Paraty

We headed to Paraty on February 17th by rental car since we were with friends from Virginia, Jeff and Colleen for the week. Paraty has become a popular tourist area in recent years, renowned for the historic town and the coast and mountains in the region. It’s an...

Around Rio

Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) We headed to Sugarloaf on the 511 bus from Ipanema around 8am. I had to be back for work at 11am and Jeff and Colleen were arriving from DC at 10:30 so it needed to be a quick trip! We were concerned that we may not have enough time...

Carnaval – Sambodromo

Another “must do” on our list was to visit Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during Carnaval. The city and its suburbs are crawling with locals and foreigners. The buses are packed with people traveling from bloco to bloco (a bloco is a block party – some with just a few people...

Homeward bound

It took almost ten and a half hours to get from Belize City to Cancun by the ADO overnight bus. We arrived at the northern border town of Santa Elena in Belize around 11pm. It was the most expensive departure tax of our 100 plus day trip by far – $18.75pp. After...

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