Brazil to Canada? Overland? Check!

Gray whales approaching tourists in Baja © Craig Fast

It’s over. Mission accomplished. As planned, we have travelled from Brazil to Canada, via Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and the USA, without, I repeat, without boarding an aeroplane.

A Guide to Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Iconic Ipanema Beach is home to Rio de Janeiro’s elite. The sweep of soft, white sand is backed by skyscrapers, exclusive hotels and designer shops. Christ the Redeemer looms between gaps in the architecture and mountains surround the beach on three sides. Out to sea, precipitous green islands lurch from the waves. Base yourself in … Continue reading

A hostel in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

The advantages of staying in two very different areas of Rio – Santa Teresa and Ipanema – in two very different types of accommodation. And hang gliding!

Waking up in Rio

I woke up to kissy kissy noises this morning. Jet-lag confused, I rolled over and cocked my good ear towards the sound. Must be those lusty Latino men I’ve heard so much about, I thought, and staggered over to the barred window. I went to bed last night thinking I was in the city of … Continue reading