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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:
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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 #80 on: June 07, 2012, 08:39:54 PM »
Did my Brazil visa today in Manhattan and thought I would share my experience in case anyone finds themselves in the same situation.

Step 1. Thay accept visa apps from 10 to 12 only. I showed up at 10 in the consulate on the 21st floor after getting a temp visitor pass to this huge building.

Step 2. I got upstairs and waited on line to get inside the office then another line to get to the reception desk where they issue a ticket number. So far 35 minutes standing on line. Another ten minutes and they called my number. 45 min total and the workers said it was a quite day.

Step 3. important they needed 160 us postal office money order only to pay for the visa. 2ppl can get one for 360. Proof of return ticket which they looked at for a second and gave back. Mine was already cancelled for the record. Third thing was passport with 1 blank page. 4th was the copy of online visa app with passport picture glued on. You cannot take your own photo as they have alot of rules about it. Officialy they need a proof of address but they did not ask me for it. Seems like it is not enforced which was good for my situation as the wife has license under married name and passport under maiden name.

Step 4. You get a ticket and a few days later (they tell you when) you bring back ticket between 2 and 4 only and get back passport. Anyone can pick it up for you but if you do not bring it will cost another 20 usd pp. Mail is not accepted.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #81 on: June 13, 2012, 04:38:13 PM »


Step 3........................................... Proof of return ticket which they looked at for a second and gave back. Mine was already cancelled for the record.

i make a reservation with delta over the phone and out it on hold. Delta sends a conformation email, it dosnt even say on it that its a hold. looks like a regular reservation

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« Reply #82 on: June 13, 2012, 11:38:47 PM »
i make a reservation with delta over the phone and out it on hold. Delta sends a conformation email, it dosnt even say on it that its a hold. looks like a regular reservation
They did not agree to put an intl flight on hold if you are not booking award so just payed for it and cancelled five minutes later.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #83 on: July 01, 2012, 08:30:01 PM »
Has anyone been to the Pantanal?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #84 on: July 10, 2012, 08:27:01 PM »
IPANEMA ON SHABBAT:
I'm planing to visit Rio de Janeiro in November, and I was wondering if anyone has experience with shabbat and kosher food in the Ipanema area?
I contacted Beit Lubavitch - Ipanema about shabbat davening and kosher food, but they didn't answer my questions and just told me to contact Lubavitch Copacabana (which hasn't gotten back to me, and which is in a different neighborhood).
If anyone here has information about  the Ipanema area, I'd be thrilled.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #85 on: July 10, 2012, 08:31:34 PM »
IPANEMA ON SHABBAT:
I'm planing to visit Rio de Janeiro in November, and I was wondering if anyone has experience with shabbat and kosher food in the Ipanema area?
I contacted Beit Lubavitch - Ipanema about shabbat davening and kosher food, but they didn't answer my questions and just told me to contact Lubavitch Copacabana (which hasn't gotten back to me, and which is in a different neighborhood).
If anyone here has information about  the Ipanema area, I'd be thrilled.
Thanks so much!
For starters the kosher food scene is pretty small. Leblon has a Chabad which is near Ipanema, however they do not do Shabbos meals, only Copacabana. You can order food before shabbos from Copa but I would not walk from one area to the next.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #86 on: July 10, 2012, 08:34:21 PM »
For starters the kosher food scene is pretty small. Leblon has a Chabad which is near Ipanema, however they do not do Shabbos meals, only Copacabana. You can order food before shabbos from Copa but I would not walk from one area to the next.

What about the Chabad of Ipanema? Does that actually exist? Do they do have any shabbat davening?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #87 on: July 10, 2012, 08:43:07 PM »
What about the Chabad of Ipanema? Does that actually exist? Do they do have any shabbat davening?
yes it exists and they have minyanim just no food unfortunately.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #88 on: January 21, 2013, 08:38:17 PM »
Hey everyone -

Looks like I will be in Sao Paulo shortly before Pesach for a wedding, and am looking to stay in Brazil through Pesach. Thinking to spend some time in Sao Paulo, Rio, and Florianopolis. Seems like there's plenty of kosher / shuls in SP and RDJ. Anyone know if there's anything kosher available in Florianopolis?

Also - would anyone know the chances of kosher places in SP or RDJ offering Pesach food (e.g. kosher for pesach restaurants or ready made foods)?

This thread was very helpful. Any additional thoughts on these places would be much appreciated :)

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #89 on: January 21, 2013, 08:40:38 PM »
Nothing kosher in Floripa (Flohr-E-Pa) as it's called. I had a fun time there, but I'd do Iguacu before that.

Are there kosher restaurants in Rio? It was on and off when I was there.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #90 on: January 21, 2013, 10:11:31 PM »
Nothing kosher in Floripa (Flohr-E-Pa) as it's called. I had a fun time there, but I'd do Iguacu before that.

Are there kosher restaurants in Rio? It was on and off when I was there.
There are a few kosher places in Rio. There is a pizza shop which we went to motzei shabbos. There is also a place which is open on Thursday night, where they can give you Shabbos food. We actually ate by this really nice Chabad shliach. There is also a Sunday buffet (lunch time) at the day school which reminded me of the HKG Sunday buffet!

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: January 24, 2013, 06:03:17 PM »
If I got to izagui falls in Brazil do I need a visa to see the Argentinian side?
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« Reply #92 on: January 24, 2013, 06:26:23 PM »
If I got to izagui falls in Brazil do I need a visa to see the Argentinian side?
No.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #93 on: January 24, 2013, 06:32:31 PM »
No.
OK cool. So what is the best way to get around Brazil? Bus, car, plane? Any price estimates? TIA
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« Reply #94 on: January 24, 2013, 08:05:35 PM »
OK cool. So what is the best way to get around Brazil? Bus, car, plane? Any price estimates? TIA
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #95 on: January 24, 2013, 09:17:20 PM »
Nothing kosher in Floripa (Flohr-E-Pa) as it's called. I had a fun time there, but I'd do Iguacu before that.

Iguacu is amazing! Just remember not to feed the monkeys when they come to the windows of your hotel room.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #96 on: January 30, 2013, 12:45:40 AM »
I feel like igazu looks amazing, but isn't there only so long you can look at a waterfall? And it doesn't seem like there's much else to do in the area...

Also, Anyone go to the Amazon in Brazil? Anything they suggest?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: January 30, 2013, 12:48:09 AM »
Iguazu is nothing like Niagara, there's a ton to do there and you need to see it from Brazil and Argentine to fully appreciate it.
You need 2-3 days to do it right.

A DDF'er has been to the Amazon IIRC. I have a good friend on shlichus there in Manaus.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: January 30, 2013, 01:35:40 AM »
A DDF'er has been to the Amazon IIRC. I have a good friend on shlichus there in Manaus.
Yours truly :) Your friend out there is really the best. Besides for preparing all our food for the Amazon him and his wife made us this gourmet farewell dinner from the Amazon in the Chabad house. Such good ppl!!

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« Reply #99 on: January 30, 2013, 01:38:30 AM »
Yours truly :) Your friend out there is really the best. Besides for preparing all our food for the Amazon him and his wife made us this gourmet farewell dinner from the Amazon in the Chabad house. Such good ppl!!
Does this friend host random ddf members? :)) Where in the Amazon is it?
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