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 →
Waiting to pick up a friend at a gas station in São Conrado to go hiking in the Tijuca forest in Rio de Janeiro, I spotted these two attractive looking girls wearing some kind of Xmas outfit, trying to draw the attention of passing motorists…
On the motorcycle and in the car: my Garmin ZUMO 550
Ever since I arrived in this immense and diverse country called Brazil, I have been relying on two things to find my way to far away places and back home again. I say ‘things” because that’s what they are… I’m talking about the Global Positioning System, commonly referred to as the GPS…
As the title of this post implies, I am using two of these babies:
“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.