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Sep 26, 2014 - Birding at a lower elevation

Birding at a lower elevation Today was dedicated to birding at 1400 meters elevation in very dense vegetation. Andy would call the birds in and all 6 of us would try to crowd in to one spot to try to see the bird which was usually deep in the vegetation and flitting around making it difficult to see it. When we finally did get looks at the bird, it was always a real treat! We made many stops along the way and were always overwhelmed by the density of the forest. We all enjoyed looks at a Black-breasted Plovercrest (a 3.5 inch hummingbird...

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Sep 26, 2014 - Atlantic rainforest

Atlantic rainforest We are at a lodge about 2 hours north of Rio de Janeiro in the mountains in the Atlantic rainforest. Though it is a rainforest and it quite humid, there is a drought right now and quite a number of forest fires in the area. The air is quite hazy from the smoke. We've had cloudy days, but no rain here yet. We are enjoying the cooler temperatures and are actually wearing long-sleeved shirts and sometimes a lightweight fleece. The cool temperatures and humidity makes everything quite damp in our room. Laundry never fully...

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Sep 25, 2014 - Yes, There are Steep Mountains in Brazil

Yes, There are Steep Mountains in Brazil Today, we hiked up a very steep cobblestone road in Pico de Caledonia State Park with Andy the owner of Serra Dos Tucanos Lodge. We stopped and listed/scanned for birds every 25 to 100 yards-not always because there was evidence of birds at the stop, but because the grade was over 20%! We did spot many birds that occur only in the Atlantic rainforest, including the Gray-winged Cotinga which is so limited in range that it is extremely rare. The view from this hike show how truly mountainous this area...

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Sep 24, 2014 - Finally Out of the Oppressive Heat

Finally Out of the Oppressive Heat Today two flights took us to Rio through Brazilia where we had our goodbyes with Wendy and Jeff. Wendy and Jeff opted not to do the Atlantic rainforest portion of the trip (which was an optional extension). From Rio de Janeiro, the other six of us were picked by Nelson, the Kamakazee van driver, and in 2 hours we were checking into Serra Dos Tucanos Lodge. We were all immediately enthralled by the colorful collection of birds coming to the lodge feeders... some stunning hummingbirds, tanagers, and...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Rio First Impression & Great Hotel

It is true for Brazil as a whole. Certainly that there is high crime in a country with such a social difficulties. This does not mean at all that we now all have to feel that we will become victims as a tourist, at worst we could get ripped off by souvenir sellers and hotel codes. Anyway, I'm here in all it's glory Salvador as well as in other cities to where I wanted to go. In some nasty areas I did not want to. This morning as every day was the same as in Rio: First I woke up early because my back could not get used to the uncomfortable...

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My Holiday in Brazil

Mar 30, 2014 - March 30, 2014 – Regatta, Day at Sea on way to Salvador, Brazil

March 30, 2014 – Regatta, Day at Sea on way to Salvador, Brazil We woke up fairly early and had breakfast. We were almost finished eating when Guto showed up. We had been visiting with Fred and Betty from New Jersey who were seated at the next table. She had studied the Amazon in 4th grade and had always wanted to see the Amazon. When Guto came, we introduced him as our guide. A lady sitting at another table got bug-eyed at that. She finally mustered up the nerve to come over and ask how 2 women traveling alone had their own guide! We...

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Mar 29, 2014 - March 29, 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

March 29, 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil This morning began with a quick breakfast and checkout before Guto’s lecture. Here are a few of the highlights of that lecture: In prehistory time there were 5 million Indians in Brazil. In 1500 the 1st Portuguese arrived led by Pedro Celvado Cabral. The 1st colonization was in 1530. In 1532, King Joao II divided the coast into 15 areas – each with its own governor. However, 4 of them never happened and only 2 were truly established. In 1538, the 1st African slaves were imported to work in the mines...

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Mar 28, 2014 - March 28, 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

March 28, 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil This morning we had breakfast in the hotel. It was a buffet on which there was a wide selection of items ranging from scrambled eggs and bacon to the more European breakfast of cheese and sausages. There was a great variety of fruit, breads and sweet rolls. All of us had breakfast together. After breakfast Roderigo met us in the lobby and escorted us to our van where we met our driver Mr. Clayton. We were going to go into central Rio where some of the old buildings have been preserved. It took almost...

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Mar 27, 2014 - March 26-27, 2014 – Cleveland, Texas to Rio Janeiro, Brazil

March 26-27, 2014 – Cleveland, Texas to Rio Janeiro, Brazil March 26 – I was only 30 minutes from the airport and my plane didn’t leave until 3:05 p.m. so I had a leisurely morning at the motel before heading off to the airport. I got there in plenty of time, got Cadfael parked and to the airport by 12:15. There was no line at the American desk so I got checked in quickly. I had gotten a global pass so I was able to jump the security line as well as not take the computer out of my bag. I shouldn’t have had to take off my shoes, but they set...

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Mar 18, 2014 - Last Night in Rio

To finish our last evening in Brasil, we visited the world-famous staircase embellished by Chilean Jorge Selaron, who covered the face of 250 steps in tiles outside of his home. The tiles come from over 60 countries around the world as people learned of his labour-of-love. To get to the location we took the metro subway. I was very impressed that they offered a female-only line until 5:00 pm so the women could get home to their families. It was still very full of women at 5:10 when we boarded as a family. We disembarked at the Cinelandia...

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Mar 18, 2014 - To Market

I had one goal for Sunday and that was to go to the market and buy souvenirs for my loved ones. I was so focused on the purchasing part, I didn't take any photos. However, I did get some photos as we were walking back to the hotel. We stopped at one of numerous beach restaurants and had shrimp on the shore. Michael and I ordered the last two coconuts- yum!! It was a lovely walk back all along Copacabana as we strolled along the cobblestone. We stopped some time later for an ice-cream treat. There are approximately 7.8 million people in...

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Mar 18, 2014 - Copacabana

For 30 Reals (pronunciation: Hey-eyes and approximately half of a Canadian dollar) we rented four beach chairs and an umbrella. The Hotel let us use 2 of their umbrellas as well as long, but narrow beach towels. Michael and I scooped a spot and waited a bit for Mom and Dad. I fell asleep in the shade of the umbrella. Most notable on the beach are the countless vendors that approach you wanting to sell their wares. From paintings to sunglasses, these people resemble mule-carts weighed down in the hot, hot sun. "Nao falo Portugese," I...

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