Hot Chocolate at La Bicylette, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jardin Botanico in Rio is beautiful. Even if you are not a garden type of person this one is quite stunning. Founded in 1808 the 140 hectare park lies in what is colloquially known as “the arm pit of Christ”, in the neighbourhood directly underneath the right arm of the Christ Redeemer statute. It contains 6,000 different species of plants and trees including 900 varieties of palm trees alone. It was designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1992. Right outside the front doors of the garden across from a little pond full of turtles sunning themselves on planks of [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:47+00:00August 31st, 2012|Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at Confeteria Colombo (Copacabana), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

We visited Confetaria Colombo Café Centro during our first days in Rio, and had the pleasure to visit Confeitaria Colombo’s Copacabana café  on the last day of our trip, just before going to the airport. This one is tucked inside the Fort of Copacabana that separates Copacabana beach from Ipanema beach and from where you have a stunning view of all of Copacabana and the open water. To get into the fort you need to pay a few dollars but it is worth it, not just because it is a lovely and interesting walk, but because this café is within [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:47+00:00August 30th, 2012|Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at Rei do Mate, Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Overlooking the lovely and quiet Urca neighbourhood are two very large hills that rise straight up from the water’s edge around Rio. The peaks have been given the name of SugarLoaf mountain because they resemble the piles of sugar that were transported on ships in the 16th century. Today SugarLoaf is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. At 4pm, just in time for sunset, we caught the clear glass cable car up to the first hill and then again up to the second, a 1400m route. The original cable car was build in 1912 but still seems to [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:47+00:00August 18th, 2012|Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at Kopenhagen, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I spent a bit of time searching online for hot chocolates in Rio before I set foot there. In many of my searches and conversations with locals, Kopenhagen came up. Kopenhagen is a chain or chocolate chops across Brazil (in 60 different cities in fact). They have been around for 80 years and even though their name isn’t very Brazilian (at all), the chocolates are. We found one of their stores near Ipanema beach and went in for a hot chocolate. There was no sign really explaining what options they had so I said in my best Portuguese “un chocolate [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:47+00:00August 15th, 2012|Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at the Christ Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When we woke up today and looked out the window the weather was perfect. Clear, blue skies and the winds the night before had pushed a lot of the haze of the city away. So we jumped out of bed, had breakfast and made our way to visit the famous Christ Redeemer statue. The taxi brought us down rather than up, down to the start of the Trem do Corcovado or train of Corcovado, a little red train that brings visitors up the hill through Rio’s lush urban Tijuca forest (the largest urban forest in the world) all the way [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:48+00:00August 13th, 2012|Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at the Cultural Centre, Paraty, Brazil

We first saw the Cultural Centre in the historic pedestrian centre of Paraty our first night in town. Right next to it is a music school that had a group of adults singing which caught our attention and then we noticed the colourful pictures inside. Unfortunately they were just about to close so we went back the day after. Brazil is a fascinating and stunning country in every sense. The food, the music, the culture, its people are all really interesting and I couldn’t get enough of it all. I wanted to learn more about the history of the region [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:48+00:00August 10th, 2012|Brazil, Paraty, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at Caminho do Ouro, Paraty, Brazil

It takes about 5 hours by bus to get to Paraty from Rio but believe me, it is worth it. Paraty is stunning. It’s port is full of colourful boats eager to take tourists out to visit the bay. It is surrounded by lush rainforests and jam packed with historic houses. It isn’t just a tourist heaven, this is a place that people live and work and this gives it an extra special feel. It is mid week and low season so the streets tonight were not very busy at all. We had a list of several recommended restaurants, as [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:48+00:00August 8th, 2012|Brazil, Paraty, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|

Hot Chocolate at Cafe Pingado, Paraty, Brazil

The cobblestone streets in the historic center of Paraty are slippery. You really need to pay attention where you walk but still I can’t help getting distracted by the white buildings with their colourful doors and windows. Downtown Paraty is a traffic free zone . The city has been able to maintain most of its historic buildings and much of the architecture of the city has not changed for over 250 years. It got its name from the Guaianas people who used to live here and means “river of fish”. A horse drawn carriage passes by carrying a Brazilian family, [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:48+00:00August 6th, 2012|Brazil, Paraty, SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN|
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