When it comes to planning a trip to New Zealand, there are a handful of places that inevitably end up on a travel itinerary: Auckland (since most international flights arrive there), Queenstown (the adventure capital of New Zealand), and natural sights like Mount Cook and Milford Sound.
Just because the cold sets in, doesn’t mean the loss of the gym routine is inevitable. With a little pre-planning and season-specific clothing, the snow is the perfect medium for a variety of challenging winter sports.
Ilha Grande, the home to Lopes Mendes, is not where you go looking for parties and rowdy nightlife. As Frommer's puts it, “If you came looking for nightlife, then you made a wrong turn at Albuquerque.” There are no motor vehicles, banks, and ATM machines, either, although there have been rumors of an imminent ATM installation somewhere in the island's main settlement. Maybe it will happen one day, but for now, change money in Rio.