I have officially been in South America for two weeks and decided to try and post as often as I can (though they might be short and sweet). Tomorrow, we leave the beautiful country of Brazil to head into Argentina.
So, where did I go in Brazil?
1) Rio de Janeiro
Rio is an incredible city with views I have never seen before in my life. There is a hike called Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) that will blow anyone’s mind. After taking a bus to the Favelas, we hopped to motor-taxis (exactly what it sounds like – motocycle taxis) to make our way up to the base of the mountain. Instead, they dropped us all off at a random street corner, leaving us to find the base ourselves, in the Favelas. After going through some backyards to find it, we were on our way. The hike is a little strenuous but it’s worth every aching muscle. Here’s a glimpse of the view -
More things to do in Rio include checking out Christ the Redeemer. We hiked up the mountain to get to it which was a really great accomplishment in my books as it’s quite steep and difficult! Here’s one view you find at the top -
Also head up Sugar Loaf Mountain for more great views. Check it out at sunset, it’s stunning. As much as Copacabana beach is beautiful, Ipanema beach is also a must see spot.
2) Ilha Grande
This island is breathtaking to say the least. With over 100 beaches there’s always something to discover. It was raining while we were there, so we didn’t get the chance to experience all that the island has to offer. We did do a hike up to Dois Reis which took a while, but it lead to the coolest beach landscape I have ever seen.
The island itself is very calm with a hippie vibe. A perfect resting spot.
3) São Paulo
Many people say it’s a concrete jungle and because of that we almost skipped this city. However, São Paulo surprised me.
First off, graffiti in Brazil is stunning and Batman Alley (or Graffiti Alley) in São Paulo is mind-blowing. This alley is completely covered in beautiful, intricate art pieces that you could stare at all day. Right by Vila Madalena, it’s easy to find, but a little hard to get into. You have to walk down a main street to find a small gate leading to the entrance.
Right now there is an art exhibition happening at an abandoned hospital in the central area of they city. It’s by far one of the most unique, largest and creative that I’ve seen. We spent about three hours and could have stayed longer.
There is also a crazy open air market here filled with hundreds upon hundreds of people on any given day. It’s an experience to say the least. Everyone knows about it, so it’s very easy to find.
Today we went to what I was looking forward to most – the Food Market – Mercado Municipal. With stands holding hundreds of different spices and countless exotic fruits (can’t say I remember what they’re called) discovering new flavours are everywhere. The amount of calabrese salami available was shocking and the samples were neverending. It was perfect.
*Salami tip of today – soak slices of calabrese salami in olive oil and they taste even better. I didn´t think it was possible to make it better either, but it is.
I’ve got to say Brazil has been good to us and I’m sad to leave – but our next stop to the Iguazu Falls will get us nice and ready for Argentina.
Until next time, Obrigado & boa noite!