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.
Areal view of the Pedra Branca State Park, a 125km² section of Atlantic Rainforest in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro (Photo: Rede Globo)
The Pedra Branca Massive is with its 12 hectares of rain forest clad mountains currently the biggest urban forest in the world and one of the best places for experienced hikers in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading →
Rio de Janeiro is a wonderful city, but getting there is usually a struggle, because of the hectic traffic…
Accidents and broken down vehicles (I counted 9 broken down cars and 2 accidents on a 30 km section) are a daily inconvenience for commuters trying to get to work in time. the lack of hard shoulders doesn’t make things any easier.
From my home town (Volta Redonda) to, say Copacabana, is about 120km. In normal circumstances I would cover that distance in – give or take – 2 hours… However, depending on the time of day, and the traffic situation, it could take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours.
The party is on and everybody’s having fun, but some people have another reason to be there. (photo: Superwallace.net)
Imagine this: you are having a great time in a club or other place, meet a good looking Brazilian girl or guy who is “totally into you”, and before you know it, things heat up and you think you scored big time… or did you?