Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro was the capital of the Portuguese Empire so I had high expectations. Pictured above was Lappa, a tourist attraction downtown where I was robbed for the very first time (and only time so far still) in my life. It was terrible.

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The cathedral. It’s different I guess but a bit underwhelming. In general, Macau seemed to be a much better representation of what Portugese colonies looked like.

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The famous sugarloaf. It turned out it’s not easy to take a decent photo of it from the ground.

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And there were several historical buildings.

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And beaches.

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Jesus Christ standing up straight overlooking the criminals roaming on the street.

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Manaus and the Amazons, Brazil

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The Amazons rainforest was something I kept hearing about in geography class, and my main purpose of visiting Brazil. Pictured above was the two waters meeting.

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Manaus is the state capital of the Brazilian state that contains much of the Amazons, and there are many day trips from the city to the nearby green areas.

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One great thing about this part of the forest was that it’s without mosquitoes, and not that humid.

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Cute animals.

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Quite similar to Chinese white dolphins I think.

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The city was a colonial city…

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…with a few pretty buildings.

Casas Grandes & Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, Mexico (Barrancas del Cobre)

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Chihuahua is Mexico’s largest state and I went to several places there.

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The Copper Canyon is the bigger rendition of the Grand Canyon, even though it looks less impressive due to the abundance of vegetation in the area.

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One may choose to visit by train or by bus – the former is both slower and more expensive, but with a nice view to enjoy.

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There’s a small town but if one wishes to explore, it could take a long time.

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Another marvellous site is Casas Grandes. It’s an old civilization in the north and the structures were built with mud.

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It reminded me of Chan Chan near Trujillo, Perú.

La Antigua Guatemala and the Volcanoes

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La Antigua Guatemala (The Ancient Guatemala) is the historic capital of the Spanish Kingdom of Guatemala, and it’s where tourists tend to go straight to, from the Guatemala City airport.

My arrival wasn’t smooth – massive delays, then the AirBnB I paid for just closed the door on me saying they were closed for the holidays (very irresponsible for them to do instant book). It’s not difficult looking for reasonable places to stay, however.

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I like the city. It’s basically an imperial San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Chiapas, Mexico). It’s weirdly similar to Mexico. Similar food, familiar buildings, and overall the atmosphere was familiar.

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The food was not foreign but not spicy so me likey.

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Not to mention, I’ve always fancied big imperial buildings.

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It’s a walkable town that’s quite relaxing to be in general. And safe, or so I’ve been told.

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The town was a good place to base in for day trips. One of the must-gos is to a nearby volcano.

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It’s an active volcano, although I didn’t go to the one where you could see literal magma flowing.