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The Magic of Itatiaia National Park in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro State


Itatiaia National Park is the first and so also the oldest National Park of Brazil. It was inaugurated in 1937 and covers almost 30.000 hectares of the

larger Environmental Protection Area of the Mantiqueira mountain range.

Getting there from Rio de Janeiro is a +/- 200 km drive via the BR116 (Rio – São Paulo). The distance from São Paulo is about 250 Km. I’m

lucky to live in Volta Redonda, which is…


Added by Raf Kiss on February 15, 2014 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Brazil's Hidden Gems: Vassouras, the City of the 19th-Century Coffee Barons

One of the biggest economic drivers of 18th-century Brazil was coffee, and in the same…


Added by Raf Kiss on January 6, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Five Lesser-Known "Must-See" Places in Brazil

Being a motorcycle traveler, for me, “a place” is not as much a city or a village, but rather a region where I travel through. I rarely have a fixed route plan when I leave on a trip, just a general idea of where I would like to go, and the places I would like to visit along the way.

Most of the time I get tons of information about interesting things or places to see on the go, from local people, and that is how you come across some of the most amazing places.

Since I moved to…


Added by Raf Kiss on December 12, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Climbing Up Sugar Loaf Via a Steel Cable...Just Another Way to Get to the Top


If you want to tell people you have seen Rio de Janeiro, there are a few “not to miss” attractions and one of them is the Pão de Açucar (Sugar Loaf). Most people go to the summit of Sugar Loaf the normal way: by cable trolley. Few people know that there are alternative, more adventurous ways to get there. One of them is a walk to the top (referred to as “costão”), a three hour walk which involves a little rock climbing, but nothing…


Added by Raf Kiss on November 25, 2013 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Morretes: Colonial Charm and Rainforest at the Foot of Brazil's Serra do Mar

Being one of the oldest cities in the southern Brazilian state of Paranã, Morretes is a most charming colonial town, tucked away in one of the largest and best preserved areas of Atlantic rainforest of south Brazil.

Oldest building in Morretes. Today it is a restaurant where you can enjoy the local cuisine...

Just like the rest of Brazil, the region where…


Added by Raf Kiss on August 4, 2013 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Police Corruption in Brazil: How Much for a Cafezinho?


A police checkpoint somewhere in São Paulo.

On my very…


Added by Raf Kiss on July 29, 2011 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

10 Things You Should Know About Brazilian Sex Motels


When you come to Brazil, whether it’s on vacation, a business trip or other purposes, and no matter if you’re a man or a woman, there is always the possibility (chance, risk, call it what you want…) that you end up in a situation where you need a room for one, two or three…


Added by Raf Kiss on July 22, 2011 at 10:07am — 1 Comment

2½ Years of Traveling Through Brazil - My 30 Most Beautiful Photos

While traveling across Brazil since January 2009, I have already taken a few thousand photos. It was a tough selection process, but here is a collection of my 30 most beautiful shots so far…  


Leave a comment and let me know which one is YOUR favorite...




Added by Raf Kiss on July 21, 2011 at 7:21pm — 8 Comments

Enduro Ride in Brazil's Serra da Mantiqueira: Piquete to Campos do Jordão and Back

On Nov 26, 2010, Maryel and me set out to explore a dirt road, leading east from Campos do Jordão to the Br-459. I had been wanting to check out this road for a long time, so I was glad we finally found some time to do it. Since we had no idea what to expect, we took our dirt bikes, and that turned out to be the right call, because the trail is not really an easy one, but for anyone who would like to do a +/- 90km enduro ride, it’s perfect. As a special bonus, the views of the surrounding…


Added by Raf Kiss on May 28, 2011 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Rock Climbing to Christ the Redeemer (Corcovado), Rio de Janeiro


Rio de Janeiro is a great place for rock climbing, and one of the more difficult climbs, but definitely most beautiful ones is Corcovado mountain (also referred to as K2), on top of which stands the most famous landmark of Rio de Janeiro: the statue of Christ the Redeemer. When a good friend of  mine invited me to do this climb, despite not being a real rock climber, I didn’t think twice and accepted.

The climb starts at 500m above the city.…


Added by Raf Kiss on May 28, 2011 at 12:04pm — No Comments

A Dirt-Road Motorcycle Adventure in Brazil

Dirt road motorcycle adventure in Brazil

I came to Brazil to start organizing adventurous motorcycle tours, so I needed to get out there and explore. This is the story of how a casual afternoon ride turned into a two day adventure…

End of may 2009 I set out with my brand new Yamaha XT660R, and ended up entering a 4x4 trail that would take me from the BR155 (the road from Barra Mansa - Volta Redonda to Angra dos Reis) to Bananal crossing the Serra da Bocaina, which is part…


Added by Raf Kiss on January 31, 2011 at 1:36pm — No Comments

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