The Amazon (June 20-27)

Saturday, June 20 Flight to Manaus: 9:30am-12:30pm Mike, Ele, Brian and I took a taxi to our hotel (Seringal) in the city center of Manaus. We dropped our stuff then walked around. First to the main plaza and then to the port area. There were lots of people at the port. It was smelly, grungy, […]

Brasilia and Chapada dos Veadeiros (June 4-7)

Thursday, June 4 Nicole, Nick, Brian and I shared a taxi to GIG at 6:15am for our flight to Brasilia. Brian was slow to get moving because he was running on two hours of sleep and had been drinking only a few hours before! It was the senior graduation party. At the airport we met […]

Chapada Diamantina (April 18-25) - Days 7 & 8

Day 7 – Friday, April 24 We went to the south end of the part for a couple of reasons. We wanted to see another area of the park and we could possibly get to Fumacinha, a waterfall that Brian really wanted to see. We spoiled ourselves on the wide spread of food at breakfast […]

Chapada Diamantina (April 18-25) - Days 4, 5, & 6

Day 4 – Tuesday, April 21 Today was the day to set out on our 3-day backpacking trip through the main part of the park. To get to the trailhead we had to drive out on a dirt road pretty far from the town of Vale do Capao to a small community called Bomba. There […]

Chapada Diamantina (April 18-25) - Days 1, 2, & 3

Day 1 – Saturday, April 18 Our flight left Rio at 9:06am so we arrived at the airport at 7:30am. The electronic checkin booth said we were on the waiting list, so we had to wait in line to get our ticket and drop our bags. The line was a little long, but we got […]

Itacare, Feb. 17-22

For the last three years, Brian and I have stayed in Rio for the first 3 days of Carnival and then left the city for some destination where we can relax. This year we went to Itacare in the state of Bahia. It is a small town known for its beaches and surfing. It’s a […]

Saturday After doing all that we wanted to at and around the falls, we had another whole full day in Foz do Iguazu. Two other attractions included the largest producing hydroelectric dam in the world and the Paraguay border town of Cuidad del Este. I preferred the dam since it was less hassle than Paraguay, […]

Our second day at the falls was on the Brazilian side. This was going to be a new experience for me because my mom and I didn’t make it there 7 years ago. We wanted to get an early start because we read that the light on the Brazilian side is better earlier in the […]

Last night our plane arrived at midnight, so after renting our car and driving into town, we got to our B&B a little after 1am. Maria, the woman who runs the B&B said breakfast was normally at 8:00, but since we arrived late, we could eat around 8:30am. It wasn’t going to be a very […]

Minas Gerais - Days 4 & 5

Once again, our 4th day of traveling was a busy one. Saturday morning I woke up early in order to finish a grad school project due that day. I enjoyed the cool morning air in the breakfast room of our posuada as I worked for an hour and half before Brian woke up and came […]