Wetlands, beaches, jungle and Rio!   

Because I’ve always wanted to…

Issue 7 / October 2012

Greetings All!

Well I am often asked what is my favourite country/my top city? Having spent 3 weeks in Brazil in August, travelling around a country I already know very well – I know how to answer – BRAZIL and RIO! To validate my reasoning, Michael Palin has just finished filming in Brazil and a 4 week series starts on Wed, October 24. Please watch it!! Finding a holiday destination (for families) in July and August with perfect weather and plenty to interest all is certainly a challenge. No longer – go to Brazil!!

Please click here to view the trip we have just completed. Beaches, colonial towns, Amazon, Pantanal, jaguars, the wondrous Iguacu falls and certainly the most attractive and fun city one could every wish to experience. – Rio!

Enough said! With my best personal wishes

Laterally yours,

Chilli Beach

This breath taking boutique hotel is the new favourite in Jeri, situated on a headland facing west just 3 minutes walk from town. The views from the infinity pool are of blue sea dotted with kites and wind surfers. The menu is just exquisite and very much leaning towards seafood. The sunset caipirinhas are the best in the business! Jericoacoara is west of Fortaleza and the world renown beach venue in Northern Brazil. It is from here that one accesses the infamous area of Lencois Maranhenses.

Araras Lodge

Deep in the wet land region of S.W. Brazil lies Araras Lodge which was originally a hacienda (farm house). It is now one of the leading places to stay in the Pantanal should you wish to witness the extraordinary quantity of bird life that resides here throughout the year. Other activities include riding, jeep safaris, kayaking and, of course, walking. Animal life is also abundant with capybara’s deer, tapirs, anteaters, armadillos and river otters being the ones most frequently sighted.

Cristalino Lodge

“Set deep in the Amazon is a lodge that exemplifies jungle living perfection!! Primary rain forest, a floating deck to sunbathe and swim off (No Crocs or Piranha!!), stupendous insect proof accommodation, stunning architecture blending into the forest canopy, beaches on river islands where one can safely swim, memorable river trips, innumerable walking trails, a high above the canopy tower, learned guides, great food and we saw a Harpy Eagle take a monkey out of a tree!!!! A must visit in my book!!

Cataratas Hotel

In my opinion there is only one hotel to stay at in Iguacu! Situated in the heart of a national park overlooking the Argentinian side of the falls, is this classic, Orient Express owned hotel. It has walking access to the Brazilian side of the falls from the hotel car park not to mention the experience of having dinner under the stars overlooking these hugely impressive waterfalls. A day trip over to Argentina is a must do as the falls are at their best from this side.

The Fasano

Well this superb hotel is really one of life’s great treats but beware the bar and restaurant prices!!! Situated bang on Ipanema beach with a roof top terrace pool that has views of to die for. The Marina All Suites can be found further down the beach and is certainly another wonderful more realistic option. Within walking distance are the famous restaurants of Leblon and the infamous “Academy of Cachaca”!! If you have the time do go and spend a few nights at the Santa Theresa hotel. A fascinating area of old Rio.

It’s the dry season in the North with cooling sea breezes – The Pantanal is at its driest so high on fish density, low on mosquitoes and huge on bird and animal life (the crocs are well fed!!) . The Southern Amazon has days of endless blue skies and low humidity. The waters of Iguacu falls are flowing and in Rio, despite it being winter, a steady 28 degrees on the beach with no rain is the norm!

Sabbatical News

The Warfield family left Wandsworth late September on a 60 day trip across Australia with the off road trip from Broome to Darwin via the Gibb River Road being one of the many high lights. See www.travelblog.com – LouisaTroy – G’day Australia if you want a few laughs?!!

Laterally Selected

Occasionally Helen and I come across a true gem of a place and though we do not promote Europe I do thoroughly recommend you stay here. See www.crillonlebrave.com in Western Provence. This hotel is heaven personified and perfect for a short break. If you do visit mention laterallife and the owner Peter Chittick, a mate, has promised you a free bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Bosquet des Papes 2009. magali@crillonlebrave.com. Enjoy!!!


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