Bolivia is also the dream destination of any adventure traveller that craves for that special kind of rush. Just being in the country is exciting; in cities, traffic rules have been replaced with the law of the jungle, and the highways between cities are so ill-kept and narrow that you have to keep your eyes closed and pray you’re not going to fall off the cliff. Combine this with a foreign language (knowing some Spanish is a must) and the rumour that everyone gets sick in Bolivia, one way or another, and you’ve got yourself ingredients for a proper adventure.
If you want to go digging around for the truth about a country’s dark secrets, you always ask the locals. In this case, though, you rarely even have to ask.
As soon as I arrived in Novo Hamburgo and started making friends with Brazilians, I begun hearing warnings and cautionary tales. Safety in Brazil was often one of the first topics we discussed.
What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the word ‘Brazil’? The amazing nature, the Amazon, the beaches… and the Carnaval? It’s a spectacle that’s well known around the world, occupying a line of every traveller’s bucket list and dominating the plot of a multitude of non-Brazilian films about Brazil. Even The Simpsons did it! Even though the main event is over for the year, the Sambódromo tickets for 2018 are already up for grabs, and it’s never too early to start planning when it comes down to Carnaval.
(Brace youselves for SO. MANY. AIRPLANE WINDOW PHOTOS.)
Has this ever happened to you?