The Road to Iguacu
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Macuco Boat Safari
Iguazu Falls Rest.
Foz Tropicana Aviary
6 - Rafain Churrascaria
7 - The Road to Noronha
Fernando de Noronha
9 - Sueste Bay Snorkeling
10 - Farewell to Fernando
11 - The Road to Rio
12 - The Hippie Market
13 - Sugar Loaf Mountain
14 - Copacabana Palace
15 - Too Much Gluten
16 - Botanical Gardens
17 - Buzios
18 - Copacabana
19 - Ipanema Beach
20 - Plataforma Show
21 - Corcovado Mountain
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DAY IN BUZIOS
BRAZIL TRAVELOGUE - DAY
13 - RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL
The Jungle-Draped Hillsides of Buzios, Brazil.
this morning, we meet Marcelo. Today we'll drive to
Buzios, described to us as the jewel of the Green Coast.
We were trying to decide between Buzios and Angra Dos
Reis, but both Luiz and Marcelo suggested Buzios out
of the two, so we went along. Buzios is about
a two and a half hour drive from Rio de Janeiro, first
across the bridge to Niteroi, once the world's longest
(now, Marcelo tells us, it's the third longest), then
through several other towns before opening up into farmland.
Marcelo tells us that there is a very beautiful road
along the coast, but with only one day to see the town,
there isn't enough time to take it. Someday we'll
return and drive the road - must be amazing.
is pointing out tidbits about all the areas we pass,
which is interesting, as Sandra and Bertil sleep.
Once we arrive in Buzios, we all see what the fuss
is about. The resort area of Buzios is built
into a jungle-draped hillside over beautiful blue
water, and sparkling white sand beaches. There
are no hotels to speak of here, just Pousadas (inns
with less than 30 rooms), and so many of them are
lovely, including the
Maravista, which Marcelo tells us is his
favorite. It has panoramic ocean views from high
atop the hill. However, you need to rent a
buggy to get down to the beach.
to one panorama after another, just basking in the
beauty. We stop at Praia Joao Fernandes for
lunch at a beach bar called O Chiringuito, where
they show us the fish that they suggest we eat.
"It's fresh", the guy says - and then we see - it's
still moving! We figure that's about as fresh
as you can get, so he grills it up. It's delicious,
and big enough that it feeds all five of us. Very
friendly people at this bar as well. Of course,
typical, it starts to rain, and we all huddle under
the umbrella while we eat.
Fresh Fish (still moving) at O Chiringuito in Buzios...
lunch, it's no longer raining - just cloudy, as
we make our way into town. The town of Buzios
is a perfect little tourist town. Cobblestone
streets, tons of trendy shops, several all-night
night clubs, and several great-looking restaurants.
The main form of transportation is by dune buggy,
which are available for rent all over the place.
There are boat tours in the bay, and several other
activities, including fishing and scuba diving.
We are all very impressed by Buzios, but we're also
tired from last night's partying, and we have another
Rio by Night on the schedule for tonight, so we
begrudgingly call it a day and head back to Rio
Nilze Carvalho with Grupo Sururu na Roda.
We get back
to Rio at about 7:30PM - just enough time to shower,
change, and head back out. Our first stop is to
see Happy Hour in Rio. There are tables set out
on the street, filled with Carioca drinking beer, with
music blasting from the seemingly endless pubs. All
the side streets are closed to traffic, block after
block of this thriving after-work get-together.
People just walk over after work and get together with
a few thousand of their closest friends for a beer.
Very cool. Next time, we'll spend some time there.
Looks like a lot of fun.
Centro Cultural Carioca, a cozy upstairs club with
a small stage and several tables. On stage this
Nilze Carvalho, a very talented local musician,
who seems to be very well-known by the locals.
Tonight she's playing with Grupo Sururu na Roda. The
music is wonderful - everyone in the place is on their
feet dancing and clapping. It's very Brazilian,
featuring Nilze on the Mandolin, with many types of
percussion - upbeat and fun Samba. The band is excellent
- Sandra wants to buy their CD, but they only brought
ten copies, which sell out immediately.
Sandra are giving Samba a whirl, while Bertil and Kicki
are doing their thing. Suddenly balloons fall
from the ceiling (it's someone's birthday or something),
a traditional Brazilian song starts, and the whole room
begins a Conga line of people Samba-stepping to the
music. It seems as if the floor will fall in under
the weight of everyone dancing and stamping their feet!
1:00AM, we decide to call it a night and Marcelo drives
us back to our apartment. Tomorrow, we're on our
own for almost the first time since we've been in Rio.
Marcelo gets to spend the weekend with his family, then
on Monday, we'll hit Corcovado Mountain.
The Conga line breaks out
at Centro Cultural Carioca.
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