World Travel Tales

São Miguel do Gostoso, Brazil

Wind Sports

The Northeast corner of Brazil is world famous for having great conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing. What is an on-shore wind for most of Brazil turns into a cross-shore wind as the land turns the corner. With the aid of a shuttle vehicle for pick-up, windsurfers and kite surfers are able to do really long down-wind runs along the North coast, something not possible in most places.

This photo was taken at the home of Paolo Migliorini, aka. Dr. Wind, an italian, professional windsurfer, who, when he visited for the first time, fell in love with this place for its ideal conditions.

Location: São Miguel do Gostoso, Brazil

Related Link: Website of Dr. Wind

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 400, 1/1250 sec at f/5.

Amazon Basin, Brazil

Giant Tarantula

Nope!

Nope, nope, nope. That was my first thought when I saw kids playing with this giant tarantula. But after seeing them playing with the spider and letting it crawl all over their faces and bodies, I was persuaded to give it a shot.

It was so big, I could feel the weight of it as it crawled on my hand. I bailed immediately and swept him off when he started scurrying up towards my armpit. He pulled a ninja move as he was falling by reaching out and grabbing the fabric of my board shorts to arrest his fall. Sensing I was about to freak out, the kids swooped in and rescued him (and me).

Location: Amazon Basin, Brazil

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 1600, 1/60 sec at f/8.

Amazon Basin, near Manaus, Brazil

Surviving in the Amazon Basin

The people of the Amazon have to be resourceful. We stopped and visited with a few local families and experienced what life is like in the worlds largest rainforest.

Location: Amazon Basin, near Manaus, Brazil

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 800, 1/250 sec at f/1.8.

Amazon River, Somewhere between Belém and Manaus, Brazil

Amazon River Boats

The people who live along the Amazon River flock towards the passing boats where people will pass provisions or other things down to them. These tiny wooden boats are often paddled by young children and we saw many tie themselves on to hitch a ride upstream.

Location: Amazon River, Somewhere between Belém and Manaus, Brazil

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1/8 lens.
Settings: ISO 250, 1/50 sec at f/8.

Somewhere between Natal and Fortaleza, Northeastern Brazil

Sand Roads of North East Brazil

The roads between beach towns in Northeastern Brazil are all sand paths between low shrubbage. They're only passable by 4x4 vehicles, and the Toyota Land Cruiser heavily favoured, most being equipped with snorkels for deep water passages.

Location: Somewhere between Natal and Fortaleza, Northeastern Brazil

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/100 sec at f/8.

Amazon Basin near Manaus, Brazil

Children of the Amazon Basin

Deep in the Amazon Basin of Brazil, we stayed overnight with a local family who showed us their way of life.

The family earned a living by producing dried manioc flour, which many Brazilians sprinkle over their food, and selling or trading it to others in the area for goods or services that they offered.

When we first arrived, we were lucky to catch these children cornering and capturing a large tarantula in a hole in a tree. After the capture they fearlessly let the spider run around on their bodies and faces. They insisted that we also let the spider run around on us, so to their delighted giggles, I eventually offered my hand. The tarantula didn't like my hand and quickly bolted up my arm towards my armpit, which is when I noped right out of there and swept him off of me.

After spending a couple days with these kids, we had formed a good friendship. This photo was taken just before our departure back to base camp in the Amazon.

Location: Amazon Basin near Manaus, Brazil

Camera: Nikon D50 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 400, 1/125 sec at f/5.6.