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***Health Information as of January 25, 2018***

There is a Yellow fever outbreak in Rio and Sao Paulo and the whole population is getting vaccinated. See the CDC alert here:
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Curitiba

Trip Reports
Ya'alili - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg946415#msg946415
CGR in Rio, Iguazu (Brazil & Argentina), and Sao Paulo: https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=128303.msg2555280#msg2555280

Kosher Food Options
Contact Chabad Parana for updated information regarding any Kosher food there. Otherwise plenty of snacks and fruits.

Hotels with Points
Four Points by Sheraton, ten minute walk to Chabad.
Radisson, fifteen minute walk to Chabad.

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - Cab to/from Chabad area and hotels should be around R$60.
Executive Bus - Excellent and comfortable executive bus, every half hour to main places in Curitiba for R$12.
Public Bus - There are buses to downtown for R$3, from there you can connect almost anywhere in the city.

Major Activities

Florianopolis

Trip Reports
ChikkyMonkey - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg860807#msg860807
MendyP - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg680690#msg680690
Ya'alili - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg936627#msg936627

Kosher Food Options
Contact Chabad Parana for updated information regarding any Kosher food there. Otherwise plenty of snacks and fruits.

Hotels with Points
None.

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - They are metered from FLN to where you are going. We stayed in Barra Lagoa and it was R$55.
Executive Bus - Yellow buses go between major destinations to the airport and bus terminal - R$6.
Public Bus - Not from the airport. But from the bus station it's tricky but doable - R$3.

Major Activities
Water-sports and relaxing. During peak-season (Dec-Jan) there is plenty to do, such as scuba diving, gliding, boat tours and more. We were there during winter break (Jul) and the waves were great for surfing, and the dunes at Joaquina were great for sandboarding.

There are beautiful beaches all over the island of Florianopolis. During the winter the north beaches tend to be the warmest as the wind doesn't attack it directly. Center/east beaches are really nice, the best for surfing, but can get cold. Mole and Joaquina are the most popular from those. Didn't trek down south on my trip there, but the beaches are supposedly great as well, though very calm and sleepy kind of towns next to them and people going fishing there.

A small town on the west side of the island, has a boardwalk and bicycle path along the water, nice place to go for sunset. Old historic architecture there, many buildings there hundreds of years old. It's about 10-15 minutes north of downtown FLN.

Iguacu Falls

Trip Reports
ChikkyMonkey - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg860807#msg860807
Dan - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=3052.msg27332#msg27332
Jaywhy - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44601.msg937926#msg937926
Ya'alili - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=38231.msg735169#msg735169
Yehoshua - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=34693.msg641453#msg641453

Kosher Food Options
There are no kosher food options other than some snacks and fruits. Over the border some stores sell Beigel's and there are a few Freddo Helado locations.

Hotels with Points
Sheraton Iguazu in the Argentina side of the park.
Park Hyatt Iguacu Falls coming soon!

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - The airport is between downtown and the park. Taxi to either of those place shouldn't be more than R$15.
Executive Bus - There are no executive buses on the Brazilian side. Other side there are buses to any place for 40 pesos.
Public Bus - The park and hostels/hotels are connected by public bus with the airport. Not very frequent schedule, cab is better - R$3.

Major Activities

Manaus

Trip Reports
Fan of Dan - Part 1 forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg404773#msg404773
Fan of Dan - Part 2 forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg406102#msg406102
Fan of Dan - Part 3 forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg488834#msg488834
Ya'alili - Coming soon!

Kosher Food Options
Chabad Manaus offers excellent take-out at great prices. More info here - www.chabadmanaus.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1244281/jewish/Kosher.htm.

Hotels with Points
Holiday Inn by IHG - 1hr15m walk to Chabad.
Park Suites by Radisson. - About a 3h walk to Chabad..

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - Flat rate on leaving the airport to anywhere in Manaus - R$65.
Executive Bus - There are EB in Manaus itself (means it comes with AC here) though non to the airport.
Public Bus - One bus makes the trip once an hour between the airport and downtown, during regular operating hours - R$3.

Major Activities

Porto Alegre

Trip Reports
Ya'alili - Coming soon!

Kosher Food Options
Lechaim Delicatessen - Maybe call before to see if they are open, we went during hours and they were closed.
Rua Fernandes Vieira, 518, Porto Alegre ~ (51) 3311-2323.

Hotels with Points
Sheraton Porto Alegre Hotel - 25 minute walk to Chabad.
Radisson Porto Alegre - 25 minute walk to Chabad.
Holiday Inn Porto Alegre - 40 minute walk to Chabad.

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - Depending on where you are headed, average about R$25-45.
Metro - People mover connects the airport to the nearby metro station, cost R$3 to get to town.
Public Bus - One bus (T5) makes the trip every 20 minutes, cost R$3 to get to town.

Major Activities

Rio de Janeiro

Trip Reports
ChikkyMonkey - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg860807#msg860807
Jaywhy - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44601.msg916299#msg916299
MendyP - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg680690#msg680690
Ya'alili - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=38231.msg773283#msg773283
Yehoshua - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=34693.msg641453#msg641453

Restaurants
Barilan (Copacabana) - Sunday only meat lunch place inside a school. There is a large buffet and you pay by the weight of your plate.
Rua Pompeu Loureiro, 48, Rio de Janeiro ~ (21) 2235-3110.

Deleite (Copacabana) - Dairy pizza shop and cafe.
Rua Anita Garibaldi, 83, Rio de Janeiro ~ (21) 3507-1973.

Shelanu (Copacabana) - Meat restaurant located inside the Israeli club.
Rua Barata Ribiero, 489, Rio de Janeiro ~ (21) 3042-1483.

Pizzaria Braz (Jardim Botanico) - Excellent pizza chain in BR. This one location becomes kosher once a month by Beit Lubavitch Rio. Usually a Tuesday.
Rua Maria Angélica, 129, Rio de Janeiro ~ (21) 2535-0687.

Hotels with Points near a Shul (Walking Minutes)
Barra da Tijuca - Grand Hyatt (Opening 2015), Radisson - (30 minutes).
Copacabana - JW Marriott (15 minutes).
Leblon - Sheraton Leblon about a 20 minute walk from the excellent Chabad Leblon.

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - Depending from where you are coming SDU should be about R$40 and GIG about R$60.
Executive Bus - service from both GIG and SDU to any place in Rio for R$13.
Public Bus - To get to downtown from both airports is very easy with PB, though if you need to get further EB is a lot better and more reliable.

Major Activities

São Paulo

Trip Reports
ChikkyMonkey - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg860807#msg860807
Jaywhy Part 1 - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44601.msg902728#msg902728
Jaywhy Part 2 - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44601.msg916299#msg916299
MendyP - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg680690#msg680690
Ya'alili - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg937054#msg937054

Restaurants

Buffet Hebraico (Pinheiros) is located inside the JCC of São Paulo. Best bet would be to go there on a Sunday when they usually have a rodizio there.
Rua Hungria, 1000, São Paulo ~ (11) 3818-8800.

Cantina de Bero (Jardins) the first restaurant and the only one to stay open - Upscale full service dairy restaurant pizza pasta and sushi, they have rodizio of sushi every tuesday and thursday.
delivery to any hotel, great service
Rua Padre João Manuel, 881, São Paulo ~ (11) 3064-9022.

Cantina Parma (Higienopolis) - another mediocre pizza shop in SP.
Rua Rosa e Silva, 222, São Paulo ~ (11) 3825-2579.

Celadon (Higienopolis) - a new dairy place that opened this year, Dan was there.
Praça Vilaboim, 73, São Paulo ~ (11) 2738-1500.


Matok (Higienopolis) - Pizza is decent and their ice cream is good. They cater for most airlines from GRU.
Alameda Barros, 921, São Paulo ~ (11) 3661-2111.

Metsuyan (Perdizes) - Chinese style take-out place with great food, inside the large kosher supermarket SuperK.
Rua Traipu, 66, São Paulo ~ (11) 3663-3030.

Nur (Higienopolis) - They are not cheap, but very good food and great service. They make a rodizio once in a while too. Top eatery in SP.
Rua Tupi, 792, São Paulo ~ (11) 3666-4992.

Pinati (Higienopolis) - Is an Israeli eatery, their food is not that good, and neither are prices. Still probably the only place to get shawarma and falafel in SP.
Alameda Barros, 782, Sao Paulo ~ (11) 3668-5424.

Sushi Papaya (Higienopolis - kosher location) - is a phonomenal sushi restaurant. Again prices are high, but the sushi is amazing, in the ranks of Yakimono.
Praça Vilaboim, 31, São Paulo ~ (11) 3824-0400.

Via Babush (Higienopolis) - Is probably the best pizza place in town. They have excellent sushi rodizios every week also, and all you can eat buffets.
Rua Barão de Tatuí, 115, São Paulo ~ (11) 3494-0000.

Pizza Braz (Higienopolis) - is a popular pizza chain in BR. About once in a month it goes completely kosher and CY. Expensive but probably the best pizza in SP.
Rua Sergipe, 406, São Paulo ~ (11) 3214-3337.

Bakeries, Groceries & Ice Cream
All Kosher (Higienopolis) - Grocery and supermarket, they are on FB.
Alameda Barros, 391, São Paulo ~ (11) 3825-1131.


Goody (Bom Retiro) - A large bakery selection. Don't miss the brigadeiros if they have them.
Rua Correia de Melo, 119, São Paulo ~ (11) 3331-1288.

Menorah (Bom Retiro) - Small supermarket in BR, not everything is Mehadrin Kosher there, be careful.
Rua Guarani, 114, São Paulo ~ (11) 3228-6105.

Pardes (Higienopolis) - They are on FB, supermarket with small bakery section too.
Rua Padre João Manuel, 732, São Paulo ~ (11) 3068-9093.

Sorveteria Sottozero (Perdizes) - Very popular ice cream store that got certified kosher recently.
Av. Sumaré, 840, São Paulo.

Super K (Perdizes) - The largest kosher supermarket in SP, has everything there, prices are high.
Rua Traipu, 66, São Paulo ~ (11) 3663-3030.

Shuls
Bayit (Higienopolis) - Really nice Chabad House, R' Michaan was the Rabbi. main jewish area
Beit Chabad Brooklin - far away from jewish comunity but nice for shabbos, but they are close to many of the main SP points hotels.
Beit Chabad Central (Jardins) - The main Chabad house serving SP, Building is a replica of 770 in NY. Lively Kiddush every Shabbos after Shachris.
Beit Chabad Itaim (Itaim - Jardins Europa) - Beautiful Chabad house in a very upscale part of SP. Best Kiddush Friday night after Maariv.
Beit Chabad Morumbi - Very residential and upscale area of SP.
Beit Chabad Perdizes - Nice Shul, right next to main jewish area, and hotels options nearby.
Beit Chabad Pinheiros - Extremely warm Shul community members, and great Kiddush every Shabbos afternoon.
Beit Yaakov Sephardi (Higienopolis) - Fancy Shul for the ones who can afford it. Will be very hard to enter if you not a member.
Makor Chaim Sephardi (Higienopolis) - On the same note as Beit Yaakov, both of them beautiful and rich Shul's.
Mishcan Menachem Chabad (Jardins Paulista) - Shul with some programs throughout the week.
Talmud Torah Chabad (Bom Retiro) - Basic Shul in a very undesirable section of SP.
Tiferes Chabad (Higienopolis) - Simple Shul, nothing major stands out, better place elsewhere.
Tzeirei Agudas Chabad (Jardins) - A Shtiebel as opposed to a Chabad House, Heimishe Minyan. zayants shul

Hotels with Points near a Shul (Walking Minutes)
Brookin - Grand Hyatt (25 minutes), Hilton (20 minutes), Park Inn by Radisson (35 minutes), Radisson Villa Olympia (20 minutes), Sheraton (15 minutes).
Itaim - Marriott EA (20 minutes), Radisson Faria Lima (5 minutes), Staybridge Suites (10 minutes).
Jardins - Intercontinental (25 minutes), Renaissance (15 minutes).
Perdizes - Holiday Inn Express (15 minutes).

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - Fixed prices from the airport to different parts of SP. To Jardins will set you back about R$120.
Executive Bus - From the airport to various areas of SP, a little more than R$40.
Public Bus - Number 257 goes from GRU to the metro station Tataupe for R$5. From there you can continue on the metro throughout SP.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #120 on: February 18, 2013, 12:46:27 AM »
So I am trying to go someplace on vacation. the grand hyatt Sao Paulo how far is it from any shuls and any kosher restaurants. Plus is it a worth it to visit over a weekend from Thur to sun night,


The community you'll want to be in is called Jardins.
There's nothing around the GH AFAIK.
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The best you can look for AFAIK, would be the Hotel Caesar Business (of the Accor chain), and the Renaissance SP (Marriott category 5, 25k points/night but quite a value for a room that easily goes for $800/night).  Both are right near each other, and in Jardins.  The best location you can ask for, as central as it gets, right near everything (Jewish and not). A dozen shuls are within a few minute walk (that would include everything imaginable; Ashkenaz, Sefard, Chabad, Chassidish, Litvish...)!!

And a walk to Higienopolis (the other major concentration of Yidden), is also very close by.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #121 on: February 18, 2013, 01:28:48 AM »
+1000
Though, beats me what on earth you'd be doing a whole entire Shabbos in that border-area of the falls..  Why not spend a Shabbos in Rio or SP?   There are lots of great places to spend Shabbos..
I highly recommend Iguasu if you have extra time (Amazonas probably requires lots more time).
If you stay at the Sheraton Iguazu there are a lot of lovely trails you can walk around on Shabbos, as long as you make sure it is in the techum first. Rio on Shabbos is pretty awesome too!!

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #122 on: April 17, 2013, 03:00:28 PM »
Thinking of going to Rio for a few days as part of a longer trip.  How long is recommended for a visit?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #123 on: May 01, 2013, 09:09:01 PM »
Thoughts on this plan?
Flying into gig on a Thursday morning.
JW marriott near Chabad house. Thu-shabbos in rio
Saturday night fly to iguzu. Sunday and Monday in iguzu at the Sheraton.
Monday fly to ba. Tuesday and Wednesday at PH. Fly out Wednesday night.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #124 on: May 01, 2013, 09:19:55 PM »
Thoughts on this plan?
Flying into gig on a Thursday morning.
JW marriott near Chabad house. Thu-shabbos in rio
Saturday night fly to iguzu. Sunday and Monday in iguzu at the Sheraton.
Monday fly to ba. Tuesday and Wednesday at PH. Fly out Wednesday night.

That's almost my itinerary in reverse, so it sounds good to me.

My itinerary:
Land in BA Wed afternoon. PH through Shabbos.
Fly to Iguazu Sun afternoon, leave Tue afternoon to Rio.
Rio from Tue evening, flying out Thursday late night.

We decided to go to BA first for two reasons: more kosher food and award flight availability.

Why are you planning it the way you are? When are you planning on going?

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« Reply #125 on: May 01, 2013, 09:25:07 PM »
The following morning of our Amazon trip we went on a guided tour of the rainforest. We got lucky and were the only 2 ppl in the group. The way it works is that when you check in they give you a schedule of all your tours and then you meet in the open air lobby for each tour. Our guide started walking in the forest and within 30 seconds the jungle swallowed us up and we had no clue where we had come from. Our guide is an Indian who saw a building for the first time when he was 30. He told us how growing up in the village they ate mainly fish however sometimes they would kill monkeys with their bow and arrows. He had these scars running up his arms which he got in his Indian Bar Mitzva. When they become teenagers they take a machete and cut even lines every centimeter around their arms from the shoulder to the hand!

Once we were in the forest it was cool how he knew what everthing was. He would see a vine a start swinging on it like Tarzan a solid 40 feet. We got to try it too. He would randomly pick up roots and leaves and show us things they would do with them. He taughts us how to use a dart gun and bow and arrow etc. It was really cool. This tour was probably the best part of the Amazon for us.

We got back 3 hours later and were given the afternoon to chill. We had nothing scheduled until 3pm so we went swimming in these natural pools that ran along our cottage. We then went kayaking ourselves on the Amazon to watch the monkeys on the riverbanks. They have kayaks but do not advertise it so you gotta ask. At 3 we joined up with a tour to go to an island nearby which has a lot of monkeys which you can see up close. They were way cooler than the monkeys we would see anywhere else in Brazil, After that we caught some more Piranah and were done. That night we went crocodile hunting. The idea is that since the river is so dark when you shine a search light it lights up their eyes and blinds them for a few minutes. The guide then jumps into the pirhana infested amazon to grab it and show it to eveyone. Did not find anything though.

That was it for the Amazon and the next morning we took the 930 am departure, which we did in order to have a day to explore Manaus.

To be continued.

AWSOME report the Amazon is on my list of to do's, what time of year did you go? also I have purchased a ticket in 2005 Rio-Sao Palo - Iguzu on TAM website but in Portuguese and I paid as a Brazilian, it was like $70 and no questions were asked, Iwill do the same on on my next trip.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #126 on: May 01, 2013, 09:30:40 PM »
AWSOME report the Amazon is on my list of to do's, what time of year did you go? also I have purchased a ticket in 2005 Rio-Sao Palo - Iguzu on TAM website but in Portuguese and I paid as a Brazilian, it was like $70 and no questions were asked, Iwill do the same on on my next trip.

Why would it be cheaper on the Brazilian website? I just checked now on both and the US site was actually cheaper (using xe.com to convert the currency)  Also, why would they are questions?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #127 on: May 01, 2013, 09:35:07 PM »
Why would it be cheaper on the Brazilian website? I just checked now on both and the US site was actually cheaper (using xe.com to convert the currency)  Also, why would they are questions?
As a general rule the Brazilian fares are cheaper. Proven many times.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #128 on: May 01, 2013, 09:36:55 PM »
As a general rule the Brazilian fares are cheaper. Proven many times.

Oh.  We just plan on adding IGU-GIG as our free stop on our mileage ticket so we won't be paying.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #129 on: May 01, 2013, 09:59:40 PM »
That's almost my itinerary in reverse, so it sounds good to me.

My itinerary:
Land in BA Wed afternoon. PH through Shabbos.
Fly to Iguazu Sun afternoon, leave Tue afternoon to Rio.
Rio from Tue evening, flying out Thursday late night.

We decided to go to BA first for two reasons: more kosher food and award flight availability.

Why are you planning it the way you are? When are you planning on going?
Award availability.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #130 on: May 01, 2013, 10:00:33 PM »
Award availability.

When are you planning on going? Which airlines?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #131 on: May 01, 2013, 10:11:45 PM »
AA. Middle of June. If I can convince wife to leave the kids
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« Reply #132 on: May 01, 2013, 10:15:14 PM »
We're planning on going at the end of Nov.  BA will be in the low 70s, Iguazu in the mid 80s and humid, Rio in the mid 80s also.  We were thinking of going in July or August, but 1) there was no award availability and 2) it will be cold in BA (highs in the low to mid 50s) and my wife and I don't like cold on vacation.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #133 on: May 02, 2013, 12:16:21 AM »
Thinking of going to Iguazu..

is it normal to go with our two year old child? its if we go with children we are going to miss out on all the fun?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #134 on: May 02, 2013, 06:17:41 AM »
Thoughts on this plan?
Flying into gig on a Thursday morning.
JW marriott near Chabad house. Thu-shabbos in rio
Saturday night fly to iguzu. Sunday and Monday in iguzu at the Sheraton.
Monday fly to ba. Tuesday and Wednesday at PH. Fly out Wednesday night.
Wanted to get thoughts of someone who has been there on this itinerary
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #135 on: May 02, 2013, 07:19:27 AM »
Thoughts on this plan?
Flying into gig on a Thursday morning.
JW marriott near Chabad house. Thu-shabbos in rio
Saturday night fly to iguzu. Sunday and Monday in iguzu at the Sheraton.
Monday fly to ba. Tuesday and Wednesday at PH. Fly out Wednesday night.
What time would you leave IGU/IGR? You need the better part of 2 days there to cover both sides of the falls, which is an absolute must.

I did the helicopter (price is very nego) and the "Macuco Safari" on the Brazillian side, but you can prob do those on the Argentine side as well.

BA is awesome on Sunday, lots of great fairs.    But shabbos there was disappointing, I think Rio is a good place for shabbos.

Perhaps go to BA from Rio though?  Other advantage would be getting dirt cheap pesos in BA before heading to Iguazu.
2 nights for the first time in BA is on the short side, I'd recommend 3.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #136 on: May 02, 2013, 08:13:25 AM »
Thanks for your response.
Tuesday is a fast day. Need to be in ba on Tuesday
Latest flight I see leaving igu is 315
I'm less a city/shopping/eating kind of guy and more a scenery/hiking or museums kind of guy
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #137 on: May 02, 2013, 08:49:26 AM »
BA is awesome on Sunday, lots of great fairs.    But shabbos there was disappointing, I think Rio is a good place for shabbos.

We were planning on spending shabbos in Once with a family friend. Did you not like BA a on shabbos because of the hotel and shul/lack of a community?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #138 on: May 02, 2013, 09:16:29 AM »
Wanted to get thoughts of someone who has been there on this itinerary
Sounds good. The Marriot is really nice btw. Sounds perfect and enjoy Rio it's such a party.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #139 on: May 02, 2013, 09:21:45 AM »
Sounds good. The Marriot is really nice btw. Sounds perfect and enjoy Rio it's such a party.
Thanks. And if the wife makes us come back Monday night instead of Wednesday, skip iguazu or BA?
And how is the marriott for shabbos?
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