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Amazon, Again

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | Views [468]

We have traveled into the Amazon basin twice before in Peru; once in Manu near Cusco and the other time upstream from Iquitos.  Each was fun and rewarding, trips we will remember fondly for the companions (few) and the birds and wildlife (copious.... Read more >

Photos: Amazonias

Monday, 18 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

Manaus and the Amazon
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Sunday, 17 Feb 2013 | Views [606]

The church carillon awakened us seconds before the alarm buzzed.  We needed an early start to get to Amazon Antonio's lodge, 200 km from Manaus on the Urubu River. It took us seven hours and three planes through two time zones to travel from ... Read more >

Alto Paraiso de Goias

Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 | Views [1949]

It was the final day of Carnival when we arrived at Alto Paraiso, a small, dusty town four hours by bus from Brasila.  Once a gold mining center, then a source of quartz crystals, Alto Paraiso is a jumping off point for trips to Chapada dos Veadeiros ... Read more >

A Tale of Two World Heritage Towns

Saturday, 9 Feb 2013 | Views [536]

Conferring World Heritage status on a historic town provides funds to help insure its preservation.  But the money comes - or should, at least - with certain guidelines and restrictions.   For instance, Lonely Planet raves, "isolated but ... Read more >

Photos: Goias

Saturday, 9 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

Colonial Towns
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Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | Views [430]

I had visions of a city hacked out of the rain forest, Tikal-like, when I first heard about Brasila back in the 60s.  Brazil's capital is towards the middle of the country, but on the high plains, the serro, not in the jungle.  It is a planned ... Read more >

Photos: Brasilia

Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Orchids, Birds and Art

Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | Views [1203]

Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, isn't the cleanest city we have stayed in but we scored a 4-star hotel in the nicest part of town for less than most 2-star places.  We are using BH as a base to explore the rest of Minas Gerais, one ... Read more >

Ouro Preto

Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | Views [681]

What kind of a person would come to Brazil and fail to visit Rio?  Especially during Carnival?   Well, that would be us!  This is the high tourist season when even Brazilians take their holidays.  As Carnival approaches hotel rates ... Read more >

Photos: Colonial Towns of Minas Gerais

Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Sunrise in the Panatal

Monday, 28 Jan 2013 | Views [458]

A family of Brazilians arrived late yesterday and has the room above us, one they request every year.  But we see very little of them so it is still almost like we have the place to ourselves.  We told Fabiano we weren’t interested in ... Read more >

Down on the Farm

Sunday, 27 Jan 2013 | Views [441]

We still have Passo do Lontra to ourselves but part of the package is a trip to “the farm.”  Fazenda Sao Joao is a working ranch/lodge where horseback riding is the main attraction for most visitors.  We went along mainly to see ... Read more >

The Pantanal

Saturday, 26 Jan 2013 | Views [551]

Our four-day package at Paso do Lontra lodge includes everything from horse trekking to piranha fishing, but our main interest is birding.  Already between thunderstorms we have seen dozens of species, seven of them new – and we haven’... Read more >

Photos: Pantanal

Saturday, 26 Jan 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Getting There is Half the Fun

Friday, 25 Jan 2013 | Views [523]

“What time are they picking us up?” Connie asked.  “Ten.  Weren’t you listening?”  “Yes,” she replied, “but you were talking Spanish.”  Actually it was “Span-ugese”... Read more >

Ilha do Mel

Monday, 21 Jan 2013 | Views [863]

Ihla do Mel, Honey Island, is a laconic tropical retreat less than two hours by boat from Paranagua, where doing nothing has developed into an art form.  Novo Brasilia at the waist of the hourglass-shaped island, the ferry’s first stop, is ... Read more >

All Aboard!

Saturday, 19 Jan 2013 | Views [470]

The Serra Verde Express, a luxury train through the Atlantic Rainforest, runs every Saturday and Sunday at 9:15 from Curitiba to Morretes.  If the $150 price tag seems too high for a four-hour train ride, a regular train leaves an hour earlier. ... Read more >


Friday, 18 Jan 2013 | Views [1016]

Curitiba seems like a wonderful place to live, that is if you speak the lingo.  Portuguese, we have been told, is difficult even for Brazilians.  Language aside, Curitiba is clean and progressive with lots of parks, long wide pedestrian malls ... Read more >

The Computer Angels

Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | Views [419]

We were waiting in the lobby of their hotel when Lynn and Hector arrived from Rio.  It's nice to see familiar faces, even better when they are bearing gifts!  Now that we have our new MacBook we are back in touch with the world and can continue ... Read more >

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