Rio de Janeiro in Motion

Rio de Janeiro is such an amazingly photogenic city that I decided to change things up and try my hand at a little tilt-shift video I call “Rio in Motion.”

Over the course of the past eight months of living in Rio, I’ve gathered these shots from all over the city by hiking, climbing and talking my way into good lookout spots above the action. This is the result of getting high and just letting the camera run.

I hope you enjoy “Rio in Motion.”

For best quality, watch in HD on YouTube or on the T2T Vimeo Channel.

Music: “Start of Something Good” by Jonny Rodgers

Rio shots include: Christ the Redeemer, Rocinha Favela, Santa Marta Favela, Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain, Downtown Rio de Janeiro, the Municipal Theater, Botafogo Beach,  Parque Lage, Urca, the Rio Metro, views of Niteroi, Barra de Tijuca, to name a few.

Do you like this style of video? 

Brazil Tourism Partnership Goes Live

Visit Brasil Travel Journal Live

Months ago I told you all about a T2T partnership with the Brazilian Tourism Board and I’m so happy to finally announce that we’re now live!

Although things have been relatively quiet here on Tourist 2 Townie, I promise it hasn’t been the result of a lack of content.

I’m currently traveling through Northeastern Brazil and writing like crazy for the brand new Visit Brasil Travel Journal.

I’ll be sharing my wild and wonderful Brazilian travel experiences through 39 photo-filled articles from 13 unique locations across the country.

Posts will go live twice a week for the next five months and I’ll be covering everything from the concrete jungle of Sao Paulo to the real jungle of the Amazon.

Be sure to like Visit Brasil on Facebook and follow along my journey to “Travel Deeper” in Brazil.


Once I return to Rio, along with more frequent blog posts here, videos will become my primary focus.

I’m so excited to start editing the hours and hours of footage I’ve collected over the past eight months of living in Brazil.

If you haven’t already, subscribe to the Tourist 2 Townie YouTube Page and get ready for weekly Brazil Travel Videos coming soon!

In the meantime, follow along with my daily antics and updates on the official T2T Instagram page.

Enough about me, how are you doing?


A Paraty Boat Party

The only reasonable follow up I could think of after a full day of playing in waterfalls was island hopping around Paraty.

Just a short walk through the beautiful colonial village and you arrive at Paraty’s main harbor where colorful boats lineup for daily expeditions.

Paraty Boat Tour

For less than $20 USD we boarded a big schooner for a day of sipping caipirinhas and exploring the bay islands nearby.

The day really was a great example of my life…  A champagne lifestyle on a lemonade wage! 

Here are a few shots from our Paraty boat Party…

Paraty from the Water

Leaving port we got a great view of all the whitewashed buildings and red-roofs of Paraty.

Paraty Boat Tours - Boats and Hoes

Boats and Hoes! Just kidding they were all very nice.

Paraty Boat Tours

Finishing up a couple of caipirinhas before jumping off the second level and into the crystal clear water below.

Paraty Boat Tours - Secluded Beach

We anchored at a few different beaches to swim and explore.

Paraty Beach Tours - Brazilian Beach Babe

Life is good.

Paraty Beach Tours - Island Hopping



My Paradise in Paraty

When people give their definition of paradise it often includes white-sand beaches and warm, crystal clear water.

Like a gay guy looking at Megan Fox, I can appreciate the the beauty, but it’s not my idea of perfection.

My paradise is bright green foliage and cold dark water. It’s a day in the forest climbing up waterfalls and jumping into freezing cold natural pools.

You can blame it on growing up in Upstate New York where State Parks like Stony Brook and Letchworth were more enticing than the beaches of Lake Ontario.

Although they get overshadowed by all the beaches, Brazil offers an endless supply of these hidden gems and luckily for me, a few can be found right outside of Paraty.

With map studied and mountain bike rented, a friend and I set out to go find my paradise.

Paraty Waterfalls - Penha Waterfall

Our first stop was Cachoeira do Tobogã aka Cachoeira da Penha (Flume’s or Penha’s Waterfall) where we were greeted by a huge flat boulder in a series of small river waterfalls.

Paraty Waterfalls - Penha Waterfall

Like a natural slip-n-slide, we spent the morning running up and sliding down the smooth surface into the chilly river below. The sun broke through the trees just enough to warm the nearby rocks when we needed a break from the water.

Paraty Waterfalls - Penha Waterfall

From Penha’s Waterfall, we fueled up on a delicious lunch right across the park’s trailhead. Traditional Brazilian food like kibe and pasteis were on the menu.

Paraty - Brazilian Food - Pastel

Back on the bikes, we climbed our way up a bumpy dirt road through the forest and past the cachaca factories to Cachoeira da Pedra Branca (“White Stone’s Waterfall”).

Paraty - Paraty Waterfalls - Pedra Branca

We walked through the beautiful bamboo forest and emerged onto an incredible series of secluded waterfalls.

Paraty - Paraty Waterfalls - Pedra Branca

I spent the next hour jumping off waterfalls into pools of freezing cold water and laughing like I was 13 again.

Paraty - Paraty Waterfalls - Pedra Branca

This is my paradise.

Paraty - Paraty Waterfalls - Pedra Branca

Eventually the sun said it was time to wrap it up so we made our way back to Paraty.

Wet and happy, I road to town thinking about how I’m going to tell my future wife that this is where I want to honeymoon.

More information about the waterfalls of Paraty

More photos of Paraty


Picturing Paraty

The beautifully preserved colonial town of Paraty snuggles itself between lush, green mountains and a bright blue bay.

Whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets serve as a real-life oil painting that you can walk through.

After a great trip to Buzios and Arraial do Cabo I was fixing for more small town adventures, so the following weekend I took off again.

This time I ventured in the opposite direction, and made the picturesque four and a half hour journey from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty.

These are the sites that greeted me upon my arrival…


Take a horse and carriage ride, although I don’t know how comfortable it would be with all the uneven cobblestone streets – At least it looks romantic.

Paraty Photos - Brazilian Food

Beef carpaccio, ceviche served with Pringles and Bohemia beer was the happy hour snack of choice.

Paraty Photos - Cobblestone Streets

Tables in the streets, flowers bursting over walls and mountains in the background.

Paraty Photos - Colonial Town TouchesThe beauty of Paraty is in all the little details.

Paraty Photos - Pousado do OuroGolden hour from Pousada do Ouro.

Paraty Photos - Street Lamp

Looking down at the cobblestone streets and lovely antique street lamps from above.

Paraty Photos - Restaurants in the StreetAfter such a relaxing first day in Paraty has me rested and ready for waterfalls tomorrow…