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 →
Ubatuba, on Brazil’s Costa Verde (green coast), with its 36 beaches and the proximity of the Atlantic Rainforest, is one of my favorite places for a weekend getaway. Surfing, hiking, diving, a boat ride to hidden beaches or former prison island “Ilha Anchieta”, Ubatuba has it all. Continue reading →
On the top of Pico da Tijuca. Sweating like a horse in almost 40°c temperatures, but no complaining from any of us
Rio de Janeiro was basking under a perfect summer day and although this time of the year most people come to the Cidade Maravilhosa to enjoy the Carnaval, two Dutch girls asked me to take them for a walk on the green side of Rio de Janeiro… the Tijuca Forest. No need to say I was more than keen… Continue reading →
Penedo is a small touristic town in the foothills of the Serra da Mantiqueira, about 180 km west of Rio de Janeiro. The town was founded by Finnish settlers around 1930, who introduced the sauna and vegetarianism to Brazil. Continue reading →
“even though it was raining most of the time during my trip, I still enjoyed every second of it.”
The trip started out dry, but then the rain started and things got a little more wet and muddy.
In my never-ending quest for new interesting places, I stumbled upon an ancient road, called “Caminho do Imperador” wich connects the municipality of Miguel Pereira and the Imperial city of Petrópolis.
Doing some research afterwards, I learned that this road had been opened in the early 17th century as one of the first links between the city of Rio de Janeiro and the gold and diamond mines in the interior of Minas Gerais.
Museu da inconfidência, the former Parliament house, facing the statue of Tiradentes, leader of the Inconfidência Mineira revolutionary movement
Few cities in Brazil are as rich in terms of historical, architectural and artistic patrimony as Ouro Preto. This former capital of the state Minas Gerais, formerly called “Vila Rica” (Rich City) had a very important role in the early history of colonial Brazil, and its independence in 1822, when the colony became an empire.
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.
One of the great views hiking around the south side of the park
Last Sunday, I took out a day to go visit the Ibitipoca State Park. With its +/- 1500 hectares, it is probably one of the smallest parks in Brazil, but according to the information I found, it is also the one with the best infrastructure in the state… Continue reading →
The oldest building in Morretes, now a restaurant.
Being one of the oldest cities in the southern Brazilian state of Paranã, Morretes is a most charming colonial town, tucked away in one of the largest and best preserved areas of Atlantic rainforest of south Brazil.