Archive for the ‘Hidden Gems’ Category

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. For less than $20 USD we …

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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 …

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Exploring Arraial do Cabo

The land of hidden gems. That’s officially the new slogan of Brazil. I haven’t told the secretary of tourism yet but he’ll understand. It seems like around every turn, in every region, there’s a “can’t miss” place that locals rave about. It’s a beach, park, waterfall, neighborhood, etc. that you just don’t …

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So You Call Yourself Bonito

For those of you who’ve ever taken a Spanish or Portuguese class, you already know that Bonito means “pretty” in both languages. What you may not know however is that it’s also the name of a small town in the southwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul. When my travel …

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Sunset at Arpoador in Rio de Janeiro

Arpoador is a rocky peninsula located at the east end of Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. It’s one of the best places in the city to experience the beautiful Brazilian sunset and it’s the perfect way to finish a day at the beach or shopping in Ipanema. The sun …

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