Florianopolis

Location MapAm I in Greece now? All these South American cities are so confusing sometimes. Florianopolis definitely sounds Greek to me, but it’s apparently a Portuguese settlement in southern Brazil known for beautiful beaches and a good lifestyle.
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Gramado

Location MapGramado, yet another little piece of Europe stashed away in South America. This time I found a little piece of Germany up in the mountains of Brazil. Cosy wooden buildings, artisan chocolate shops, fairy lights and you’re almost in Bavaria. Definitely a Christmas in July type place and had it been a little further into winter with a bit more snow and the ice sculptures it would have been even more magical.
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Punta del Este

imageThe “Point of the East” in Uruguay, famed for beaches, celebrity spotting and well just for being the best thing to do in Uruguay. I was pretty excited about Punta del Este because the weather was expected to be sunny.
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Montevideo

image I don’t think Montevideo is exactly a well visited capital, but I stopped by to pay my respects. Other than try out some Uruguayan food, I’m not sure what I would have done there beyond the first hour had the Sunday Flea Market not been on.
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The good winds of Buenos Aires

image Buenos Aires does live up to it’s “Paris of South America” reputation. It almost feels like Europe sometimes when you walk the streets. Now if only I could shake the unsafe feeling everyone keeps polluting my mind with so that I could just enjoy it. Yep, there we go. There is a good air about this place.
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Bariloche 

imageSan Carlos de Bariloche feels just like a snow town should. Small, quaint, friendly, generous splashes of timber everywhere and snowy mountain views. There seems to be a couple of nice lodges too including one that looks like a palace!
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Getting into the Foz of Iguaçu Falls

Location MapIt’s funny sometimes how seeing great things can spoil you. I’m not sure I can look at any waterfall the same way after seeing Iguaçu Falls. At a point we traversed about a kilometre of water which fed the most powerful and stunning cascades I have ever seen. I can understand the sentiment in the quote “Poor Niagara!” after seeing the sprawl of falls around the basin and Garganta del Diablo.
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Americana

I used to think Americana was just an album from The Offspring. It’s also a humble little city, smaller than my own, but home to some very kind people who have raised some of the amazing people I know.
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Sao Paulo

imageSao Paulo, one of the world’s biggest cities. When you include all of the metropolitan areas you pretty much have the population of Australia in one place. That’s phenomenal! but it’s not hard to believe once you try to catch the subway at peak hour. The people look extremely diverse. Stand in the street for five minutes and try to pick the origins of the people walking past you and you’ll constantly be bemused and intrigued.

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