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Travel Diary: Downtime in Ilha Grande

When we left Paraty we headed for Ilha Grande, another example of Brazil's stunning coastline. Ilha Grande is even more like paradise than Ilhabela. There's no vehicles allowed in the island - you get around on foot or by boat. We took the ferry across, which was a lot longer than I anticipated; 1 and a half hours. It gave me the chance to spot my dream house, well actually, houses - there were too ...

Travel Diary: Exploring colourful Paraty in Brazil

The journey by bus from São Paulo to Rio isn't exactly long (especially when compared to some bus journeys we've done!), but we broke it up with a couple of stops along the way. Paraty was one of them. Knowing pretty much next to nothing about Paraty before we arrived I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I fell a bit in love with the cobbled streets and photograph opportunities everywhere you looked. Without a doubt ...

Travel Diary: São Paulo In A Day

The next day I planned out an itinerary with a little help from Trip Advisor. They've got some great daily itineraries but I decided to just pick out a few activities to pull together our own plan. Liberdade Reviews say that this area of São Paulo is like being in Japan. I've never been to Japan, but I imagine it would look a lot different from this. Yes the traffic lights were cool, and the ...

Travel Diary: Partying With Vernon Kay and That Guy From ‘The Chase’

We hadn't gone out much so far on our travels and decided São Paulo deserved to be seen at night too. Where better to see a city at night that from the roof of a hotel?! - If it's good enough for celebs it's good enough for us! Skye Bar sits on top of Hotel Unique and is the perfect place to look out on to São Paulo's night lights. First you're greeted and then ...

Travel Dairy: All the ice cream at Bacio Di Latte in Sao Paulo

Trip Advisor lists almost 25,000 restaurants in São Paulo. But what tops that list? An ice cream place! Bacio Di Latte gets some amazing views, and it's easy to see why. Not only does the café look the height of cool, but there's an amazing range of ice creams, and you can watch them make more while you eat. There's more than one Bacio Di Latte around São Paulo, but the one we went to ...

Travel Diary: Big Buildings, Big Sandwiches & Big Crowds Of Football Fans in Sao Paulo

São Paulo is huge, the third biggest city in the world in fact. We only had three days and tried to cram in as much as possible; I think we did a pretty good job! Big cities mean big things: big sandwiches, buildings and crowds to be exact! Big Sandwiches: We decided to visit São Paulo's mercado municipal for a browse. Whilst a lot of the stalls were shutting up early due to the Brazil match ...

Travel Diary: More tales From Ilhabela

I'd just arrived at a beautiful beach and realised I'd lost my purse and a whole lotta money. Fortunately my boyfriend had enough for both of us to get the boat back. We'd been told to get a motorised canoe back, something specific to the island, calm, peaceful and relaxing. What we got was the opposite. As we were heading to the boats a moto taxi driver pounced on us unsuspecting tourists and offered up ...

Travel Diary: The beginning of the World Cup, winning $Rs100, loosing $Rs500, a crazyspeed boat driver, a police report, and other tales from Ilhabela

Three and a half hours south of Sao Paulo is a little spot of paradise. It's called Ilhabela, and it's an island that truly lives up to its name. We spent four nights there and had many an adventure. The day we arrived was the start of the World Cup, and Brazil were due to be playing. Our Airbnb host (who was great) invited us to her friends' house to watch the match. Sitting as ...

Travel Diary: Welcome to the Pantanals

2 :: The number of jaguars I hoped to see 0:: The number of jaguars I actually saw. The internet says June is the perfect time for jaguar spotting, our guide said it was November. Either way, both agree you don't see them when the water's high. 1:: Canoe trip down the river in the hot, hot sun 3:: the number of monkeys we spotted whilst in the canoe 1:: swim down the river, making ...

República, Santa Cruz Bolivia

Sometimes when travelling you need to treat yourself. Whether it be a special, tasty meal that reminds you of home, or a bit of a fancy restaurant where you can relax for a while. We found both these little luxuries at República in Santa Cruz. It was a rainy day in Santa Cruz, we'd arrived the afternoon before from La Paz after a 20 hour bus journey, and we setting off in the afternoon on ...