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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 #260 on: May 02, 2014, 10:37:00 AM »
Need some help planning a trip beginning of July.

I have 8 days to spend in brazil and argentina.... looking for some help with itinerary suggestions... Never been and don't know S. America at all. we want Rio, and buenos aires to end the trip with good food.. but in-between not 100% sure.. We're not interested in S. Paolo, we like more adventure and scenic places.. Shabbos we would like to go off the beaten path where we can find some adventure sports or some other fun, if there are such places with chabad houses...

Not sure we want to spend 2-3 days at falls without much else to do.. we're leaving families behind so we're looking to do the type of things you can't do with kids..

Any nice islands in July? places we can rent ATV's or bikes? Scuba would be great (we're licensed)...

Any help appreciated! Thanks

I currently live in Brazil so feel free to ask any questions. Iguacu Falls is really amazing and you should not push it off so easily, it's nothing like you have ever seen, and you need two full days there. Will be easier to do it without kids too, as there are lots of long trails, and trains that don't hold strollers..

If you do want beaches, keep in mind that you are coming in winter season, so popular beach cities such as florianopolis, can get quite chilly, not the right time to go there. Best beaches in winter would be more north in Brazil. Maybe Fortaleza, Natal or even Salvador. The best beach and island for scuba diving is probably the famous Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Recife in Brazil.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #261 on: May 02, 2014, 11:04:06 AM »
The best beach and island for scuba diving is probably the famous Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Recife in Brazil.

Thanks a lot... Is the diving there good this time of year? is it off season?

Also any other suggestions for adventure? how do you suppose I should do it? how many days where if I have about 7 or so

Any other spots not worth missing? amazon? how about shabbos whats best bet for nice shabbos out of big cities? (something thai style maybe)?!

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #262 on: May 02, 2014, 12:11:35 PM »
Thanks a lot... Is the diving there good this time of year? is it off season?

Also any other suggestions for adventure? how do you suppose I should do it? how many days where if I have about 7 or so

Any other spots not worth missing? amazon? how about shabbos whats best bet for nice shabbos out of big cities? (something thai style maybe)?!

It should definitely be decent that time of year, on the plus side there will probably be much less tourist there in July than in January. Read up on wikitravel Brazil / Argentina, lots of great ideas there for each place.

Never been to Amazon but Iguacu is definitely not worth missing. For shabbos Rio is really nice, near the beach, great big active chabad house there. If you want more of a heinous he feeling shabbos than you would definitely want to be in Buenos Aires or in São Paulo.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #263 on: May 02, 2014, 12:33:03 PM »
amazon?
There is a TR from Manaus, looks pretty neat and great shliach there.

Hang gliding in Rio, rafting in Iguacu, etc.
I did Floripa in the winter, water was warm enough for me, plus nobody else on the beaches.
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« Reply #264 on: May 02, 2014, 12:47:28 PM »
There is a TR from Manaus, looks pretty neat and great shliach there.

Hang gliding in Rio, rafting in Iguacu, etc.
I did Floripa in the winter, water was warm enough for me, plus nobody else on the beaches.

Yes manaus would be probably good weather that time too, dry season. I would be interested in going to florianopolis in the winter, (haven't been there yet), but lots of people say it gets cold there.

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« Reply #265 on: May 02, 2014, 12:51:21 PM »
Yes manaus would be probably good weather that time too, dry season. I would be interested in going to florianopolis in the winter, (haven't been there yet), but lots of people say it gets cold there.
Cold is relative in a country used to scorching summers.  I went to Floripa in May and it was beautiful (at least for a Clevelander ;))

One day I'll make it to Manaus. 
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #266 on: May 02, 2014, 01:23:18 PM »
Cold is relative in a country used to scorching summers.  I went to Floripa in May and it was beautiful (at least for a Clevelander ;)

Lol :) they definitely do get scorching summers, we had over 100, and in some parts it gets very humid too. Will keep floripa (as you call it) in mind.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #267 on: May 02, 2014, 01:29:46 PM »
floripa (as you call it)
That's what they call it.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #268 on: May 04, 2014, 02:26:47 AM »
Is there a reason to visit Buenos Aires after Brazil? wanted some good food and check it out, is it worth the detour? or should I stick with Brazil?


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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #269 on: May 04, 2014, 02:28:40 AM »
Is there a reason to visit Buenos Aires after Brazil? wanted some good food and check it out, is it worth the detour? or should I stick with Brazil?
As an American, Canadian, or Australian it will cost you a lot more money to visit Argentina. I had a great time in Argentina, but if you decide to go it can end up being an expensive detour.

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« Reply #270 on: May 04, 2014, 03:39:17 AM »
As an American, Canadian, or Australian it will cost you a lot more money to visit Argentina. I had a great time in Argentina, but if you decide to go it can end up being an expensive detour.
I suppose you're referring to the reciprocity fee?! Otherwise, with the blue dollar, it's actually quite the opposite.

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« Reply #271 on: May 04, 2014, 09:34:25 AM »
I suppose you're referring to the reciprocity fee?! Otherwise, with the blue dollar, it's actually quite the opposite.
Correct in both accounts.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #272 on: May 04, 2014, 11:29:12 AM »
I had a great time in Argentina, but if you decide to go it can end up being an expensive detour.

+1, and if you are looking for good kosher food BA can't be beat. Lots of fun stuff to check out there too.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #273 on: May 05, 2014, 05:27:12 AM »
Argentina is more fun than Brazil but thats just me.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #274 on: May 05, 2014, 07:31:35 AM »

Argentina is more fun than Brazil but thats just me.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #275 on: May 05, 2014, 08:31:54 AM »
Argentina is more fun than Brazil but thats just me.
Also my experience. +1

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #276 on: May 05, 2014, 09:21:24 AM »
Also my experience. +1

Me too. But that's also considering that most if the time I have spent in São Paulo. Another bonus of Argentina is that everything is incredibly cheaper than Brazil.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #277 on: May 05, 2014, 10:31:21 AM »
Me too. But that's also considering that most if the time I have spent in São Paulo. Another bonus of Argentina is that everything is incredibly cheaper than Brazil.
Also my Brazil experience was somewhat worse than most because it rained most of the time.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #278 on: May 05, 2014, 10:41:04 PM »
One day I'll make it to Manaus.
You'll love it there, and based on the many hours I spent with the amazing shliach and his wife they will take really good care of you. He said he remembers you from way back.

What I enjoyed so much about Manaus was that it's in the heart of the Amazon and yet it's so easy to get there plus great kosher food, which the shliach can package together for you when you are out in the rainforest.

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Re: Best kosher restaurants in the world.
« Reply #279 on: May 11, 2014, 12:12:15 PM »
Cantina do Bero (Sao Paulo), go on a night where they have a "Rodizio" and you'll be treated to all you can eat pizza where any toppings you would like, but served by waiters and eaten with proper utensils.
Mehadrin (Sao Paulo)go on a Sunday when they have the all-you-can-eat grill of every kind of meat imaginable.
Matok (Sao Paulo): Pizza was just OK, but their soft serve and wrapped ice cream was delicious.
Goody (Sao Paulo): You're in for a treat if this dairy eatery has an all-you-can-eat while you're there.

Just to update your Brazilian listings a bit.

Cantina de Beros pizza is not good IMO. And I have tried on rodizio style night too.

Mehadrin restaurant closed down a whole ago, now it's just a chain of butcher shops.

Matok pizza is decent and their ice cream is good. They cater for most airlines from GRU.

Goody has a large bakery selection in the bom retiro neighborhood. Don't miss the brigadeiros.

We also have some great, and a few more decent places here in São Paulo.

The best restaurant here is Nur. They are not cheap, but very good food and great service. They make a rodizio once in a while too. Top eatery in SP.

Sushi Papaya (kosher location) is a phonomenal sushi restaurant. Again prices are high, but the sushi is amazing, in the ranks of Yakimono or better.

Via Babush is probably the best pizza place in town. Very affordable though also very simple. They have sushi rodizios every week also, and all you can eat buffets.

Pizza Braz is a popular pizza chain in São Paulo. Usually about once in a month the Higienópolis location goes completely kosher and cholov yisroel. Very expensive but probably the best kosher pizza in São Paulo.

Pinati is an Israeli eatery in Higienópolis, their good is not that good, and neither are there prices. Still probably the only place to get shawarma and falafel in SP.

I hope this helps someone planning a trip here in the future. If there are places that I missed please let me know and I could add them too. Maybe it should be in Brazil destination thread.