Category Archives: Brazil

The vengeance of a god that created the breathtaking Iguazu Falls

The thunderous roar of millions of gallons of water spilling over the skyscraper-high cliff and crashing into the frothy river below builds to an earsplitting crescendo as our jet-powered boat edges towards one of the most jaw-droppingly spectacular set of … Continue reading

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Toot toot, hey, beep beep!

Driving in Latin America is always fun, if sometimes mildly terrifying, and only the bravest of drivers should attempt it. I don’t really know why they bother having gears because they seem to go from first straight to fifth, beginning … Continue reading

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Breakfast in Colombia, lunch in Peru, dinner in Brazil

Six days on a boat munching almost nothing but lukewarm chicken, rice and beans left Sophie and I desperate to tuck into something a little more appetising. Fortunately, our arrival at Tabatinga provided us with the perfect opportunity to reawaken our taste buds. Situated on a … Continue reading

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The hammock dilemma

Normally cold weather or a self-inflicted headache are the cause of my most excruciating dilemma: Get out of bed for a much needed wee or stay and hope tiredness manages to postpone my swelling bladder’s inevitable victory until a more … Continue reading

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Ode To Manaus

“That tree? That’s…erm..jungle tree,” Manoel eventually musters, as he paddles us along in the canoe. Did he just say “jungle tree”? I thought our guide was supposed to be well-versed in the secrets of the rainforest’s flora and fauna. It … Continue reading

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What a (small) load of Croc

It’s when our tiny wooden canoe runs aground for the second time that I start to get a bit worried. Here we are, deep inside an Amazonian swamp in the dead of night, hoping to spot a caiman. The caiman … Continue reading

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Chilling with the girls in Glam-azonia

With delicate expertise, the glossy-haired Cricia carefully applies a second coat of dark green polish to my now scrubbed, trimmed, filed and beautifully buffed fingernails. Then she gets up and shoos a squawking chicken out through the wooden door. For … Continue reading

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