From Argentina to Brazil
Sarah Frankish, one of our travel-savvy Latin America Travel Specialists set off on an epic trip across South America, travelling from Argentina to Brazil just in time to watch Rio gearing up for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Ever since I first visited Argentina, it has been my dream to stay on an authentic estancia and my dream came true at Estancia Los Potreros in Córdoba, where I spent two truly fabulous days riding exceptional horses through the breath-taking scenery of the Cordoba Hills and Pampas.
If you want to really immerse yourself into Argentine culture there is no better way to do this than experiencing life as a gaucho and staying on an authentic estancia.
For horse lovers Estancia Los Potreros is home to 133 well-mannered but very responsive and sure-footed horses, most are either Criollos, Peruvian Paso or Quarter horses. In the mornings we galloped through the Córdoba hills and in the afternoon we helped the Gauchos round up cattle.
I said my goodbyes to Argentina and set off for the last leg of my trip and third country in two weeks, Brazil. As soon as I arrived into Rio de Janeiro I felt a buzz in the atmosphere that something big was ahead - as we all know Brazil is hosting the 2016 Olympic Games and the final preparations are in place.
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and home to some of South Americas most iconic sights. On my first visit to Rio, many years ago, I took the tram up to the Christ the Redeemer statue that stands majestically atop Corcovado Mountain, overlooking Rio de Janeiro as if keeping a watchful eye over the people and I took the cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain, to admire the incredible views from the top. On my second visit I wanted to cover the sights that I hadn't previously seen.
Ahead of the Olympic Games there has been a lot of regeneration in the downtown (historic centre) and city port area where modern museums now sit alongside the old.
The future has arrived in Rio de Janeiro’s city port where a stunning new attraction – the Museum of Tomorrow has recently opened. Referred to as the "dishwasher or spaceship” by the locals for its unusual design of solar spines and fan-like skylight. The museum is devoted to exploring the possibilities of a sustainable future through interactive artefacts that bring science, art, technology and culture together. After a very enjoyable morning exploring the city port and historic centre I enjoyed lunch at the beautiful Confeitaria Colombo where you can indulge on delicious pastries or sample the local hearty stew Feijoada.
Another one of Rio’s neighbourhoods that I fell in love with and definitely recommend people to visit is Santa Teresa, located on top of the Santa Teresa hill by the centre of Rio. You can explore this charming and colourful colonial area by foot through the winding, narrow cobbled streets which provide the character of the neighbourhood.
Just before my flight back to the UK I watched the sunset over Copacabana with Caipirinha in hand and raised my glass to Brazil in hosting a truly memorable Olympic Games that officially begins on 5th August.