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Brazil - Beaches and Beaches...oh and a Waterfall

Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, Florianopolis and Foz de Iguaçu

sunny 81 °F

Hola!

We know it hasn't been too long since our last update, but we wanted to send along our thoughts on Brazil and pictures while we had the chance (we have several 20 hour bus rides ahead). Anyway, to sum up Brazil - GORGEOUS. Everything. The people. The beaches. The food (yummy feijoda and churrasco). The drinks. We loved it all.

Our first day in Rio we sadly fell asleep. Seriously, we arrived at 5:30am after a red-eye flight from Lima (post-Inca Trail) and ended up sleeping most of the day. We got our act together the next day and walked around Copacabana and Ipanema and a Lake near Ipanema.

Marriott was very sweet to us and surprised us with a honeymoon cake

Marriott was very sweet to us and surprised us with a honeymoon cake

Breakfast at Marriott on Copacabana

Breakfast at Marriott on Copacabana

view from our room

view from our room

Lake behind Ipanema

Lake behind Ipanema

Ipanema

Ipanema

Pretty sure the JW Marriott hasn't seen many backpackers

Pretty sure the JW Marriott hasn't seen many backpackers

We then spent 3 days/2 nights in Buzios (“the Hamptons of Rio”) and loved it. We, along with about 8 other people from our hostel, rented a boat to take us around from beach to beach with beers and caipirinhas and sandwiches. It was definitely one of the most fun days of our trip!
Our boat friends were awesome. Three guys from London, one guy from Spain, one girl from Canada, one girl from Ireland, and two girls from...LA (both grew up in Orange County)! One of the LA girls lives in Cordoba, Argentina now - we are going to see her Friday.
front of hostal

front of hostal

fishing boats

fishing boats

Pretty

Pretty

Nature

Nature

Harbor

Harbor

Boat Crew

Boat Crew

We like boats

We like boats

Happy

Happy

Snorkels...always good to wear them above water

Snorkels...always good to wear them above water

the group!

the group!

the guys!

the guys!

water

water


On a boat!

On a boat!

Floating

Floating

Sunset in Buzios

Sunset in Buzios

Breakfast view from hostal

Breakfast view from hostal

Buzios fishing boats

Buzios fishing boats

Once back in Rio, we headed out to a local street party in Lapa with friends from the Buzios Hostal (featured above). Out on the street (in true Mardi Gras fashion) we drank caipirinhas and beer (and ate one of the best hotdogs ever) while rubbing elbows with local "Cariocas" (people from Rio) until 5am. Without much sleep, we finally completed tours of the must see attractions in Rio (Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, etc) and then, sadly, made our way to the airport. Rio is an amazing city, one that both Tim and I seriously underesimated. If anyone is on the fence about visiting this incredible place (or Brazil in general) we highly recommend you do so!
Encountering Christ the Redeemer

Encountering Christ the Redeemer

Rio beneath the clouds

Rio beneath the clouds

What should have been our view (Tim took this of a postcard)

What should have been our view (Tim took this of a postcard)

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer

Tim reflecting on our "view" of Rio

Tim reflecting on our "view" of Rio

Chelsea, Nikki, Kate and Tim out in Rio

Chelsea, Nikki, Kate and Tim out in Rio

We spent a few quiet days on the beach in Florianopolis. We worked on our tans and read our books and had one of the most heavenly meals "sequencia de camarao" - sequence of shrimp - which is exactly what it sounds like...several platefulls of shrimp prepared in different ways served one after the other and then delicious fish, rice, salad, and french fries as a final course (though we already felt full afer the shrimp). As a side note, if you were wondering if Gisele Bundchen is a freak of nature...she´s not. She looks like every other girl on the beaches of Florianopolis. Tim was doing his best not to stare...admittedly I was staring, too.
View of Ihla Santa Catarina (Florianopolis) from plane

View of Ihla Santa Catarina (Florianopolis) from plane

Arrival

Arrival

Happy OSU fan

Happy OSU fan

We reached a private beach on this hike...turned out it was really private...no luck for us.

We reached a private beach on this hike...turned out it was really private...no luck for us.

Hiking

Hiking

Our victory hike over Praia Mole

Our victory hike over Praia Mole

Slug on the move...again Tim committed to his animal photography

Slug on the move...again Tim committed to his animal photography

Giant Slug!!!! Look at that thing!

Giant Slug!!!! Look at that thing!

So...ya...natural? By the way, mother of two.

So...ya...natural? By the way, mother of two.

Yellow tassles? Really, is that necessary?  There is a child present!

Yellow tassles? Really, is that necessary? There is a child present!

We took a 15 hour overnight bus from Floripa to Foz de Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls). We arrived about 9 in the morning and headed to the National Park to check out the falls from the Brazil side. VERY impressive. We got soaked on one of the lookout points and then headed in for some super salty french fries.
Our first view of falls

Our first view of falls

Beautiful

Beautiful

Jungle

Jungle

Pre-shower in falls

Pre-shower in falls

Kate soaked

Kate soaked

Tim wet

Tim wet

Kate and falls

Kate and falls

Tim and falls

Tim and falls

Took bus over to Argentina today. Tomorrow we visit the Argentine side of the falls and then overnight bus to Cordoba.

Happy day,
Kate & Tim

Posted by PetCon 19:00 Archived in Brazil

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This is a GREAT read. So much fun to sort of share in this journey - and you know how I feel about beautiful beaches and clear, warm water. By the way, was the water warm. Tim was in so I would have to guess it was over 75 degrees...pushing 80 perhaps. xo to you both!

by lorian

More great pics! Nice slug. Saw snorkels any fish?
Amazing what a small world it is meeting the girls from the OC. Have a great 20-hr. bus trip. Love you!

by johncpetry

LOVE the updates!! Brazil looks AMAZING, can't wait to go! Isn't Iguazu beautiful?? Can't wait to hear about Argentina!

by kpisani

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