Category Archives: Brazil

Photo Essay: The Perfect Tropical Escape to Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande is a small island located off the coast of mainland Brazil in Angra Dos Reis. Surrounded in tropical greenery and boasting picturesque sandy beaches, the third largest island in Rio de Janeiro offers visitors the perfect escape from daily life. With no taxis, no cashpoints/ ATMs and a lack of WiFi or internet connection, it makes an idyllic break (just be sure to withdraw enough cash before you arrive). Continue reading Photo Essay: The Perfect Tropical Escape to Ilha Grande, Brazil

“Don’t be a Gringo” The largest favela in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro

Located in Rio’s South Zone between the districts of São Conrado and Gávea, Rocinha is the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In nothing more than a shantytown, I spent the morning with a group from BeALocal.com wandering around one of the most notoriously dangerous places in Brazil.

A favela in Brazil is what would also be known as the slums or ghetto areas in other parts of the world, typically an area of the city that the Government would prefer that you didn’t see. Why? Because (in Rochinha’s case) with a population of over 69,000 people and around 25,000 vertically built homes, it is a representation of failings. Continue reading “Don’t be a Gringo” The largest favela in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro

48 hours in São Paulo, Brazil

My latest travels have taken me to Brazil, primarily for Carnival in Rio but also for a chance to see and explore other regions of the country including São Paulo.

With just 48 hours to maximise our time in the city, we enjoyed our first evening by Shopping Higienopolis. Open until 10pm, we had plenty of time to browse the many stores in the deceptively large centre followed by dinner at Rascals, a reasonably priced pizza and pasta restaurant that offered delicious food, excellent service and undeniably good value. This proved to be a great way to spend the first day – calming, relaxed and giving us a great chance to see Brazilian fashion sense in its element. Continue reading 48 hours in São Paulo, Brazil

Unwind and relax in Paraty, Brazil

In 2013 I spent some time around Paraty (pronounced ‘Par-a-chi’) in Brazil for three days as part of a visit to the country.

Staying in Pousada Brunello meant that we weren’t directly in the main area of the small coastal town (instead opting for the beach location) but instead a short drive away – or an uncomfortable walk in the hot weather. With it being a relatively small place, it’s easy to walk around taking in some of the sights and atmosphere that we wanted to absorb. Below are a few photos from my walk around the picturesque town. Continue reading Unwind and relax in Paraty, Brazil

Hostel, Hotel, Pousada or Apartment? Accommodation in Brazil

On a recent trip to Brazil, I spent some time travelling around with friends exploring Rio, Sao Paulo, Paraty and Ilha Grande. As part of the trip, we would not only be travelling around a lot but also needing to shift between different types of accommodation.

We stayed in everything from hostels and apartments to four-star hotels and pousadas. All of which gave me a good, all-round idea of the types of accommodation available in the country. Take a look at my experiences below outlining each of the places where we stayed.

Definition of a Pousada: According to Hidden Pousadas Brazil,they are always small with up to 40 rooms and the typical amenities that would be expected from a B&B or Inn, just at a more charming level. Continue reading Hostel, Hotel, Pousada or Apartment? Accommodation in Brazil

Carnival 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil is a destination that has been on my must-see list for some time so you can only imagine my joy at finally getting the chance to go. Not only would our itinerary include the experience of carnival in Rio De Janeiro, but it would also be a trip including stays in Sao Paulo, Paraty and Ilha Grande. 

Having planned every meticulous detail of our trip, you can only imagine my concern when our flight from London was delayed by two hours (resulting in us almost missing our connection). My anxiety didn’t wane until we had run from one plane to another with just ten minutes to spare before take off!

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