Thing is, much as Cariocas (Rio locals) would love have you think it elsewise, Rio isn’t the only town to which Carnaval comes.
Condensed milk heated with coco powder, rolled with butter and chocolate sprinkles…can you feel your arteries clanging shut right now?
“Come on,” my bestie said after breakfast at our hostel, “let’s just have a little stroll and see what’s around.”
Rio de Janeiro. The mere mention of the place brings forth vivid images of carnivals, bikini and bather-clad beauties, bombastic beaches and technicolour cocktails. It’s a destination in and of itself, where one could spend weeks or months before leaving and still not really get the full story.
South America is a beautiful destination, candid and colourful, but many South American countries are still working towards economic stability and equality. Drained by conflicts over the last few hundred years, these countries struggle to establish basic standards of living for their citizens. And even in the more prosperous areas there will be those that slip through the cracks, like in the favelas of Rio or shantytowns of Peru.
When most travellers think of Brazil they only see the big cities, the crowded beaches and the crazy nightlife. It’s Rio this and Rio that.
Brazil is a country that inspires your sense of fun and adventure more than most. Its lively city of Rio de Janeiro is one big sensory overload, so Intrepid’s Angela Zuniga loved feeling, smelling and tasting her way around this fantastic town…
“Rio is a sensual city that demands as much time as possible to be fully experienced. From dawn to dusk and after dark, there is always something happening somewhere. I spent five fantastic days exploring the city and sating my sense of adventure.
Have you ever experienced something so different to anything else you’ve ever seen or done before, that five years on you’re still unable to believe you were there?
“It was a sight so out of this world that I’m still getting flashes of the colour and vibrancy of the most amazing four hours of my life. Flashbacks of the fireworks exploding from the back of our float and wow, I’d almost forgotten about the transvestite ballerinas!
September 11, 2001, was not only the day of a horrific event in the United States that changed the world in which we live, it was also a day of hope for the Deni. The Deni are a poor indigenous group living in semi-isolation in a very remote part of the Amazon and Paulo Adario, Greenpeace Brazil Amazon Campaign Director, explains why September 11 holds special significance for their survival…
“After waiting more than 10 years for the Brazilian government to show up and recognise their traditional territory, the Deni asked for help from people who wouldn’t deliver broken promises. That day, at 10:00am (same time as New York City) we had a Greenpeace ship – the Sunrise – arrive in Manaus. Media were on board for a press conference to announce that Greenpeace would help the Deni people to demarcate 1.6 million hectares of forests, claimed by them as their historical homeland. With everyone’s attention turning to the tragic news coming out of the USA, it’s no wonder this was the worst media day to help the voices of Deni people to be heard, but work continued and in 2004 the demarcation was completed.
South America is a paradise for meat lovers. Argentina is a main player in the restaurants offering great quality meat, but some would argue that Brazil plays in the same league as a serious contestant. David Rousseau is one who sides with Brazil…
“One huge difference lies in the service, not the quality of service but in the way the meat is offered to the ravenous customers. While Argentinean restaurants would offer a traditional service (order your meat from the menu, wait for it, eat… smile), the Brazilians came up with: Rodizio or the ‘Art of Rodizio‘.