The Big Summary

So after 405 days on the road, our trip is over and we are back in London; adjusting to not living out of a backpack, having a routine and waking up in the same bed every day. The trip was incredible and we loved every minute of it. We really didn’t want it to end….

Highlights from one year of travelling (2010-11)

It was an amazing year and I can’t believe we are home. Here are some of the best bits (along side ratings as you would expect from us): Brazil (8.5/10) Staying in the cool neighbourhood of Santa Teresa in a lovely pousada (Rio) Dancing the samba and getting drunk in Lapa (Rio) Watching the World…

Brazil photos

Some of our favourite snaps from beautiful Brazil:

Brazil round-up

A few observations after five weeks in Brazil… Things we liked: Beer always come in a bottle-shaped cooler with chilled glasses The buses are very comfortable – they make National Express seem Third World There is a lot of sand – from gorgeous desolate beaches to amazing 50 metre high dunes The most isolated, random, dirty local bar…

A beach on the Amazon!

Who would´ve thought there would be a white sand beach in the middle of the Amazon? Well there is and it looks like this… Alter Do Chao is a small quiet riverside village with a sand island (Ilha Do Amor or Love Island) that juts out into the river. It is full of rustic restaurants…

The Amazon SLOW boat

What can you get for 40 quid these days? A pair of jeans? A night out? A weekly travelcard? Well, in Brazil it buys you a three-day ‘cruise’ along the Amazon from Belem (on the Atlantic coast) to Santarem (deep in the heart of the jungle). However, the catch is you have to sleep in a hammock (on…

Dunesville

From Jeri we headed west to the Lencois Maranhenses national park – 15,000 sq km of rolling sand dunes. We walked across mile upon mile of blinding white sand dunes interspersed with turquoise freshwater lakes. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before and we even got to swim in the lakes before watching sunset…

Sand, sand and more sand

After a beautiful (but long and very bumpy) journey along sandy roads, the beach and dunes, via buses, 4WD trucks and sand buggies, we arrived in Jericoacoara. Jeri is a small village built on a beach surrounded by sand dunes and rolling green hills (and the occasional donkey). A highlight was a dune buggy tour…

Heading northwards in Brazil

A few things we have done in the last week or so (most good, one bad): Sitting on a beach under an umbrella in the rain drinking strawberry and passionfruit caipiroskas as big as our heads Wandering around a lovely old colonial town with cobbled streets and painted facades Spending the day on the beach…

STOP PRESS: Jack finds the rhythm in Rio…

As many of you will know, Jack struggles with dancing. We´ve all watched him as he painfully wiggles around the dancefloor. But to our (joint) surprise it seems he can dance to Samba music! On our last night in Rio we went to a samba bar in an area (Lapa) known for good music. After…

Favelas in Rio

A large proportion of the Rio population live in favelas on the hillsides around the city. We went to see two of these favelas. On the way to Rocinho (one of the biggest favelas near Rio with around 250,000 inhabitants) our guide explained some things about favela life: they started in 1950s when the first…

Football mania in Rio

After a few very stressful days screaming at each other and realising that we hadn´t done half the things we needed to, we´ve now arrived in Rio de Janeiro. The city has been built amongst mountainous jungle so lush mountains peak out of the hectic city which leads down to white sand beaches. Pockets of greenery pop out around hotels, cafes…