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Shakedown, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil‘s been in the spotlight this week for all the wrong reasons; losing 7-1 to Germany on their own turf has gotta hurt. But it’s the turf that we’re more interested in here, not the football – this is a travel website after all.

Commonly known as just Rio, the exciting Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil with a population of 6.4 million (though it’s not the capital, pub quiz fans). Famed for its breathtaking views, chilled beach culture and annual carnival, Rio’s a must-see hotspot for travellers with a hunger for partying and beautiful vistas. Can’t ask for more really, can you?

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Shakedown, Sao Paulo

This week’s Shakedown visits a city we don’t often talk about. It’s one of the world’s biggest cities, with over 17 million people making up the metropolis and peppering it with an infectious blend of multiculturalism and an unmistakable vibe. That’s right – if you haven’t yet read the title of this post, we’re heading to Brazil – currently in the spotlight thank to a certain football tournament – and touching down in one of South America’s most unsung destinations: São Paulo.
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| Photo by DislOck

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England: Meet Your Match

Unless you’ve been living in a crisp packet, you’ll know that we’re officially in the midst of football fever. Our boys are over in sunny Brazil doing us proud (well, trying to) and we’re here in the not-very-summery-but-at-least-it’s-not-raining-today UK wishing we were with them. It’s all very well watching the football in a beer garden but who wouldn’t rather be in warmer climes right now? So we thought we’d take a peek at England’s first three challengers: Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy. We might be in battle with their football teams right now, but boy are these some awesome places to visit.

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Shakedown, Lima

When people think of Peru they inevitably picture Machu Picchu – it’s hard not to. The World Heritage Site attracts thousands of tourists every year through the Ancient Inca Capital of Cuzco. Yet it’s the sprawling city of Lima that holds the title of Peru’s official capital. So what’s the deal with Lima?

Lima’s had a bit of a bad rep among the typical traveller crowd. For Peru’s capital city, it’s often overlooked by tourists heading to Machu Picchu, seeing it as a foggy, grey, transport hub. Well, in some ways they’re right. Lima lacks the scenic backdrops of Arequipa and the Inca heritage of Cuzco; being a far more urban metropolis, covered for most of the year in a blanket of fog.

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21 things you probably didn’t know about Colombia

If you haven’t been to Colombia yet, what’s stopping you? The stunning South American country really does have it all: sandy Caribbean beaches, lush jungles, awesome nightlife, amazing food… can I book my flight now?

But of course there’s more to Colombia than stunning scenery and parties, so we thought we’d give you the lowdown on the country’s history, culture, geography – everything, really – in a neat little list-shaped package.

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