Blogs from Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America


South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Búzios January 22nd 2019

Our first stop down the Brazilian coast was at Ihla Grande, a large island covered in Atlantic rain forest. It used to be a quarantine island in the 19th century for ships coming over from Europe. Rio de Janeiro used to be the capital of Brazil and they didn't want to import any diseases there. Later the island became a prison and also had a coffee plantation. It was then decided to let it all grow back to natural rainforest and is now protected as are the surrounding waters. There are many walking trails through the forest with some lovely trees and occasional pool from the rivers which come down from the mountain. We took a leisurely stroll through the forest away from the hectic village then later back for a beer before joining the speed ... read more
Hi Brigitte !
Coastal village
Trek through rain forest

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Búzios August 22nd 2014

Yesterday we didn't do much as most of the time was spent traveling to Buzios in Rio De Janeiro. Buzios is another beach area in Rio. But today we had a few day to do anything we want so some of us took a water taxi and got a ride to one of the nice beaches in Buzios. We spent a few hours there just relaxing and then we came back to the main beach where I did some much ovedue shopping!!! Then we just chilled out at the pool in the afternoon and are going out for dinner tonight. Sorry no interesting stories today as was a very relaxing day. But tomorrow I go to the main part in Rio! Looking forward to it, but also a bit sad ad my trip will be ending ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Búzios March 9th 2014

Wednesday – Mar. 5/14, Armação dos Buzios °C-75°F – Threat of showers This resort town is usually simply referred to as Buzios and is part of the state of Rio de Janeiro. European pirates who had established a lucrative business of smuggling Brazil wood to Europe and slave traders originally settled set up their base of operations in this area. The Portuguese eventually banished the pirates in 1575 and established a permanent town, which is now a popular destination for tourists from Rio, 169 km to the southwest. Brigitte Bardot who visited the area in the 1960’s popularized the peninsula and town. She came to the town to avoid the papa... read more
Winding roads
Cobblestone road surfaces
Typical tourist stop

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Búzios October 19th 2012

Good bye Brazil October-17th. So we say goodbye to Brazil and what a fabulous experience it has been. The people are very warm, not surprising when the temperature has been in the thirties and it is still mid spring. Took a coach from the hotel, and said farewell to the staff who looked after us so well. Sad to go but we have a lot more of South America to see. The journey to Rio should have taken three hours but roadworks delayed us then when we arrived at the airport the plane was delayed as well. This is the Brazilian way . The landscape on the way reminded us of Wales, very green with rolling hills but no sheep and a few palm trees which are very rare in Wales. On our coach party were ... read more
Last night on the beach

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Búzios October 17th 2012

I could get used to waking to the sound of the sea and birds singing 'peek-a-boo' quite a distinctive call. Went for a walk along the beach before breakfast and Steve went for a swim no one around that early just the man putting out beach umbrellas and a fisherman getting his nets ready. After yet another delicious breakfast we walked up a hill then down steps to a very small beach with three boats all equipped to make us drinks and food. we were shown to a prime position on the beach and told chairs are free if you purchase drinks and being they were the same price as in the restaurants we ordered freshly made mango juice (they have the liquidisers all connected up) the water seemed a bit cold to get in but ... read more
View from our room

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Búzios October 15th 2012

Very warm the last two days and have felt very lazy. Met some interesting people some on business here, another on holiday, and another who lives here. All have their stories to tell. The food in Brazil is quite different to home. I miss broccoli and carrots and vegetables. They drink a lot of fruit juices which are amazing but meals are very starch laden potatoes and rice with everything I am sure I wasn't this size at the begining of my holiday. Wish we could load more photos. Buzios is a very busy place in the evenings with lots of families wandering around the cobbled streets listening to the music that plays from the bars and sampling food from the restaurants. We went back to a bar we had checked out a few nights earlier ... read more
Boy in a boat

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Búzios October 13th 2012

Thought it might be good to catch up with some photos but couldn't upload at the time. Having such a relaxing time here... read more
Pousada in Bouzios
Town Centre Cafe

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Búzios October 12th 2012

10th We had to get up early as the taxi was coming at 8 well it was 8 Brazilian time which means 8.45. The huge coach ( not the taxi we were expecting) was fully air conditioned with very reclining seats that we made full use of. A total of 4 hours later we arrived at our pousada. Well Hilary and Paul you think your drive is steep? It resembled an alpine ski slope well not quite! They do have steps cut into the slope that make it easier to walk up so we can leave our Zimmer frames at the top. Casagrande pousada is beautiful, colonial in style and with breathtaking views from every room even the bathroom. We walked the 15 minute walk to town which took us 30 minutes as it was so ... read more
Rio de Janerio
Steve and Statue
walk back

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Búzios June 9th 2012

Welcome Back Welcome back everyone to our latest edition of our world reknown travel blog. (Ok maybejust just a travel blog). We are on day 1 of a 2+ week holiday (as they call in outside the US or vacation as we call it in the US) traveling through Brazil. This is part dois (2 in Portugese) of the 4 Non-Blondes. Judy, Aunt Betty, Kirsten and Chester reunited again after our first trip to Egypt. Today was not very eventful as we just arrived. We left Fri evening and arrived 9AM Sat monring in Rio. Did get a big of a laugh on the flight out of Omaha when a mom and her high school aged son were stressing about missing their connection in Houston and realized on the train to thei connection flights that they ... read more
The Ring

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Búzios November 19th 2009

Rudi and I have had the most wonderful honeymoon with a magical ending in Buzios. Yesterday after walking to several of Buzios' beaches, Rudi and I settled on a quiet beach near our hotel and stayed there to enjoy the beautiful sunset at around 7pm. The water really is quite beautiful and refreshiing and it was fun enjoying it together. After getting freshened up and ready for dinner we decided to go across the street from our hotel to a sushi reestaurant ... I wasn't really keen on having sushi, but the Lonely Planet book recommended it so we gave it a try. We were both glad we did! The name of the restaurant was Sushi Jardin and the food was excellent - next to the Rodissiro (sp?), it was the best meal we´ve had since ... read more

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