How To Plan A Spontaneous Weekend Trip To Rio 2016 Olympics

Are you watching Rio 2016 Olympics on TV and feeling sad for not being there? Got a bad case of Fear of missing out or FoMO? All those tanned spectators witnessing the mixed doubles in Badminton and women’s 200m backstroke. If you are feeling spontaneous, you can still make it to men’s 100m run this Sunday, see Usain Read More …

Foz do Iguaçu And The Forgotten Guaíra Falls

Foz do Iguaçu is a city in the Brazilian state of Paraná, situated on the borders of Argentina and Paraguay. The city is the gateway to the world famous Iguaçu Falls and the Itaipu hydroelectric dam. I am going briefly to tell you about the two, since there is another far more interesting story to tell: the Read More …

Poor Man’s Christ The Redeemer

I must be the only person who has been to Brazil but never visited the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio. But, it isn’t the only Christ statue in Brazil. There are hundreds of less known pale faced saviors in the country. I visited one of them, Cristo Luz in Balneário Camboriú. Where is it? The statue Read More …

The Airplane Shaped Brasília [PART II] – An Architect’s Wet Dream

Read the first part of The Airplane Shaped Brasília here. The Utopian Brasília is an architects’s wet dream. Planned and developed by famous Brazilian architects Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, the city is a modern art piece, a great study on city planning and a designated Unesco World Heritage site. Tourism in Brasília is all about stunning architectural sites. I traveled to Brasília Read More …

The Airplane Shaped Brasília [PART I] – Bicycles And Assault Rifles

I’m not sure whether it was the best or the worst time to see Brasília. All of the government buildings (which you normally can visit) were closed due to the protests and the heating of the political scandal surrounding Brazil. You have probably heard about it. The corruption is on the table in Brazil. It’s a historical time Read More …

Keisari Spontaanius on YouTube

Keisari Spontaanius is expanding to YouTube! I’m going to start off with small teaser of my trip to Foz do Iguaçu in the state of Paraná, Brazil. It gives a small glimpse of how it is to stand inside the dramatic Devil’s Throat. Hence the kitchy tune! For additional immersion: watch the video while taking a cold shower Read More …

Beto Carrero World: The Biggest Theme Park in South America

I like amusement parks. I like ’em a lot. I was happy to find out that there was one a short drive away. Just 100 kilometers north of Florianópolis in the city of Penha, stands Beto Carrero World, the biggest theme park in Brazil and whole South America. Further, in 2014 TripAdvisor ranked the park as the sixth best amusement park in the world. Beto Read More …

Carnival in São Paulo [PART II] – The Show

Read the first part of The São Paulo Carnival here. It had been raining the whole day. Got the tickets, plastic rain coats and some refreshments. The taxi stopped in front of Shell gas station on Avenue Braz Leme, some hundreds of meters away from the main event venue. The streets leading to the Anhembi arena Read More …

Spontaneous Travel Tip: Visit a Landfill

Do you know where your waste ends up? What is the secret place where the garbage trucks gather to spit out mixed piles of waste? In most countries in the world this place is called landfill or garbage dump. It is also a place that can tell you a lot more about the people and and the culture than Read More …

Carnival in São Paulo [PART I] – The Backstage

It is 11 pm on Thursday night and I’m in a warehouse somewhere in the outskirts of São Paulo. It is a hangar owned by a local samba school, used for storing huge ornaments and other shiny things for this year’s Carnival. The floor of the hall is covered in thick ash and glitter from hundreds of decorations. Read More …