August 2016

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Intro

Rio de Janeiro is one of my favorite cities on the planet – for so many reasons, but none more so than its incomparable location, with towering mountains affording sweeping views of the city and its harbor.  Add in the delicious food, gorgeous urban beaches, colonial architecture, and joie de vivre of the Cariocas, and you have a winner.  So in 2009, when Rio won its bid to become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics (which coincidentally was the year of my first visit to the city), I already knew I would be back for it!  By 2011, when I had returned to Rio for Carnaval (I couldn’t wait until 2016!), the Galeão Airport was already full of posters promoting the Games, though it was still five years away.  They were so excited, and so was I!
 
I saved the Guianas (you know, those three countries at the top of South America that no one ever seems to talk about) for this trip, with the plan to start in Rio and work my way up the coast of Brazil until coming to French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana.  As excited as I was about the Rio Olympics, it was this part, the Guianas, that really sparked my wanderlust.  They have always intrigued me – these diverse, unknown, non-Spanish, non-Portuguese speaking nations that eluded the memory of most people.  I was anxious to explore them.
 

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Panama City, PanamaAugust 6, 2016August 6, 2016
    2Brasília, BrazilAugust 6, 2016August 7, 2016
    3Rio de Janeiro, BrazilAugust 7, 2016August 10, 2016
    4Belo Horizonte, BrazilAugust 10, 2016August 10, 2016
    5Recife, BrazilAugust 10, 2016August 10, 2016
    6Fernando de Noronha, BrazilAugust 10, 2016August 12, 2016
    7Olinda, BrazilAugust 12, 2016August 12, 2016
    8Recife, BrazilAugust 12, 2016August 13, 2016
    9Igarassu, BrazilAugust 13, 2016August 13, 2016
    10Ilha de Itamaracá, BrazilAugust 13, 2016August 13, 2016
    11João Pessoa, BrazilAugust 13, 2016August 13, 2016
    12Natal, BrazilAugust 13, 2016August 14, 2016
    13Mossoró, BrazilAugust 14, 2016August 14, 2016
    14Canoa Quebrada, BrazilAugust 14, 2016August 14, 2016
    15Fortaleza, BrazilAugust 14, 2016August 15, 2016
    16São Luís, BrazilAugust 15, 2016August 16, 2016
    17Alcântara, BrazilAugust 16, 2016August 16, 2016
    18São Luís, BrazilAugust 16, 2016August 16, 2016
    19Belém, BrazilAugust 16, 2016August 18, 2016
    20Cayenne, French GuianaAugust 18, 2016August 19, 2016
    21Iles du Salut, French GuianaAugust 19, 2016August 19, 2016
    22Kourou, French GuianaAugust 19, 2016August 20, 2016
    23Sinnamary, French GuianaAugust 20, 2016August 20, 2016
    24Iracoubo, French GuianaAugust 20, 2016August 20, 2016
    25Mana, French GuianaAugust 20, 2016August 20, 2016
    26Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French GuianaAugust 20, 2016August 20, 2016
    27Albina, SurinameAugust 20, 2016August 20, 2016
    28Paramaribo, SurinameAugust 20, 2016August 22, 2016
    29Coronie, SurinameAugust 22, 2016August 22, 2016
    30Nieuw Nickerie, SurinameAugust 22, 2016August 22, 2016
    31Corriverton, GuyanaAugust 22, 2016August 22, 2016
    32New Amsterdam, GuyanaAugust 22, 2016August 22, 2016
    33Georgetown, GuyanaAugust 22, 2016August 23, 2016
    34Kaieteur Falls, GuyanaAugust 23, 2016August 23, 2016
    35Georgetown, GuyanaAugust 23, 2016August 24, 2016
    36Panama City, PanamaAugust 24, 2016August 24, 2016
    37Medellín, ColombiaAugust 24, 2016August 25, 2016
    38Bogotá, ColombiaAugust 25, 2016August 26, 2016
    39Pasto, ColombiaAugust 26, 2016August 26, 2016
    40Ipiales, ColombiaAugust 26, 2016August 27, 2016
    41Las Lajas, ColombiaAugust 27, 2016August 27, 2016
    42Tulcan, EcuadorAugust 27, 2016August 27, 2016
    43Julio Andrade, EcuadorAugust 27, 2016August 27, 2016
    44San Gabriel, EcuadorAugust 27, 2016August 27, 2016
    45Ibarra, EcuadorAugust 27, 2016August 27, 2016
    46Cotacachi, EcuadorAugust 27, 2016August 27, 2016
    47Otavalo, EcuadorAugust 27, 2016August 27, 2016
    48Cayambe, EcuadorAugust 27, 2016August 27, 2016
    49Quito, EcuadorAugust 27, 2016August 29, 2016
    50Panama City, PanamaAugust 29, 2016August 29, 2016

    Featured Image

    Fernando de Noronha

    This beautiful island off the coast of northeastern Brazil is just over an hour’s flight from Natal or Recife, and has over 20 gorgeous beaches, many of them considered the best in Brazil – or in the case of Baia do Sancho, the best in the world! This is Praia da Conceição, one of the most stunning beaches on Noronha, thanks to the backdrop of the towering Morro do Pico, the highest point on the island.

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