In September three friends and I decided to travel to Rio de Janeiro for 10 days to escape Chile's cold winter. It had always been my dream to go to Rio and I was super excited when we booked the flight. We wanted to avoid staying in the touristic area and rather experience the real … Continue reading Brazil
For those who don't know the term "favela": It's defined as a slum-area in Brazil and they're located on a hill. Yes, we basically stayed in a slum for 10 days but we felt surprisingly safe there - at least until a certain incident happened. Favela Chapéu Mangueira: View from our kitchen When we got … Continue reading 10 days in a favela in Rio de Janerio – How dangerous is it?
Ilha Grande is a beautiful island not far from Rio's coast. Many agencies in Rio offer boat trips to the island including snorkelling. We booked our trip with one of them as well. Early in the morning we left Rio in a bus to get to the harbour. The boat was packed with people that … Continue reading Boat trip to the paradise-like Ilha Grande
The favela Santa Marta became famous because Michael Jackson's music video to "They don't care about us" was shot there. That's why many guided tours through the favela are offered. Nevertheless, us being as adventurous as always, we wanted to explore it on our own. Santa Marta is famous for its colourful houses, which can … Continue reading Favela Santa Marta: Colourful houses, annoyed residents and Michael Jackson
This was by far the funniest thing that happened to us in Brazil. One day we had booked a free walking tour through the city centre online. It said that the meeting point was the metro station "Uruguaiana". So we ordered an Uber and the driver looked at us surprised and said that it wasn't … Continue reading When destiny got us a private guided tour through Rio for free
Couchsurfing - almost everyone has heard about it but many still don't know how it actually works. People offer their sofa for travellers to sleep on at no charge. Exactly, you don't pay for your accommodation. But where's the catch? There's no catch because it's a win-win situation. It makes your stay personal and unique … Continue reading Why Couchsurfing is much more than just a free bed
Pucón is a well-known active holiday destination in the south of Chile: Rafting, hiking, biking, canoeing, you name it. The volcano Villarica (2.860 m), which is the most active volcano of South America - at least that's what we were told - is also situated in Pucón. Its last eruption was in 2015 and almost … Continue reading Climbing South Americas most active Volcano