A 119-day adventure by Haslingers on Tour
  • Day119

    Back Home

    December 23, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    Our adventure allready ends. We had a great time full of wonderful moments, long lasting memories and great encounters we will never forget.

    Our last day in Brasil we spent at Ipanema Beach to soak up the last sunrays. But how could it have been different: On the last day we got rubbed at the beach. So far we were lucky, but the beachbag of Chrigi wasn't there anymore. Fortunately neither camera, phone or other very valuable belongings were in it.

    But now we are looking forward to celebrate Christmas and to see all our friends and families back home. And a big THANK YOU to our families for the heartily welcome at the airport!

    We wish all our readers "Merry Christmas" and thanks for following us! CHEERS 🍸🌴☀️🎄
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    Paola & Tom: Unforgettable your trip to South America, we get tired following the blog lol. We remember the beautiful and excellent moments that we spend together at home, you are great, Merry Christmas and a proper new year 2017. And do not forget that you will always have a small house in PERU Peru (with a small family included)

  • Day117

    Rio de Janeiro - Favela Rocinha

    December 21, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    We enjoyed a 4h walking tour through the Rocinha favela, the largest favela of Rio and South America. The tour was organized by Alberto, a local english and german speaking tour guide. He lives in a favela and showed us not only a lot of hidden places and small backstreets but also his home and introduced us to lots of local people we met on the way. We didn't feel unsecure at anytime!Read more

  • Day115

    Ilha Grande

    December 19, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ 🌬 30 °C

    Spending two days on Ilha Grande was just amazing!

    We reached the island by taking a bus from Rio and changing the vehicle to a speedboat at Conceiçao de Jacareí. The island has no roads and motorised vehicles are banned, but instead it has more than 150 km of hiking trails connecting all the coastal villages and beaches. It inhabits more than 100 big or small beaches.

    We would have loved to stay there much longer to discover more beaches and trails but as you know, time is flying and we soon have to go back to Switzerland.
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  • Day114

    Rio de Janeiro - Copacabana Beach

    December 18, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Our favorite activity was definitely relaxing at the world famous "Copacabana Beach". Beer, Caipirinhas, bikinis and traditional food is sold everywhere. And even if you don't want anything, they come close to you and just ask you about wanting some drugs! There are always circles of people playing football, volleyball and footvolley, a locally invented sport that is a combination of volleyball and football.

    At weekends there are also lots of events happening so that we could watch a stand up paddeling contest, boxing match and a gay-parade. We got a little taste of how crazy it will be at Copacabana Beach while carnival!

    "Life is good at the beach" - especially in Rio!
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    Bruno Gnädinger

    Auch am Strand gibt es schöne Aussichten 😎

  • Day110


    December 14, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We did a one day trip to the 120km upper north located famous town Búzios. Even tough it was cloudy, the town and the beaches were really beautiful. It must be incredible when it's good weather! There was a fantastic boat ride included, where we had the chance to swim at 3 different spots. We would definitely recommend to stay there for one night to enjoy the lovely small fisher town by night and to have more time to relax at the calm beaches!Read more

  • Day109

    Rio de Janeiro - Pedra Bonita

    December 13, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    This big stone platform with a height of 590m above sea level is located in the Tijuca National Park in Rio. The best way to reach it is by car or taxi. After arriving at the entrance of the national park we had to hike arround 45 minutes, which was quite exhausting because of the steep track in the forrest and the humidity. Finally arrived at the top, we first had to take a rest and enjoyed, while having a picnic, the mystical atmosphere. It was a bit sad that the clouds didn't go away so we couldn't see the beaches and sea. But it was still a really nice excursion with just a few other tourists.Read more

  • Day108

    Rio de Janeiro - Cristo Redentor

    December 12, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    The Christ the Redeemer statue is 30m tall, not including its 8m pedestal, and its arms stretch 28 metres wide. It is the second largest statue of Christ in the world and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Standing on a peak over 710m above sea level, Christ the Redeemer is famous for its amazing view over the city of Rio de Janeiro.Read more

  • Day107

    Rio de Janeiro - Ipanema Beach

    December 11, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    The district Ipanema is one of the most expensive places to live in Rio. There are a lot of world-class restaurants, shops and cafes. The water at "Ipanema Beach" is wild so that many locals are surfing on this spot. Every Sunday the roadway next to the beach is closed to vehicles. This allows people to ride bikes, roller skate, skateboard and walk along the ocean.Read more

  • Day106

    Rio de Janeiro - Lapa

    December 10, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Lapa is the only district in Rio where it is told to be safer at night than during the day. So for a true taste of nightlife in Rio, there's only one neighborhood to head for and that's Lapa. In front of the "Arcos de Lapa" a lot of foodstalls selling typical brasilian food.

    "Escaderia Selaron" is a long, steep stairwell linking the neighborhoods of Lapa and Santa Teresa and is covered by lots of different tiles from across the world. It's named after the Chilean artist Jorge Selaron, who dedicated the last decades of his life to tirelessly working on this "tribute to the Brazilian people".
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  • Day105

    Rio de Janeiro - Jardim Bôtanico

    December 9, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    The Botanic Garden of Rio was opened to visitors already 200 years ago. It is huge and with an impressiv aisle of palm trees beautiful made. When we left the park we surprisingly discovered a turtle laying eggs. It was an amazing experience to be part of this process.Read more