"If you don't know what 'saudade' means, GO TO BRAZIL!" - Unknown
Countries are a bit like people in that they are all special, only some are more special than others. Brazil is one of those countries that is just extra special. There are plenty of countries you could describe as a melting pot but Brazil has got to be high on the list as far as diversity goes. Starting with the many different indigenous peoples and continuing throughout history to be influenced by colonisation, slavery and immigration...
Canoa Quebrada, meaning broken canoe, is a tiny little beach side town in the Northeastern state of Ceará, Brazil. I found it the way I often find random little towns to visit - by zooming in on google maps. I did a little research and decided it would make for a great little stop over between Fortaleza and Natal...
Recife and Olinda are two old cities that sit side by side in the north eastern state of Pernambuco, but Olinda is certainly the star of the show. It's gorgeous! The historic centre of Olinda is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site
This year my birthday week was spent in Natal, Brazil. Natal is the capital city of the north eastern state of Rio Grande do Norte. Like most holiday makers and travellers alike, I stayed in the beach suburb of Ponta Negra.
There's more to Brazil than just Rio de Janeiro and it's time you discovered it for yourself!
I can’t believe it’s been 4 months since we arrived in South America! After a month in Buenos Aires (a questionable decision in hindsight) we’ve been on the road pretty much non stop. The longest we’ve stopped anywhere in the last 3 months has been 10 days and it’s normally between 3 and 6 days.
One of the great natural wonders of the world and one of most well known and visited attractions in Latin America, the Iguazú Falls are not to be missed. If I am honest I was really only luke-warm about making the detour to visit the falls but in the end they turned out to be one of my greatest experiences in South America so far.