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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:
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/yellow-fever-brazil


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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« Reply #140 on: May 02, 2013, 01:31:19 PM »
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?
I'm sure it will be better in Once.
My beef was being in the Recoleta area for shabbos.
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« Reply #141 on: May 02, 2013, 01:34:28 PM »
I'm sure it will be better in Once.
My beef was being in the Recoleta area for shabbos.

Oh good. We'll still be able to see the Sunday morning fair before our flight out at 12:30 from AEP.

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« Reply #142 on: May 02, 2013, 01:35:16 PM »
Oh good. We'll still be able to see the Sunday morning fair before our flight out at 12:30 from AEP.
There are numerous fairs on Sunday throughout the city.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #143 on: May 02, 2013, 01:39:19 PM »
There are numerous fairs on Sunday throughout the city.

I wasn't aware. Any one you'd recommend with our flight being when it is?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #144 on: May 02, 2013, 01:42:03 PM »
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?
I would skip BA for Rio personally. Marriot IIRC is close to the Jewish center of Copa, I did not stay there I actually stayed at the Sheraton but the Marriot looked really nice. I did check it out as I had looked into staying there and was curious what it's like. It is right across the street from the famous Copacabana beach.

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« Reply #145 on: May 02, 2013, 03:33:59 PM »
I wasn't aware. Any one you'd recommend with our flight being when it is?
I've only been to the one in Recoleta, but there are other major ones in San Telmo and Palermo.
Fodor's BA has the full listing.

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?
Rio=An absolutely stunning city, but extremely pritzusdik, dangerous esp at night, with little kosher food. Used to be cheap but probably isn't anymore due to the strong currency.
BA=A European feeling city that's far more affordable than Europe due to the Peso blue market, with a plethora of very unique kosher food, ice cream, and bakeries. And an awesome PH.
Iguazu=Breathtaking and fun but nothing kosher and the dated Sheraton is perfectly located but overpriced.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #146 on: May 03, 2013, 12:08:16 PM »
what is the best way fo get to rio in july/augest in miles?

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« Reply #147 on: May 03, 2013, 02:12:58 PM »
what is the best way fo get to rio in july/augest in miles?
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #148 on: May 03, 2013, 02:54:53 PM »
I'm sure it will be better in Once.
My beef was being in the Recoleta area for shabbos.
No kidding Shabbos was then "disappointing"!
Shabbos in Once was for me a beautiful experience, no comparison at all to Shabbos in Rio - where there is hardly a frum community (if at all)...
Spending Shabbos in Once BA - the largest concentration of Jews in the southern hemisphere, is IMHO a must, if your traveling to that region.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #149 on: May 03, 2013, 03:02:43 PM »
No kidding Shabbos was then "disappointing"!
Shabbos in Once was for me a beautiful experience, no comparison at all to Shabbos in Rio - where there is hardly a frum community (if at all)...
Spending Shabbos in Once BA - the largest concentration of Jews in the southern hemisphere, is IMHO a must, if your traveling to that region.
When were you last there? Did you know someone there? Where did you stay? Did you get set up at someone's house?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #151 on: May 03, 2013, 03:21:27 PM »
When were you last there? Did you know someone there? Where did you stay? Did you get set up at someone's house?
Exactly.  Unless you know someone there are no hotels in Once and it's a shlep to walk from the PH to Once though it is doable in a pinch.  I'm not one to call and ask to be hosted by a stranger.

In Rio and SP there are great hotels right in the communities.  SP has an awesome community to be in the middle of for shabbos and it's in an upper-class neighborhood (Jardins among others) unlike Once.
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« Reply #152 on: May 03, 2013, 03:22:04 PM »
When were you last there? Did you know someone there? Where did you stay? Did you get set up at someone's house?
4+ yrs ago, I did know several people there, not in a hotel ('nuff said ;) ).

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« Reply #153 on: May 03, 2013, 03:24:27 PM »
Exactly.  Unless you know someone there are no hotels in Once and it's a shlep to walk from the PH to Once though it is doable in a pinch.

In Rio and SP there are great hotels right in the communities.  SP has an awesome community to be in the middle of for shabbos and it's in an upper-class neighborhood (Jardins among others) unlike Once.

We know someone who (as far as we know) still lives in Once. I was just curious if the community set people up for Shabbos if you called and asked them. Like a hachnasas orchim thing.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #154 on: May 03, 2013, 03:25:52 PM »
Exactly.  Unless you know someone there are no hotels in Once and it's a shlep to walk from the PH to Once though it is doable in a pinch.  I'm not one to call and ask to be hosted by a stranger.

In Rio and SP there are great hotels right in the communities.  SP has an awesome community to be in the middle of for shabbos and it's in an upper-class neighborhood (Jardins among others) unlike Once.
True.  But it's still very worth spending a Shabbos in Once; which unlike in SP, the community is very concentrated in a relatively small area (to my limited knowledge, CMIIW).

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #155 on: May 03, 2013, 03:27:50 PM »

We know someone who (as far as we know) still lives in Once. I was just curious if the community set people up for Shabbos if you called and asked them. Like a hachnasas orchim thing.
Good question, IDK the answer, though perhaps some resident Porteños on DDF can answer that.  But I do know that (also unlike SP) the community is very very poor (a select few are very wealthy, but that's pretty much it).

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #156 on: May 03, 2013, 03:28:20 PM »
True.  But it's still very worth spending a Shabbos in Once

Any tips on how to do that if the people we know moved?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #157 on: May 03, 2013, 03:29:06 PM »
True.  But it's still very worth spending a Shabbos in Once; which unlike in SP, the community is very concentrated in a relatively small area (to my limited knowledge, CMIIW).
The frum community in SP is all concentrated in Jardins, though there are dozens of other amazing massive chabad houses throughput SP.
Jardins is quite lovely though and there's a great kiddush lunch at Chabad.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #158 on: May 03, 2013, 03:38:27 PM »
The frum community in SP is all concentrated in Jardins, though there are dozens of other amazing massive chabad houses throughput SP.
Jardins is quite lovely though and there's a great kiddush lunch at Chabad.
That's not so simple - at all.
The community is basically split between Jardins and Higienópolis.
Though I agree as well that Jardins is a lovely neighborhood, and yes there are other beautiful Chabad houses throughout SP, you really can't skip over Higienópolis in which a very large percentage of the community lives.
In Higienópolis there are beautiful tremendous Shul's, e.g. the gorgeous Beit Yaakov AKA Safra shul, Mekor Chaim + many more.

BTW FTR there are two Chabad Shul's in Jardins, though you are probably referring to the Beit Chabad Central ;)

ETA: Though I must add, that Jardins and Higienópolis are really not far from each other, and you can walk from one to the other, though it's inconvenient.  Both are very wealthy areas.
« Last Edit: May 03, 2013, 03:43:43 PM by Galitzyaner »

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #159 on: May 03, 2013, 03:40:11 PM »
Yup, forgot about Higienópolis. 
I preferred Jardins though.

Either are much nicer than Once.
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