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South America


The trip of a life time!

If you’ve never been to Rio de Janiero, you must go!

Sites! City! Beaches! 7 Wonders of the World!

One of my very favorite vacations I’ve ever taken was to South America.  We spent 2 weeks visiting the highlights including: Rio seeing the Corcavado and Sugar Loaf Mountain, partied at Carnival, hiked to Machu Piccu in Peru, Iguacu Falls, Buenos Aires, to name a few. My father was President of the Rotary Club, so he took all of us to South America for the International Rotary Convention held in Rio De Janiero, Brazil.  We met other Rotarians from as far away as Egypt in their cultural outfits.

Christ Reedemer

Aerial view of Christ the Redeemer and Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil
Aerial view of Christ the Redeemer and Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil

Walked up to the breathtaking Christ Reedemer in Rio (one of the 7 Wonders of the World).  What an amazing site! Such a gigantic statue of Jesus spreading his arms over all of Rio with the spectacular Sugar Loaf Mountain in the background. Such a spectacular site and one I will never ever forget. You feel so small standing next to it.

Corcavado Christ Reedemer Kiana Tom Travel
Holding a photo of the Christ Reedmer
Sugar Loaf Mountain Kiana Travels
View of Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Corcavado Christ Reedemer from our hotel in Rio

Sugar Loaf Mountain

Rode the sky ride at Sugar Loaf Mountain.  What a surreal experience having only seen it in the movies.


Bought bikinis in Ipanema. Literally 7 fit in my makeup bag, they are that small!

Rio de Janiero

Lifted weights on the beaches of Rio de Janiero! Love that everyone does their workouts on the beach! Hm. Alot like Kiana’s Flex Appeal!

Lima, Peru

Played tennis on clay courts in Peru. Love playing tennis and to actually get to play on a clay court in Peru was so much fun!

Bought handmade blankets, beanies and coin purses made of llama fur from the locals. The mothers had their little babies on there back. They are all super tan with big white eyes and soulful faces.

Devils Throat at Iguazu Falls

Tourists at Iguazu Falls, one of the world's great natural wonders, near the border of Argentina and Brazil.
Tourists at Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s great natural wonders, near the border of Argentina and Brazil.

Saw the dramatic Devils Throat waterfall.   This is a huge waterfall, the size of 7 Niagra Falls. When we visited, there was NO safety rail or walkway like in the image above.  They only had a flimsy rope bridge to walk over which was quite scary but added to the energy and power of the waterfall! During our rope bridge walk, black butterflies circled all around us.  When the butterflies opened their wings, they were bright yellow or red inside their wings.

Brazil, Brasilia

Visited the capital of Brazil, Brasilia.  It was very futuristic looking.  I loved this Cathedral and especially the sculptures hanging form the ceiling.


Machu Picchu

Nice view of Machu Picchu, Peru, South America

Hiked to one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.  We were told to eat cocoa leaves to help keep our heart rate low in the high altitude. We hoped on the one way train that goes up and then backwards going down. How amazing to see the huge stones that weigh 100 tons each, placed to make a gigantic city high up on a hill. How did they get those huge stones up on the hill?















Kiana Tom

FOUNDER OF FIT FAMILY TRAVEL & KIANA’S FLEX APPEAL ESPN Kiana Tom is the Creator & Star of award-winning Kiana’s Flex Appeal, the #1 rated fitness show in the history of ESPN.  Fit Family Travel is an exciting new Travel Blog featuring travel tips, food, fashion, festivals, experiences and photography for health minded active families.

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