Birding half a world away in the Rio Botanical Gardens

So after the marathon UN conference in Rio, I had one last day to enjoy poking around the city on my own. I could have spent it literally following my nose—to all the corner bakeries and sandwich shops for buttery jelly-filled cookies (for breakfast too? Yes!) or yet another exotic fruit juice combo (pineapple-mint-orange? Yum!).

Pond with lily pads and mountain in distance at the Rio Botanical Gardens

But instead I took a taxi to the Botanical Gardens to get to know birds half a world away from home. Read More…