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Travel Pictures - BRAZIL - 1995

All images © Ron Miller

     After entering Brazil at Iguazu Falls, I traveled to the continent's largest metropolitan area (Sao Paulo) and then along the stunning Atlantic coast to Rio de Janeiro. I also visited several colonial cities around Rio before traveling onward to Bolivia. The Spanish I learned while traveling down through Central and South America was sadly insufficient to grasp the language of Brazil even though Spanish-only speakers can usually communicate effectively with Portuguese-only speakers.

A sunset view of only one portion of this massive, two-tiered waterfall -
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
The most powerful section of the falls is the "Devil's Throat" where a plume of mist is thrown skyward -
Iguazu Falls, Brazil

The central business district of South America's largest city -
Sao Paulo, Brazil

The delightful colonial town of Paraty rests on the Atlantic Ocean just to the west of Rio -
Paraty, Brazil
Cobblestone streets and Brazilian bikinis are common sights in the rather touristy city of Paraty -
Paraty, Brazil
The precipitous slopes of Sugarloaf can only be ascended by tramway. If you look closely,
you can see the tramway cables that reach both of the peaks -
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
This South American city has the most stunning setting of any city in the world. Rio is like taking Yosemite National Park,
placing it against the blue waters of the Atlantic, and throwing a city in between. This vista is from the summit of Sugarloaf -
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
You might remember this tram car from the James Bond film with the character called "Jaws."
This vista is from the summit of Sugarloaf -
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
View of Corcovado (Christ statue - on the summit) from the harbor -
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado -
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
View from the feet of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado. Of course that is Sugarloaf rising majestically out of the bay -
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
There are several colonial cities in the mountains above Rio that were established in the 1700's from gold mining profits -
Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil
Sao Joao del Rei is the one of the larger and, perhaps, most colorful of the mining towns -
Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil
School children posing in this delightful colonial town in the mountains north of Rio. The city was named after Joaquim Josť da Silva Xavier,
also known as Tiradentes, who was a significant leader in the Brazilian independence movement. However, he was arrested for his efforts
and executed by representatives of the Portuguese colony. He was hanged in Rio and his body was quartered with parts of his body
(including his head) displayed throughout the region to discourage others from entering the independence movement.
Today he is considered a national hero, and the anniversary of his death is a national holiday -
Tiradentes, Brazil

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