I just realized that I never shared my photos from when my brother was visiting. It was a crazy, whirlwind of a trip. We had a few hiccups in the beginning such as missing his connection and having to wait 24 hours in Dallas. Then his suitcase was sent to Colombia for no reason other than airlines just can’t help but mess things up these days. Somehow they managed to get it to us before we left the next morning for Brasília and all was good again in the world.

The first time I came to Brazil in 2011 was for an entire month and I still feel like that wasn’t enough time. My brothers visit made me realize you need at least two full weeks to be able to see enough of Rio and throw in a weekend trip or two. I’ll admit we may have been overly ambitious to try and fit in Brasília, Chapada dos Veadeiros, and Iguaçu all in one trip.

Brasília was interesting but in a very bizarre way. A little history: Rio was the capital of Brazil from 1763 to 1960. In 1956, the president ordered the construction of Brasília, fulfilling an article of the country’s constitution dating back to the late 1800’s saying the capital should be moved to a place in the middle of the country. Brasília was then built in just under 3.5 years with Oscar Niemeyer designing most of the major structures. The city was built in the shape of an airplane or a bird. Now maybe it’s just me but it felt weird being in a planned city. Buildings mirrored each other everywhere in the Monumental Axis, the main street, each purposefully placed. Maybe it’s just me but I love the chaos of cities. I think it’s beautiful when bricks don’t line up and old cobblestones threaten to break your ankles. I love the colors of favelas, the narrow winding alleys, the unplanned beauty of a city that has undeniable history. Although it wasn’t my cup of tea, I still recommend seeing it.

I’ve included an aerial view of the city below. Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park was another stop on our trip and couldn’t have been cooler. It’s an ancient plateau estimated to be 1.8 billion years old. I am a huge fan of waterfalls (who isn’t?) and this place was packed with them.

Finally, we managed a quick trip to Iguaçu Falls from the Brazilian side. Pictures and words don’t do it justice so I won’t even try. I will just say that being so close to such a powerful natural force leaves you feeling so light. Whatever you do, don’t miss the boat ride that takes you under the falls. An absolutely unforgettable experience! Check out the photos below.

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