Impressions of my Vlog
The city of Salvador impressed with its well-preserved colonial old town with colorful houses and cobblestone streets. At carnival, groups with a drum went through the city and it was extensively celebrated.
Rio de Janeiro
The city of Rio de Janeiro is known for the breath-taking carnival. I was at the Sambadrome, where the best samba schools perform. The spectacle went on until sunrise and was a lot of fun. Impressive was the Jesus statue, one of the new seven wonders of the world and the famous beach Copacabana.
Paraty is a very well-preserved city from the colonial era. Walking through it felt like time had stopped. The cobblestones had worn out and gone through the centuries.
The city of São Paulo is the economic center of Brazil with a good view from the Altino Arantes skyscraper, which also houses a museum. Impressive was the neighborhood Batman Alley (Beco do Batman) with beautiful graffiti and the Museum of Afro Brazil.
Iguazu Falls (Foz do Iguaçu)
The Iguazu Falls are one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World and consist of almost 300 waterfalls located on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The Brazilian side offers a panoramic view and the starting point for visiting is the city of Foz do Iguaçu. On the Argentine side you can get closer to the waterfalls and the starting point is the city of Puerto Iguazú. The park is large and you should plan one day. On the Argentine side, I had the feeling that there was a lot more going on and I really liked it. Both sides are connected by an airport, so that you can fly in in the morning and out in the evening. Flights from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu can be booked cheaply a few days in advance.
The city of Belém was the starting point for our trip by ship to Manaus. Worth seeing were the big colorful cranes at the harbor.
Ilha De Marajo
Ilha De Marajo is an island near Belém, known for its water buffalo. Since we had to wait a few days for the Amazon ship, we spent two days here and explored it by bike.
Ship from Belém to Manaus
We took a ship along the Amazon from Belém to Manaus with a stop at Santarem. With our own hammocks, we slept with hundreds of people squeezed together like sardines on a deck. Going upriver has the advantage to be closer to the edge of the river to see locals living in wooden huts by the water.
Floresta Nacional (FLONA)
Close to Santarém is the National Park Floresta Nacional (FLONA) were we stayed with a host family. During a tour through the rainforest, we saw large trees, for which over 20 people are needed to hug.
Alter do Chão
The town of Alter do Chão is close to Santarém and has a beautiful sandy beach to relax.
The city of Manaus is in the middle of the Amazon and is a good start or end point for a cruise along the Amazon. Worth seeing is the beautifully designed theater from the rubber boom. At Manaus, two rivers of different colors meet, that are visible with a sharp color border.
We spend close to Manaus four days in a jungle lodge. With a small boat we drove over the rivers and saw river dolphins and wild monkeys. On a tour through the rainforest, we learned how plants can be used for medical purposes, hunting and survival. With fresh meat, we fished hungry piranhas within a few minutes. During a stay in in the jungle for a night with hammocks we grilled our dinner over the campfire.