Best hidden beaches

Pansy Island is a tiny, tree-less sandbank 30 minutes from Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean with its crystal blue waters, you’ll be able to bask in the sun on its powder white sandy beaches, covered in rare and beautiful pansy shells. A 30 minute flight from Salvador in northern Brazil, the isolated Marau Peninsula […]

Mapplr’s favorite restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

UPDATED on 12 July 2011 Now that I’ve posted my favorite hotels in Rio, let’s find a good place to eat. Fortunately the city is filled with good restaurants. It’s hard to choose. But I have to put together a short list of my favorite restaurants in Rio. Most are in the Ipanema-Leblon area because […]

Mapplr’s favorite hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Rio is the ultimate beach and party getaway. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere and dread the coming winter, look no further than Rio. There are other things to do besides hanging out on the beach. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer in Niteroi across the bay from […]