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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.

 closed

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 #1140 on: October 01, 2023, 01:18:05 PM »
I spent two days in Igauzu (one day Brazil, one day Argentina) and it was perfect.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1141 on: October 02, 2023, 02:05:44 PM »
If anyone has any tips about finding flights within Brazil please PM.  Looking through UA finds plenty of availability for cheap, but extra connections, long total flights times, and pretty bad schedules overall.  I am not seeing any availability through either Delta or BA.  There is decent availability through Latam but I don't have any Latam miles and booked through cash or cash equivalent points gets very expensive.
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« Reply #1142 on: October 02, 2023, 05:52:07 PM »
If anyone has any tips about finding flights within Brazil please PM.  Looking through UA finds plenty of availability for cheap, but extra connections, long total flights times, and pretty bad schedules overall.  I am not seeing any availability through either Delta or BA.  There is decent availability through Latam but I don't have any Latam miles and booked through cash or cash equivalent points gets very expensive.
Transfer from Marriott to LATAM?
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1143 on: October 05, 2023, 12:59:46 PM »
Transfer from Marriott to LATAM?

Thanks but I'd rather save my MT for something (hopefully) better.  Ended up booking first leg using UR portal as the only flight I wanted (shortest and good schedule) was on Latam. I checked how many miles it was for that flight on Latam and didn't seem worthwhile anyway.  At the end of the day, don't wanna hear everyone kvetching on a travel day and how hungry they are.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1144 on: October 11, 2023, 01:59:43 PM »
Has anyone visited Recife?  Spent Shabbos with Chabad?
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1145 on: October 12, 2023, 12:07:09 AM »
If anyone has any tips about finding flights within Brazil please PM.  Looking through UA finds plenty of availability for cheap, but extra connections, long total flights times, and pretty bad schedules overall.  I am not seeing any availability through either Delta or BA.  There is decent availability through Latam but I don't have any Latam miles and booked through cash or cash equivalent points gets very expensive.
Alaska MP can book LA.
Check IB for availability as well.
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« Reply #1146 on: October 21, 2023, 08:18:14 PM »
Someone recommended the Belmond in Igazu, which is the only hotel inside the park that gives access after hours when the park is closed to everyone else.   But, its a very expensive hotel.  There is a Hilton outside the park thats 30k points per night.

Wondering if its worth it to splurge on the Belmond?
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« Reply #1147 on: October 21, 2023, 08:35:44 PM »
Someone recommended the Belmond in Igazu, which is the only hotel inside the park that gives access after hours when the park is closed to everyone else.   But, its a very expensive hotel.  There is a Hilton outside the park thats 30k points per night.

Wondering if its worth it to splurge on the Belmond?
What about the ex-Sheraton on the AR side?
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« Reply #1148 on: October 21, 2023, 08:46:09 PM »
What about the ex-Sheraton on the AR side?

That is similarly priced to the Belmond.
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« Reply #1149 on: October 21, 2023, 08:51:55 PM »
That is similarly priced to the Belmond.
Bummer. Man was that an SPG bargain.

It's nice to be in the park on either side, but probably not worth an insane premium.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1150 on: October 21, 2023, 09:00:54 PM »
The only difference between the Belmond and former Sheraton is Belmond only permits 2 per room thereby requiring 2 rooms but the former Sheraton has a family room.  But, the prices are pretty much the same. 
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1151 on: October 21, 2023, 11:29:18 PM »
Bummer. Man was that an SPG bargain.

It's nice to be in the park on either side, but probably not worth an insane premium.
I thought it was worth the premium (Paid with Arrival+ IIRC)
Beating the crowds, being able to be in the park at night was a great experience

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1152 on: October 21, 2023, 11:30:18 PM »
We stayed at Belmond and thought it was well worth it. The hotel itself is great and the access to the Brazil side of falls before and after all the tourists got there was awesome (although you shouldn’t go out onto the trails after dark because of hunting jaguars). You literally cross the street from lobby for awesome view of falls and the trails. I think trails on Argentine side are all closed after hours even if you stay inside the park. If you stay at belmond, you could even do Argentine side in the morning, cross to Brazil in the afternoon and do Brazil trails after the park closes (it’s a long day but very doable if you’re pressed for time).
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1153 on: October 21, 2023, 11:40:35 PM »
Also, if you need transport, we used these guys for pickup at IGR airport, drop off at Argentine falls, pickup from falls and drop off at Brazil border, second car pickup at Brazil side (this way they avoid possible long waits to cross by car), and drive to belmond. Even got greedy seeing Ciudad Del Este Paraguay so close on the map and had them take us there next day for a short drive through town and time at a shopping mall before dropping us off at IGU airport. https://iguazufalls.travel/

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1154 on: October 22, 2023, 07:10:31 PM »
Will the Belmond store food in their freezer for you?  Im assuming that the rooms only have a mini fridge.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1155 on: October 22, 2023, 08:26:28 PM »
Will the Belmond store food in their freezer for you?  Im assuming that the rooms only have a mini fridge.

Fridge is a mini bar (actually was part of the room amenities to consume all of it one time without charge- had the awesome Gaurana drink, coke and water). We didn’t bring frozen food with us, so not sure if they’d store.  I’m sure they’d respond to email if you want to ask.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1156 on: October 28, 2023, 09:13:52 PM »
Worthwhile to visit the Jewish museum in Recife?
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1157 on: October 29, 2023, 11:17:25 AM »
Bummer. Man was that an SPG bargain.

It's nice to be in the park on either side, but probably not worth an insane premium.
Gran Melia Iguazu
so was it worth it?
DW thinks so ,thats what counts.
All kidding aside, only if you have waterfall view , otherwise NIAMY ( not in a million years).
Definitely not budget friendly.
Rooms were nothing exceptional .
Service was ok.
The view can’t be described in words ....

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1158 on: October 29, 2023, 11:18:29 AM »
The only difference between the Belmond and the Gran Melia formerly known as Sheraton is Belmond only permits 2 per room thereby requiring 2 rooms but the former Sheraton has a family room.  But, the prices are pretty much the same.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1159 on: October 31, 2023, 03:51:10 PM »
The only difference between the Belmond and former Sheraton is Belmond only permits 2 per room thereby requiring 2 rooms but the former Sheraton has a family room.  But, the prices are pretty much the same.
In case you're looking for another option outside the park, we really enjoyed our stay at this Airbnb.