Sarah Bleiker

Joined September 2016
  • Day112

    Buenos Aires

    December 24, 2016 in Argentina

    With its plenty neighbourhoods and trees all over, this city offered us many lovely streets to stroll around. We took it easy, visited some museums as well as markets, and met up with Judith and Florence. These two Argentinean girls that we met in Rio took us to nice places in the evening :) Buenos Aires was the last stop of our trip and after so many great places we saw and people we met, it is now time to go home for christmas. Hasta el próximo viaje!Read more

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  • Day105

    On the road in Uruguay

    December 17, 2016 in Uruguay

    During the past week we were exploring the coast of this small country by car. We started off in Colonia, a very cute town with beautiful avenues. After a short stop in the capital where we spent a freezing night in our mini van at the beach, we decided to sleep in hostels with warm blankets instead. We drove further East to Punto del Este which is supposed to be one of South America's most glamorous resorts. However, right before the holiday season starts, it seemed still very sleepy and it was hard to imagine that a big crowd will arrive so soon. In Cabo Polonia we had to leave our car at the park entry and continue our trip with a 4x4 truck on sandy roads. This rustic village at the coast is not connected to electricity yet and the people there are even more laid-back than the rest of the Uruguayanos :) Our last stop was Punto del Diablo, another cute beach town with plenty of small and colourful houses.
    Although we had bad luck with the unusual chilly temperature, driving on these big empty roads, seeing plenty of lighthouses and eating high quality food gave us a good glimpse of their lifestyle.
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  • Day98

    Ilha Grande and Foz do Iguazu

    December 10, 2016 in Brazil

    Although we could have stayed even longer in Rio, we went a day out of the city to cruise around the many beautiful islands and beaches of Ilha Grande. The water there is so clear that no snorkel gear is needed to see all the fishes swimming with you as you jump in from the boat. One day was definitely not enough, but it is a good reason to come back :)
    Our last stop in Brazil was Foz do Iguazu, from where we crossed the border to Argentina to see these pretty falls that spit massive amounts of water. After we waved goodbye to the country we spent the last couple of weeks in, we are now on a 18 hour bus ride southbound.
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  • Day96

    Rio you got us

    December 8, 2016 in Brazil

    This city amazed us with its white and clear beaches, its lively neighbourhoods, and its extensive nightlife. During this week here we stayed in Ipanema, and its beach was the perfect choice for relaxing and swimming in the refreshing sea during the day. Besides biking to the botanical garden and along the copacabana beach, we hiked up to the Christ the Redeemer statue. There we got a breathtaking view over the city. We explored the area of Santa Teresa by going up the tiny streets with an old cute yellow tram. We eventually ended up at the famous coloured Selarón stairs. One night we met up with the cute Brazilian couple Flavia and Anderson, which we met in the Amazon. They took us to a live Samba event that used to be the place where the workers went back in the days. After that we went to another street Samba at Pedra do Sal, which is the birthplace of Samba in Rio de Janeiro. This and other great nights of dancing with people from the hostel completed the Rio experience.Read more

  • Day88

    The mighty Amazon

    November 30, 2016 in Brazil

    After plenty of beaches it was time to see some of the mighty forest in Brazil. We spent almost a week in Manaus, from where we headed four days into the jungle. On the way we passed by the meeting of the Rio Negro and the Amazon river. The jungle lodge was right at the river where we saw plenty of small dolphins, caymans and spiders. We did several hikes in the jungle and daily excursions by boat. Here, we learned how to survive by fishing piranhas, by setting up our hammocks for one night in the deep jungle and by eating a catepillar that tasted like jelly coconut :) Although we didn't see any bigger animals like a sloth, a snake or a jaguar it was a great experiences and the huge trees are very impressive. Now we are heading down south to a more concrete jungle!Read more

  • Day81

    Up north

    November 23, 2016 in Brazil

    Last week, we visited two cities in the north of this huge country. Fortaleza surprised us with clean and white city beaches that invited to relax. A day trip to Cumbuco - a nearby beach full of kitesurfers was good fun. On a buggy we cruised over dunes and along the beach. The second city we visited, Sao Luis, was rather disappointing as it seemed that it had been totally forgotten by the government. Therefore, besides a few nice old colonial buildings, there was not much to see or do. We used this stay to charge our batteries and are now SO ready for the jungle :)Read more

  • Day75

    Bahia sights

    November 17, 2016 in Brazil

    In the relaxing town of Itacaré we spent a couple of days with good food, nice beaches and even a small reggae concert. A day trip by boat to the islands of Camamu with only brazilian tourists was accompanied with good music and the tiny islands made us feel like in paradise!
    Afterwards, we stayed for some days on the island Itaparica. We went kayaking and explored the green island by car together with a french stage director. The soccer field we discovered there was a bit wet but quite impressive :)
    Now we are up in the air again - heading north this time.
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  • Day67

    Bem vindo ao Brasil

    November 9, 2016 in Brazil

    Vera and I spent the first week of our trip together in the Bahia surf camp just north of Salvador. The camp itself was like an oasis, or bubble as we called it, since it was disconnected from civilization in a quiet resort area with private beach access. Only a surf trip to another beach let us believe that we are actually in Brazil, and we even saw dolphins enjoying the waves there:) This week was filled with nice surfing, skateboarding, table tennis and fun talks. However, we dared to leave that bubble for our last day to explore Salvador city which ended up in rather inconvenient experience for us. Only five minutes after we arrived in the city centre, a guy threathened us with a huge knife and eventually stole Vera's bag!!
    Shocked from this event we changed our plans of a night bus trip and instead flew South to a beach town called Itacaré.
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  • Day58

    Huanchaco vibes

    October 31, 2016 in Peru

    After my sister left, I spent my last week in Peru visiting Roxy and Matteo in the beach town Huanchaco. Besides surfing a lot and trying out many great local specialties, we hiked/ climbed up a mountain top and camped there for a night. The view from up there was incredible, with a sky turning from a burning red into a starlit night. Only some kind of huge bird was keeping us awake while it was out hunting :).
    The impressive adobe city Chan Chan, which is even older than the Inca sites, was definitely also worth a visit. We celebrated our last evening with a halloween party and were thus wearing our makeup accordingly. Now it is time to explore the other side of the continent - Brazil here I come!
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  • Day47

    Machu Picchu and more highlights

    October 20, 2016 in Peru

    Cusco was the perfect city to enjoy one more time the great food at mercado central, to stroll through the beautiful tiny streets but also to start trips to the many great places in this area. A trip to Machu Picchu was hereby a must and this Inca made world heritage is indeed even more impressive as it already looks in the magazines! Another highlight was the hike up to over 5000m on top of the rainbow mountains that we did together with Régy (and with whom I celebrated that same day our official graduation from university :)).Read more

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