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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
ad120- https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=130711.0

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
ad120- https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=130711.0

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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Anything to do with 2 kids (Age 4 and 2) on a 10 hour stop in GRU, or should I look for a more direct option to my destination?
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« Reply #909 on: July 19, 2019, 05:06:01 PM »
Looking for some advice.

Will be spending 4 days in Buenos Aires in early December.  Flying from NYC.  Was going to go to Iguazu for 2 days and then continue on to Rio for 3 days to get some beach-time in.  DW is a bit concerned by the Yellow Fever outbreak in Brazil and by the fact that she should heard that Rio is "dangerous". As an alternative to Rio, I was thinking of stopping in Panama on the way back up to NYC for 3 days.

1. Is Rio really more dangerous than other cities or does one just need to be vigilant, smart and avoid the "wrong" neighborhoods?

2. Where would I get a better beach vacation--Rio or Panama?

3. If I do go to Panama, is 3 days enough or should I cut out Iguazu to get a couple of additional days in Panama.

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« Reply #910 on: July 20, 2019, 10:30:39 PM »
Looking for some advice.

Will be spending 4 days in Buenos Aires in early December.  Flying from NYC.  Was going to go to Iguazu for 2 days and then continue on to Rio for 3 days to get some beach-time in.  DW is a bit concerned by the Yellow Fever outbreak in Brazil and by the fact that she should heard that Rio is "dangerous". As an alternative to Rio, I was thinking of stopping in Panama on the way back up to NYC for 3 days.

1. Is Rio really more dangerous than other cities or does one just need to be vigilant, smart and avoid the "wrong" neighborhoods?

2. Where would I get a better beach vacation--Rio or Panama?

3. If I do go to Panama, is 3 days enough or should I cut out Iguazu to get a couple of additional days in Panama.

Thanks!
1. Just stay vigilant, it's fine. There's no yellow fever in southern Brazil.
2. Rio.
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« Reply #911 on: July 21, 2019, 02:35:41 PM »
Looking for some advice.

Will be spending 4 days in Buenos Aires in early December.  Flying from NYC.  Was going to go to Iguazu for 2 days and then continue on to Rio for 3 days to get some beach-time in.  DW is a bit concerned by the Yellow Fever outbreak in Brazil and by the fact that she should heard that Rio is "dangerous". As an alternative to Rio, I was thinking of stopping in Panama on the way back up to NYC for 3 days.

1. Is Rio really more dangerous than other cities or does one just need to be vigilant, smart and avoid the "wrong" neighborhoods?

2. Where would I get a better beach vacation--Rio or Panama?

3. If I do go to Panama, is 3 days enough or should I cut out Iguazu to get a couple of additional days in Panama.

Thanks!
Nothing is worth cutting out Igauzu

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #912 on: November 28, 2019, 11:40:25 PM »
Now were living the good times . where my DW and i are going to Brazil and Argentina ( tx @Dan flying AA 772 in J) and not paying the 640$ it would have cost us for Visas .
It's got nothing to do with Brazillians, the US is hard on everybody.
Anyway there are significantly more Brazillians wanting to visit the US than Americans wanting to visit Brazil, so they are just shooting themselves in the foot.

Argentina has it right, charge the $160 reciprocity fee, but make it quick and simple to pay with a credit card at the entry.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #913 on: December 04, 2019, 02:39:28 AM »
Looking for some advice.
Always wanted to Visit Brazil, so looked at flights for this winter and they were around 1k$, so "settled" on Bali , but when @Dan posted flights in j for 1400$ i couldn't resist and booked .
Now got to plan quickly as trip is in a few weeks.
Going for a full 8 days.
1) how long should i spend in Rio?
2) what are my options in terms of accommodations in Iguazu falls in Argentina ( RIP Sheraton)?
3) what is best option for Shabbos RIo, Sp, or. Manaus?
Any tips will be useful
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #914 on: December 04, 2019, 10:34:49 AM »
Looking for some advice.
Always wanted to Visit Brazil, so looked at flights for this winter and they were around 1k$, so "settled" on Bali , but when @Dan posted flights in j for 1400$ i couldn't resist and booked .
Now got to plan quickly as trip is in a few weeks.
Going for a full 8 days.
1) how long should i spend in Rio?
2) what are my options in terms of accommodations in Iguazu falls in Argentina ( RIP Sheraton)?
3) what is best option for Shabbos RIo, Sp, or. Manaus?
Any tips will be useful
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Rio you need 3 or 4 days
Rio and Sp have established Shabos\Shul communities  and Manaus is rural chabad house style may or may not have a minyan

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« Reply #915 on: December 04, 2019, 05:35:30 PM »
Looking for some advice.
Always wanted to Visit Brazil, so looked at flights for this winter and they were around 1k$, so "settled" on Bali , but when @Dan posted flights in j for 1400$ i couldn't resist and booked .
Now got to plan quickly as trip is in a few weeks.
Going for a full 8 days.
1) how long should i spend in Rio?
2) what are my options in terms of accommodations in Iguazu falls in Argentina ( RIP Sheraton)?
3) what is best option for Shabbos RIo, Sp, or. Manaus?
Any tips will be useful
TiA
1) depends what you want to do there 3 days should be more than enough to hit the top five attractions
2) IMHO if you can, you still want to stay in the GRAN MELIÁ IGUAZÚ, The access to the park after hours  is worth it (same goes for Brazilian side- Belmond) and you should make time to see both sides
3) The Copacabana in Rio has great options for Shabbos, We were invited out for meals, just from meeting people in the restaurant. The Shul has meals as well 

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #916 on: December 04, 2019, 10:18:24 PM »
Looking for some advice.
Always wanted to Visit Brazil, so looked at flights for this winter and they were around 1k$, so "settled" on Bali , but when @Dan posted flights in j for 1400$ i couldn't resist and booked .
Now got to plan quickly as trip is in a few weeks.
Going for a full 8 days.
1) how long should i spend in Rio?
2) what are my options in terms of accommodations in Iguazu falls in Argentina ( RIP Sheraton)?
3) what is best option for Shabbos RIo, Sp, or. Manaus?
Any tips will be useful
TiA
1. A couple days.
2. Stay at either of the hotels in the park.
3. SP has a vibrant community. Rio has several chabad houses. Manaus is sure to be something special and different, my friend is the shliach there and he's great.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #917 on: December 05, 2019, 02:55:16 AM »
Tx.
AFAIK  there is no way to book the GRAN on points, is staying in the park worth spending that much (around 700+ for 2 nights)?
Is there what to see in terms of nature in Manuas area , and would sunday suffice?
P.s Ever since watching Rio (and subsequently @Dan Hand Gliding). its been on my bucket list , if anyone has contact info. Would appreciate it
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1. A couple days.
2. Stay at either of the hotels in the park.
3. SP has a vibrant community. Rio has several chabad houses. Manaus is sure to be something special and different, my friend is the shliach there and he's great.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #918 on: December 05, 2019, 02:56:06 AM »
Pardon my ignorance .
What are the top 5 attractions?
1) depends what you want to do there 3 days should be more than enough to hit the top five attractions
2) IMHO if you can, you still want to stay in the GRAN MELIÁ IGUAZÚ, The access to the park after hours  is worth it (same goes for Brazilian side- Belmond) and you should make time to see both sides
3) The Copacabana in Rio has great options for Shabbos, We were invited out for meals, just from meeting people in the restaurant. The Shul has meals as well

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #919 on: December 05, 2019, 10:42:42 AM »
Pardon my ignorance .
What are the top 5 attractions?
Tx.
AFAIK  there is no way to book the GRAN on points, is staying in the park worth spending that much (around 700+ for 2 nights)?
Is there what to see in terms of nature in Manuas area , and would sunday suffice?
P.s Ever since watching Rio (and subsequently @Dan Hand Gliding). its been on my bucket list , if anyone has contact info. Would appreciate it
Thanks
IMHO its worth $700+ (so book with A+, MR or UR and call it points )
Top 5 attractions? depends on what interests you
you already said Hand-gliding
Sugar Loaf
Copacabana beach (fort and museum while you're at it especially if you stay at the JW)
dont know how you feel about the Corcovado (we gave it a miss) you can go to the Botanical Garden at the bottom though
or Jeep tour in the Tijuca rain Forest
Is visitng a Favela your thing? (i think Dan would advice against, based on his experience ) otherwise Vidigal and the Dois Irmãos hike are recommended by some sites
Escadaria Selarón steps
Ipanema, Ponta do Arpoador for a sunset