brazil / south

Some impressions from brazil / south

rio de janeiro / brazil

What a great city !! we have often been warned of crime in rio and these warnings remain present at all times. Too bad, because the Brazilians are super nice and friendly. Almost all of them… This lively city with modern museums, art nouveau villas, old palaces and many contrasts is definitely worth a visit. We love rio!

pedra azul / brazil

This gneis-granit-monlith is more than 500 million years old and why it is called “pedra azul”, i.e. blue stone, is not quite clear to me. The 500m high boulder is impressive, especially as it rises vertically into the sky on one side. There are some hiking trails through the national park, on weekends they are popular, especially the natural pools.

rainforest / brazil

Nearby the forest burned and during the whole day it rained ash down on us. There the word rainforest takes on a new meaning. :-(


hélio oiticica / magic square claudia andujar gallery for claudia andujar claudia andujar claudia andujar bettina in the installation of david lamelas carlos garaicoa lygia pape „metalized  thread“ 2002 cildo meireles  „mixed media“ 1983-1989 building for adriana varejåo „silkscreen on tile“ janet cardiff „ 40 track audio installation“ paul pfeiffer „vitruvian figure“

The Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim (Contemporary Art Centre Inhotim; also: Instituto Inhotim) is an institution with a collection of contemporary art. It is located in Brumadinho in the state of Minas Gerais, a city of around 40,000 inhabitants and 60 km from the capital Belo Horizonte.

The opening took place in 2004 to house the collection of the entrepreneur Bernardo Paz. Today it exhibits works created between 1970 and the present day. The central exhibition building was designed by the Brazilian architect Rodrigo Cerviñoo Lopez. The collection consists of 450 works by Brazilian and foreign artists, with an emphasis on works by Cildo Meireles, Vik Muniz, Hélio Oiticica, Paul McCarthy and Zhang Huan. The area is 300,000 square meters.

The exhibition is embedded in a spacious garden, the design of which was inspired, among others, by Roberto Burle Marx. Two sculptures by the artist Adriana Varejão and the mahogany boat by the British artist Simon Starling are on display in the open-air grounds, surrounded by native forest.

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villa do comendador / brazil

Actually, we were looking for a really good Japanese restaurant. The internet led us to Tsu Jiro Sushi in Pirenópolis. On site it turned out to be one of three restaurants in the Hotel Villa do Comendador. And we were not disappointed: The sashimi was delicious. Moreover, the hotel manager ALeandro Neres was so generous to offer our motorhome a parking place for the night. Thus, we could enjoy the beautiful garden and the thermal pool of the Villa do Comendador and had a quiet overnight place at the turbulent Dia da Independência do Brasil.

ALeandro, thank you once again for your generosity and hospitality. We enjoyed the stay very much and wish your team a successful start with the new hotel in Orlando.

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Na verdade, estávamos à procura de um bom restaurante japonês. A internet nos levou ao Tsu Jiro Sushi em Pirenópolis. No local acabou por ser um dos três restaurantes do Hotel Villa do Comendador. E não ficamos decepcionados: o sashimi era delicioso. Além disso, o gerente do hotel, ALeandro Neres, foi muito generoso em oferecer à nossa autocaravana um estacionamento para passar a noite. Assim, pudemos desfrutar do belo jardim e da piscina termal da Villa do Comendador e tivemos uma noite tranquila no turbulento Dia da Independência do Brasil.

ALeandro, obrigado mais uma vez pela sua generosidade e hospitalidade. Gostamos muito da estadia e desejamos à sua equipe um bom começo com o novo hotel em Orlando.

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pantanal / jaguar camp / brazil

130 bridges to puerto jofre ailton lara / second guy from left norbert, ailton, bettina (from left to right)

The largest wetland area of the earth is known for its jaugarpolulation and in the northern part of the area it is guaranteed that you will see these impressive animals, at least as long as you can cross all the bridges safely.

We headed for the jaguar camp in puerto jofre and ailton lara, who opened his camp in 2014, offered great service. The brazilian guy, who grew up on a farm, is enthusiastic about the big cats and is very committed to their protection. He wants to convince surrounding farmers to integrate buffalo into their livestock instead of shooting down jaguars, because buffalo drive out all attackers. And he plans to buy land to preserve the habitat. A convinced conservationist who can give his guests a lot of information about the fragile ecosystem.