Like many travelers, I enjoy taking the path less traveled, finding connection with locals and discovering neighborhood gems. But like many travelers, sometimes I allow myself to be merely a tourist, taking the easier route and going on a guided tour or two as long as they are small and […]

Being a tourist in Rio de Janeiro

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On our last day in Paraty, we decided to take it easy with a boat ride, spending time with family. We were all quite tired the day after my brother’s wedding because as anyone over 30 knows, recovering from a night of partying is not as easy as it used to […]

Last day in Paraty

My brother's wedding 2
Our main event for this trip to Brazil was my brother’s wedding that was taking place in Paraty. We knew it was going to be quite a family gathering and a beautiful wedding, but we had no idea how busy we were going to be in the days surrounding the […]

My brother’s wedding

The day after we arrived at the historic town of Paraty, we spent the day going to a nearby beach accessible by a short hike. The beach was small, secluded and deserted, a stark contrast to the sprawling and busy Copacabana beach. If you haven’t read about our first days […]

Paraty, Cachaça Maria Izabel and Trindade

Traveling to Rio with a baby started a little shaky as we missed our flight out of Denver and almost missed our flight again out of Miami, but in hindsight it was actually a lot easier than we thought. Our trip to Brazil this year was a mix of family/attending […]

Traveling to Rio with a Baby

International Shrimp and Grilled Fish at Coco Bambu
Gastronomy: the practice or art of choosing, cooking and eating good food. This is the definition provided by Google and I dare say, it is spot on about this post. Sao Paulo is known for business, food, nightlife and museums. The latter was just added so the city could compete […]

Sao Paulo Gastronomy

Enverga Mas Nao Quebra Samba Group
What is that you ask? The experience that every traveler covets, dreams about and wanders miles off the beaten path to find. Sure visiting places like Ipanema Beach and Iguazu Falls are pretty awesome, but those are touristy activities. Being a traveller is going beyond the snapshots of crowds queuing […]

Feijoada and Samba

Panaroma of Juquehy beach 1
While we were travelling in Brazil, we went up to the North Coast of Sao Paulo and stayed a few days in Riviera de Sao Lourenco. We loved it and didn’t want to leave it, the place was deserted, everything was within walking distance and the condo provided the chairs […]

A day trip to Juquehy

Panorama of beach 1
When most travellers think of Brazil, they automatically think about Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, Ipanema Beach, tiny bikinis and gorgeous women, but that is just a very narrow view of this beautifully diverse country. There are miles and miles of deserted, white sand beaches all over the country, beautiful […]

It’s not Ipanema, but it’s the Riviera of Sao Lourenco