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Brasilia: a Futuristic City in the Present

Brasilia: a Futuristic City in the Present

For a long time we thought we wouldn’t get to Brasilia – due to its inland location, far from anywhere else. In the end we spent over a week in Brazil’s capital city. And we are both glad we went, because visiting Brasilia has been an uplifting experience,...
Inhotim: Unexpected Fusion of Botanical Garden and Art

Inhotim: Unexpected Fusion of Botanical Garden and Art

Recently, as we were driving through Minas Gerais, we stopped for fuel. The owner of the station came up to chat. He spoke good English and asked a lot of questions about our life on the road. I gave him our card, and received an email from him the same day. He knew...
Explore More Rich History in Minas Gerais

Explore More Rich History in Minas Gerais

The mountains of Minas Gerais hold some fascinating history and preserve pockets of beautiful nature. In this post I would like to show you some highlights of the region. This is a continuation of our post from Ouro Preto: Black Gold and Baroque Opulence . If you have...
Ouro Preto: Black Gold and Baroque Opulence

Ouro Preto: Black Gold and Baroque Opulence

Today I want to tell you about Ouro Preto and encourage you to include a stay in this town when you visit Brazil. Ouro Preto is an historic baroque jewel of Brazil, recognised by the UNESCO World Heritage List. Night view of Ouro Preto’s centre taken from Igreja...
You See More if You Get Out of the City of Rio

You See More if You Get Out of the City of Rio

Rio de Janeiro is probably one of the best known destinations in the world. With the Olympics this year, it’s a fair guess that almost all humans on the planet know about it. But aside from the city with its Carnival, Pão de Açúcar, Cristo Redentor Corcovado, Ipanema...
La Paz

La Paz

Approaching La Paz we have a mixed impression. The city sits in a spectacularly steep sided valley surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains. Nice. But we also see a blanket of ‘clag’ hanging over its skyline. Not nice. Emission standards still have some way to go...
Interesting Classic Volkswagens As Seen in Brazil

Interesting Classic Volkswagens As Seen in Brazil

Some of the VW Kombi vans lined up at the Classic Car Meeting in Teresópolis. Since we first arrived in Brazil, we have noticed that the old-style Volkswagen is very popular in this country. You just can’t help noticing them – every day! Wherever we drive we see...
Back to Bolivia

Back to Bolivia

Chiquitania is a land far from Bolivia’s stereotypical image of Andean high peaks, llamas and chunky chaps in brimmed hats and colourful ponchos. Here is Bolivia’s eastern flat, humid wetland punctuated by some scenic red-rock monoliths and some interesting...
In Rio? Go & See the Niemeyer Architecture in Niterói!

In Rio? Go & See the Niemeyer Architecture in Niterói!

Have you ever heard of the city of Niterói? No shame if you haven’t. We hadn’t either! Yet Niterói is right outside Rio de Janeiro, an easy 15-minute ferry ride across the Guanabara Bay. And it isn’t small either; it has well over half a million...
Caves and Torches

Caves and Torches

It’s Olympic season in Brazil right now. In case it had escaped your attention, Río de Janeiro is hosting the 2016 summer Olympics and Paralympics. We don’t have tickets for any events, but in the ‘eco-tourism’ town of Bonito we managed to partake in the celebrations...
Paraty: a Colonial Gem and Photographer’s Paradise

Paraty: a Colonial Gem and Photographer’s Paradise

We visited Paraty before we went to Rio de Janeiro (so our recent posts are a little out of order). Paraty is around 250 kilometres south of Rio, but still in the state of Rio de Janeiro. We didn’t expect Paraty to be such a photogenic little colonial gem – by...
Don’t visit Rio in a big overlander truck!

Don’t visit Rio in a big overlander truck!

The headline of this article is very personal and doesn’t suggest in any way that you shouldn’t visit Rio de Janeiro at all. You might be lucky, and fall in love with this famous city. But for us it was a different story… Our conclusion: don’t...

A Bit of Brazil

It’s not all samba and football in Brazil you know, there’s other good stuff too! Last time we came to Brazil it was for a Caipirinha-fuelled 24 hr stop-over in Río with the freight-ship on our way to Uruguay. Now we’re zipping in from Bolivia to see a different...
Brasilien Salvador – Fortaleza

Brasilien Salvador – Fortaleza

      Salvador – Estancia – Xingo Rio Sao Francisco – Maceio – Porto das Pedras – Maragogi – Recife – Ponto de Seixas – San Miguel de Costoso – Fortaleza Acarajé haben ihren Ursprung in Westafrika, die Teigbällchen aus Bohnenmehl werden in Dendé=Palmöl...
Als Backpacker durch Brasilien

Als Backpacker durch Brasilien

Fortaleza – Rio de Janeiro – Puerto Alegre – Fotz de Iguacu – Brasilia – Fortaleza – Icarai – Jericoacoara – NP Lençòis Maranhenses – Barreirinhas –  Alcântara – Belém            ...
A New Look at Paraná, Brazil after 8 Years

A New Look at Paraná, Brazil after 8 Years

In December 2008, we made our first visit to Brazil. We came from Paraguay to visit Iguazu Falls. From there we drove across country through the state of Paraná to the Atlantic coast in just 2 days. It’s around 750Km. This time we entered Brazil from Uruguay and are...
Get out of the city to explore Florianópolis

Get out of the city to explore Florianópolis

We recently stayed in Florianópolis, the capital of the Santa Catarina province in the south of Brazil, for over 2 weeks. Not in the city centre itself, but in the north of the island. We were guests of our friends Daniela and Carlos Zander, Brazilian overlanders we...