The Last Look + Brazil Travel Tips

14th March, 2014

I’m grateful for great friends and the freedom we’ve found in exploring the world together Before we bid adieu to our South American adventure, a few last photos from our endless trove. Scroll all the way to the end for a concise, easy-reference list of the absolute, can’t-miss highlights of the trip ~ and bookmark this post for when the endless winter gets to you once and for all and you need a long weekend away!LastLook2LastLook3LastLook4LastLook5LastLook6LastLook7LastLook8LastLook9LastLook10LastLook11LastLook12LastLook13LastLook14LastLook15LastLook16LastLook17LastLook18LastLook19|TRAVEL TIPS| A last look back at our adventures in Brazil, plus an easy-reference list of some city-by-city standouts that simply cannot be missed…

|IGUASSU FALLS| Resist the temptation to stay anywhere but the Hotel das Cataratas, a beautifully restored Colonial oasis and the only hotel that affords its guests early morning access to the waterfalls (before all the other tourists arrive). Definitely go on one of the adventure tours that takes you on a river raft right into and through the bottom of the waterfalls. It puts every waterpark in the world to shame!

|RIO| stay at the iconic, oceanfront Copacabana Palace Hotel, but walk down the strip for drinks on the roof of the Windsor Atlantica, which boasts the most spectacular views of the city and seaside. At sunset, head down to the beach for fresh coconuts and clapping. Never miss a sunset! Do an afternoon-long lunch at Maua Restaurant on top of the Museu de Arte do Rio ~ you won’t have a better midday meal in your life. For something quicker, pop into Mira! Restaurant (tucked inside Casa Daros). Visit Christ The Redeemer ~ because you’re there and it’s one of the New7Wonders of the World (as is the Great Wall of China, which we also visited this year!).

|SALVADOR DA BAHIA| check into the Hotel Villa da Bahia and never, ever leave.
{but also} the Pestana Convento do Carmo is similarly sublime ~ either way, you must make sure to situate yourself inside Pelourinho, Salvador’s historic center. Walk everywhere. Shop at Márcia Ganem and in the evening, go watch the dancers at the Balé Folclôrico da Bahia. If you can bear to take one meal away from this place (where I implore you to order both the ceviche and moqueca with your caipirinhas!), then spend it at Casa de Tereza (and check out their incredibly-curated shop downstairs while you’re waiting on appetizers).

|THE AMAZON| stay at the Juma Amazon Lodge and plan to do nothing but cuddle with monkeys, hang in hammocks, and explore the jungle all day!

|THANK YOU| to the fine people at Tam Airlines, Brazil Nuts, and Tatur Turismo (Conor, you’re the best!) for making this experience so memorable, magical, and meaningful… Now I understand why the #onlyinsouthamerica meme has become such a movement.

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  • Your pictures are so beautiful, you make me want to go to Brazil right now!

    Mafalda ❤

  • beautiful pictures! freedom is precious. =)

  • maria



  • Beautiful photos, thanks for all the travel tips!

  • Elisa Taviti

    I really love the images!!

    My Fantabulous World

  • Dominique

    amazing pictures!


  • Nico

    These shots are wonderful and pretty, the one I love the most is that with your boyfriend and the monkey..too cute!

    ps: great tips 😉

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  • Awesome tips. Love the gladiator flat sandals:)

    New on

  • Marisol Paz

    The city’s name is “Salvador”, not “Salvador da Bahia.” I want you to fix your posts with the correct name. I’m Brazilian.

  • neat inspirational photos! great post!

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  • Maggie A

    The white shirt with the colorful bag is my favorite look.

    Maggie A

  • Denisa
  • Sabrina

    You take the most beautiful pictures. I am so inspired to do more traveling!

  • Beta Cummins

    As a native from São Paulo, Brazil, I can’t help but feel proud of the beauties one can find there. During one of my visits to Bahia, I met a Frenchman at a “quiosque” on the beach. Come to find out, he went on vacation several years earlier, and decided to… well, just stay! He owns the quiosque where he sells food and drinks. The proof is in the pudding. Congratulations on the beautiful pictures and thank you for showing the beautiful side of Brazil.

  • Lena

    love the light in the photos, they have such a great atmosphere!

  • Shopopal

    Love all your dresses!

  • Glad to see you had such a great time! It shows in the photos!

  • Gorgeous pictures! And dress! 😉

  • Very jealous, would love to visit Brazil. Amazing photos!!

    xx <3

  • Veronique

    These pictures are just amazing!

  • Camila Müller

    That is amazing. I’m so pleased to see my own country (I’m brazilian, but living in the US) through someone else’s eye. I definitely miss my country so much after seeing these pictures <3 Cheers!

  • amazing photos. I have always wanted to go to Brazil!

  • Letitia Elizabeth

    Your pictures are so lovely. It makes me want to pack up and travel again.

  • Aul74

    ohhhh monkeys melt my heart… what a sweet guy sleeping on top of your bf.

  • Xiaoxiao Min

    Hi! Was it save to travel with your SLR? We are going for a week on Saturday and my husband is extra careful about the safety there he told me we are not bringing any jewelry…iphone or cameras…….were you concerned?

    • theglamourai

      Honestly, I felt completely safe the entire trip. I wore my jewelry, carried my camera and never felt threatened or unsafe in the slightest. In any new place, I think it’s always wise to be alert and exercise caution, but I would not be overly concerned in this case.


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