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***Health Information as of January 25, 2018***

There is a Yellow fever outbreak in Rio and Sao Paulo and the whole population is getting vaccinated. See the CDC alert here:
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/yellow-fever-brazil


Curitiba

Trip Reports
Ya'alili - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg946415#msg946415
CGR in Rio, Iguazu (Brazil & Argentina), and Sao Paulo: https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=128303.msg2555280#msg2555280

Kosher Food Options
Contact Chabad Parana for updated information regarding any Kosher food there. Otherwise plenty of snacks and fruits.

Hotels with Points
Four Points by Sheraton, ten minute walk to Chabad.
Radisson, fifteen minute walk to Chabad.

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - Cab to/from Chabad area and hotels should be around R$60.
Executive Bus - Excellent and comfortable executive bus, every half hour to main places in Curitiba for R$12.
Public Bus - There are buses to downtown for R$3, from there you can connect almost anywhere in the city.

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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 #380 on: July 02, 2014, 12:22:42 AM »
Dunno I did it for s/o unrelated on the phone they said notarized

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« Reply #381 on: July 02, 2014, 12:23:58 AM »
Dunno I did it for s/o unrelated on the phone they said notarized
Unrelated is very different than a spouse. I believe the site says specifically that a spouse is fine.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #382 on: July 07, 2014, 12:43:56 AM »
Have a 6 hr stop in São Paulo can anyone recommend a GOOD restaurant we can go to within hour or so from airport?

Also anyone know of a great florianopolis resort? Bad weather there and need a large resort we can stay in during bad weather thanks

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« Reply #383 on: July 07, 2014, 04:47:57 PM »
Bump for Sao Paolo restaurant

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« Reply #384 on: July 07, 2014, 08:35:50 PM »
Have a 6 hr stop in São Paulo can anyone recommend a GOOD restaurant we can go to within hour or so from airport?

Also anyone know of a great florianopolis resort? Bad weather there and need a large resort we can stay in during bad weather thanks
It seems leaving the airport van take 3 hours on it's own. Just pack a GOOD sandwich
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« Reply #385 on: July 08, 2014, 08:27:56 AM »
Were arriving from domestic so won't take anytime

Too late to pack sandwich

Anyone? It's for today..

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #386 on: July 08, 2014, 12:22:20 PM »
data point for those interested in brazil visas: went to NY cosulate today. not a bad wait, i was there total 45 mins. but they wont rush visas and will only be ready for pickup in over 2 weeks. they're pretty rushed, and didnt look at anything, just took the form from online, money order, and passports and told me to come back toward end of month. tried to get sooner as i need passport for a different country but she did not help.
i didnt find parking so easily around there and ended up in an icon lot (with a coupon printed before so wasn't too bad) a few blocks away. 

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« Reply #387 on: July 08, 2014, 12:25:57 PM »
Were arriving from domestic so won't take anytime

Too late to pack sandwich

Anyone? It's for today..
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #388 on: July 09, 2014, 09:05:42 AM »
Thanks a lot... Just got back from a trip to Argentina and Brazil..

To be honest was really not impressed.. Would take South East Asia any day over S. America..

Here's a short trip report. Landed in buenos aires (AA FIRST old aircraft blah) stayed at the hilton very nice hotel heated roof pool and nice sauna in men's rooms.. hotel is a great choice.

Checked out the city - MacDonnalds is a total waste of time their burgers taste like horse meat (not that I know what that tastes like) and look nothing like the photos you see everywhere. Be careful as the mall which has the kosher MacDonnalds has two non kosher ones.

Asian is a great restaurant - sweetbread, huge steak (for two - biggest I've ever seen weights over 2lbs with the bone) great iced lemonade great desserts - great restaurant.

Flew to iguazu and stayed at Sheraton - horrible hotel it's like a 3* in Israel. If you appreciate a classy hotel you'll be very disappointed.. Pool isn't heated, indoor hotub wasn't working.. Room is dated bathroom is too... It's convenient for seeing the falls by foot but after you do that (2 hr walk max to see it all) nothing else to do. Although we had a free upgrade to suite for our second night I cancelled and checked out early - really didn't care for it. Entered Brazilian side (duty free is overrated checked all prices nothing special) and found what seemed like a 5* resort - Iguazu Resort. Lobby and grounds were much nicer then Sheraton but here too pools not heated and nothing to do there.

Took a day trip to Paraguay which is mostly for shopping and was absolute waste of time.. It's 20 mins from hotel but nothing there just some fake watches and underwear and socks (and some electronics).. Market is not crafts just a bunch if nonsense.

Flew to rio for a nice Shabbos.. Chabad in leblon is very impressive one block from beach gorgeous Chabad house and great meals at people's houses.

City is beautiful - lots of nice view points.. They have a decent thin pizza place deleite chalavit, a Sunday buffet at the bar Ilan school and another restaurant at the Jewish club. Non of the foods were amazing but when you're hungry it'll do.

Rio has no quiet beaches so for people looking for that it's a waste of time

Flew to florianopolis, seems like a nice island but it's winter now and quite cold. I imagine in summer it's nice but again it seems like it would be packed with beach goers.

Flew back through Sao Paolo and tried finding a place toe at lunch but everything closes between 3-7 so keep that in mind.

Some other notes compared to SE ASIA everything is a fortune from taxis to hotels to food. No one speaks English - even in airports very few speaks English. I'm Brazil they barely understood Spanish - impossible to communicate (even calling  kosher restaurants is a problem finding Hebrew or English)

Not possible to get nearly as good bang for buck as Asia. Hotels are really underwhelming...

Won't be going back there anytime soon. The World Cup made things a little more interesting but without that would have been a real waste of time.
My 2 cents... 

Flew back to jfk with the new aa first - amazing service and great product
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #389 on: July 09, 2014, 09:15:30 AM »
How in the world did you not stay at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires?
And Argentina is expensive? Did you not get 12+ pesos per dollar (and a 10% discount at Asian for paying in pesos)?

Did you do the heli tour or waterfall boatride in IGU?

I'd have spent more time in EZE.
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« Reply #390 on: July 09, 2014, 10:06:55 AM »
Argentina wasn't expensive got the good rate.. I had free Hilton so took and was very happy with it.. Really no complaints about eze didn't know 10% Asian discount but food was worth the $200 we paid (for 3)

Would have done rafting in igu but was over flooded and cancelled lately. Also water is brown with mood due to floods.. But in any case there is only so much falls you can see. I personally think one day there is enough. If hotel was great staying longer would be option but it's really sad the hotel sitch there

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #392 on: July 20, 2014, 11:48:23 AM »
Would have done rafting in igu but was over flooded and cancelled lately. Also water is brown with mood due to floods.. But in any case there is only so much falls you can see. I personally think one day there is enough. If hotel was great staying longer would be option but it's really sad the hotel sitch there

Had friends that went there a few weeks ago, and they had the same issue, they weren't allowed to go to the devils throat because of over flooding. And the water was very brown. When I was there in December it was excellent. And you definitely need at least a day on Argentina alone.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #393 on: July 21, 2014, 11:34:03 AM »
Came across this website which has great information for many places around Brazil. - http://www.braziltravelblog.com/destinations/. They are definitely missing a few great places (Gramado and Parque Nacional dos Aparados da Serra come to mind). Though it still covers most places.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #394 on: July 22, 2014, 08:42:34 AM »
just an fyi, dunno if this was mentioned here but brazilian visas from ny consulate are not by appt only.
also, is it safe to assume I can pick up my visa if online status shows ready for pick-up, even though its not the date on my receipt yet?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #395 on: July 22, 2014, 09:28:38 AM »
just an fyi, dunno if this was mentioned here but brazilian visas from ny consulate are not by appt only.
also, is it safe to assume I can pick up my visa if online status shows ready for pick-up, even though its not the date on my receipt yet?
You can probably pick them up. Mine were ready a few days early.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #396 on: July 22, 2014, 02:06:59 PM »
Thnx. Does picking up take time/ have lines like applying?

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« Reply #397 on: July 22, 2014, 02:19:40 PM »
Thnx. Does picking up take time/ have lines like applying?
It's hard to say. I didn't have a line when applying (just a 2 minute wait). I waited maybe the same amount of time or a few minutes more to pick them up.

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« Reply #398 on: July 22, 2014, 07:24:41 PM »
thanks. there was quite a line but it went very quickly, much faster than when applying.

not sure if this has been mentioned here but they changed the application process its by appt only as of august 1 for anyone planning on getting one

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #399 on: July 22, 2014, 07:27:09 PM »
thanks. there was quite a line but it went very quickly, much faster than when applying.

not sure if this has been mentioned here but they changed the application process its by appt only as of august 1 for anyone planning on getting one
The LA consulate has been like that for some time.