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Rio de Janeiro Take-Homes: Brazilian Bikinis

Rio de Janeiro Take-Homes: Brazilian Bikinis

If you only take home one souvenir from Rio de Janeiro, make it swimwear – a pair of teensy Brazilian bikinis for her, and low-waist, hip-hugging, wide-brief sunga for him. In Ipanema, where we had our ‘home away from home’ in Rio for two weeks, there are...
Football in Rio

Football in Rio

“It’s going to be an interesting game tonight,” our guide Luis tells us with a grin, as he scans the score table and list of players he has on a sheet of paper in his hands. This is good news, because if you’re going to watch...
Perfecting the Classic Brazilian Caipirinha

Perfecting the Classic Brazilian Caipirinha

In our years of being semi-professional barflys and checking out bars, purely in the name of research of course, we’ve developed a repertoire of favourite cocktails that we always order to test out the skills of a barman. One of them is a Latin American...
Rio de Janeiro’s Juice Bars

Rio de Janeiro’s Juice Bars

Drinking a freshly-squeezed juice from one of Rio de Janeiro‘s juice bars, known locally as sucos bars is as much of a daily ritual for Cariocas as sipping coconut water beside the beach. There seems to be a juice bar on every block in Ipanema, their...
Local Knowledge: Manoela from Rio de Janeiro

Local Knowledge: Manoela from Rio de Janeiro

We meet locals in many different ways when we travel. Sometimes the people we connect with are friends of friends, sometimes we meet them in restaurants or bars, occasionally we meet them through the owners of the places we’re staying, and at other times we...
Rio de Janeiro Take Homes: Favela Finds

Rio de Janeiro Take Homes: Favela Finds

Okay, so not everyone can afford to sponsor a child or make a donation, but it costs very little to purchase a small souvenir. Here’s our favela finds, great souvenirs to buy while touring the favelas. If you’re visiting Para Ti at Vila Canoas or...
Cariocas and their Coconuts

Cariocas and their Coconuts

The coconut is to a Carioca* what the baguette is to a Parisian. Okay, well, not quite. Rio de Janeiro’s locals don’t cycle along Ipanema beach with a coconut under their arm, nor will you see them munching into one (ouch!) as they walk home...
Ipanema, Where Life’s a Beach

Ipanema, Where Life’s a Beach

One of the first things we do when we arrive at a new destination is explore our neighbourhood. Despite having done the long haul down to Rio de Janeiro from Costa Rica via Miami, it didn’t take us long to get out the door and...
Our Rio de Janeiro Holiday Rental Apartment

Our Rio de Janeiro Holiday Rental Apartment

When HomeAway Holiday-Rentals asked us to include Rio de Janeiro on our Grantourismo itinerary and stay at this cute Ipanema apartment, we jumped at the chance. Terence had never been to Rio and I was keen to return to show him ‘my’ Rio. Movies and...
The Art of Doing Nothing

The Art of Doing Nothing

There’s no shortage of things to do in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. We’ve been wildlife-spotting on a walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, we’ve hiked in the forest for a spot of bird watching, we’ve strolled around a spice plantation, we’ve cruised through mangrove swamps,...