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Brazil Recap

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Brazil, South America, Summaries | 0 comments

Brazil Recap

There’s only one real way to define Brazil, awesomeSauce. The county is not just amazing because of its gorgeous beaches and its deep history. Nor can we say it’s just spectacular because of its incredible natural sights, its rich culture or its very beautiful people. The only way to really describe it is awesomeSauce. From Amazon jungle in the north, down to Iguazu falls near the south this county so much to offer. While we didn’t have very much time there both Nat and I got a chance to experience a lot of what Brazil has to offer, and it is very likely that we will both be...

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Parati

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Brazil, South America, Summaries | 0 comments

Parati

After a long, but very fun week in Rio for Carnaval, I decided that I needed a bit of downtime so I decided to head to Parati (sometimes referred to as Paraty). Parati is a historic town four hours south of Rio that was originally used as a port for exporting mined gold back to Portugal after the Portuguese settled there in 1667. The cobblestone streets, old buildings and historic churches of old town will make you feel like you’re back in the 17th century. After a bit of a hostel snafu (I wouldn’t recommend staying at Paraty Beach Hostel), I checked into El Misti hostel which sits right...

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Rio de Janeiro

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Brazil, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

Rio de Janeiro

It was immediately clear when i arrived that a storm had just passed. And that storm was the annual Carnaval. There were still signs in the streets: the portable toilets hadn’t been cleared out yet, and all the people moved lethargically with glazed over looks, exhausted from the revelry. On the bright side, the exodus of most of the tourists meant that there were no longer exorbitant prices on hostels and lines to the main attractions disappeared. Yus went for Carnival (read his post here) and said the line to Sugar Loaf was six hours. I waited 15 minutes and was getting impatient....

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Amazing Amazon

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Brazil, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

Amazing Amazon

While Yus was gallivanting around the blocos of Rio Carnaval, I decided to explore the jungle of the Amazon Basin, and flew to Manaus. In its heyday, Manaus was as rich as the biggest European cities. It boasted having the first electrical connection, sewage system, and university in Brazil, an opera theater inspired by the one in Paris, and architecture and mosaic tile streets found in many Portuguese colonial towns. The rubber trade of the 19th century brought immense wealth to the city. With the decline of the rubber industry, Manaus’s prominence declined as well. However, the...

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Carnaval in Rio!!!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Brazil, Play-by-plays, South America | 1 comment

Carnaval in Rio!!!

After leaving Iguaçu Falls, I hopped on a plane and headed north to Rio de Janeiro a city known for its amazing beaches, its rich history and of course Carnaval. As soon as I got to Rio I understood why many people decide not to leave – the city is absolutely beautiful. From the sprawling beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to the very famous Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) that stands at the top of Corcovado Mountain; Rio has everything a person would want. Since I was in Rio for Carnaval, I wanted to jump right into the Carnaval festivities and head to the Sambodromo (the venue...

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Iguassu Falls

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Argentina, Brazil, Play-by-plays, South America | 3 comments

Iguassu Falls

Truth be told I was a non-believer at first. I thought, how exciting can a bunch of falling water really be? Even if said water does straddle two countries, I wasn’t convinced…until I saw the falls. The parks (on each country side) offer different views of Iguassu (Iguazu in Spanish and Iguaçu in Portuguese), so I think both are a must. The feel is a bit Disneyland-y with the colorful tourist buses and trains and guided pathways. But there is nothing gimmicky about the falls themselves–they are a force to be reckoned with, a majestic sight that offers something different...

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