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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 (Higienopolis)
Bero Pizza
 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 sergipe , 220, São Paulo ~ (11) 3064-9022.

Cantina Parma (Higienopolis) - another mediocre pizza shop in SP.
Rua Rosa e Silva, 222, São Paulo ~ (11) 3825-2579.
closed

Celadon (Higienopolis) - a new dairy place that opened this year, Dan was there.
Praça Vilaboim, 73, São Paulo ~ (11) 2738-1500.

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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 #920 on: December 05, 2019, 01:04:05 PM »
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
 
The thing to do in Manaus is take a boat ride on the Amazon.
@Something Fishy may be able to help as I haven't done the research on Manaus yet.
There should be a TR on Manaus on DDF as well if you search.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #921 on: December 05, 2019, 03:18:08 PM »
To me points are just another currency so that wouldn't affect my decision, the question is whether its worth it over staying outside of the park for a fraction of the cost.
(And it would actually be around 1100$ or 70kUR = PH)
Sugar loaf Mt and Corcovado are on my list.

Did you take the Jeep tour in Tijuca rainforest ( largest urban rainforest in the world) ?
 
What does @Dan have against visiting Favelas? And did u visit?
Thanks for taking the time

 
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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

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #922 on: December 05, 2019, 03:29:31 PM »
To me points are just another currency so that wouldn't affect my decision, the question is whether its worth it over staying outside of the park for a fraction of the cost.
(And it would actually be around 1100$ or 70kUR = PH)
Sugar loaf Mt and Corcovado are on my list.

Did you take the Jeep tour in Tijuca rainforest ( largest urban rainforest in the world) ?
 
What does @Dan have against visiting Favelas? And did u visit?
Thanks for taking the time
for us it meant being the only ones in the park for 2 hours in the morning and again in the evening

Here is my TR https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=58976.0
I was in Rio for 24 hours we didn't have time for much, but those were things we looked into
Favela's didn't interest me, I've been to Soweto and Alexandra in JNB
Dans link https://www.dansdeals.com/more/dans-commentary/thinking-about-what-happened-to-me-10-years-ago/

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #923 on: December 08, 2019, 10:39:53 PM »
To me points are just another currency so that wouldn't affect my decision, the question is whether its worth it over staying outside of the park for a fraction of the cost.
(And it would actually be around 1100$ or 70kUR = PH)
Sugar loaf Mt and Corcovado are on my list.

Did you take the Jeep tour in Tijuca rainforest ( largest urban rainforest in the world) ?
 
What does @Dan have against visiting Favelas? And did u visit?
Thanks for taking the time
I stayed outside the park for a fraction of the price, I'd never stay inside the park

1) the Argentine side hotel is a crumbling active construction site but regardless we left the park when it was dark & i'd never pay the inflated prices for the Belmond

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #924 on: December 08, 2019, 10:50:17 PM »
Tx so much for that insight, as i am def. Staying on the Argentinean side and was seriously considering pulling the trigger on the Gran Melia
I stayed outside the park for a fraction of the price, I'd never stay inside the park

1) the Argentine side hotel is a crumbling active construction site but regardless we left the park when it was dark & i'd never pay the inflated prices for the Belmond

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #925 on: December 09, 2019, 11:12:12 PM »
I saw officially you can't bring meat into Brazil, does anyone know is that raw meat or cooked meat?
Did anyone have a problem with bringing in cooked meat or tuna or canned vegetables or any food in particular?
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #926 on: December 10, 2019, 07:23:54 AM »
I think you can officially bring in 5kg per person from Argentina. I'm not sure if the US is different.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #927 on: December 12, 2019, 12:28:49 PM »
Trying to start planning a short trip Sun Morn-Thur night, with packing in as much sites as possible. I usually do things quickly and don't mind a bit  of rushing....

1) Is GRU a must or just food....
2) Is it possible to do IGU & IGR in one day? (I have done both sides of Victoria in 1/2 day)

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #928 on: December 12, 2019, 12:41:27 PM »
Trying to start planning a short trip Sun Morn-Thur night, with packing in as much sites as possible. I usually do things quickly and don't mind a bit  of rushing....

1) Is GRU a must or just food....
2) Is it possible to do IGU & IGR in one day? (I have done both sides of Victoria in 1/2 day)

Thank You
2) Is it possible to do IGU & IGR in one day? (I have done both sides of Victoria in 1/2 day) YES, i did

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« Reply #929 on: December 12, 2019, 12:49:04 PM »
Trying to start planning a short trip Sun Morn-Thur night, with packing in as much sites as possible. I usually do things quickly and don't mind a bit  of rushing....

1) Is GRU a must or just food....
2) Is it possible to do IGU & IGR in one day? (I have done both sides of Victoria in 1/2 day)

Thank You
1. Food and a nice Jewish community.
2. I'd definitely recommend a night there.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #930 on: December 12, 2019, 02:33:32 PM »
1. Food and a nice Jewish community.
2. I'd definitely recommend a night there.
+1, while it is definitely possible to do both sides in one day, you will be able to see a lot more and go to a more leisurely Pace if you split over two days. If you want, you can spend the night in Puerto Iguazu which is going to be cheaper than spending it at the Falls, and then continue to the other side the following day.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #931 on: December 14, 2019, 09:58:35 PM »
Over going to MAO?
1. Food and a nice Jewish community.
2. I'd definitely recommend a night there.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #932 on: December 14, 2019, 10:23:56 PM »
Over going to MAO?
Not what I said or was asked.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #933 on: December 14, 2019, 10:44:18 PM »
True.
I just cant decide if to go to GRU or MAO ... would be flying on a thu. Or fri. From IGU and have to back in GIG by Mon. Night
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #934 on: December 14, 2019, 10:47:16 PM »
MAO is more interesting than GRU
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #935 on: December 15, 2019, 09:51:38 AM »
flying into Rio arriving Monday morning
using 7 night vacation voucher for the Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort.

Plan to stay in Rio Monday and Tuesday then fly out to Iguazu fro Wednesday Thursday and return to Rio For Friday-Sunday.

Return flights from Rio to Igu run close to $400.  Any way to book with points?

Are there places to Daven and eat within walking distance from the  Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort?

Any advice or recommendations are much appreciated!!

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #936 on: December 15, 2019, 10:52:13 AM »
flying into Rio arriving Monday morning
using 7 night vacation voucher for the Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort.

Plan to stay in Rio Monday and Tuesday then fly out to Iguazu fro Wednesday Thursday and return to Rio For Friday-Sunday.

Return flights from Rio to Igu run close to $400.  Any way to book with points?

Are there places to Daven and eat within walking distance from the  Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort?

Any advice or recommendations are much appreciated!!
Most shuls/restaurants are in Copacabana, which you're quite far from, especially during Rio's brutal rush hour. Check with Chabad of Leblon to see if they have a daily minyan. Or better yet, find something in Copa.

You can use AA/BA on LATAM (PUTPAC), UA on Azul, or Delta on GOL. Probably make more sense to find a flight right from GIG-IGU when you land IMHO.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #937 on: December 15, 2019, 05:19:52 PM »
Interesting ,was also looking to stay at the Sheraton for a night then fly out to IGU .
Now im thinking of going directly to IGU then MAO then fly back for shabbos to GIG and stay at the GH Rio,
Does that make more sense?
Most shuls/restaurants are in Copacabana, which you're quite far from, especially during Rio's brutal rush hour. Check with Chabad of Leblon to see if they have a daily minyan. Or better yet, find something in Copa.

You can use AA/BA on LATAM (PUTPAC), UA on Azul, or Delta on GOL. Probably make more sense to find a flight right from GIG-IGU when you land IMHO.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #938 on: December 16, 2019, 01:55:04 PM »
Most shuls/restaurants are in Copacabana, which you're quite far from, especially during Rio's brutal rush hour. Check with Chabad of Leblon to see if they have a daily minyan. Or better yet, find something in Copa.

You can use AA/BA on LATAM (PUTPAC), UA on Azul, or Delta on GOL. Probably make more sense to find a flight right from GIG-IGU when you land IMHO.
website says they have
https://www.beitlubavitchrio.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1883918/jewish/Horrio-das-Rezas.htm

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #939 on: December 31, 2019, 06:42:36 AM »
Anyone been to SP recently? What are the best restaurants these days?

I went through the wiki but seems that there hasn't been any recent reviews

Thanks