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Caipirinhas for two (image courtesy of Adrien)

How to make a caipirinha

Caipirinha! It’s Brazil’s national cocktail: a wicked mix of lime, sugar, cachaça (sugar cane liquor) and lots of ice. I remember my first trip to Brazil in 1998 when I went on a sailing trip near Rio de Janeiro. I was one of three foreigners on the boat and we had a blast, all thanks […]

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Goofing around at the Iguazu Falls

A special guest post by Alex Lopoukhine. Bloggers captivate their audiences through their photos, words, and video – and sometimes, bloggers get you to laugh. A lot. In June of this year, an international group of bloggers was flown down to Foz Do Iguaçu, Brazil for the very first EIBTUR Conference. Towards the end of the […]

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The colours of Parque das Aves

Most people who visit Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, head straight for arguably one of the world’s natural wonders: the magnificent Iguassu Falls. It is the biggest attraction by far in the tri-border region (Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay) and rightfully so. The massive volume of water and the thunderous roar of the falls leave every visitor […]

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Iguazu Falls

What it feels like to stand next to the Iguassu Falls

The Iguassu (or Iguazu) Falls are a series of spectacular waterfalls that straddle the border between Brazil and Argentina. It’s one of the largest waterfalls in the world (by various measures) and was voted as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. There are many trails on both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides […]

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Shifting capitals

As a kid, I would spend hours studying my geographic encyclopedias. I memorised all the data I could find, like the size of each country, its population and its capital city and used this to challenge my friends at school to a game of “Name The Capital”. There was one guy at school, Raymond, whom […]

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Iguazu Falls

Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil Read the accompanying post: ‘That Rock Star Feeling in the Lost World‘. See other Velvet moments: Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Valle de la Luna, Chile Positano, Italy Buenos Aires, Argentina Seminyak, Indonesia Lang Tengah island, Malaysia Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina The Great […]

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Leblon beach

My velvet escape travel tip: Rio de Janeiro

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. I love escaping, in all […]

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The Iguazu falls

That rock star feeling in the Lost World

That rock star feeling in the Lost World (a page from my Travel Journal) The Iguazu Falls are located in the far northeastern corner of Argentina at the tip of a spit of Argentine territory that’s squashed between Brazil and Paraguay. It was interesting to see how the pilot navigated the plane to the Puerto […]

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Fabulous sunsets

It’s my favourite time of the day: when the sun sets and the ensuing twilight. A dazzling display of colour, then a serene interlude before the darkness sets in. Wherever I am, I always make it a point to stop for a moment if the weather is good and enjoy the sunset. They never cease […]

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