Category : Brazil

World Trip Leg #1 Round-up: South America & Antarctica

KristinBryanSAbookUyuni

    [travelmap-map height=400 maptype="terrain" first=2 last=64] FACTS Start Date: November 30, 2011 (Washington, D.C. to Bogota, Colombia) End Date: June 5, 2012 (Quito, Ecuador to Washington, D.C.) Duration: 187 days (6+ months) Total Spent: $24,467 * Average per person per day: $65.42 * Transportation Cost: $9,658 ** Transportation Duration: 608.5 Hours! (Over 25...


3 Countries & 2 World Wonders in 2 Days

UsAtIguazu

The other day we woke up in Brazil, spent the day in Argentina, and went to bed in Paraguay.  Just your typical day.  So three countries in one day is our record so far.  The day before that we managed to squeeze two World Wonders into the same day. Iguazu Falls I can definitely see why these falls are described as the world's most amazing and a World Wonder.  They are just spectacular - a...


Brazil’s Most Beautiful Beach & Craggiest Streets

ParatyChurch

The other day I was on the verge of a "I need to stay in a Marriot" / "I don't know if I can handle this for two years" breakdown.  Luckily, my attitude drastically improved thanks to some awesome recommendations from our friends Johaan and Kayce!  A stunning beach, a welcoming hostel with delicious food, and feeding some cute little monkeys was exactly what I needed to feel like myself again. ...


High-Intensity Rio

OverlookatFavela

On a scale from 1 to 10, Rio de Janeiro's intensity is an 11.  And that's not even during Carnaval time!  We had originally planned to do Carnaval in Rio but opted against it for a few reasons.  We want to make it down to Patagonia in March (before it gets too cold) and the Rio hostels more than quadruple their prices and have minimum 6 night stays during Carnaval.  We also wanted to experienc...


Cascades, Canyons, & Camping in Caves

ChapadaSitting

Written by Kristin on 1/17/12: The last four nights we have slept in a tent, in a cave, on a bus, and on a plane.  Tonight we finally get to sleep in a real bed now that we are in Rio de Janeiro.  I'm serious about my sleep so the last few nights have been a challenge for me.  I think Bryan must have planned things out like that so I appreciate hostel beds.  Unfortunately, I'm a little leer...


Tuesdays, Turtles, & Tranny Tantrums

There is nowhere in the world quite like the Afro-Brazilian city of Salvador.  This city rocks!  Salvador's resident population is largely made of descendants of African slaves.  The residents have managed to preserve the slave traditions better than anywhere in the world - including music, dance, food, and art.  Even the historic center neighborhood (Pelourinho) is named after the whipping po...


Clothesline of Sun-dried Beef & Underwear

Yes, I'm serious - that clothesline was hanging in the restaurant where we ate lunch today. But first of all, I'll fill you in on our last few days of adventures from Belem to Parnaíba. I think we had our tamest New Years' Eve ever, which was not intentional. We did our best to be in a city where we could find things to do and people (preferably that spoke English or Spanish) to hang out with....


Hidden Paradise in the Amazon

AlterDoChaoBeach

We both knew that the first month of our travels would be rough.  Perhaps the roughest of our South American leg.  After we left Colombia and ventured into Venezuela and the Amazon, we were far off the typical gringo trail.  I've been looking forward to getting to the East Coast of Brazil - home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  But after a 30-hour boat trip, we were thrille...


Christmas “Cruise” Down the Amazon

Hammocks

This blog is dedicated to everyone who's said they were jealous of our travels.  I promise you that you won't envy the last few days we've had.  :)  But that's the thing about long travel - it's not just vacation, it's getting into the nitty, gritty of a place.  The bad experiences are as much of the story as the good ones so I'm not going to leave them out.  Perhaps I should just be more spe...


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