As one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Brazil, Olinda has major charm. From the beautifully colored streets to the quirky fashion boutiques, the city is both laid back and active – they were still celebrating the Carnaval even after it had officially ended.
With its beautiful beaches, natural pools, good food, and friendly people, Porto de Galinhas is one of the most beautiful off the beaten path places that we’ve seen in Brazil. I mean, who doesn’t love visiting the beautiful beaches in South America? They have so much to offer!
A former prison known now as paradise, Ilha Grande attracts Cariocas and international tourists alike. With its beautiful beaches, white sands, and the Atlantic rain forest almost diving into the ocean, there’s no doubt as to why this is such a sought after destination.
Cobbled streets, colorful houses, vibrant atmosphere, and friendly people. All can be found in the beautifully preserved colonial town of Paraty in Brazil, just days before the start of the Carnaval.
Iguazu Falls is shared by Brazil and Argentina, and both sides are part of national parks. We arrived on the Brazilian side with the plan to cross over to the Argentine side the next day.
We had read about Ubatuba in an Argentine magazine and decided to give it a go. Although it rains quite regularly,it remains a great beach destination having more than 70 beaches and amongst them, Praia do Felix as one of the most beautiful in Brazil.
Imagine beautiful patterns and colors that turn into gorgeous handmade creations. This is what ethical fashion brand, Dominga from Ecuador is known for.
After the Galapagos Islands, it was time to discover another beauty: Cuenca. We had heard and read great things about this colonial jewel, and we were beyond excited to finally discover it.
We only had two days to explore the city before heading to our last stop: Peru. Instead of planning each day, we decided to take it easy, and just go with the flow.
On our last full day in the Galapagos Islands, we took a day tour to Seymour Norte Island to see the adorable blue-footed boobies.
I never thought of myself as an animal person, but after spending 14 days on the Galapagos Islands, I am now a changed woman :). After this trip I want to visit all the other regions famous for their wildlife, like seeing the orangutans in Borneo or going whale watching california way. This was a great place to start though, due to its links with Charles Darwin who played a huge role in the theories we now accept as fact when it comes to the natural world. Although I kept my distance, I found myself admiring the wildlife that makes the Galapagos Islands unique in the world. Seymour Norte makes no exception…
Isabela Island was my favorite island in the Galapagos. Less touristy than Santa Cruz, much more chilled, and I dare to say, more beautiful.
We went from sunbathing to trekking in the same afternoon, and I had my first snorkeling experience there. If we ever go back to the Galapagos Islands, Isabela will be my first choice. Those looking to travel to the islands should definitely consider going on galapagos tours and cruises.