“Fight with a toucan at the Iguassu Falls” Maarten Schäfer

The Iguassu River meanders through a forest called the Mata Atlantica before reaching its apotheosis in the Iguassu Falls. In the 16th century, when the Portuguese explorers reached the current Brazilian coast, the Atlantic Rainforest covered the complete coastline from north to south, much further than the eyes could see. ‘Civilisation’ replaced forest with cities and agriculture leaving only 7% of the primary forest.

“Who needs trees, if you can have cities and cars?” I think out loud, while we’re following a track through the wilderness towards the river. “But then again, what will we breath when there are no more trees left? Carbon dioxide?” Continue reading

Rio de Janeiro - CoolBrands

Rio de Janeiro, Cidade Maravilhosa!

I’ve been to Rio before, but this time it’s different. On previous occasions the purpose of my visit was to check out the destination for our CoolTravel project. I did intensive sightseeing in Rio and the surroundings. I went to Parati, a historical city to the west of Rio, I made a trip to Ilha Grande, a beautiful island with unspoiled nature. Continue reading

Swimming with pink dolphins in the Amazon

We leave Manaus Harbour early in the morning, a speed boat taking us across the Rio Negro. After 30 minutes, we are put ashore at a tiny village where a minibus is waiting for us. From here we follow a trail through the woods. The trees get taller and the forest denser. More than an hour later we arrive at the end of the road.

“We’re here,” the driver says. We get out of the bus and look around.

“Where is here?” I ask. Continue reading