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I’ll be traveling to Angra, Brazil

My cousin is getting married next May in Brazil and so I will be making a trip down to Angra, Brazil at that time. I haven’t decided how long I will be there however it’s probably 2 – 3 weeks and I’m going along with my parents. I’ve never been south of the equator and am looking forward to the trip for numerous reasons. My last International trip besides Mexico was to Norway, Sweden, and England in 2000.

So my questions to any BrainFuel readers in Brazil are as such: What should I do and see in Brazil. Where can I go to get free / inexpensive Internet access? Ideally those places have coffee. I’ll be staying in Angra (hence the post title).

Some interesting links: Angra webcam, Urban Escapes, or maybe I should just rent an island. Yeah!

Side note: I also need some good lenses to buy for Christmas. I’m wanting a few new Canon lenses so my digital camera can take crisper photos. Any recommendations?

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  1. When I was in Czech, I shot everything with my Sigma 20mm and my Canon 50mm. Canon’s 85mm is also excellent.

    If I could go somewhere with only one lens, it’d probably be the Sigma 20mm.

  2. as far as the lens goes.. i suggest the 70-200mm F2.8 with Image Stabelizer, from canon. it is, sweeeeet and worth the price.

    ciao
    me

  3. I forgot to mention that the only real lens I like is my 50mm fixed. It’s just so awesome. So thinking I might look at the 20mm and give the 70-200mm a test drive. Thanks for the ideas.

  4. If it’s anything like cities in Peru, there will be “Internet Cabinas” all over the place: just a room with computer stalls connected to the Internet. Laptops are something most people haven’t seen before but you shouldn’t have much trouble connecting to the network in a place like that. I managed to do alright with the Apple Mini I brought… the power transformer even worked there without an adapter!

    I think that wifi and caf├ęs as we know them are a foreign concept in South America. Using a cabina should be cheap tho, probably about $.50 per hour.

  5. Thanks Ben – I bet you’re right about the wifi, it’s really taken off here in the U.S. and elseware it probably has not. Thanks.

  6. yeah Canon’s 70-200 w/ IS is really sweet, but it’s also expensive and (if it matters) heavy and large.

    And it’s very, very white– “Steal Me!”

    But don’t get me wrong, I’d have one if I could justify the expense…

    Get insurance for your camera stuff before you go– it’s worth the peace of mind.

  7. If you get a chance, take a trip to see the waterfalls of Iguazu! I had a chance to see them in 2004 and it was an amazing experience to say the least. You can check out some photos from the trip here http://members.cox.net/argentinatrek/ (photos are near the bottom).

  8. I’m glad you’re coming down to visit Angra. I don’t live near but I’ve been there a few times during holidays. You’ll really like Brazil. Since you’re coming on May, you won’t get all the tourism hype, and that means you will don’t have to worry so much about walking around with your equipment. Just do me a favor, don’t go out on the street without someone that actually knows the city, it’s quite easy to get lost there.

    The beaches are really nice, and the structure is good too. Nowadays most hotels and cyber coffees by the beach have wi-fi acess for like two dollars ($2) per hour of use.

    Have a nice trip!