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Hotel das Cataratas

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It was a bizarre and wonderful experience: boarding a plane in the middle of winter in one of the biggest cities in the world and 14 hours later, walking off a flight onto the runway of a single baggage claim airport on the edges of Brazil’s famous rainforest, being immediately wrapped in summer’s heat. I couldn’t wait to get here, to smell the forest and feel the dampness on my skin. The air, sticky and thick, wrapped around you like a hug from an old friend.

We arrived in the quiet of night, a blanket that covered the infamous Iguassu Falls but could not hide the sounds of her roar. We stood there over the vista listening, catching the faintest glimmer of white capped water reflected from the starlight. We had just missed the full moon where upon the falls appear lunar rainbows, like a secret gift from the constellations.

Our hotel with its open-air walkways and pink-washed walls framed by grand oak rooms was more reminiscent of dreams I have had of colonial inspired adventure travel than anything I have experienced before. The beds where lords and great minds have rested, where Princess Diana took in the very view that stood before me, was as proud and polished as it was when it was built in 1958. I wondered what they thought about as they lay in the silence of night with one of the natural wonders of the world just a breath away…

*PS- if you stay at this property you can have private viewing access to the falls one hour before the park opens to the public!

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Above, in a MAIYET shirt dress / vintage Hermes backpack you can read about what is inside here / Michael Kors watch

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Above: As legend goes, step on the heart in the stone and find your one true love… 

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Above Dana Maxx dress

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See more of our adventures in South America here!

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  • http://www.maderasbeachco.com Rebecca Lippert Huber

    I just love your stories like this. They tap the deepest feelings of wanderlust I have. Gorgeous photos as always, thank you for sharing.

  • http://scrapsofmylove.tumblr.com/ Arzoo Amer

    Oh… I’m in love with Brazil already! Your stay at the Hotel das Cataratas seems so dreamy, I can’t even imagine waking up to a view like that. Looking so forward to all of your photos from your trip (And how is that you can make a simple shirt dress look so classy?! You’re always so beautiful, Jamie!)!

    • http://annstreetstudio.com/ Jamie Beck

      *exploding hearts*

  • http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/ Molly {Dreams in HD}

    so unbelievably beautiful! that view is just breathtaking. i just adore all of your photos from south america, what a magical place.

  • http://www.mylitleriojournal.wordpress.com/ Cristina Landi

    Love the way you write and describe what you saw and felt!!! I’m happy you liked my country! Anxious to read a post about your time in Rio and in Amazon forest.

    • http://annstreetstudio.com/ Jamie Beck

      Did you catch the RIO post?? I’m working on Amazon photos for next week, get ready! that was a real adventure! I loved your country and the people there!

      • http://www.mylitleriojournal.wordpress.com/ Cristina Landi

        So happy you liked Brazil!!! Yes I saw Rio post! Loved it! From your photos you got very good inspiration in your brazilian adventure!! Anxious for Amazon photos! Have a nice weekend!!

  • http://kikimac.me/ kiki mac

    gorgeous! i want every piece of furniture in all of your photos!