Whew. I can finally exhale a huge sigh of relief, uncross fingers & toes, and boldly announce: I’m off to Brazil! The reason for all this superstitious witchcraft? Despite having looked forward to this trip for the past month, I didn’t realize we needed a visa until last Sunday- less than two weeks before we were booked to leave. Right.
I love, love, love planning our trips myself, but it means that occasionally I fall victim to these little speedbumps, and there’s no one to blame but me.
So I took a deep breath, told Mr. M that I had royally F-ed up, and started making a list of steps to take to Fix the Situation… because lists and plans always make me feel much better about everything.
Six days later, and I have the oh-so-precious visas in my grubby little hand. Which means that I can start attacking my Portuguese Phrases book… and that Mr. M can officially begin getting excited about seeing his very favorite animal in the whole wild world: the capybara.
Here’s what I’ve got on tap for our two weeks in Brazil:
- The Amazon. Of course!! Despite understanding the rarity of wildlife viewing in the jungle, I would LOVE to see an anaconda. Mr. M cursed me for even breathing its forbidden name.
- Rio de Janeiro. I’ve always wanted to see Cristo Redentor! And hear live samba music!
- Ilha Grande, a serene beachy escape off the coast of Rio. Because we had a few extra days and had to do something ‘vacation-y’ while on vacation.
- Iguassu Falls- SO excited by this. Not sure why or how this got so pumped up in my head, but ohmygoodness.
- The Pantanal, where Brazilian grasslands meet swampy jungle. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a tapir sighting.
- Sao Paulo, for a quick day before our flight home
In planning the trip, I realized- and immediately understood it was a stupid thing to ‘realize’- that Brazil is massive. Despite using airplane miles to get there and back, the trip ended up being way more expensive than we originally thought because of all the internal flights to get around the country. (Hello, Miranda. Meet sedatives. You two will be seeing a lot of each other.)
Cost aside, we’re super excited. And I would LOVE to hear from any of you: What are the Must Sees/ Eats/ Dos in the areas we’re visiting?