YY in Brazil – Bonito MS – Snorkelling in Rio Sucuri and Rio Prata

Bonito is a little town located in the west of Brazil in the state of Moto Grosso do Sul. It’s close to the boarder to Bolivia. Bonito means beautiful in Portuguese, you will understand why once you have been there.

Bonito is famous for its amazing crystal clear fresh water rivers. The visibility in these rivers are over 50 metres in a good clear day. The most popular tour here is snorkelling in these rivers, swimming with the fishes and be amazed by these natural aquariums.

All those pictures were taken with my £60 poor quality underwater camera, but it still looks stunning as its just so beautiful.


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YY in Brazil – Foz do Iguazu – the Magnificent Fall – Day 7

9 Nov 2012

The blue house hostel was nice and quiet compared to the party hostel in Rio. I had a really nice sleep and woke up refreshed. The cold seemed to be gone as well, brilliant!

After a quick breakfast I jumped on the bus to the national park of Iguazu. I was ready to be amazed.

The national park is huge and the fall is in the middle of the jungle, visitors have to take a park bus for about 10 mins then take the 1 mile long walking route to view the fall. As soon as you off the bus you can hear it.


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YY in Brazil – Rio de Janeiro – Day 1-3

03 Nov 2012

Sitting in the taxi to the airport at 4am, I kept reaching to my pocket to check my phone and only remembered that I decided not to take it with me, nor my beloved iPad. I have to say I did feel a bit insecure without any means of connection to the world. I also realised I didn’t even have a watch, so picked up the cheapest Swatch watch at Amsterdam airport. This watch became one of my best friends on my trip.

The flight to Rio has been smooth despite its 13 hours long. My excitement has kept me going.

Even at the international airport people don’t seem to speak English. It took me a while to find the HSBC ATM, however that’s actually the easier part. Get money out of the stupid ATM was much harder and everything is in Portugese. The two European looking guys in front of me gave up trying after 5 mins and left helplessly. Somehow magically I managed to get some cash. So I proudly called them back and tried to save the day, well luck didn’t favor me the second time and I had no clue what I was doing. But at least I have cash now.

It was a raining night, I was busy checking out the city from the taxi window. I recognised some favelas as we pass by, they look nice and peacefully at night. I tried very hard trying to hear if there were any gun shots (having images from ‘city of god’ playing in my head) 🙂

I had my first meal standing at the counter of a corner shop on the side street at Copacabana. It was an interesting experience.

4 Nov 2012

I have no clue how I managed to sleep in the hostel. 10 young university grads from Sao Paolo came back from parties at 4, the air con and traffic from outside were so loud. But somehow I woke up refreshed.

Sunday morning at Copacabana was nice and relaxed. The beach was still empty, the road was closed to cars and became all pedestrian, so full of people walking, jogging, skating and cycling etc. it’s a very active city.

It’s a fantastic view, ocean, beach, the beautiful pavement of Copacabana, open road for you to enjoy, and green mountains. I can only wish I am living here.

The nation is already excited about the World Cup and the Olympics


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