Serra da Canastra: Birthplace of the mighty São Francisco River

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The wall of the plateau in the Serra da canastra

The wall of the Serra da Canastra plateau. Up there is the higher part of the Serra.

Just type “Serra da Canastra” into Google and click on “Images” and you will quickly see why I had to go and check this amazing place out.

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Brazil: 30 stunning pictures from two years of travel

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Pedra do Roncador - Rio de Janeiro

I have been traveling across Brazil since January 2009 and have taken thousands of photos. Some of them better than others of course. It was a tough process, but here is the selection of my 30 most stunning pictures of Brazil.(so far)

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The Magic of Itatiaia National Park – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.

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Veu da Noiva Waterfall - Itatiaia National park - Brazil

Veu da Noiva (bride’s veil) waterfall in Itatiaia

Itatiaia National Park is the first and so also the oldest National Park of Brazil. It was inaugurated in 1937 and covers almost 30.000 hectares of the larger Environmental Protection Area of the Mantiqueira mountain range.

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Brazil Down under – A taste of the South…

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One of the things that is so interesting and amazing about Brazil, is that it sometimes feels like many different countries in one. When you travel from the north to the south of this immense country, you’ll experience not only differences in the climate, geography, fauna and flora, but also in culture, architecture, food, the way people talk and behave, etc.

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Hang gliding or Parasailing in São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

Coastal road Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

The coastal Mountains in Sao Conrado Rio de Janeiro offer favorable conditions for paragliding and hanggliding

Hang gliding is just one of many offbeat things you could do in Rio de Janeiro

 

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A review that says it all – Guest blog by George Thomas

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Earlier this week, I received an email from the people at Expats Blog to let me know that my “Brazil Road Trips” blog had been nominated for the 2012 Expat Blog Awards. In December 2012 a gold, silver and bronze winner will be announced for every country.

I probably don’t have to say that I would be a honored to win the Brazilian “gold medal” so to speak, but as they say: “participating is more important than winning”. Or is it?  :-)  Continue reading

Rio de Janeiro to Buzios and back – Motorcycle weekend

 

Pit stop - Rio de Janeiro

Nearly deserted place between Arraial do Cabo and Ponta Negra where we had a Guara-Viton

Buzios, Cabo Frio , Saquarema, Arraial do Cabo… places where people from Rio de Janeiro like to go to spend weekends or holidays. My friend Osman, a British/Turkish expat and fellow motorcyclist had been waiting for a long time to try out his Husqvarna 610 and we decided to head out on a weekend trip. Continue reading

What the hell is going on?

Beach in Arraial do Cabo - Região dos Lagos - Rio de Janeiro state.

I’m still riding… Here on the beach near Arraial do Cabo – Região dos Lagos – Rio de Janeiro state. No need to say it doesn’t get a lot better than this.

 I had to make a few radical decisions and changes at the end of 2011, and that is why I haven’t been keeping up this blog very well lately.

I sincerely apologize to the few people who are following my “adventures”, but no need to panic because I will be back. Continue reading

Bugs can be beautiful

Most people think of bugs (insects) as disgusting, creepy, scary, horrifying things, but when you look close enough, some of them can be quite beautiful and fascinating.

This is just a quick post to show this amazing looking beetle I was able to catch on camera the other day. I was doing some experimenting with macro settings and it just flew in and sat down right next to me.

Beautiful bugs - beetle

Beautiful bugs - beetle

I took three pictures with slightly different settings and didn’t bother too much about it, but it was only when I saw the picture on the computer screen, the true beauty and perfection of this creature came to life. I mean, just look at it (click here for full size) and tell me this isn’t one of nature’s masterpieces.

Maybe I’ll add some more pictures of  good looking bugs to this post. I know I have them somewhere.