Iguazu/Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina

The Great Water Thunder


San Martín Fall
Palm trees dominate the Iguaçu Falls, with the island of San Martin in the background.
Insignificance
A woman is on the lookout for one of the most powerful falls in the Iguaçu Falls.
Iguazu inside II
Visitors crowd at the end of a walkway, sprayed by the water released by the surrounding falls.
Leap San Martin
A group of visitors admire the massive San Martin fall, one of the most imposing on the Argentine side of the Iguaçu River.
bold navigation
Boat full of passengers challenges a drop at the base on Isla San Martin.
Iguazu inside
Visitors crowd at the end of a walkway, beside a glittering rainbow.
Naipi jump
Imposing waterfall on the lateral extension of the Devil's Throat.
torrents apart
Secondary fall, where water and vegetation divide the cliff.
Tucano
A toucan, one of the birds that inhabits the jungle around the Iguaçu River.
big water
A group of people admire the Devil's Throat from a platform on the Brazilian side of the falls.
Iguazu à pine cone
A multitude of visitors share a platform over the Iguaçu River.
Iguazu River
Aerial view of the Iguaçu River and the Iguaçu Falls.
white waters
Top of a jump, in front of the Naipi space.
Balcony view
A woman admires the green and drained scenery of the Argentine side of the Iguaçu Falls.
Challenge
Boat with powerful engines makes a reckless foray into one of the falls of San Martin Island.
On the water
Visitors walk along a walkway over the waters of the Iguaçu River.
Tropical
Palm trees stand out over the falling flow of the Iguaçu River.
Tropical end of day
Sun sets beyond the Argentine bank of the Iguaçu River.
After a long tropical journey, the Iguaçu River gives a dip for diving. There, on the border between Brazil and Argentina, form the largest and most impressive waterfalls on the face of the Earth.

Upon arrival in Foz do Iguaçu, almost directly from Curitiba, we misjudged the situation. We label it a new meteorological-photographic catastrophe.

It was the end of January, the hottest month in this region of southern Brazil and northern Argentina, known for maximum temperatures that easily exceed 40º.

Instead of the “coconut burning” sun that was to be expected, the region was, for four days, covered by a blanket of dark and heavy clouds that poured continuous squalls, accompanied by strong winds and menacing thunderstorms.

Until something changed, those four days amounted to seven. We took the time to discover Foz (as the locals call it) a city more fascinating than elegant.

Destination: ItaipuThe enigmatic and electrifying past of Foz de Iguaçu

Foz has never stopped developing, in the 18 years of construction of the Itaipu Binational Hydroelectric Power Plant (shared by Brazil and Paraguay) the largest dam in the world until the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, in China.

Of 35.000 inhabitants, in 1973, around the year 2001, it was already home to 256.000. This little sustained growth was also encouraged by the tourist use of the Iguaçu Falls. And not only Brazilians were made.

After World War II, Foz de Iguaçu even welcomed fugitive Nazis. It was the conjunction of the Italian, German, Lebanese, Ukrainian, Argentine and Paraguayan, Chinese and Japanese communities, among other secondary ones, that made it one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

It was reinforced by being located on the Argentine-Brazilian-Paraguay triple-border. This is an area charged with mysticism. From supposed extraterrestrial magnetism that continues to attract religious cults, sects of all kinds and … UFO's.

Not to mention al-Qaeda South American cells, at least relying on the permanent alerts of the Argentine secret services and of Israel.

flight over the reservoir

The Disband of the Cold Front and the Discovery of Overflowing Iguaçu Falls

Like many of the cold fronts that hit the interior of South America in summer, this one also brought successive floods and threatening thunderstorms.

It left the Iguaçu River almost overflowing. It ended up fading against the heat and high pressure of the lower latitudes where we walked.

Finally, the sixth day dawned with a sky sprinkled with white skeins. It gave us the motto we were waiting for to leave Foz de Iguaçu towards the “Great Water”, that is how the Tupi-Guarani indigenous people who have long lived in the tri-border region of the waterfalls got used to calling it.

From the entrance to the Iguaçu National Park, we go straight to its Naipi area. We made a quick elevator ride to the top of the local observation tower and eagerly headed outside.

There we found, for the first time, with the flow of the Iguaçu falling, colossal, brutal, much more powerful than we could ever hope, roaring in such a way that only it could be heard.

Naipi Falls, Iguacu Falls, Brazil, Argentina

Imposing waterfall on the lateral extension of the fall of Devil's Throat.

Álvar Nuñez's Odyssey, “El Cabeza de Vaca” on the Iguaçu Falls Crossing

When confronted with this unique landscape, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, the stubborn explorer of Jerez de La Fontera will have exclaimed: “Santa Maria, how beautiful!". We share your enthusiasm.

From the top of that supreme terrace, we can appreciate the inflated bed of the Iguaçu crashing onto huge rocks covered with grass, lost in the dense mist caused by the impact of the water and, by comparison, insignificant, the opposite green walls into which numerous secondary falls precipitated. .

Secondary Fall, Iguacu Falls, Brazil, Argentina

Secondary fall, where water and vegetation divide the cliff.

It is known that the fascination of the conqueror was ephemeral. Álvar Núñez was leading a small army that had left the island of Santa Catarina, off the Brazilian coast, to help the now Paraguayan village of Nuestra Señora de Asunción, surrounded by belligerent indigenous people.

Cabeza de Vaca quickly realized that he would have to cross the treacherous gorge that shelters the Iguaçu with all the military paraphernalia it was carrying. And it's more than likely that the opening words of appreciation gave way to the worst swear words he could think of.

The Modernized Iguassu Falls on the Brazilian Side

The ease of exploration today, from the Brazilian bank of the river, is absolute, even somewhat exaggerated.

Back on the ground, complementary structures and platforms allow us unexpected approaches to the open end of the huge Garganta do Diabo and to the base of the green cliffs on the Argentinean side, with a privileged view of the neighboring San Martin Island.

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Visitors crowd at the end of a walkway, beside a glittering rainbow.

They are always competitive accesses to true natural showers and, on especially windy days, guarantee soaked returns.

From the Naipi space, we proceed to the Trilha das Cataratas, a shady path that climbs along the lush slope and unveils patches of the deep bed, through the vegetation or from viewpoints that are conquered from it.

The Panoramic Flight of the Greater Iguaçu

Once the possibilities of land and river exploration of the falls on the Brazilian side had been exhausted, we were left with the aerial variant. We didn't take long to experience it, aboard a panoramic helicopter.

The flight is confirmed to be short but intense. It allows us to discover the immensity of the Brazilian and Argentinean jungle. It follows the meandering of the Iguaçu River and its spread in the area surrounding the falls, identifiable as the only clear surface in an endless green area around it.

Iguacu River view, Iguacu Falls, Brazil, Argentina

Aerial view of the Iguaçu River and the Iguaçu Falls.

Afterwards, we will also fly over the falls at low altitude, along the long and deep geological fault that originates them. From there, the muddy water changes from brownish tones to an intense white from which huge columns of mist ascend. Downstream from the falls, this gap, until then somewhat undefined, reveals the impressive dimensions and characteristics that justify the name Garganta do Diabo (Devil's Throat).

In the Baixo Iguaçu area, Argentina is only a few dozen meters from Brazil. With regard to conventional travel, outside the park, the passage from one country to another requires a 23km route from Foz do Iguaçu.

This route crosses the Presidente Tancredo Neves Bridge – painted with the colors of the Argentine and Brazilian flags. After the complex border logistics, it enters the province of Missions along Ruta 12, where it goes to km 5.

Salto San Martin, Palm Trees, Iguacu Falls, Brazil, Argentina

Palm trees dominate the Iguaçu Falls, with the island of San Martin in the background.

The falls are unevenly divided between Brazil and Argentina.

The Argentines own most of the flow of the Iguaçu River. On the other hand, the Iguaçu National Park is bigger than the Argentine one. On both sides of the border, wildlife is very rich, including the area of ​​the falls where the easiest animals to spot are the coatis.

In groups, the coatis invade support areas and buildings in search of food that they are used to demanding from tourists. The remaining animals, mainly mammals, are, as a rule, furtive. As it's supposed to, in an environment like all real jungles, it's dense and dark.

The Iguaçu National Park hides dangerous species such as pumas and jaguars. Whenever you doubt your presence, remember that, in 1997, a jaguar (as the Brazilians call it) killed the son of a Brazilian ranger.

The Much More Natural Argentine Side of Iguazu Falls

Right at the entrance to Parque Nacional del Iguazú, we noticed an ecological approach that was much more respectful than the Brazilian one. The strategy (we preferred to believe in intentionality) was to change as little as possible.

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Visitors walk along a walkway over the waters of the Iguaçu River.

We come across insignificant wooden reception buildings. From there, we followed a long “avenue” flanked by tall grass from which the three main existing routes branch out into the middle of the jungle: Paseos Inferiores (1.5 km), Paseos Superiores (1.2 km) and the Gorge – now in its Hispanic version – del Diabo.

We advance along a combination of minimal rails, here and there reinforced by suspended iron walkways.

The Paseos Inferiores offer a privileged view of the Two Sisters, Pequeña, Ramirez, Bossetti, Bernabé Méndez, Mbiguá and Adao y Eva falls from their bases.

On the upper circuit, we pass behind these secondary waterfalls in a harsh environment of an even more dense jungle overflown by toucans and which suggests the imminence of the large mottled or black cats – as their melanism dictates – that patrol these places.

Toucan, Iguacu Falls, Brazil, Argentina

A toucan, one of the birds that inhabit the jungle around the river and the Iguaçu falls.

The More than Diabolical Fall of the Garganta del Diablo

We left the incursion to the deadly threshold of the Garganta del Diablo for the end.

To get there, we took a small picturesque train to Puerto Canoas. From there, we walked along the 2200m walkway that crosses a considerable part of the bed of the Iguaçu River, on the outer side of one of the ends of the horseshoe.

We understand how, thanks to the centrifugal force to which the flow is subjected, this vast and marginal section of the bed escapes the wider precipice and feeds the remaining Argentine falls.

The walk takes place above the water, in a scenario removed from illusory calm, enriched by small islets covered with vegetation that further compartmentalize the river.

Onwards, as if everything else were a mere initiation ritual, the walkway opens onto a new observation platform and the roar becomes more deafening than in any other area of ​​the falls.

A few additional steps, we are faced with emptiness. We then unveil how the Iguaçu crashes into the abyss rei (about 150 meters high and 700 meters wide) with such violence that the impact causes a permanent cloud about 30 meters high.

Agua Grande Platform, Iguacu Falls, Brazil, Argentina

A group of people admire the Devil's Throat from a platform on the Brazilian side of the falls.

And we are dazzled by the comings and goings of countless fearless swallows, on trips to and from their nests hidden in the depths of the cliffs.

More restrained on speed, some boats climb the canyon. They also temporarily disappear into the mist to show passengers the Garganta del Diablo in the most daring way possible, even so, far from the unconscious endeavors carried out in the first half of the XNUMXth century.

In the early tourist days of Iguaçu Falls, due to the lack of walkways and platforms, fearless visitors often hired a rowing boat and an oarsman. This one took them to the limit of the falls and, paddling like a madman against the current, there immobilized the vessel.

Meanwhile, the passengers had fun passing from one side of the boat to the other, taking photos, exchanging impressions and everything that that moment of absolute relaxation inspired them to do.

But any abuse of luck has its limits and the inevitable ended up happening. In 1938, the force of the flow beat the service rower. The maneuvering boat crashed with seven Germans on board. Nobody survived.

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Boat full of passengers challenges a drop at the base on Isla San Martin.

These demented challenges to death were banned. Instead boats with powerful engines challenge the bottom of other secondary jumps.

And the exclusivity of the jump returned to the great water of Iguaçu.

Sunset, Iguacu Falls, Brazil, Argentina

Sun sets beyond the Argentine bank of the Iguaçu River.

Passo do Lontra, Miranda, Brazil

The Flooded Brazil of Passo do Lontra

We are on the western edge of Mato Grosso do Sul but bush, on these sides, is something else. In an extension of almost 200.000 km2, the Brazil it appears partially submerged, by rivers, streams, lakes and other waters dispersed in vast alluvial plains. Not even the panting heat of the dry season drains the life and biodiversity of Pantanal places and farms like the one that welcomed us on the banks of the Miranda River.
Manaus, Brazil

The Jumps and Starts of the former World Rubber Capital

From 1879 to 1912, only the Amazon River basin generated the latex that, from one moment to another, the world needed and, out of nowhere, Manaus became one of the most advanced cities on the face of the Earth. But an English explorer took the tree to Southeast Asia and ruined pioneer production. Manaus once again proved its elasticity. It is the largest city in the Amazon and the seventh in Brazil.
Curitiba, Brazil

The High-Quality Life of Curitiba

It is not only the altitude of almost 1000 meters at which the city is located. Cosmopolitan and multicultural, the capital of Paraná has a quality of life and human development rating that make it a unique case in Brazil.
Iberá Wetlands, Argentina

The Pantanal of the Pampas

On the world map, south of the famous brazilian wetland, a little-known flooded region appears, but almost as vast and rich in biodiversity. the Guarani expression Y bera defines it as “shining waters”. The adjective fits more than its strong luminance.
Cascades and Waterfalls

Waterfalls of the World: Stunning Vertical Rivers

From the almost 1000 meters high of Angel's dancing jump to the fulminating power of Iguaçu or Victoria after torrential rains, cascades of all kinds fall over the Earth.
Iceland

The Island of Fire, Ice and Waterfalls

Europe's supreme cascade rushes into Iceland. But it's not the only one. On this boreal island, with constant rain or snow and in the midst of battle between volcanoes and glaciers, endless torrents crash.
Kalandula Waterfalls, Angola

Cascading Angola

Considered the second largest in Africa, the Kalandula waterfalls bathe the already grandiose Angola in natural majesty. Since the Portuguese colonial times when they were baptized in honor of king D. Pedro V, also Duke of Bragança, much Lucala river and history has flowed through them.
PN Canaima, Venezuela

Kerepakupai, Salto Angel: The River that Falls from Heaven

In 1937, Jimmy Angel landed a light aircraft on a plateau lost in the Venezuelan jungle. The American adventurer did not find gold but he conquered the baptism of the longest waterfall on the face of the Earth
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwee

Livingstone's Thundering Gift

The explorer was looking for a route to the Indian Ocean when natives led him to a jump of the Zambezi River. The falls he found were so majestic that he decided to name them in honor of his queen
San Ignacio Mini, Argentina

The Impossible Jesuit Missions of San Ignacio Mini

In the century. In the XNUMXth century, the Jesuits expanded a religious domain in the heart of South America by converting the Guarani Indians into Jesuit missions. But the Iberian Crowns ruined the tropical utopia of the Society of Jesus.
Samaná PeninsulaLos Haitises National Park Dominican Republic

From the Samaná Peninsula to the Dominican Haitises

In the northeast corner of the Dominican Republic, where Caribbean nature still triumphs, we face an Atlantic much more vigorous than expected in these parts. There we ride on a communal basis to the famous Limón waterfall, cross the bay of Samaná and penetrate the remote and exuberant “land of the mountains” that encloses it.
Miranda, Brazil

Maria dos Jacarés: the Pantanal shelters such Creatures

Eurides Fátima de Barros was born in the interior of the Miranda region. 38 years ago, he settled in a small business on the side of BR262 that crosses the Pantanal and gained an affinity with the alligators that lived on his doorstep. Disgusted that once upon a time the creatures were being slaughtered there, she began to take care of them. Now known as Maria dos Jacarés, she named each of the animals after a soccer player or coach. It also makes sure they recognize your calls.

Florianopolis, Brazil

The South Atlantic Azorean Legacy

During the XNUMXth century, thousands of Portuguese islanders pursued better lives in the southern confines of Brazil. In the villages they founded, traces of affinity with the origins abound.

El Calafate, Argentina

The New Gauchos of Patagonia

Around El Calafate, instead of the usual shepherds on horseback, we come across gauchos equestrian breeders and others who exhibit, to the delight of visitors, the traditional life of the golden pampas.
Morro de São Paulo, Brazil

A Divine Seaside of Bahia

Three decades ago, it was just a remote and humble fishing village. Until some post-hippie communities revealed the Morro's retreat to the world and promoted it to a kind of bathing sanctuary.
Salta and Jujuy, Argentina

Through the Highlands of Deep Argentina

A tour through the provinces of Salta and Jujuy takes us to discover a country with no sign of the pampas. Vanished in the Andean vastness, these ends of the Northwest of Argentina have also been lost in time.
Sheets of Bahia, Brazil

The Swampy Freedom of Quilombo do Remanso

Runaway slaves have survived for centuries around a wetland in Chapada Diamantina. Today, the quilombo of Remanso is a symbol of their union and resistance, but also of the exclusion to which they were voted.
Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela: After Horror, the Atlantic Beauty

Ninety percent of the preserved Atlantic Forest, idyllic waterfalls and gentle, wild beaches live up to the name. But, if we go back in time, we also reveal the horrific historical facet of Ilhabela.
Ilhabela, Brazil

In Ilhabela, on the way to Bonete

A community of caiçaras descendants of pirates founded a village in a corner of Ilhabela. Despite the difficult access, Bonete was discovered and considered one of the ten best beaches in Brazil.
Mendoza, Argentina

Journey through Mendoza, the Great Argentine Winemaking Province

In the XNUMXth century, Spanish missionaries realized that the area was designed for the production of the “Blood of Christ”. Today, the province of Mendoza is at the center of the largest winemaking region in Latin America.
Amboseli National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, Normatior Hill
safari
Amboseli National Park, Kenya

A Gift from the Kilimanjaro

The first European to venture into these Masai haunts was stunned by what he found. And even today, large herds of elephants and other herbivores roam the pastures irrigated by the snow of Africa's biggest mountain.
Faithful light candles, Milarepa Grotto temple, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 9th Manang to Milarepa Cave, Nepal

A Walk between Acclimatization and Pilgrimage

In full Annapurna Circuit, we finally arrived in Manang (3519m). we still need acclimatize to the higher stretches that followed, we inaugurated an equally spiritual journey to a Nepalese cave of Milarepa (4000m), the refuge of a siddha (sage) and Buddhist saint.
Alaskan Lumberjack Show Competition, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA
Architecture & Design
Ketchikan, Alaska

Here begins Alaska

The reality goes unnoticed in most of the world, but there are two Alaskas. In urban terms, the state is inaugurated in the south of its hidden frying pan handle, a strip of land separated from the contiguous USA along the west coast of Canada. Ketchikan, is the southernmost of Alaskan cities, its Rain Capital and the Salmon Capital of the World.
Era Susi towed by dog, Oulanka, Finland
Adventure
PN Oulanka, Finland

A Slightly Lonesome Wolf

Jukka “Era-Susi” Nordman has created one of the largest packs of sled dogs in the world. He became one of Finland's most iconic characters but remains faithful to his nickname: Wilderness Wolf.
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Ceremonies and Festivities
Cape Coast, Ghana

The Divine Purification Festival

The story goes that, once, a plague devastated the population of Cape Coast of today Ghana. Only the prayers of the survivors and the cleansing of evil carried out by the gods will have put an end to the scourge. Since then, the natives have returned the blessing of the 77 deities of the traditional Oguaa region with the frenzied Fetu Afahye festival.
Oranjestad city, Aruba, Dutch architecture building
Cities
Oranjestad, Aruba

The Dutch Soul of Aruba

On the other side of the Atlantic, in the depths of the Caribbean, Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, displays much of the legacy left in the ABC islands by settlers from the Netherlands. The natives call it “Playa”. The city comes alive with exuberant bathing parties.
Meal
Margilan, Uzbekistan

An Uzbekistan's Breadwinner

In one of the many bakeries in Margilan, worn out by the intense heat of the tandyr oven, the baker Maruf'Jon works half-baked like the distinctive traditional breads sold throughout Uzbekistan
Djerbahood, Erriadh, Djerba, Mirror
Culture
Erriadh, Djerba, Tunisia

A Village Made Fleeting Art Gallery

In 2014, an ancient Djerbian settlement hosted 250 murals by 150 artists from 34 countries. The lime walls, the intense sun and the sand-laden winds of the Sahara erode the works of art. Erriadh's metamorphosis into Djerbahood is renewed and continues to dazzle.
Bungee jumping, Queenstown, New Zealand
Sport
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, the Queen of Extreme Sports

In the century. XVIII, the Kiwi government proclaimed a mining village on the South Island "fit for a queen".Today's extreme scenery and activities reinforce the majestic status of ever-challenging Queenstown.
Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang, Laos, Through the Mekong Below
Traveling
Chiang Khong - Luang Prabang, In Stock

Slow Boat, Down the Mekong River

Laos' beauty and lower cost are good reasons to sail between Chiang Khong and Luang Prabang. But this long descent of the Mekong River can be as exhausting as it is picturesque.
Indigenous Crowned
Ethnic
Pueblos del Sur, Venezuela

Behind the Venezuela Andes. Fiesta Time.

In 1619, the authorities of Mérida dictated the settlement of the surrounding territory. The order resulted in 19 remote villages that we found dedicated to commemorations with caretos and local pauliteiros.
ice tunnel, black gold route, Valdez, Alaska, USA
Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
Got2Globe Portfolio

Sensations vs Impressions

Visitors at Talisay Ruins, Negros Island, Philippines
History
Talisay City, Philippines

Monument to a Luso-Philippine Love

At the end of the 11th century, Mariano Lacson, a Filipino farmer, and Maria Braga, a Portuguese woman from Macau, fell in love and got married. During the pregnancy of what would be her 2th child, Maria succumbed to a fall. Destroyed, Mariano built a mansion in his honor. In the midst of World War II, the mansion was set on fire, but the elegant ruins that endured perpetuate their tragic relationship.
Sun and coconut trees, São Nicolau, Cape Verde
Islands
São Nicolau, Cape Verde

São Nicolau: Pilgrimage to Terra di Sodade

Forced matches like those that inspired the famous morna “soda” made the pain of having to leave the islands of Cape Verde very strong. Discovering saninclau, between enchantment and wonder, we pursue the genesis of song and melancholy.
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Winter White
Kuusamo ao PN Oulanka, Finland

Under the Arctic's Icy Spell

We are at 66º North and at the gates of Lapland. In these parts, the white landscape belongs to everyone and to no one like the snow-covered trees, the atrocious cold and the endless night.
Kukenam reward
Literature
Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Time Travel to the Lost World of Mount Roraima

At the top of Mount Roraima, there are extraterrestrial scenarios that have resisted millions of years of erosion. Conan Doyle created, in "The Lost World", a fiction inspired by the place but never got to step on it.
Pico Island, west of the mountain, Azores, Lajes do Pico
Nature
Pico Island, Azores

The Island East of the Pico Mountain

As a rule, whoever arrives at Pico disembarks on its western side, with the volcano (2351m) blocking the view on the opposite side. Behind Pico Mountain, there is a whole long and dazzling “east” of the island that takes time to unravel.
Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
Autumn
Yerevan, Armenia

A Capital between East and West

Heiress of the Soviet civilization, aligned with the great Russia, Armenia allows itself to be seduced by the most democratic and sophisticated ways of Western Europe. In recent times, the two worlds have collided in the streets of your capital. From popular and political dispute, Yerevan will dictate the new course of the nation.
Miniature houses, Chã das Caldeiras, Fogo Volcano, Cape Verde
Natural Parks
Chã das Caldeiras, Fogo Island Cape Verde

A "French" Clan at the Mercy of Fogo

In 1870, a Count born in Grenoble on his way to Brazilian exile, made a stopover in Cape Verde where native beauties tied him to the island of Fogo. Two of his children settled in the middle of the volcano's crater and continued to raise offspring there. Not even the destruction caused by the recent eruptions deters the prolific Montrond from the “county” they founded in Chã das Caldeiras.    
Fort São Filipe, Cidade Velha, Santiago Island, Cape Verde
UNESCO World Heritage
Cidade Velha, Cape Verde

Cidade Velha: the Ancient of the Tropico-Colonial Cities

It was the first settlement founded by Europeans below the Tropic of Cancer. In crucial times for Portuguese expansion to Africa and South America and for the slave trade that accompanied it, Cidade Velha became a poignant but unavoidable legacy of Cape Verdean origins.

Couple visiting Mikhaylovskoe, village where writer Alexander Pushkin had a home
Characters
Saint Petersburg e Mikhaylovkoe, Russia

The Writer Who Succumbed to His Own Plot

Alexander Pushkin is hailed by many as the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. But Pushkin also dictated an almost tragicomic epilogue to his prolific life.
Viti Levu, Fiji Islands, South Pacific, coral reef
Beaches
Viti levu, Fiji

Islands on the edge of Islands

A substantial part of Fiji preserves the agricultural expansions of the British colonial era. In the north and off the large island of Viti Levu, we also came across plantations that have only been named for a long time.
Motorcyclist in Sela Gorge, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Religion
Guwahati a Saddle Pass, India

A Worldly Journey to the Sacred Canyon of Sela

For 25 hours, we traveled the NH13, one of the highest and most dangerous roads in India. We traveled from the Brahmaputra river basin to the disputed Himalayas of the province of Arunachal Pradesh. In this article, we describe the stretch up to 4170 m of altitude of the Sela Pass that pointed us to the Tibetan Buddhist city of Tawang.
Train Kuranda train, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
On Rails
Cairns-Kuranda, Australia

Train to the Middle of the Jungle

Built out of Cairns to save miners isolated in the rainforest from starvation by flooding, the Kuranda Railway eventually became the livelihood of hundreds of alternative Aussies.
Christian believers leaving a church, Upolu, Western Samoa
Society
Upolu, Samoa  

The Broken Heart of Polynesia

The imagery of the paradisiacal South Pacific is unquestionable in Samoa, but its tropical beauty does not pay the bills for either the nation or the inhabitants. Anyone who visits this archipelago finds a people divided between subjecting themselves to tradition and the financial stagnation or uprooting themselves in countries with broader horizons.
Women with long hair from Huang Luo, Guangxi, China
Daily life
Longsheng, China

Huang Luo: the Chinese Village of the Longest Hairs

In a multi-ethnic region covered with terraced rice paddies, the women of Huang Luo have surrendered to the same hairy obsession. They let the longest hair in the world grow, years on end, to an average length of 170 to 200 cm. Oddly enough, to keep them beautiful and shiny, they only use water and rice.
Hippopotamus in Anôr Lagoon, Orango Island, Bijagós, Guinea Bissau
Wildlife
Kéré Island to Orango, Bijagos, Guinea Bissau

In Search of the Lacustrine-Marine and Sacred Bijagós Hippos

They are the most lethal mammals in Africa and, in the Bijagós archipelago, preserved and venerated. Due to our particular admiration, we joined an expedition in their quest. Departing from the island of Kéré and ending up inland from Orango.
Passengers, scenic flights-Southern Alps, New Zealand
Scenic Flights
Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand

The Aeronautical Conquest of the Southern Alps

In 1955, pilot Harry Wigley created a system for taking off and landing on asphalt or snow. Since then, his company has unveiled, from the air, some of the greatest scenery in Oceania.