Category Archives: South America

Búzios: The Brazilian Riviera

About 100 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro lies Armação dos Búzios, or just Búzios for short, a picturesque seaside resort community featuring bright blue waters, radiant sunsets, rowboats seemingly plucked from watercolor paintings, trendy restaurants and shops (as always), … Continue reading

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Times Are A-Changing in Rio

With soccer’s World Cup and the Summer Olympics just two and four years away respectively, Rio de Janeiro has been under some fierce deadlines for cleaning up its act. As the Cidade Maravilhosa gets ready for its close-up, the powers-that-be … Continue reading

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Santiago in 36-ish (or so) Hours

As I mentioned in this post, Luciana and I stopped in the tapeworm-shaped nation of Chile for a few days on our way to Brazil for Christmas. We sandwiched a scenic Saturday night stayover in coastal Valparaiso with Friday and … Continue reading

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Valparaiso, Chile – Charming and Challenging

Happy New Year. We’ve been away for a while, mostly in Brazil celebrating Christmas. On our way there, we made a stopover in Chile. (Big shoutout to LAN Airlines, by the way – awesome service and comfortable, modern 767s. At … Continue reading

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A Colonial Getaway in Uruguay

Buenos Aires is an exciting, vibrant, and beautiful city, as I’ve written before. But like any huge metropolis, it can also feel loud, polluted, restless, and overwhelming. (With all due respect to the Big Apple, porteños never seem to go … Continue reading

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NYC to: Lima ($394); Geneva ($359); Cook Islands ($871)

Hey New Yorkers…here are some cheap airfares to far away places to take your minds off the lousy weather. Fly from NYC to Lima, Peru May 4 – 11 on Spirit Airlines for $394, round trip, taxes and fees included. … Continue reading

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Teatro Municipal – A Rio de Janeiro Landmark

You’re looking at Teatro Municipal, one of the most charmingly opulent buildings in all of Brazil. It’s located in the neighborhood called Cinelandia, just off Avenida Rio Branco. Cinelandia was once home to a cluster of grand old movie palaces, … Continue reading

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The Drug War in Rio de Janeiro

On our fifth day in Rio de Janeiro, November 23, an unprecedented joint offensive between the police, army, navy, and special forces stormed into the city’s slums. The operation was an effort to eradicate these areas of their ongoing infestations … Continue reading

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Return to Rio

Hallelujah! Lu and I are headed to Rio tonight. I’ll try to post some updates. It will be my third time in the Cidade Maravilhosa, and Lu’s homecoming. We’re hoping to get to Buzios, Petropolis, and some other nearby attractions. … Continue reading

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The Passport Files – Rio de Janeiro

At Rio Scenarium, the sensuous restaurant and samba club in Rio de Janeiro’s vibrant Lapa neighborhood, guests can take in invigorating live music, eat a delicious dinner, dance samba or forro, grind to American club beats, sip caipirinhas, and browse … Continue reading

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