3 days in Rio: tips, must sees and local things to do

Aaah, Rio de Janeiro! A name and place that leaves nobody indifferent! I planned on spending just a few days here, I ended up staying a week! A lot has been said or written about Brazil’s most (in)famous city. But how exactly do you “tackle” Rio? By all means, read on and find out the best tips to spend 3 days in Rio! The best travel tips for Rio de Janeiro 1. Is Rio safe? Rio de Janeiro:  a name that evokes “beach, sun and sex”.  To some… To others Continue Reading

The best hiking trails on Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is often described as Brazil’s paradise on earth. Gorgeous beaches and virgin Atlantic forest make this the ideal place to unwind for a couple of days after hectic Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo. The main village of Vila do Abraão is where most people stay, but a few kilometers inland, you have the whole island to yourself! There are 16 well-indicated trails spread all over the island, so wherever you stay you’re likely to find a trail nearby.  Put on your hiking Continue Reading

The most beautiful colonial towns of Brazil

From the southern town of Paraty to the northern city of Olinda: colonial architecture and cobblestone streets can be found all over Brazil. But nowhere is the concentration so high than in the inland state of Minas Gerais. Minas Gerais has long been known for its wealth of minerals and its mining activities, which, together with the goldrush, created huge wealth in the 18th century. The result is a mix of beautifully decorated churches, colonial houses and a peek into the Continue Reading

Salvador da Bahia: beyond the Pelourinho

Colonial architecture, capoeira and Afro-Brazilian culture: these are the clichés that usually come to mind when you think of Brazil’s 3rd biggest city: Salvador da Bahia. And they are all there indeed! All concentrated in the small historic neighbourhood of the “Pelourinho“. There is an undeniable energy emerging from the Pelourinho. It’s a rather small area of steep, cobble-stone streets that is easily discovered on foot and one of the best examples of colonial towns Continue Reading