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Blowing Bubbles in Buzios: Diving in Brazil thumbnail

This post is brought to you by PADI as part of the PADI AmbassaDiver initiative. Read my latest ramblings on the PADI blog! It's pretty much a guarantee that when Alex in Wanderland regular Heather and I do a trip together, we're going to find somewhere to go diving together, even if it's the inside of a particularly…

Hotel Crush: Casas Brancas in Búzios thumbnail

It's been called the Brazilian St. Tropez and the Hamptons of Rio; basically, it's this pocket of the planet's infamous playground for the rich and famous. Welcome to Búzios, Brazil. I've never been to the Hamptons and I couldn't point out St. Tropez on a map, but I knew I had to go to Búzios. Less than three…

Street Art, Sunset and Sugarloaf: The Perfect Last Day in Rio de Janeiro thumbnail

A week in Rio de Janeiro flew by. I knew it would. Heather and I had debated what to do with our final day in the city. There were so many options! We'd hit a lot of the major must-sees -- we'd woken up before dawn to be (literally) the first two people at Christ Redeemer, we'd…

From Bullet Holes to Murals: An Afternoon in Santa Marta Favela thumbnail

To visit a favela or not to visit a favela: it's a controversial decision many travelers to Rio will ponder at some point or another. Critics call it poverty tourism, proponents say it de-stigmatizes and brings income to marginalized communities. Even amongst my own peers, there's discord. Friends from South Africa have made me cross my heart that…

Soaring Over The Land of Samba: Hang Gliding in Rio de Janeiro thumbnail

Hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro was just one of those things I had to do. Back when I was a distracted student sketching maps of Brazil in the back of my math notebooks, I must have come across a guidebook or an early blog post that highlighted it as a top attraction -- because while…

Waking Up With Christ Redeemer in The City of God thumbnail

There are two attractions that are pretty much non-negotiable must-sees for more travelers to Rio -- the Cristo Redentor statue, also known as the Christ Redeemer statue, and Pão de Açúcar, also known as Sugarloaf Mountain. Heather and I were no exceptions, and planned to make both a priority during our one week in Rio de Janeiro. However…

One Week in The Cidade Maravilhosa thumbnail

“On the eighth day, God created Rio.” It doesn’t take long to understand why cariocas love to say so. Palm fringed beaches bookended by iconic granite morros, the world's largest urban forest, and one infamous statue of Christ perpetually watching over the city. One of the most geographically blessed cities I’ve had the privilege to visit, it’s…

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