Backpacking Abroad: Destination South America

South America outperformed all other travel destinations in the world in 2011, according to statistics taken by the United Nations. With a 10 percent rise of tourist travel, there must be something beautiful to see across the continent.

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Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

The statue of Christ the Redeemer is a symbol of Rio de Janeiro, and a trip to the top of the hill to visit it was a definite on our to-do list while in the city.

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Brazilian Portuguese Crash Course

"So, do you guys want to spend the weekend with my family in Macaé?" Washington asked. "Sure," we replied, despite having no idea where Macaé might be or why anyone would go there. But the chance to spend a weekend hanging out with Brazilians on their home turf wasn't one...

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Ilha do Mel - Getting Off the Beaten Track in South America

It does not see too long along when on the road from Iguasu Falls to Rio de Janeiro I had a few days to kill before Carnavale was kicking off in Rio and was keen to hit a few of the southern Brazilian beach towns for some chill out...

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