I wonder whether you can suggest a good itinerary for 3 weeks in Brazil. We fly in on the 6th November, into Rio.
Wish to spend some time relaxing and also checking out the sites and cities. In ecuador, later we will be checking out the rainforest and so we may not do this in Brazil.
Its my husbands birthday too in November. Any cool boutique/special places to stay in for a couple of days over this time too as a special treat?
Also if you have any suggestions as to how to travel around( Sao Paulo, Salvador, Rio)
What are your experiences travelling to Iguazu falls from Sao Paulo? Trains/Buses or should we fly? Budget options welcome too!!!!
From Rio...you can see the city of rio de Janeiro... so many beautiful places.. Sugar Loaf, Christ Redemeer...You can go to some cities nearby... like Angra dos Reis.I love this place.After this you can go to Mato Grosso and visit the city called Bonito.A nature sanctuary.Also you can go to Sao Paulo... the biggest city in south america,great restaurants,discos... Santa Catarina is a nice state too.Florianopolis is one of the most famous beaches.Cool place.Hope I could help.Ask me for more information if needed.
Rio is an amazing city and I'm sure you'll love it. Some things you should do, besides the main touristy attractions:
- Hang or paraglide at São Conrado
- Reserva Beach or Prainha (you'll need a car, and it's better to go to those beaches on weekdays to avoid traffic). You could have a late lunch at Bira, on Pedra de Guaratiba. It's not cheap (one dish for two, costs around R$ 100,00) but you'll eat great fish and seafood, drink caipirinhas and watch a great view.
- Walk at Paineiras on a Sunday. There you have an amazing view of the city, including the Christ at Corcovado. Go in bathing suit to refresh in the cold water at a kind of a waterfall (I mean don't expect a waterfall, just clean crystal water falling). But it's nice. My husband favourite program was downhill skating over there.
- Try amazing ice-cream made of fruits you don't even know about at Mil Frutas (Rua Garcia D'Ávila in Ipanema and Rua JJ Seabra in Jardim Botânico)
- If you have the opportunity go to a samba rehearsal.
- Most hotels are in Copacabana, but it's better if you stay in Ipanema. There's this hostel. http://www.adventurehostel.com.br. I've never stayed there but I used to pass in front of it all the time. It's between Lagoa and the beach. There's another hostel in Ipanema at a very good location: Che Lagarto Hostel, at Av. Paul Redfern.
- Ilha Grande, which means Big Island, is a beautiful place you go from Angra dos Reis. You can stay at Praia do Abraão (or Abraão Beach), the place with most guesthouses, camps and people. I've never stayed there. Or you can stay at more isolated places. I stayed at Pousada Sankay (http://www.pousadasankay.com.br), at Enseada do Bananal. Prices include the boat trip from and to Angra dos Reis, breakfast, dinner and daily boat trips to beaches nearby).
- Paraty is another lovely city. From there you can make a boat tour, see an amazing puppet theatre (really, don't miss it) and eat very well.
- Búzios is the most famous beach city at the state. They have nice hotels and restaurants and if you would like to indulge yourself and your husband stay at this place: http://www.casasbrancas.com.br/
Other than Rio, here are lots of places you could go:
- Fernando de Noronha. It's a beautiful island you can reach by plane from Natal or Recife. It's basically beach and nature. One of the most amazing places I've been. http://www.noronha.com.br/english/
- Lençóis Maranhenses. A sand desert with lagoons of rainwater. But I believe the better time to go there is from February to July. http://www.parquelencois.com.br/english/
- Chapada da Diamantinha - BA. A national park for those who like nature and walking. You get there by bus from Salvador or Brasilia. I couldn't find a site in English, but here you could see some pictures: http://www.infochapada.com.br/br.html
- Pantanal e Bonito. Unfortunately, I had not gone there yet. People say it's really amazing. At Bonito you explore caves and rivers. http://www.world66.com/southamerica/brazil/bonito. At Pantanal, more nature and wildlife. Take a look at http://www.world66.com/southamerica/brazil/pantanal.
I hope I've helped. When you've decided where to go I can give you more specific tips. I'll be happy to answer any other question you might have.
Have a nice trip.
As strange as it may sound, since you are spending three weeks in Brazil, in addition to the sites and sounds of Rio, I would suggest that if possible, you pay at least a short visit to the capital, Brazilia. As you probably know, it was built from scratch beginning some 45 years ago. That alone makes the time-capsule construction and overall nature and feel of the place intriguing. In addition, Brazilia was deliberately situated inland to encourage development of the surrounding region. It is located in a high, rolling plains area which is much different from Rio. Hotels are more than adequate, and the dining can be gourmet. Remember, government officials must spend time there.
For yet a totally unique experience, I would also recommend spending a few days in and about the rain forest city of Manaus. It is the largest city in the Amazon region with not only a rich history, but a vibrant present based on current economic development. The Opera House and nearby abondoned rubber plantations are worth seeing. But, the big attraction is the river and the manner in which life has developed around it. You can see and experience things in Manaus that are not to be found elsewhere in Brazil. It is definitely worth a side journey notwithstanding the extended geographic distance from Rio.
Good Luck and Have Fun,
Hey guys, thank you!!!
Any suggestions on a suprise birthday outing/place to see/place to stay for my husband whilst in Brazil???
What exactly do you want? A romantic getaway? A nice restaurant? Please tell me what you have in mind and where you'll be when the date approaches... I'll do my best to help you out.
I suppose an idyllic boutique hotel/villa as a nice treat for him (and me!) or a cool little hideaway near a beach.... after that it will be hostels all the way!!!!
ps. and a cool place for a night out - dinner and cocktails!!!!
I'm sorry I took so long to answer.
If you're in Rio. Here are a few suggestions to go out and have dinner:
- Zazá Bistrô (Rua Joana Angélica 40). It's a relaxed restaurant, with modern food and exoteric ambience. On the second floor, you sit in pillows on the floor. Good for a romantic dinner.
- Miss Tanaka (Rua Pacheco Leão 758). This japanese restaurant is a great place to drink sakê and eat sushi or other dishes like the squid with mussarela and funghi. Go to the black room at the end of the restaurant, with a golden buda and a ceiling that opens when the night is beautiful.
Well, this are the places I celebrated my last special ocasions in Brazil. They are not cheap, but also not the fancy-expensive kind of restaurant. Enjoy.
I've already given you suggestions of a great hotel in Buzios (Casas Brancas). Vale dos Veados is a remote "pousada" without electricty between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo I've always wanted to go. You only reach it with a 4x4 vehicle which you pay to use, but only in certain days of the week. http://www.hoteisdabocaina.com.br/ing/vale_viados/htm_vv/index.htm
Have you decided your itinerary? It would be easier for me to give you a suggestion if I knew if you're around Rio de Janeiro, Bahia or any other place...
Hope I've helped.