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  Arriving in Brasília, Brazil feels like arriving in another country, maybe even another time period. A structured, organized and futuristic city, or should I say a monotonous and communistic one? The city definitely invokes a mixed bag of feelings. Being fascinated by the works of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer since Curitiba, a visit […]

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São Paulo may come across as a city full of high-rise buildings only, but it has plenty of nicer areas for Paulistanos to escape the hectic city life, among others Ibirapuera Park. Besides being a perfect place to exercise, this park houses a number of museums, of which Museo Afro Brasil is in my opinion […]

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                                 One of the things that makes my heart beat faster, makes me more excited about a place as soon as I read or hear about it, is definitely street art (see my Valparaiso post). Something I might easily travel some extra miles for, as it is with photography exhibitions, modern art and […]

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Once a month when it is full moon and the tide is high, seawater rises from its normal levels, pouring into the historic center of Paraty. While walking through the village centre one day, we saw this monthly phenomenon with our own eyes. Usually the water is only six to ten inches deep, so as […]

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Paraty Para Mi: A Brazilan Home   Tranquil beautiful beaches surrounded by lush green hills, well maintained colonial houses, cobblestone paved streets and street vendors with the best desserts ever. Just some characteristics of Paraty, a little village along the Brazilian Costa Verde, the first village to fully conquer our hearts during this trip. We have of […]

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Selaron's Steps
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Wandering through Rio de Janeiro’s neighbourhoods of Santa Teresa and Lapa we also visited the never-ending artwork of the Chilean born artist Jorge Selarón; steps made of a continuously changing set of tiles. Initiated in 1990 as a side activity next to his painting, Selarón started to renovate the steps next to his house, using […]

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It looked as if everyone was waiting for a less cloudy day to visit Rio’s Corcovado the week we were in Rio de Janeiro. A diverse crowd of politicians, movie stars and tourists mounted the hill almost all at once to be on top of Rio with clear view. A view worth waiting for.

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Rio de Janeiro
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Large part of Rio de Janeiro’s population lives in the favelas built upon the hills of the city. Although the situation is improving in some of them (see my previous post Into Rio’s Favelas) , these neighbourhoods are generally still known to be full of poverty and criminality. But Rio is a city of contrasts. […]

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Our visit to Rio de Janeiro coincided with the Rio + 20 summit (the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development), skyrocketing the prices of hotel rooms and bringing some interesting exhibitions around the theme sustainability into town. The Eco Green fish made out of numerous plastic bottles at Botafogo’s beach was one of them. Pictures […]

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Until he passed away at the tender age of 104 in 2012, the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer was still actively working and designing new objects. One of his trademarks and personal preferences – the use of curvy lines – can be found back in many of his works, among which the Contemporary Art Museum in […]

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Venturing into the favelas as a tourist is not the first to think of when you are visiting Rio de Janeiro. Our curiosity was nevertheless raised by the other darker side of this in many ways beautiful and vibrant city. When we heard about the possibility to go into the favelas under guidance of a […]

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  • Oscar Niemeyer Museum
  • Oscar Niemeyer Museum
  • Oscar Niemeyer Museum
  • Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Arriving in a country of 8,514,877 square kilometers, roughly 200 times the Netherlands, where to start, what to skip, what route to choose … In this immense country called Brazil, choices need to be made. Would it not have been for our friendly host in the lovely pousada Astral da Ilha on Ilha do Mel, […]

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It is said that about once a year just for a week or two temperatures in the heart of South America drop with some twenty to thirty degrees. We happened to be in the area – more specifically Foz do Iguacu – exactly at that moment. As no place was prepared to these low temperatures, […]

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  • Rio Paraguay
  • Rio Paraguay
  • Pantanal
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Do you ever wonder if it is still possible to travel this world for some days without meeting any other tourists? After traveling through South-America for over four months, we really started to question this. Yet, after having traveled through the Bolivian Pantanal and over the Rio Paraguay towards Concepcion, Paraguay I can luckily confirm […]

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