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A Guide to Visiting Buraco das Araras | Sinkhole of the Macaws

At 500 metres round and 100 metres deep Buraco das Araras is South America’s largest sinkhole. It’s so spectacular, dozens of red and green macaws have made it their home. So while we toured the southern Pantanal in Brazil, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a look. How the sinkhole of the macaws …

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A practical guide to visiting Christ the Redeemer

As one of our planet’s most recognisable attractions, you’d be forgiven for thinking visiting Christ the Redeemer in Brazil is simple.  And it is, kind of. But did you know there’s at least 6 different ways of seeing this iconic landmark? Whether this is a spiritual attraction or the draw of the shimmering bay, mountainous …

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A guide to Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Looking for inspiration on the best things to do in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro? Then you’ve come to the right place. Our brief guide has loads of insights into things to do in Rio’s Bohemian neighbourhood plus information on where to eat, stay and how to get there. Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro  Forget …

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Escadaria Selaron – visiting Rio’s spectacular staircase

Escadaria Selaron or the Selaron Steps, is one of the top attractions & a must-do activity while in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Our travel guide covers everything you need to know before visiting one of the world’s most colourful and popular staircases. Jorge Selarón – the artist behind Escadaria Selaron Jorge Selarón was a Chilean …

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9 surprising things to know before going to Rio de Janeiro

Brazil’s iconic Rio de Janeiro, affectionately referred to as the Marvellous City by locals, is one huge melting pot. Modern skyscrapers engulf Rio’s downtown colonial architecture. Spectacular views from world famous attractions stretch to the horizon. Colourful favelas spill down steep hillsides and white sand beaches stretch for miles. We’re not usually fans of major …

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Is Rio de Janeiro safe for tourists?

Keeping safe in Rio de Janeiro is probably on the mind of anyone travelling to the Marvellous City.  Brazil, and Rio especially, has a reputation for being unsafe. We’ve read stories of violent crime, street robberies and pick pocketing.  Even as we travelled in other areas of the country, Brazilians would warn us to take …

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The essential Rio De Janeiro packing list

Unlike many cities in Brazil, the popular tourist destination of Rio de Janeiro is smack in the middle of a whole bunch of different landscapes.  Urban city streets, miles upon miles of gorgeous sandy beaches, steep hills and a humid rainforest all feature on the doorstep, making packing for this city break a bit of …

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The complete guide to visiting Iguazu Falls

Visiting Iguazu Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, is a deserving entry on any bucket list. And with over a million visitors each year on both the Brazilian and Argentinian side, Iguazu Falls is clearly on a lot of bucket lists. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your visit. The …

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The South American obsession with Yerba Mate

A Uruguayan family arrive to watch the sunsetting over the river in Montevideo, the father clutching a flask under his arm. In one hand he holds a bag of something we don’t recognise; in the other, an odd shaped cup. As his wife and teenage children arrange deck chairs on the grassy, beachside knoll, he …

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