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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 #980 on: December 20, 2020, 01:57:48 AM »
Proposed itin No. 2:

Sun, JFK-MIA, AA, 77W in F, 2:30 PM-5:47 PM
<dinner at Street Kitchen during 4:18 connection>
Sun, MIA-GRU, AA, 77W in J, 10:05 PM-8:30 AM +1
<3:35 connection>
Mon, CGH-IGU, G3, Y, 12:05 PM - 1:45 PM, $135 OQ p/p
<40 hours in IGU>
Wed, IGU-GIG, G3, Y, 10:10 AM - 12:05 PM, $288 OW P/P
<36 hours in GIG>
Thu, IGU-GRU, LA, Y, 8:30 PM-9:50 PM, $21 OW P/P
<1:55 connection>
Fri, GRU-MIA, 77W in J, 12:05 AM-6:35 AM
<2:05 connection>
Fri, MIA-JFK, 772 in J, 8:40 AM - 11:30 AM


Notes:

1) Spending more time in IGU than GIG seems... odd.
2) Spending $888 in domestic tickets (i.e., more than it cost me to fly all the way to GRU in international biz) seems... odd.
3) I'd probably have to bring food with me since I'm going straight to IGU.

Should I be skipping IGU entirely?
1a. 3.5 hours with a connection to CGH will be pretty tight.
1b. Check connecting flights SAO-IGU and IGU-RIO?
2. Miles?
3. Not a big deal to bring your own, but if you do a longer SAO connection you could get food.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #981 on: December 20, 2020, 02:01:07 AM »
Excellent point.

https://ar.usembassy.gov/covid-19/

Guess I won't need that much time there after all... guess the question now is: do I save IGU for a time I can see both sides?




Heh. Confirm that this applies to the land border at IGU, as sometimes rules are different there.

But...I'd possibly skip IGU if crossing into Argentina isn't possible. If you do go anyway, no need to stay overnight.

Consider FLN? MAO? FEN? Pantanal?
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #982 on: December 20, 2020, 02:07:12 AM »
Heh. Confirm that this applies to the land border at IGU, as sometimes rules are different there.

But...I'd possibly skip IGU if crossing into Argentina isn't possible. If you do go anyway, no need to stay overnight.

Consider FLN? MAO? FEN? Pantanal?
+1, I think that IGU without views from the Argentina side is almost not worth the time and hassle. The Brazilian side is just ok, the real jems are in Argentina. Contact Nancy (my taxi driver in IGR, Argentina) for updates on covid land border crossings.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #983 on: December 20, 2020, 02:08:18 AM »
1a. 3.5 hours with a connection to CGH will be pretty tight.
1b. Check connecting flights SAO-IGU and IGU-RIO?
2. Miles?
3. Not a big deal to bring your own, but if you do a longer SAO connection you could get food.

1a. Yeah, so I hear. But next flight is 6 PM which kills an entire day. Aint got no time for that.
1b. Same issue. Kills an entire day.
2. LA dropped all partners, and their own miles are insanity. Think 100K+ for OW for a $350 flight. And, for whatever reason, DL isn't showing any G3 flights when I search.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #984 on: December 20, 2020, 02:09:56 AM »
+1, I think that IGU without views from the Argentina side is almost not worth the time and hassle. The Brazilian side is just ok, the real jems are in Argentina. Contact Nancy (my taxi driver in IGR, Argentina) for updates on covid land border crossings.

You have her info? Think she has reliable and current info on ability for Americans to cross? Want to shoot her a quick message? :)
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #985 on: December 20, 2020, 02:15:46 AM »
Heh. Confirm that this applies to the land border at IGU, as sometimes rules are different there.

But...I'd possibly skip IGU if crossing into Argentina isn't possible. If you do go anyway, no need to stay overnight.

Consider FLN? MAO? FEN? Pantanal?

FEN, which looks gorgeous, requires a connection in REC and therefore takes up a ton of time. Further complicating things is that there are no one-stop options on Monday, which means if I went SAO-RIO on Monday and then on Weds went RIO-FEN, I'd arrive 4PM and would have to leave at the latest, 24 hrs later to catch my flight home. Not worth all that shlep for 24 hours on the ground.

MAO is too much of a shlep. Don't know much about FLN or Pantanal.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #986 on: December 20, 2020, 02:17:08 AM »
MAO is too much of a shlep.
~3.5 hours nonstop?
Try calling DL for G3 or LA awards?
Can also check UA for AD VCP-MAO/IGU/RIO
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #987 on: December 20, 2020, 02:21:21 AM »
You have her info? Think she has reliable and current info on ability for Americans to cross? Want to shoot her a quick message? :)
PM sent for another IGU taxi.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #988 on: December 20, 2020, 02:26:57 AM »
PM sent for another IGU taxi.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #989 on: December 20, 2020, 09:17:27 AM »
Argentina closed. Guess that solves that.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #990 on: December 20, 2020, 09:26:04 AM »
Argentina closed. Guess that solves that.
Well that changes the calculus.

Boils down to how fast you'll return to IGU.
If it's not anytime soon, go and do Macuco Safari, a helicopter ride, and view the vistas on the Brazil side. Your original proposed itin will work perfectly for this, though you need to redo your connection from GRU-RIO.

If you'll make it back, just skip IGU.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #991 on: December 21, 2020, 03:45:35 PM »
Well that changes the calculus.

Boils down to how fast you'll return to IGU.
If it's not anytime soon, go and do Macuco Safari, a helicopter ride, and view the vistas on the Brazil side. Your original proposed itin will work perfectly for this, though you need to redo your connection from GRU-RIO.

If you'll make it back, just skip IGU.
If you do end up doing IGU, Itaipu dam (if open) might be an interesting filler.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #992 on: December 21, 2020, 07:40:17 PM »
If you do end up doing IGU, Itaipu dam (if open) might be an interesting filler.
Maybe, but that's like going to Paris to see the Mona Lisa and saying that the street are around the city is just as good. May as well not visit IMO if you can't see the Argentine side of the falls.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #993 on: December 21, 2020, 08:03:28 PM »
Maybe, but that's like going to Paris to see the Mona Lisa and saying that the street are around the city is just as good. May as well not visit IMO if you can't see the Argentine side of the falls.
IMO it is well worth the visit even if just from the Brazilian side. You get amazing panoramic views of the falls, as well as one can essentially take the same boat ride under the falls from either side.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #994 on: December 21, 2020, 08:07:06 PM »
Maybe, but that's like going to Paris to see the Mona Lisa and saying that the street are around the city is just as good. May as well not visit IMO if you can't see the Argentine side of the falls.
IMO it is well worth the visit even if just from the Brazilian side. You get amazing panoramic views of the falls, as well as one can essentially take the same boat ride under the falls from either side.
I'm somewhere in the middle. For me it boils down to return opportunity. If you won't be back in next several years, then I'm with @Kobe Bryant.
Definitely do the boat ride and the helicopter is also fun.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #995 on: December 21, 2020, 08:16:26 PM »
I'm somewhere in the middle. For me it boils down to return opportunity. If you won't be back in next several years, then I'm with @Kobe Bryant.
Definitely do the boat ride and the helicopter is also fun.
I hear your points, and while the falls are definitely beautiful even if you can only see one side, I still think it'll be a major let down to not go to Argentina. At the same time, because of covid and the general lack of places to visit it could be worth it. However, while I haven't been to anywhere else in Brazil besides Rio, I imagine there are lots of wonderful, child friendly places to see instead.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #996 on: December 21, 2020, 08:59:23 PM »
Argentina closed. Guess that solves that.
I'd cancel IGU based on that, it needs to be enjoyed not rushed & both sides is a must see.

Honestly I'd stay in GIG the entire time, it's a gorgeous city with so much to do & see, you can easily fill up 4 days there no problem.

The JCC had the most incredible sushi store when I was there 3 years ago, I wonder if it's still open

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #997 on: December 21, 2020, 11:25:15 PM »
I'd cancel IGU based on that, it needs to be enjoyed not rushed & both sides is a must see.

Honestly I'd stay in GIG the entire time, it's a gorgeous city with so much to do & see, you can easily fill up 4 days there no problem.

The JCC had the most incredible sushi store when I was there 3 years ago, I wonder if it's still open
*unless it's raining, in which case after the art museum, theater and planetarium, you're out of luck.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #998 on: December 21, 2020, 11:29:59 PM »
Well @AJK, whatcha gonna do?
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #999 on: December 21, 2020, 11:38:22 PM »
*unless it's raining, in which case after the art museum, theater and planetarium, you're out of luck.
That can be said for anywhere but I believe he plans to go summer time (in Brazil)