Staying in a Favela in Rio

Staying in a Favela in Rio

It was the very first day of the final week of our five month trip, so of course, everything had to go wrong. We arrived in Rio after a slow and uncomfy bus ride from Paraty which took a fair amount longer than the scheduled four hours; I slipped in and out…

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Paraty

Paraty

4th – 10th July 2014 The fourth stop in our Brazil itinerary, Paraty, was a bit of an odd choice given our current northern location, but, as I mentioned before in my Porto Seguro post, our route was somewhat misshapen since our destination choices were dictated by budget, with the…

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Porto Seguro

Porto Seguro

I’ve already mentioned that one side effect of the World Cup in Brazil this year was the stadiums driving visitors to towns which previously weren’t major tourist hotspots, like Belo Horizonte. Another effect was that the huge inflation of prices – particularly accommodation prices – in these cities drove backpackers like…

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Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte

The World Cup events in Brazil have, of course, been a huge boost for tourism there and have also put some less-visited areas onto the travellers’ map, with some of the games being held in places that haven’t always been big tourist destinations. Like Belo Horizonte, one of the twelve…

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Iguassu Falls – Brazil Side

Iguassu Falls - Brazil Side

20th June 2014 It sounds foolish to say it now, but as soon as we crossed the grey concrete bridge from Argentina to Brazil I noticed a difference that seemed to lie in more than the new language showing on every sign and shop front. Foz do Iguaçu, just a…

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