I used to dream about Brazil long before I went there, I thought about samba, carnival, the huge Jesus statue, but most of all about snakes, scary dogs and pirates. My grandfather, who was a captain, moved to Brazil long before I was born, and the few times I met him he told stories about his huge killer dogs and the snakes on his farm.

After visiting the country myself I experienced that yes, everything is green and yellow as the flag (this might have had something to do with the world cup going on), women do walk around almost naked, Brazilians are some of the friendliest people in the world, and there is always a good occasion to throw a party and dance!

These are a few of my impressions from my month in Brazil in 2006:


Copacabana (Rio de Janeiro). Rio is definitely one of my favorite travel destinations with its vibrating beach culture: I mean, samba and caipirinahas, who can ask for more? Rio is also rich on culture and history. Sadly Copacabana beach, despite its fame, is a pretty run down area, and I actually preferred Ipanema.


Natal (Rio Grande do Norte). The city of Natal is a booming tourist destination, mainly due to its all year around good weather and beautiful beaches. The city itself is not particularly charming, so I would rather recommend you to head to Pipa (about 85km from Natal) for a relaxing time.


The area around Natal and Pipa is also know for is sand dunes, and a quite touristy, but fun and beautiful way to see the area is to go on a dune boogie tour. You get to see the glorious wild coastline and maybe some fish like we did.. The bugeiros can be found on every street corner in the area. Get ready for some action, because they drive like crazy!




Fruit market in Rio de Janeiro.


Manaus (Amazonas) during a World Cup match.


Have a good trip to Brazil, and according to the last snapshot you won’t have to bring much clothes with you either..


Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.

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