where would you like to go in Brazil?
These cities are definitely worth the numbers of tourists visiting them every year, however, there is a lot more to Brazil than Rio or Sao Paulo or Salvador; how do we know this?
We know because we just spent 10 weeks roaming the country South to North and saw only a fraction of the immense and diverse place that Brazil is.
Over the next few weeks, we'll tell you more about our 10 weeks trip to Brazil, but right now you are reading this article because you love adventure travel, right? Great because if are looking for an adventure to remember then keep on reading and come with us off the beaten track to the state of Espirito Santo (ES) and its capital: Vitória.
ESPIRITO SANTO AND VITORIA: GEMS FROM HEAVEN
Photo courtesy of descortinandohorizontes
How we stumbled across Vitória, was a bit serendipitous; we were planning to leave Rio de Janeiro and head North to Porto Seguro and we realized that the journey by coach was going to be a long one, so we decided to look where we could split it in half and that's when Vitória appeared.
The pun about being gems from heaven is naturally intended seeing that Espirito Santo in Portuguese means "Holy Spirit" as in the Holy Ghost of Christianity.
Some curiosities about Espirito Santo
WHERE TO STAY IN VITORIA?
Located in the Historic Center, That Hostel is run by New Yorker Grant Lingel and his Brazilian wife Paula. Both have extensive travelling experience and Grant has been managing hostels for some time, so you'll notice his experience right away.
For instance, on the way to Vitória, we received an email from Grant offering to pick us up at the station at a lower fare than local taxis and I definitely recommend you take on his offer as taxis tend to have their meter running faster for anyone who's not from Vitória!
Being picked up by Grant made our arrival very simple and fast and it was also a great way to break the ice and get to know him immediately. On the way to the hostel Grant told us of how he came to Vitória in 2012 with the intention of staying only a few days but met Paula and, as they say, the rest is history...You can find out the full story about Grant and Paula here.
A bit further there are also a number of great things to see like the Pedra da Cebola Park, named after a massive rock that looks like an onion, or you can walk up to the Zen Monastery which is the only Zen monastery in Latin America and O Convento De Nossa Senhora Do Monte Do Carmo.
From these locations, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city.
WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN ESPIRITO SANTO
Grant organizes affordable tours in Vitória and to various part of the state, and whether you're in a mood for beaches and sand dunes or jungle hiking and waterfalls there will most likely be something that tickles your fancy.
Some of the tours include visiting The Santa Leopoldina and the Matilde Waterfalls, the Coffee Plantation Tour, the Pedra Azul and Domingos Martins Tour among others. Each has its own appeal, but all will ensure you will have a fun-packed adventurous day where you'll make lasting memories!
For a full list of tours offered by That Hostel, please click here.
Something we have learned over and over in our travels is that for as much as gorgeous and dazzling a location can be, what you'll remember the most from your travels it's the people you met, the impressions they made and memories you created.
Arrive as a stranger and leave as a friend!