After a day of trekking into the Amazon Jungle I returned to the Amazon Tupana Lodge for lunch and a swim in the river.
The Estrada Real or Royal Road is a series of historic routes in Brazil, spanning the states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Built in the 17th/18th centuries by labourers enslaved by the Portuguese colonists, these roads (a total of 1,600km in length) were important to facilitate the transportation of gold, diamonds and other minerals in the hinterland of present-day Minas Gerais to the ports along the Atlantic coast such as Rio de Janeiro, and on to Portugal.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Cidade Maravilhosa. Who doesn’t love taking the train up to see Christ the Redeemer, dancing the night away in Lapa or hiking up one of Rio’s countless incredible viewpoints? Sometimes, however, all that hustle-bustle can leave you tired, and yearning for an escape. Thankfully, there’s a Rio de Janeiro day trip for every type of traveler.