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The Pantanal (North)

Hi all, Almost certainly you’ve heard of the Florida Everglades. Maybe you’ve even gone on an airboat ride and tossed marshmallows to the alligators. Actually a very slow-flowing river 60 miles wide and 100 or so miles long (6,000+ square miles), the Everglades encompasses much of the southern end of Florida. But have you heard […]

Chapada dos Guimarães national park

Hi all, There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of the Chapada dos Guimarães. I’d been to Brazil several times before anyone told me about this national park. But it’s worth visiting, especially if you plan to visit the Pantanal from the north. The Pantanal? OK, let’s back up. You’ve no doubt heard of the Florida […]

Gramado Named Best Destination in Brazil

Hi all, Recently I told you about where I now live, in the Serra Gaúcha in the South of Brazil. This is a lovely area, though almost certainly not what you think of when someone says “Brazil.” This is a land of highlands populated largely by fair-skinned folks of German descent. It’s also pretty chilly […]

Beaches of Rio de Janeiro

Hello all, When you visit Rio, one activity which will certainly be on your list is a visit to one (or more) of the city’s wonderful beaches. The beach most frequented by tourists is Copacabana Beach. Copa was evidently selected a few years ago by the city government to be the focal point of tourism for […]

The best beach in the world?

Hi all, For the second year in a row, the beach at Baia do Sancho (Sancho’s Bay) in Fernando de Noronha Archipelago tops TripAdvisor’s list of the best beaches in the world. I’m typically skeptical of such lists. Comparing beaches (or whatever) often is a matter of comparing apples and oranges, and also ratings are generally […]

João Pessoa

Hi all, Brazil’s Northeast coast is known for it’s sunshine, beaches, and seafood. One of my favorite little cities in the region is João Pessoa. João Pessoa, or “JP” as locals like to call it, is the capital of the state of Paraiba and is located between Recife and Natal. It’s not as well known as […]

Hooliganism at the football match

Hi all, If you are a football (soccer) fan, or a sports fan generally, you have probably already seen the video of the fighting which broke out at the game last night in Joinville between Vasco (a team from Rio de Janeiro) and Atlético-PR. In the end, three Vasco fans were arrested for assault: two in […]

The Botanical Garden in Rio

Hi all, Chances are that when you think of Rio, you envision either a beach or Carnival in the street. Certainly you can find those here, but Rio offers a wide variety of activities. Despite being a large city, it has still managed to preserve significant portions of nature. The Botanical Garden is one attraction […]

Destination: Blue Grotto

Hi all, Brazil is without question one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. In particular, Brazil has some amazing beaches and islands. If you happen to visit here (and a visit to Brazil should be on everyone’s bucket list), likely you’ll visit Rio. And not far north of Rio is an area called […]

Destination: Statue of Christ

Hi all, This morning I had an e-mail in my inbox from TripAdvisor. It contained a link to the world’s 25 best landmarks, as voted by TripAdvisor readers. Coming in at 20 is Cristo Redentor, the statue of Christ, which looks down over Rio. As I read this list, I wondered if I’d ever written […]