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Simple Day At The Beach – Porto de Galinhas – Near Recife, Brazil

 

Photo of the Day – Simple Day At The Beach – Porto de Galinhas – Near Recife, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas is one of a million absolutely incredible beaches that line the northeastern coast of Brazil. This particular beach is famous for the low tide reef-formed swimming pools which we featured in a photo of the day a few months ago.

Today I wanted to post a basic photo of the beach to help provide a better idea of what this tropical paradise looks like from the waters edge. As you can see it is full of people relaxing in comfy lounge chairs and soaking up the Brazilian sun. This is definitely the type of beach that people show up to at ten in the morning and hang out until the fading sunlight brings the day to a close.

If you look closely you can spot Will in the photo! Do you see him?

Simple Day At The Beach - Porto de Galinhas - Near Recife, Brazil
 

Old Natal Pier – Natal, Brazil

 

Photo of the Day – Old Natal Pier – Natal, Brazil

While wandering the city of Natal (very Northern part of Brazil), Brad and I stumbled upon this crumbled old pier. What is it about old piers that are so cool? Part of me thinks it is the simple symmetry that draws your eye down the pier. The other part of me is more curious and has me wondering what the pier was used for. Fishing? Transportation? Entertainment? Who knows . . .

Old Natal Pier - Natal, Brazil
 

Wide Open Faucet – Iguazu Falls, Brazil

 

Photo of the Day – Wide Open Faucet – Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Don’t you love it when you check into those really fancy hotels with the shower heads so big that it feels like a waterfall is crashing down onto your dome while you stand there in pure bliss? This picture is the exact image that jumps into my head as the hot water floods down over my shut eyes.

Wide Open Faucet - Iguazu Falls, Brazil
 

Coming Down From A Sugar High – Rio de Janerio, Brazil

 

Photo of the Day – Coming Down From A Sugar High – Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Upon exiting perhaps the scariest tram ride of your life, the dividends start paying out immediately. The view back towards Rio from the platform is absolutely breathtaking. Look left and your eyes can wander up the full length of the famous Copacabana beach. Focus straight ahead and you can explore the heart of the city, one that goes ignored by most of the tourists who head straight from the airport (far out of right side of the frame) to the steamy beaches. If you squint your eyes and look very closely off in the distance on the right, you can even see Cristo standing tall atop Corcovado mountain, looking over all of the wonder that is Rio de Janeiro and protecting for all to enjoy forever.

Hopefully by now your hands have managed to dry off from the nerve wrecking ride up. Take out your camera and snap away!

Coming Down From A Sugar High - Rio de Janerio, Brazil
 

Favela Swimming Pool – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Photo of the Day – Favela Swimming Pool – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sitting out on the wide balcony of my top floor hotel suite while vacationing in Rio de Janeiro, I stared through my long camera lens barrel down twenty-eight floors at a massive rock sitting off of the beach in the warm ocean water. There was a group of young kids who had made there way down from the poor, mountainous favela across the street to their local watering hole for just another day playing under the magical Brazilian sun.

Favela Swimming Pool - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 

Low Tide Fishing Hole – Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

 

Photo of the Day – Low Tide Fishing Hole – Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas is frequently mentioned on lists of the best beaches in the world! The beaches in this small town are paradise perfect, but the highlight of my first visit was the small reef pools that were created out in the ocean at low tide. For a few dollars you could hire a boat to take you out to the pools and spend the afternoon floating wadding in a natural aquarium filled with exotic fish that swam around right in front of your eyes. Amazing!

Low Tide Fishing Hole - Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
 

On Top of My Favorite City – Cristo – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Photo of the Day – On Top of My Favorite City – Cristo – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

One of the most iconic tourist attractions in the world, the great Christo of Rio de Janeiro does not disappoint. On your first visit to Rio you will frequently catch your eyes wandering up to the top of Corcovado mountain searching for him standing alone, above the city. Each time you spot him, you will pause and tingly chills will run down your spine. Incredible.

On one of your days visiting you leave your bikini hanging in the closet of the hotel room and you ascend the steep mountain that he stands on to meet him in person. He is ten times bigger than you ever imagined and the weight of him above you is powerful. You turn around to see the city that he is protecting and your heart stops. It is at this moment that you confirm within yourself a thought that has lingered with you all week – Rio de Janeiro is the best city in the world.

On Top of My Favorite City - Cristo - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 

Dozens of Falls at Iguazu Falls – Iguazu Falls, Brazil

 

Photo of the Day – Dozens of Falls at Iguazu Falls – Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Brad and I were lucky enough to be able to check-out Iguazu falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides. The falls actually acts as a boarder to the two countries. This picture was taken from the Brazilian side and helps to highlight the shear number of falls. Dozens of waterfalls plummet through a dense tropical rain forest creating a true paradise.

Dozens of Falls at Iguazu Falls - Iguazu Falls, Brazil
 

Carnaval Colored Playa – Ipanema Beach – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Photo of the Day – Carnaval Colored Playa – Ipanema Beach – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With its dramatic mountainous backdrop, Ipanema Beach is a true contender for the most beautiful urban beach on Earth. During Carnaval the thousands of local beach umbrellas add an extra element of color to the already impressive scenery, creating one of the most vibrant and fun places in the world to lounge for the day.

Carnaval Colored Playa - Ipanema Beach - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 

Copacabana Through Foreign Eyes – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Photo of the Day – Copacabana Through Foreign Eyes – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My lifelong friend, Mike Grendel, accompanied me down to Rio de Janeiro last year to celebrate Carnaval. We took a few breaks from all of the Carnaval fun (read week long all day party) to explore a few of the more popular tourist sites around the city. The best tourist site in Rio is Sugarloaf Mountain and of course that is naturally where we headed first to see a view of one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.

This picture shows Mike staring out through the thick dark sky at the enchanting city below him. A city that he has gotten to know well over the last week as our local friends whisked us all over the city from one Carnaval activity to the next.

I know exactly what is going on in his head at this very moment because I have felt it countless times myself. For over twenty years this view and everything Rio has to offer was completely unknown to Mike. It is at this moment that the entire week spent in Rio is coming together in his head. As he stares off in the distance at the iconic Copacabana Beach gathering his thoughts, his perspective on life quietly expands and he will never be able to view anything through his old lens again.

Copacabana Through Foreign Eyes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 
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