Niterói, Cabo Frio, and Búzios are a great start to any Brazil visit. Did you know Brazil is so vast that you could fit the entire continental U.S. (at least the contiguous 48) inside its borders? Given that, it’s no mean task to figure out exactly where to focus your travel there. On our first trip to Brazil last October, we started with a deep dive into Rio de Janeiro (posts here and here) and then traveled south to Ihla Grande, Paraty, and Florianópolis. We were hooked on Brazil, but we felt we’d just scratched the surface. For a return trip, where would we go and what would we see? And how long would we stay? The first part of the puzzle dropped right into place. Our good friends Ian and Nicky Mackenzie, creators of the awesome travel blog Above Us Only Skies, were doing an extended house-sit in the Rio-adjacent…

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