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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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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #160 on: May 03, 2013, 03:46:24 PM »
Yup, forgot about Higienópolis. 
I preferred Jardins though.

Either are much nicer than Once.
Oh and how!  But I'm talking spiritual beauty...
The quantity of Jews and the size of the frum community is incomparable. 

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« Reply #161 on: May 03, 2013, 03:52:02 PM »
Either are much nicer than Once.

What major US Jewish community would you compare Once too in terms of niceness? What about Jardins?

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« Reply #162 on: May 03, 2013, 03:54:50 PM »
What major US Jewish community would you compare Once too in terms of niceness? What about Jardins?
I for one, can't think of any fair comparison, that would do justice.
But I'd love to see what others can come up with!

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« Reply #163 on: May 03, 2013, 04:16:09 PM »
What major US Jewish community would you compare Once too in terms of niceness? What about Jardins?
Neither exists, SA is very different than NA in every possible way.
 
First of all everyone lives in apartments in BA and SP so it's not really comparable at all.
But if you made me think Compton for Once and Hancock Park for Jardins.  Though the Once area is on the upswing and I wouldn't let my wife walk alone at night in either.
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« Reply #164 on: May 03, 2013, 05:06:12 PM »
Neither exists, SA is very different than NA in every possible way.
 
First of all everyone lives in apartments in BA and SP so it's not really comparable at all.
But if you made me think Compton for Once and Hancock Park for Jardins.  Though the Once area is on the upswing and I wouldn't let my wife walk alone at night in either.

Apartments? Really? I guess it's a cultural thing like in Israel. I looked at Jardim on street view and it looked like large houses. Maybe I got the wrong neighborhood.

Comparing Once to Compton is interesting. I hope it's not too unsafe.

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« Reply #165 on: May 04, 2013, 10:10:26 PM »
There is a hotel in once called the Abasto hotel which is decent if you want to be near the Frum community. We got hosted for all the meals and were so happy we did it that way.

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« Reply #166 on: May 05, 2013, 12:30:58 AM »
Who did you contact to get hosted for meals?

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« Reply #167 on: May 05, 2013, 01:01:17 AM »
Who did you contact to get hosted for meals?
I have a friend with a sister who lives in BA so he helped me out with that. Took a lot of work sorting it all out but in the end we were taken care of. The Abasto hotel was pretty nice for what it was location wise, they are very Shabbos friendly and many other frum ppl were staying there as well. They also offer kosher breakfast and all.

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« Reply #168 on: May 05, 2013, 01:04:50 AM »
I have a friend with a sister who lives in BA so he helped me out with that. Took a lot of work sorting it all out but in the end we were taken care of. The Abasto hotel was pretty nice for what it was location wise, they are very Shabbos friendly and many other frum ppl were staying there as well. They also offer kosher breakfast and all.

Thanks for the tips.  I'll check into the hotel.

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« Reply #169 on: May 05, 2013, 01:31:32 AM »
Thanks for the tips.  I'll check into the hotel.
The have a pretty cool website. It is right across the street from the Kosher Mcdonalds, which is open motzei shabbos. The hotel is a bit dated but still nice. After a lot of research and debating about the various options we were very happy we chose it for Shabbos

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« Reply #170 on: May 08, 2013, 11:46:26 PM »
Here is the end of my Amazon trip report.

Here is the 2nd part it's a continuation. http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg404773#msg404773

We got to Manaus at around 10 am and got back to the hotel Chez le Rois that we stayed at before out trip into the jungle. All our stuff were still there. The owner asked us what we wanted to do and I told him I want to check out the harbor where they bring in all the bannanas etc from the Amazon. He offered to drive us. On the way he showed us a really cool beach on the Amazon and gave us a city tour. We were driving for about an hour as he took us out of the way to show us all the sights. He then took us to the harbor and walked around with us for another hour. We then wanted to see the meeting of the waters where the Amazon river and the Rio Negor meet. They are 2 different colors and go on side by side for miles.

He drove us to another harbor which was closer to the meeting of the waters and negotiated us a good price for a private charter. He was with us for the entire morning and refused to take a penny!! We got into the boat and within minutes got to see the coolest sight. 2 rivers with different colors going side by side and not mixing. After that, the captain drove us to this whole community that lives on floating houses on the Amazon. They have shops a school and houses. All floating!! Was really cool. He then brought us back to the port and we took a cab back to the hotel where we chilled until dinner. Dinner was a lavish affair at the local Chabad house prepared in our honor. I cannot describe how nice the Shaliach and his wife were to us. They had cooked all our food for our trip into the Amazon and now they made us this amazing dinner. We then went back to the hotel and the next day flew to Panama from Manaus to see the canal and from there we went to Port of Spain for day and then flew home!!

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« Reply #171 on: May 10, 2013, 09:02:02 AM »
Here is the end of my Amazon trip report.

Here is the 2nd part it's a continuation. http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg404773#msg404773

We got to Manaus at around 10 am and got back to the hotel Chez le Rois that we stayed at before out trip into the jungle. All our stuff were still there. The owner asked us what we wanted to do and I told him I want to check out the harbor where they bring in all the bannanas etc from the Amazon. He offered to drive us. On the way he showed us a really cool beach on the Amazon and gave us a city tour. We were driving for about an hour as he took us out of the way to show us all the sights. He then took us to the harbor and walked around with us for another hour. We then wanted to see the meeting of the waters where the Amazon river and the Rio Negor meet. They are 2 different colors and go on side by side for miles.

He drove us to another harbor which was closer to the meeting of the waters and negotiated us a good price for a private charter. He was with us for the entire morning and refused to take a penny!! We got into the boat and within minutes got to see the coolest sight. 2 rivers with different colors going side by side and not mixing. After that, the captain drove us to this whole community that lives on floating houses on the Amazon. They have shops a school and houses. All floating!! Was really cool. He then brought us back to the port and we took a cab back to the hotel where we chilled until dinner. Dinner was a lavish affair at the local Chabad house prepared in our honor. I cannot describe how nice the Shaliach and his wife were to us. They had cooked all our food for our trip into the Amazon and now they made us this amazing dinner. We then went back to the hotel and the next day flew to Panama from Manaus to see the canal and from there we went to Port of Spain for day and then flew home!!

Great TR and thanks, what months of the year is best to visit the Amazon?.

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« Reply #172 on: May 10, 2013, 09:41:01 AM »
Great TR and thanks, what months of the year is best to visit the Amazon?.

Pleasure.

High season is their winter when it rains less, so July and August are the best months to go. It will also be less hot although that is a very relative term apparantely.

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« Reply #173 on: May 10, 2013, 09:55:11 AM »
How many days do you need? I think you said two in the Amazon. Then one to get on and one to get out? So Sunday to Wednesday? Or you need another day?
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« Reply #174 on: May 10, 2013, 11:39:42 AM »
How many days do you need? I think you said two in the Amazon. Then one to get on and one to get out? So Sunday to Wednesday? Or you need another day?

If you get in on a Sunday to the Amazon in the morning, you can do 2 nights there and come back Tuesday morning. If you go in later on Sunday then I would probably stay till late Tuesday or Wednesday morning. It depends on how deep you go into the Amazon. We only went about an hour boat ride in but some lodges are much further. Keep in mind that it's extremely humid and hot so you don't want to spend to much time out there!

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #175 on: May 10, 2013, 06:40:06 PM »
meeting of the waters, and the floating houses. Manaus Brazil.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #176 on: May 14, 2013, 05:58:49 PM »
in the beggining of the thread dan wrote 48000kl for round trip to NYC-brazil. on theie website it says 70000km. has it changed or im doing something wrong?
plus whats up with $160 visa?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #177 on: May 14, 2013, 06:12:58 PM »
I don't know anything about the miles, but the visa is reciprocal. Brazilians also need one to visit the United States.

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« Reply #178 on: May 14, 2013, 06:28:22 PM »
I don't know anything about the miles, but the visa is reciprocal. Brazilians also need one to visit the United States.
The visa thing is such a pain. We went down to Manhattan in person to apply and then again to pick it up. They charge it because we charge them. Now that I have the visa I need to go back within the next 10 (now 9) years.  :)

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #179 on: May 14, 2013, 06:30:15 PM »
Now that I have the visa I need to go back within the next 10 (now 9) years.  :)

So it's like Argentina, good for 10 years? Convenient.