My Final Adventure in South America – El Cristo Redentor in Rio

As much as I love South America, the eastern side of this continent has left me beaten and exhausted. After completing a scary journey through Venezuela, a difficult and uncomfortable journey through the Guianas, and a ridiculously expensive journey in Brazil, I was eager to leave this continent.

I just flew out of French Guiana and landed in Belem, Brazil. Problems continued to haunt me in this region despite thinking I had already escaped. I needed to print my ticket to see Cristo Redentor at Rio de Janeiro but everything was closed due to a public holiday!

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Where to Get a Brazil VISA Without Waiting 14 Days to Process

Normally, it takes 14 days to process your visa application to enter Brazil. But did you know there is a way to bypass it?

For me, it started back in Bogota, Colombia. As you know, Venezuela is not a safe country to visit at al. If you fly or take the bus into Caracas, you risk getting robbed, shot or even stabbed.

Needless to say, there’s no way I am taking those routes. However, after reading many blogger reports, there are actually ways to enter Venezuela safely, and that is through the Brazil-Venezuela border.

The catch is I need a visa to enter Brazil. After negotiating with my Venezuelan tour group, we came up with a date that worked for us. Because tourism in Venezuela is so little at the moment, it is expensive to visit destinations such as Angel Falls and Mount Roraima.

For me to reach Venezuela on time, I had one week to get to the Brazil-Venezuela border. That’s when I hit bad luck. Getting a visa from the Brazilian embassy in Bogota would take between 14 to 20 days, and I don’t have that much time to spare.

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Churrascaria Palace Review – An Authentic Brazilian Spot in Rio

Despite being an infamously picky eater, there is one food type I never shy away from, and that is meat. I often spend my time daydreaming about that perfect steak, succulent pork, or flame grilled chicken.

When I am home in North America I love to frequent the Brazilian barbecue houses and load my plate, so naturally I couldn't pass up the opportunity to eat at an authentic churrascaria while in Rio de Janeiro.

I set my sights (and my appetite) on Churrascaria Palace downtown in Copacabana. Founded in 1951 and still going strong, coupled with the high praise on review sites, I figured it was a good bet.

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Brazilian Cooking – Learning to Cook Traditional Cuisine in Rio

The fact that I love cooking classes usually surprises most of the people who know me. To begin with, I'm not what's considered an adventurous eater. You're more likely to find me eating a bag of plain potato chips than octopus salad.

On top of being a fussy eater, I have a lot of dietary sensitivities that usually make the whole process of eating something new more of a mine field than a fun pastime.

Couple that with my general inclination to let all my fresh produce rot in my fridge while I eat takeaway over the sink, people are generally amused to learn that I absolutely love cooking classes.

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