A Visit To Ilha de Paquetá, Rio’s Tranquil Island Getaway

Welcome to the blog’s very first installment of Rio de Janeiro 360! This weekly series will highlight all the best things to do during a visit to Rio, and I wanted to start off with a little corner of Rio that most people have probably never even heard of. In fact, this island is very calm despite being only an hour away from downtown Rio by ferry...

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Initial Impressions of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Welcome to Caffeinated Excursions’ first post featuring the city of Rio de Janeiro! I moved to Brazil back in January of this year and I wrote an “Initial Impressions of São Paulo” post after spending two weeks there. Since I’ve been in Rio for about a month now and plan to stay here for a while, I figured I’d write a similar post...

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Experience Small-Town Brazil in Cunha, A Colorful Village In The Paraíba Valley

Although there are dozens of interesting towns and cities within a three-hour driving radius of São Paulo, Cunha (pronounced “Kun-ya” or “Cuña”) is perhaps my favorite I’ve been to so far. This little village of only 22,000 residents is surrounded by rolling hills on all sides, and its best feature is undoubtedly its jaw-dropping views...

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