Category Archives: Hiking

Hot Springs at Rincón de la Vieja National Park

I’m one of those people who is always cold, so when I’m in New York I can come up with practically any excuse to visit the russian baths.  In Costa Rica, after tubing down the Río Negro nothing feels better then relaxing in the thermal (aka hot springs) by Rincón de la Vieja National Park.  Located 4k away […]

Zipline and White Water Tubing Adventure in Guanacaste

For those of you who have been reading my blog for some time it is no secret… I love zip lines! If there is a zip line wherever I am traveling in the world…I will find it!  If you are staying in Guanacaste you MUST do the Canyon tour at Guachipelin.  This a day full […]

Iguassu: Argentina side

If you are staying on the Brazilian side of Iguassu (see previous post for where to stay), it is a a quick one hour drive over to the Argentina side.  You will need to bring your passports and stop and get some pecos (there is a gift shop about 10 mins before the boarder where […]

Ilhabela Overview

Ilhabela (Beautiful Island) the largest island in Brazil is located 4 miles off the coast of São Paulo state which is (205km/ 127mi) from Sao Paulo city and 340km/210mi from Rio. There are a number of smaller islands that make up all of Ilhabela. How to get to Ilhabela: First off, the traffic is horrible so […]

Horse back riding and waterfalls in Catucaba

If you are staying at Fazenda Catucaba and want to add a little adventure into your vacation then you will love horseback riding to find waterfalls! Don’t worry the horses are very tame and calm so even if you have never ridden a horse before you will be perfectly fine.   As you ride up and […]

Gastronomic and Eco-friendly experience at Fazenda Catuçaba (awesome weekend trip!)

After an awesome 4 days in Picinguaba, we hit the road back up through the mountains to the sister property Fazenda Catuçaba. The drive is nice, you’ll see lots of lush greenery as you drive through the mountains in hill county with cows and horses dotting the hills.  The property is located 30 minutes from the historical […]

Hike to Tombador waterfall in Ubatuba

If you are in the area of Ubatuba and like hiking to waterfalls, add a visit to Cachoeira Tombador to your list.  The hotel arranged for us to go with a guide which was a smart decision as it is a little tricky to find the entrance, then once you do its a windy trail through back […]

Hiking in the Tijuca Forrest

If you the ‘adventure’ type that enjoys spending time outdoors, discovering waterfalls and hiking in the woods then you should definitely find a way to experience hiking in the Tijuca forest. Home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, found only in the Atlantic Rainforest, the Tijuca Forest is the world’s largest urban forest, covering […]

Vista Chinesa: The best view of Rio de Janeiro

When it comes to ‘view points’ Rio is packed with spectacular options to choose from like Christo, Sugar Loaf, and Dois Irmãos but there is one you don’t hear about as often that truly is the best view of Rio de Janeiro and that is Vista Chinesa or Chinese View which is located in the district of Alto da Boa […]

Experience the Santa Clara Valley waterfalls

Since no one mentioned this when we planned our trip to Visconde de Maua… most roads ARE NOT PAVED and can be quite dangerous when it rains.  There are tons of holes, rocks and bumps in the road, if you are not driving a truck or car with 4 wheel drive it feels like you […]