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Rio de Janeiro

Published : Aug, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Outdoor | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Christ the Redeemer | Sugarloaf Mountain | Copacabana Beach | Samba City Tour | Santa Teresa | Tijuca Forest | Feira Hippie de Ipanema | Maracana | Jardim Boatanico | Rio Museum
Sunshine, samba, and sports: these three words are pretty perfect when it comes to describing one of the most popular cities in South America; Rio de Janeiro! Though, if I’m honest, these are only the tip of the iceberg of all the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro.

It’s a city that has something for everyone.

Rio is famed for its beautiful beaches, annual carnival and stunning natural vistas which intertwine with the city. This all means that there’s more than enough reason to find yourself wanting to visit.

This is why I wanted to share some of the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro when you visit next. Though, as with all destinations, always listen to local advice on safety and don’t wear anything too overt or mountains of bling.

Published : Jun, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Outdoor | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Hiking Around Rio | Addl. Reading | How to Get Around Rio | Guided Activities | Parque Lage | Big Jump Trampoline Park | Sugar Loaf Cable Car | Christ the Redeemer Statue | Lagoon de Tijuca Tours | Cooking Classes
With even children’s films celebrating the grandeur of vibrant Rio de Janeiro, many families are flocking to visit this hotspot of Brazil.

Rio is easy to get to, with two international airports and several direct flights from the USA. Rio also offers plenty of family-friendly activities to keep you entertained. The food is amazing, the culture stands strong, and the beaches are gorgeous with inviting, warm water...

Published : Apr, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Outdoor | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Hiking | Christ the Redeemer | Carnaval | Escadaria Selarón | Pao de Acucar | Urubu mountain | Copacabana | El Señor | Blocos | Sambadromo Parade | Costume Graveyard
They say Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is the ultimate party…and they aren’t lying! We spent six days in the thick of it all–street parties, grand-stand parades, costume balls, and somehow we even managed a little sightseeing.

For a little culture amongst the madness, we snuck to the stairs of Escadaria Selarón. It’s a project that has been in motion since 1990, where artist Jorge Selarón has gathered tiles from 60 countries around the world to bring them to his multi-flight masterpiece.

When you visit Rio, a trip up Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf) is a must. We hiked the first half called Urubu mountain, which we HIGHLY recommend. Great views, exotic fruit trees, and tons of monkeys…What more could you ask for?

Published : Apr, 2021

Sites & attractions
The Beaches | Statue of Christ the Redeemer | Sugar Loaf Mountain | Selaróns Steps | Maracana Stadium | The Favelas
As a big fan of killing two birds with one stone (figuratively), I am always pleased when travelling to a location coincides with something else I had wanted to do. Like visiting a friend or relative who happens to live there, or attend a conference or a work-shop, or go to see a favourite band in concert.

Sport events don’t feature highly on this list, and neither on Loz’s, which is probably a good thing, since we started going out in 2010, when England played against Germany in the Fifa World Cup. That could have gone wrong.

But it didn’t, and we lived to see the next World Cup about to begin in Brazil, which we only visited for the first time about six months ago. We spent three days in Rio de Janeiro, where they had just started to launch the campaigns to gain attention for the big event. If I was into football, going to Rio during the World Cup would probably be about the best thing ever, but even without the football, I can assure you that Rio de Janeiro is a quite an amazing city.

So if you have the chance to spend some time there, by all means: take it! In this post, we want to introduce you to some of Rio’s most popular sights and answer some general questions; either for a short stay, or just to get you started. Kick-off in 3-2-1 – let’s go!

Published : Mar, 2023

When to visit | How to get there | Activities: Outdoor
enjoy beaches | Peek @ Mt. Kilimanjaro | See Mugie Conservancy | Boat Safari In Lake Naivasha | See Flamingos In Lake Nakuru | See Red Elephants In Tsavo | Climb Mt. Kenya | See Nairobi | Visit Nairobi Park | Chase Waterfalls @ Karura Forest | Visit Giraffe Ctr.
Located in East Africa, Kenya is a popular destination for travelers looking to experience the unique culture, incredible wildlife, and stunning landscapes.

From the savannahs of the Maasai Mara to the peaks of Mount Kenya and the stunning Kenyan coastline, this destination is home to a variety of landscapes. But it’s not just about the scenery in Kenya. In our opinion, the biggest drawcard of this East Africa destination is an opportunity to experience an authentic African safari...

Published : Oct, 2023

Activities: Cultural | Wellness
Anamaya | Blue Spirit | Bodhi Tree Resort | Envision Festival | Harmony Healing Ctr. | Peace Retreat | Samasati Yoga & Wellness | The Retreat | Waterfall Villas
If you are a yoga enthusiast, then you’ll agree that there is nothing more beautiful and relaxing than checking into a yoga retreat in a unique destination. And if you ask us, when it comes to yoga holidays, Costa Rica is just the place to do it. There is nothing quite like practicing yoga in Costa Rica, in the heart of the rainforest or on the beach.

Some retreats combine yoga with other activities, like surfing, detox, meditation, and even new skills like permaculture farming. No matter what you want for your yoga trip, Costa Rica has options for you...

Published : Jul, 2023

When to visit | Accom (any) | Activities: Outdoor
Attend La Feria Verde | Beer Tasting Tour | Braulio Carrillo Park | Buttefly Gardens | Choco Workshop | Food-Coffee Tours | La Paz Waterfall Gardens | La Sabana Metro. Park | Mercado Centrale | Metro Cathedral | Museums | Natl. Theater
If you’re visiting Costa Rica, you’ll inevitably begin your trip in the nation’s capital city, San José. While many people simply stop over in the city on their way to the rainforests, the city deserves a visit on its own.
Since the capital city of Costa Rica is an up-and-coming tourist destination, you can find plenty of attractions and points of interest that make it worth a visit...

While it’s common that people don’t know all the things to do in San José, Costa Rica, this guide should get you started with planning some fun-filled days in the city.

Published : Sep, 2023

How to get there | Bars & pubs
Adelaide Hills (SA) | Barossa Valley (SA) | Hunter Valley (NSW) | Margaret River (WA) | McLaren Vale (SA) | The Yarra Valley (Mel) | Where to Eat | Wineries Location
Australia is a wine-lover’s dream destination. Australian wineries have a glowing reputation around the world for their top-quality grape varieties grown in perfect climates and picturesque settings. No matter where you find yourself across the southern part of the country, you won’t be too far away from a wine-growing region...

Exploring wine regions in Australia was one of our favourite adventures when we lived in Australia. So, we can attest that visiting one or more of the following wine areas in Australia is one of the best things to do on any trip to Australia!

Published : Sep, 2023

Bars & pubs | Nightlife
Art Scene | Artist & Local Farmers Mkt. | Boutique Shopping | Carlton Gardens | Culinary Scene | Festivals | Getting Around | Markets | Micro-breweries | Queen Victoria Mkt. | Unexpected Weather
Melbourne – a hip, trendy, and vibrant Australian city brimming with culture. Its neighbourhoods have personalities of their own, ranging from bohemian quarters with amazing restaurants and fashion boutiques, to edgy, artsy areas that are home to more tattoo shops than a city could possibly need. It’s impossible to truly understand the cultural centre that is Melbourne without actually living there. And it’s equally as difficult to explore it as a visitor.

I’ve been to Melbourne 4 times. Each time, discover a whole new side of the incredibly complicated and fascinating city that has topped the charts of the World’s Most Liveable Cities. But despite my frequent visits, I couldn’t possibly try to share the best that this city has to offer without some local help. Luckily, a few of my friends and locals were eager to share their tips and recommendations for things to do in Melbourne.