Samba de Janeiro
Trip Start Mar 01, 2011
12Trip End Jun 12, 2011
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Whilst in Rio we took in some main sights, Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches plus lots more caipirinhas before heading south to Paraty. Which was a picturesque, Colonial town with cobbled streets and restored buildings and lovely beaches nearby. We stayed there a few days before heading to the big smoke that is Sao Paolo, to catch up with my pal Monia. There we pretty much repeated our activities from Rio, minus the beaches but with some of their famous pizzas, yum, washed down with caiprinhas, as you do!
Next we headed further south to chill out on Ilha do Mel (honey island) and it was sweet! lol It's a national park with no roads or cars and the only way to get around is by boat or by foot.And there was plenty of surf for Luke and lots of sun for me. Whilst we were there it was pretty much deserted (apart from a group from narcotics anonymous) which meant we were the only ones on the beach most times, nice!
Our last stop in Brazil was Foz do Iguaçu, where we visited the falls which were amazing and well worth the visit, check out the pics
For more than a week we've been in Uruguay catching up with family, first in the country near Paysandu and now in Montevideo. As it was the week before Easter (semana santa) there was plenty going on including rodeo, which was a great experience full of gauchos, my uncles included. There were three types of rodeo, saddled, Argentian style and bareback. Those guys have got balls! Those that impressed the judges got to do a lap of honour with even the on hand ambulance turning it's sirens on in appreciation, only in South America :) Our lunch consisted of assado con cuero, barbecued beef cooked with the leather left on, and other types of meat, delish. Now we have a couple more days left In Montevideo before heading to Buenos Aires.
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