Brazil is a beautiful and extremely diverse country – both geographically and culturally. There is so much to see. And here in Rio where I live, there is always something to do.
On this page I’ll be posting selected photos about locations and events. Hopefully they’ll spark your interest and get you to come visit me here in the country of the future…
And if you have some great photos, let me know. If you post them to Facebook or another site, I can link to them.
Natal Dune Buggy Day
In the northeast of Brazil, atop that hump that sticks out into the South Atlantic, lies the small city of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. It’s a little gem, frequented by Brazilians and Europeans, but not many gringos yet. Natal offers great seafood and a plethora of outdoor activities. (My friend Sean is now looking up “plethora”.) One of the things you must do is take a tour by dune buggy. I’ve gone maybe 5 times.
The drivers, or “bugueiros”, are all officially licensed. They know the routes and how to give you a thrill without quite tipping over!
You can see the complete album on Facebook.
A dune buggy isn’t the only way to explore Natal. Another way is by ultralight airplane, which is a real blast. I’ve done this a couple of times.
One day my buddy Greg and I went up in ultralights at the same time. Big fun! That’s Greg there in the picture. He has a similar picture of me.
Below you can see the lagoa at Genipabu and also the sand dunes. This is a beautiful area and if you like sun and the outdoors you can have a blast here.
See the complete album on Facebook.
Hang Gliding over Rio
“Pedra Bonita” translates as “Pretty Rock.” I guess it loses a little in translation. Anyway, it’s located within greater Rio, and it’s where hang gliders (hang glidists?) take off because it has pretty consistent winds coming off the ocean. You circle over forests and the homes of the ultrarich before landing on the beach. Very cool. Here I go!
The gliders land on the beach in the bairro of Sao Conrado. You can go there and negotiate your package and price. I recommend paying extra for the photos to commemorate your flight and possible demise. (rsrsrs)
You can see more – including the fear on my face – in the complete album on Facebook.