Brazil/Argentina Experience

I’m finally starting to get back into the swing of things since my trip! It honestly felt like I was in an alternate reality for 10 days. I had such an amazing time exploring the sites in Brazil and Argentina. I’m excited to share some of my favorite parts!

If you haven’t heard of Contiki, it’s a travel company for 18-35 year olds. The best part is that it’s perfect if you don’t have anyone to travel with. You get yourself to the destination where you meet up with your group and tour guide. While some people travel with a friend, I’ve come to enjoy doing Contiki’s solo. A lot of other people travel alone and you make friends really fast. Plus, it’s nice to have a travel company arranging everything along the way.

I’ve done Australia and China with Contiki in the past. I’m not sure what compelled me to take this trip. I think it was more that the timing worked out and I knew I had to take the plunge and do it. My trip was called the Argentina & Brazil Experience (start Rio). I was really excited to see Rio and drink a coconut on the beach. I knew I wanted to take a selfie with Christ the Redeemer and take a speedboat ride through Iguassu Falls. It’s funny how you always see all these things on TV and it’s amazing to get to experience them, but sometimes it’s the random stuff that’s included on the trip that makes it for you. You discover and learn new things you never thought you would like.

Here are some of my highlights:

IMG_3610Selfie with Christ the Redeemer on his birthday!

IMG_3599Visiting Escadaria Selarón

IMG_3642Walking along the beautiful beaches of Buzios

IMG_3681Acai Bowl with fresh mango

IMG_3730Visiting the colorful Favelas in Rio

IMG_3836Relaxing afternoon boat cruise through Copacabana

IMG_3922All the beautiful hikes through the rainforest

IMG_3965Speedboat ride through Iguassu Falls

IMG_4040Empanadas (the food in Argentina was amazing!)

10387226_832956833436213_3638225741933993222_nLearning to play Polo and riding a horse! (I’m on the right)

In the beginning I was super nervous about going to South America. I heard so many stories. I think the most terrifying part of these trips is getting on an airplane and not knowing what to expect on the other end. Though you definitely need to exercise caution, the world isn’t such a scary place. I was super jealous of my fellow travel buddies that had more vacation time and were continuing on to other areas of South America. I can’t wait to see more of South America in the future!