Day 296 to 303 Superfantastic Brazil

Some highlights from Brazil

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We left Buenos Aires in Argentina near 12 o’clock am the 13th of April and landed in Sao Paulo in Brazil at 2 in the morning the next day. No need to say we dived “gracefully” in bed in a nearby hotel after getting our bags and passing the immigration/passport control. In the morning, we went to pick up our rental car and drive directly to Rio de Janeiro.

Some quick facts about Brazil before telling our experience of our visit. 😊 Brazil has around 211 million inhabitants. The capital is Brasília, the official language is Portuguese, and the main religion is Catholicism. Brazil is the fifth largest country/state in the world by both population and area. Brazil has a vast tropical forest (Amazonas), diverse wildlife and a variety of ecological systems.´The currency is Brazilian real and the culture seems like a mix European and African impulses, both regarding music, dance and diverse art expressions. People seem family oriented and care a great deal for one another.

Our first glimpse of Rio de Janeiro by dark was tall buildings and lots of people. We parked our car inside the hotel parking, left our bags in the hotel room and went out to eat dinner in a nearby restaurant. We ate well and went to early to bed, eager to go sightseeing the next two days in Rio. Our plan was to visit the city centre, the cathedral, the sambadrome, the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighbourhood, the Sugarloaf Mountain, Ipanema and Copacabana beach, and Christ the Redeemer. We got to visit them all and what a great adventure. Our pictures and videos show some of the beauty and views. WOW!!!

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After some wonderful days in Rio de Janeiro we started our drive back to Sao Paulo. As we had planned to drive by the coastline, we searched on the internet for a nice place to sleep over two nights to shorten down our drive each day. We ended up booking our stay in Paraty, a small fishing village in between Rio and Sao Paulo. We could hardly believe our own eyes… What a stunning beauty and secluded gem! The village centre had beautiful old buildings, narrow walking streets and small, cosy shops. In the harbour and by the riverside, there were fishing boats in all kinds of beautiful colours. People seemed relaxed and cheerful – and so were we! 😊

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Our last two days we spent in Sao Paulo where we visited a park and a cathedral. People seemed hasty and diligent. We chilled down and stayed nearby the area were our hotel was situated.

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Although visiting a tiny part of Brazil we had the most wonderful stay and would love to come back again in the future!

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