South American Tucan tour starts with mossies and roommates

South American Tucan tour starts with mossies and roommates

I have been told once or twice before that I can be a bit of a princess. So I was determined that I would not...

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South America, the Tucan tour begins

South America, the Tucan tour begins

We departed Rio and joined a tour for 16 days around Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. As we left Rio, the rain set in. It was...

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Rocinha favela, Rio’s largest shanty town

Rocinha favela, Rio’s largest shanty town

I did not want to leave Rio before visiting a favela (shanty town) as I mentioned in my earlier planning blog and...

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Mosquitoes, Malaria and Dengue fever in Brazil

Mosquitoes, Malaria and Dengue fever in Brazil

I spent a small fortune and a lot of time going to the doctors in the months prior to this South America trip, getting...

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New Year’s Day in bohemian Santa Teresa

New Year’s Day in bohemian Santa Teresa

All the guide books say not to go to Rio's Centro (city centre) on the weekend, but if you want to check out some of Rio's bohemian, more...

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New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach, Rio

New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach, Rio

The most important thing you need to know if you are planning to celebrate New Year's Eve in Rio is to wear white, head to...

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Rio, quick facts

Rio, quick facts

Rio De Janeiro which means "river of January":
  • is Brazil's 2nd largest city with a population of 6 million
  • is NOT the capital of Brazil but you...

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The land of Havaianas

The land of Havaianas

Of course my first Brazilian purchase had to be Havaianas, any excuse to shop, I left my many pairs at home so I could...

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AUSTRALIA, so far from anywhere!

AUSTRALIA, so far from anywhere!

So finally we are in Rio de Janeiro after a 26 hr trip. Not the quickest way to get to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with...

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Turning negatives into positives via art in Rio

Turning negatives into positives via art in Rio

A favela means "slum" in Brazilian Portugese and it was one of the first words I learnt when booking our trip to South America. We...

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