Unorthodox Travel spoke with travel bloggers Robson Cadore and Natalie Deduck from LoveandRoad about their home region, Southern Brazil.
Unorthodox Travel: So Southern Brazil, that’s Rio and Sao Paulo, right?
Robson Cadore: A bit further south! Rio is kind of in the center of Brazil and we are located closer to Uruguay. We are really down in the south by the coast.
UT: How far away is it? What sort of distances are we talking from?
Natalie Deduck: It’s around 800 kilometers from Rio, around an hour by flight.
UT: So what’s in the south?
ND: Here we have mountains. We have beaches. We have forests. We have a lot of historical heritage, but we are not in the spotlight for international travel.
UT: So if I came to Southern Brazil for a week, where might I go?
RC: Okay. First thing first, if you come here in summertime you’ll find amazing beach clubs and nightclubs. The beaches here are amazing for surfing or just relaxing. The state capital is called Florianopolis. It’s an island with more than 50 beaches.
UT: Wow, okay, so it’s not just the Copacabana for a beach in Brazil?
RC: We are blessed with nature here. We have really calm beaches for families to sunbath and go to the sea. And then we have beaches with world-class waves for surfing.
UT: So it’s a big summertime destination?
ND: I would say that for national travelers, summer and winter are both strong. We also have the mountains and a nice canyon. And we have snow in Brazil!
UT: Snow in Brazil! What else are you going to shock us with?
RC: Another fun fact is that we used to have the second biggest Oktoberfest in the world just after Munich, because our state was colonised by Germans, as well as Portuguese and Italians. You can see the whole architecture is still kind of in German style. They have traditional dances and cultural clubs to keep the heritage alive.
UT: So the people in Southern Brazil are quite different to the rest of the country?
ND: Yes, we speak totally differently. The food is not that different, except we really love cheese. Then we have different festivals, like a seafood festival on the coast. Also the gaucho culture is very strong here, you know, cattle farms, cowboys and big steaks. We also drink Argentinian mate.
UT: And how about the famous Brazilian carnival?
RC: We do have a carnival, but it’s almost nothing like the north. What we like to do is go to a party or club and we will spend a night dancing to electronic music or country music.
UT: So you’re in Southern Brazil now, what’s on your travel bucketlist for after the pandemic?
ND: We’re really dreaming of doing a road trip to South America, get a campervan or something, and do like a month or two months in South America.
RC: Actually, six months
UT: Maybe six years!
Robson Cadore & Natalie Deduck run the popular bilingual blog LoveandRoad. Originally from Southern Brazil they set off on a world adventure in 2014 and share their travels with over 150,000 followers. Their new project is The Best of Turin, a site dedicated focused on a city they recently lived in. Robson and Natalie were speaking to Unorthodox Travel editor Stephen Bailey.