Rio de Janeiro – The Basics

  Ok. You are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before you put your speedo on and get drunk on caipirinhas at the beach, please take time to read this. Rio de Janeiro is an amazing city – it is actually known as the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Wonderful city). You will see. And you will feel comfortable…

Tourist like a Local in São Paulo

São Paulo, over 20 millions inhabitants, maddening traffic and an ocean of buildings: it’s my original home, the place I lived for the first 25 years of my life. Nowadays I go often to visit my family and friends, and I’m proud to say that I’m a local-tourist — I enjoy the city vacationing, but…

Where I run in Sao Paulo

No, Im not talking about running from bandits or police, you silly goose!   High-five for all runners out there! I bet you, as I did, have seen places around the world that many non-runners miss. Running is a great way to explore cities. If you don’t run, these places are mostly great for walking…

Back to Aguas Calientes

After enjoying an enlightenment experience in Machu Picchu and missing our train, we went down the mountain to figure out how we were going back to Cusco. From my 2005 diary: Funny, going down the stairs was harder than going up. Perhaps the Inca spirits helped us up. We kept meeting the little Peruvian boys…

Machu Picchu & my life enlightenment

That is it. After 20 days traveling by train or bus, and four days walking, we couldn’t wait to step into where it would be the apex of our trip. Expectations were high – but Machu Picchu didn’t disappoint. We woke up at 4AM, had a quick breakfast, and headed out of our lodge in…