Rio Buzios Iguassu Falls Brazil
Monday, April 28 2008
Here is a shot me on Copacabana beach, yes from the
song, which is just up the road from Ipanema beach; yes the other famous song.
had a relaxing day at the beach today after the last few days of
exhilarating activities it was a welcome break.
Tuesday, April 29 2008
Julia after she cooled off in the warm waters of the
Hibiscus beach in Buzios.
it was a five hour road trip from Rio to Buzios and our hotel at the
We were very worn out by the time we got to the hotel
mainly from the really bad driving displayed by our bus driver. We have
discovered that the most dangerous thing that a traveler will do while
traveling is to take a ride in a bus, taxi, or car driven by a local. Not
even the risk of robbery in South Africa is more dangerous; well maybe not
Wednesday, April 30 2008
The beach looked like yesterday.
rain, go away come again another day. We have been very lucky with the
weather for the entire trip, until today.
In England when we walked in Wales, it rained the week
before and the weeks after our walk, in Egypt it was cool but never rained
(which it never does in Egypt), in Japan the powder snow came down right on
cue, in Thailand the really hot weather stayed away until two days before we
left, in South Africa it was perfect robbery weather all the time, in the
Amazon it rained only at night, but our luck ran out in Buzios. It rained
all day at the beach resort curtailing our plans to go snorkeling and
Thursday, May 01 2008
Julia as the wind blew her hat off in front of the
The rain continued most of the night last night which was not all bad as it
cooled down, which made it more pleasant to sleep.
We were up at 5:00 am to take a taxi ride back to Rio
airport so we could catch a 10:40am flight to Iguassu Falls. The taxi driver
was a little better driver than the bus driver who brought us to Buzios; but
only a little better. So we were glad to get out of his taxi and to the
relative safety of a jet airplane. Three hours later we were at Iguassu
airport where our guide met us and immediately took us to see the falls on
the Brazilian side. It was raining hard when we arrived at the falls but we
did not let that stop us from taking in the breathtaking vistas.
Iguassu Falls Video
Here is one of the dancing girls.
We went to a dinner and show; at the recommendation of our guide. The show was
based on a Samba show which is like a Vegas showgirl review; or the other
way around I am not sure.
The twist with this show was they had music and dance
examples from all around South America. The food was buffet style and very
good and we drank an Argentine red wine to prepare ourselves for the last
part of trip in Buenos Aires.
Friday, May 02 2008
The Devil's Throat at Iguassu Falls.
What an amazing time we had today. Our guide took us over
the border to Argentina so we could walk to the center of the falls. The
enormous cataract just about surrounded us on all sides! We were also
dazzled by a flock of swifts that nest behind the waterfall; they moved just
like starlings would in a mumuration.
From Julia: We are in sub-tropical rainforest, but
because It's autumn the air temperature is cold. At least, it is much colder
than we"ve been used to for a while. Even so, we decided to get completely
soaked and go out onto the river in a speedboat that went right up to
several of the waterfalls. We had to put our stuff into waterproof sacks and
take off our shoes and socks. The river was turbulent and splashed in the
boat and our un-waterproofed bottoms and legs got saturated. After the river
trip we drove back through the forest in an open topped vehicle (under a
very large spider hanging from the trees overhead) to a buffet lunch. Good
grief, It's disgusting to realize that the last three meals I have eaten
have been buffets! It was delicious; just a little embarrassing to get up
from the meal and notice we"d left wet patches on the cushions from our wet
Boat Ride Video
Goodbye Brazil Video