I am Spanish but living in Rio...
Favorite thing: I am Spanish but living in Rio de Janeiro for a year and for longer on. I absolutely recommend the Botanical Garden here in Rio and nearby the Parque Lage where my Photo School is based, must visit:Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, located inside a beautiful palace. It has one of the most amazing views of the Corcovado Christ, although only students are allowed to take pictures. Sorry!
Fondest memory: I absolutely love the kindness and warmless of these people, always willing to help you. And they are so funny!!.
Everybody talk to each other in streets, shops, market...It´s like and old-fashioned village with all the modern facilities!.
Join the South American...
Favorite thing: Join the South American Explorers Club. I joined in Lima and it offers great advice on trips, accomodations, areas to avoid because they are too dangerous due to crime or climate conditions. It was also a place to hook up with potential travel partners. I traveled alone so it was a 'refuge' and place for me to gather information and my senses before beginning my adventure.
Fondest memory: Walking alone in the humid, dripping, and lush rainforest on my way to Macchu Picchu. It was awesome terrain which made me appreciate the depths of the Incan culture.
FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF...
FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL, Portuguese REPÚBLICA FEDERATIVA DO BRASIL
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This is the fifth largest country in the world, exceeded in size only by Russia, Canada, China, and the United States. It covers an area of 3,300,171 square miles (8,547,404 square kilometres), or about half of South America. Brazil is so vast that, although it faces the Atlantic Ocean along 4,600 miles (7,400 kilometres) of coastline, it also borders on every nation of the South American continent except Chile and Ecuador--specifically, Uruguay to the south; Argentina, Paraguay, and Bolivia to the southwest; Peru to the west; Colombia to the northwest; and Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana to the north. Stretching for approximately 2,700 miles from north to south and from east to west, it contains no desert, high mountain, or Arctic environments that limit the extent of human occupancy.
Most of the inhabitants of Brazil, the world's fifth most populous nation, are concentrated along the eastern seaboard. Its national capital, Brasília, however, is located inland, on the outer edge of intensive settlement. Planned from scratch, Brasília replaced Rio de Janeiro as the capital in 1960. Brazil is unique among the nations of the Americas: this former colony of Portugal did not become fragmented into separate countries, as did the British and Spanish possessions, but retained its identity through the intervening centuries and a variety of forms of government. The Portuguese language is, therefore, universal except among a few thousand native Indians in the most remote reaches of the Amazon River system.
The physical and human features of this broad land are rich and various. Because the greater part of the Amazon Basin lies within Brazilian territory, scientists from throughout the world are attracted to the region to study the Earth's largest river system and most extensive regions of virgin rainforest. Brazil has enormous expanses of untouched tropical forest and sparsely settled savannas with a scattering of isolated villages. It is a land rich in natural resources, and its burgeoning cities, huge hydroelectric and industrial complexes, mines, and fertile farmlands have placed it among the world's most productive countries. In contrast, however, Brazil is also a country that has had to struggle with a rapidly growing population, an unstable economy, periods of soaring inflation, and a highly volatile political life.
Our travels took us to many cities in Brazil, using the Air Pass offered by Varig. Of all that we saw, nothing compared with Iguacu Falls, sometimes referred to also as either Iguassu or Iguazu. This is far more spectacular than Niagara or Victoria Falls, probably the largest in the world. And you must see it from Argentina as well as Brazil.
The train ride from Curitiba to the Atlantic Ocean is also well worth doing. You need the whole day to do this and can easily return to Curitiba on a bus, thus enabling one to visit the city of arrival. If you return on the train, there simply is not enough time.
Curitiba itself is a beautiful city and it is a good idea to have your hotel arrange a tour although there are usually people at the train station who can help you. We had a man and his college daughter spend the whole day taking us around Curitiba. They have a marvelous amphitheatre 'in the jungle ' which is very interesting. There are several parks there, one of them tells the story of Hansel and Gretel and others are devoted to nature.
Visiting the Japanese area of Sao Paulo is also quite interesting. It is the largest population of Japanese people outside of Japan. Excellent restaurants, even Korean.
When in Rio or Sao Paulo, one must also check out any of several restaurants which offer churrascarias, also known as radizio, where there is an endless supply of barbequed meats brought to your table along with an equally endless supply of salads and buffets. One of the most significant eating experiences you can encounter. But there are a few Portugues restaurants in Newark, New Jersey that are as good too. Maybe even better.
The Iguassu Falls by far. Don't prebook a hotel room till you get there. There are several good hotels up and down the highway near the airport. You can catch a bus right from the airport, luggage and all, and/or get a taxi to take you to any of several hotels which will be much less expensive than the one travel agents will always put you in. We stayed at the Tropical, great old place but terribly overpriced. We saved over 100 dollars per day by relocating. To view Iguassu from the Brazil side, you do have to go through a National Park gate which imposes a charge. Just before you get there, you will see an excellent Bird Park, well worth visiting. From there, a hotel is just down the street which is excellent or you can go a few miles down the road to even less expensive but well located hotels. Better get a Portuguese/English dictionary though, but if you speak Spanish, you can get by.
Visiting the Falls from the Argentine side is a profound experience. Only from there can you select from a multiple group of different types of tours which take you right into the Falls, above, below and into, all three. We took the all day one and would do it again. But if you do, bring along a fresh change of clothes which you can leave at the tour office. Or you can put them in a plastic bag. You will be completely drenched from head to foot when the tour is over with so you need a complete change of clothes. Better yet, change into a swimsuit and light t-shirt beforehand.
BEAUTIFUL SUNSET IN BRAZIL
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Fondest memory: GOCHILE
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Macchu Pichu (Peru), Volcans...
Favorite thing: Macchu Pichu (Peru), Volcans Villarica and Osorno (Chile), Arequipa (Peru),Santiago (Chile), and San Carlos Bariloche (Argentina)
Fondest memory: The Helpfull people
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Favorite thing: Visit the tallest mountain on every continent except Asia, Mount ACONCAGUA (6960mts) in Mendoza - Argentina
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