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Travel Diary: Foz Do Iguaçu/Iguassu Falls From Brazil

Iguassu Falls sits along the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay and it's absolutely massive. We gave ourselves two days to view the waterfall from both Brazil and Argentina (we popped into Paraguay too, but you can't actually see the falls from there), although I'm sure you could easily spend more days exploring both sides fully. The Brazilian side never seems to be overshadowed by Argentina in reviews. In my opinion the Brazilian side of ...

Travel Diary: Sugarloaf Mountain by night

Having seen a view of Rio during the day we decided to get a nighttime view from Sugarloaf Mountain; which turned out to be far more enjoyable. A sunset view was what we had in mind, but we spent a little too long lazing about on Ipanema beach and listening to some samba for that! When we arrived I was expecting long queues for the gondola to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. I was surprised ...

Trying To Spot Christ

When planning to visit Rio during the World Cup I always knew it'd be busy. But it was something else when it came to visiting the statue of Christ the Redeemer which looks over Rio and is one of the Wonders of the World. A quick Google search the day before we went showed that joining the queue at 8am, got you a ticket for the tram at 11.30am. We decided that, as nice as ...

Travel Diary: The colourful district of Lapa

If you mention Lapa to someone in Rio they'll undoubtedly start talking about the night life there. It's an area in Rio that's become famous for its busy bars, street food, and street parties. It also has a couple of tourist attractions too, such as the Lapa Arches and the Lapa stairs (those super colourful steps that you've probably seen a dozen photos of). Walk through Lapa during the day and you'd never guess the ...

A trip inside Rio’s largest favela with Rocinha Favela Adventures

Rio's favelas (slums) are infamous. They're synonymous with shootings, drug crime, muggings, dirt - pretty much anything bad. Nobody really talks about anything good happening. So why on Earth would we want to go visit one, especially the biggest of the lot with around 300,000 inhabitants? Put simply I guess it was curiosity. I don't mean we just wanted to stare at people in their homes like going to a zoo, but to really get ...

Travel Diary: A Taste of Rio de Janiero

It took me a while to like Rio, neither of us were impressed straight away. I'm not really sure what I expected, maybe just more or something. More colour, more music, more Rio? The first few days in Rio we searched for something that seemed like the place everyone seems to fall in love with. To us Rio was just a city with some beaches and a big statue on a hill. It didn't really ...

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 ...