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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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« Reply #280 on: May 11, 2014, 12:16:40 PM »
Thanks for the update, my reviews are a good decade old by now :D

Good to hear their are some decent options.
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« Reply #281 on: May 11, 2014, 12:36:47 PM »
Thanks for the update, my reviews are a good decade old by now :D

Good to hear their are some decent options.

Just adding a few more that i haven't been too, just based on what I hear from others I trust :)

Super K is the largest kosher supermarket in the area, located between Higienópolis and Perdizes. Inside there are two eateries, a Chinese place and a burgers fast food place. The Chinese place just opened up a few months ago whole the other had been around for a while. Supposedly very decent food and great prices. They are both within the large supermarket, so if your looking for groceries, you will probably come here.

Cantina Parma is another pizza shop, supposedly decent food and prices are ok too.

Buffet Naguilla is like it's name mostly a buffet place. They have an open buffet almost every Sunday and other days. Prices and food are both just ok.

Buffet Hebraico 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, prices a bit high but supposedly good stuff.

There is also a dairy brunch kinda place in the jewish culture center on oscar freire. Not much info there.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #282 on: May 12, 2014, 04:19:10 PM »
Need some help with our upcoming trip to Brazil and Argentina (beg of July)... We're doing a lot of hopping around, but for this trip we have to.. so we get a taste of things.

Arrivin in Buenos Aires Tuesday 7pm. Were there until Thursday morning.
Want to get a good dinner Tuesday and looking for suggestions of what to do for Wednesday.

Thursday morning we want to fly to the falls at 5:40am arriving 7:20am. We found a flight with Aerolineas Argentinas for $170. On their site it's only $100 when paying with pesos, is there anyway to work this out?

We spend full day at the falls, maybe some rafting or something (open to suggestions). probably spend night at Sheraton. Then next morning cross border into Brazil and take flight at 6:50am arriving in Rio at 8:45. The flight is with Gol Linhas Aereas and is a crazy $350 each. We aren't flexible as it's friday and our only day to see Rio, is there any currency trick to get the price lower?

Friday arrive in Rio and need some ideas what to do during the day.
HERE's the big question, this is during World Cup Finals.. Hotels are pretty solid booked, any suggestions where we should be spending shabbos? what part of town is the most exciting? someone mentioned chabad on the beaches?  Any help here greatly appreciated.  (prob not best shabbos to be there, but it's our only option)
Also any suggestions for motzei Shabbos..

Sunday we plan on flying in the morning direct to Florianópolis, and we'll be there until Tuesday afternoon. We'll connect back to the States via Sao Paolo for a nice dinner (whats the best place if we only have one meal in Paolo, Top notch place...)

Thanks a lot for your help.


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« Reply #283 on: May 12, 2014, 04:25:58 PM »
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-The Peso rate requires an Argentine passport AFAIK.
-GOLs Portuguese site is often cheaper and has more specials than the english site.
-Not going to Manaus? Seems like your type of adventure and there's a great shliach there as well.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #284 on: May 12, 2014, 04:28:23 PM »
-Not going to Manaus? Seems like your type of adventure and there's a great shliach there as well.

I have a feeling we'll be back... we're trying to fit as much as possible in very little time, the trip to Manaus is longer.. and doesn't seem like the best place to dive...

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #285 on: May 12, 2014, 05:03:19 PM »
seems like the flight I was looking for on Friday isn't available.. It's becoming a bit of a challenge to visit Rio, is it worth changing things around to make it work? or is it not a must? It's during world cup, so things will prob be hectic all over the place..

If we do modify what suggestions would you have for shabbos? (not interested in S. Paolo..)
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« Reply #286 on: May 12, 2014, 05:22:29 PM »
If we do modify what suggestions would you have for shabbos? (not interested in S. Paolo..)
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #287 on: May 13, 2014, 01:42:45 AM »

Need some help with our upcoming trip to Brazil and Argentina (beg of July)... We're doing a lot of hopping around, but for this trip we have to.. so we get a taste of things.

Arrivin in Buenos Aires Tuesday 7pm. Were there until Thursday morning.
Want to get a good dinner Tuesday and looking for suggestions of what to do for Wednesday.

Thursday morning we want to fly to the falls at 5:40am arriving 7:20am. We found a flight with Aerolineas Argentinas for $170. On their site it's only $100 when paying with pesos, is there anyway to work this out?

We spend full day at the falls, maybe some rafting or something (open to suggestions). probably spend night at Sheraton. Then next morning cross border into Brazil and take flight at 6:50am arriving in Rio at 8:45. The flight is with Gol Linhas Aereas and is a crazy $350 each. We aren't flexible as it's friday and our only day to see Rio, is there any currency trick to get the price lower?

Friday arrive in Rio and need some ideas what to do during the day.
HERE's the big question, this is during World Cup Finals.. Hotels are pretty solid booked, any suggestions where we should be spending shabbos? what part of town is the most exciting? someone mentioned chabad on the beaches?  Any help here greatly appreciated.  (prob not best shabbos to be there, but it's our only option)
Also any suggestions for motzei Shabbos..

Sunday we plan on flying in the morning direct to Florianópolis, and we'll be there until Tuesday afternoon. We'll connect back to the States via Sao Paolo for a nice dinner (whats the best place if we only have one meal in Paolo, Top notch place...)

Thanks a lot for your help.
This might sound harsh but I seriously think you should postpone your trip until after the World Cup (unless your a football fan)

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #288 on: May 13, 2014, 09:12:22 AM »
Need some help with our upcoming trip to Brazil and Argentina (beg of July)... We're doing a lot of hopping around, but for this trip we have to.. so we get a taste of things.

Arrivin in Buenos Aires Tuesday 7pm. Were there until Thursday morning.
Want to get a good dinner Tuesday and looking for suggestions of what to do for Wednesday.

Thursday morning we want to fly to the falls at 5:40am arriving 7:20am. We found a flight with Aerolineas Argentinas for $170. On their site it's only $100 when paying with pesos, is there anyway to work this out?

We spend full day at the falls, maybe some rafting or something (open to suggestions). probably spend night at Sheraton. Then next morning cross border into Brazil and take flight at 6:50am arriving in Rio at 8:45. The flight is with Gol Linhas Aereas and is a crazy $350 each. We aren't flexible as it's friday and our only day to see Rio, is there any currency trick to get the price lower?

Friday arrive in Rio and need some ideas what to do during the day.
HERE's the big question, this is during World Cup Finals.. Hotels are pretty solid booked, any suggestions where we should be spending shabbos? what part of town is the most exciting? someone mentioned chabad on the beaches?  Any help here greatly appreciated.  (prob not best shabbos to be there, but it's our only option)
Also any suggestions for motzei Shabbos..

Sunday we plan on flying in the morning direct to Florianópolis, and we'll be there until Tuesday afternoon. We'll connect back to the States via Sao Paolo for a nice dinner (whats the best place if we only have one meal in Paolo, Top notch place...)

Thanks a lot for your help.



What a fantastic trip you have planned, though if I may say you're rushing it a bit too much, that you might no get to enjoy anything the right way. One day in buenos aires is tough, the city is huge and so so much to see there, and that is not including the attractions outside the city - like lujanzoo, boat to Uruguay and the Tigre area. Good dinner in buenos aires you go really one place - Asian. Reviewed by many people here including myself, see my Buenoe Aires trip report. There is also Al Galope, great food and extremely cheap, though bad service and very overcrowded.

170 is not so bad for a ticket, I have seen it higher. But maybe look into getting an avios ticket for just 7.500 ba avios points. You have to call up ba to check availability.

I would highly recommend seeing the Brazil side too, great views from there. Though with your schedule it's not so possible unless you go earlier on the week.

Shabbos in Rio would be great if you can get a place in Leblon, which is where the huge beit chabad is just a block away from the beach. Motzei shabbos head out to Copacabana or Lapa always fun stuff happening there.

Florianopolis is the only place where you are getting a good amount of time maybe even a bit much. Planning maybe to go there also in July :) for dinner in São Paulo only great place is Nur.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #289 on: May 13, 2014, 09:19:21 AM »
seems like the flight I was looking for on Friday isn't available.. It's becoming a bit of a challenge to visit Rio, is it worth changing things around to make it work? or is it not a must? It's during world cup, so things will prob be hectic all over the place..

If we do modify what suggestions would you have for shabbos? (not interested in S. Paolo..)

Did you look into mileage options at all? And why don't you want São Paulo for shabbos it's a great place to be on the weekend.

Shoin gezakt ;)

You should really go to manaus, u mention it every time travel to Brazil comes up. July it can get really hot in manaus too over 100f, heard from shliach.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #290 on: May 13, 2014, 09:41:42 AM »
Did you look into mileage options at all? And why don't you want São Paulo for shabbos it's a great place to be on the weekend.
True.

You should really go to manaus, u mention it every time travel to Brazil comes up. July it can get really hot in manaus too over 100f, heard from shliach.
Haven't been able to get myself motivated go back to Brazil since almost being killed there, but Manaus is on the bucket list.

Manaus is on the equator, same temps all year: http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?s=23328
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #291 on: May 13, 2014, 09:57:17 AM »
Haven't been able to get myself motivated go back to Brazil since almost being killed there, but Manaus is on the bucket list.

Manaus is on the equator, same temps all year: http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?s=23328

Lol lots of thing change over 10 years. I feel very safe here bh. For the most part very friendly community and colture down here. Just stay away from the favelas :)

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #292 on: May 13, 2014, 10:11:29 AM »
Just stay away from the favelas :)
Gotta drive past from GRU :P

I'm amazed my parents let me go after hearing about the rosh yeshiva's father murder the year before I went...
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #293 on: May 13, 2014, 10:26:38 AM »
Gotta drive past from GRU :P

I'm amazed my parents let me go after hearing about the rosh yeshiva's father murder the year before I went...


True. That was a horrible story.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #294 on: May 13, 2014, 10:48:35 AM »
Just stay away from the favelas :)
Doesn't sound that bad here...

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #296 on: May 13, 2014, 02:46:45 PM »
What a fantastic trip you have planned, though if I may say you're rushing it a bit too much, that you might no get to enjoy anything the right way. One day in buenos aires is tough, the city is huge and so so much to see there, and that is not including the attractions outside the city - like lujanzoo, boat to Uruguay and the Tigre area. Good dinner in buenos aires you go really one place - Asian. Reviewed by many people here including myself, see my Buenoe Aires trip report. There is also Al Galope, great food and extremely cheap, though bad service and very overcrowded.

170 is not so bad for a ticket, I have seen it higher. But maybe look into getting an avios ticket for just 7.500 ba avios points. You have to call up ba to check availability.

I would highly recommend seeing the Brazil side too, great views from there. Though with your schedule it's not so possible unless you go earlier on the week.

Shabbos in Rio would be great if you can get a place in Leblon, which is where the huge beit chabad is just a block away from the beach. Motzei shabbos head out to Copacabana or Lapa always fun stuff happening there.

Florianopolis is the only place where you are getting a good amount of time maybe even a bit much. Planning maybe to go there also in July :) for dinner in São Paulo only great place is Nur.

Thanks a lot for your very helpful reply...

Supposing I make Rio work, should I go to Florianopolis Just from Monday morning to Tuesday afternoon? would I need more time in Rio? I'm arriving there 11am shabbos is at 4pm and I can either leave sunday morning, night or monday morning to florionopolis.

I am looking into homaway for Leblon not sure yet bec hotels there aren't really available. but seems like Copacabana also has a chabad house is that worth considering? best western there is available...

I'm not really interested in Sao Paolo, bc we don't like big huge cities with regular lubavitch communities.. more interested in chabad house, tourists etc..

Any other pointers greatly appreciated..
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #297 on: May 13, 2014, 02:50:33 PM »
SP has over a dozen chabad houses, many of which are very unique with charismatic shluchim and fun crowds.  Especially on Friday night.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #298 on: May 13, 2014, 02:56:15 PM »
I don't like the idea of missing on rio.. for SP.

Googling sp I wasn't impressed..

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #299 on: May 13, 2014, 03:03:07 PM »
True, though SP does have nice Sunday markets and rodizios.
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