We happened to be traveling to Brazil for a consulting project and decided why not find some cheap awesome things to do in Brasil and share it with the BLA family. So we arrive in Sao Paulo which is a very industrial city, its know to have the most quantity of buildings for any city in the world.
Things we tried while in Brasil
If you have time spend a few days down in Florianopolis. its a great vacation town with beautiful beaches landscape and people are so friendly. We did the Praia de Galehta (beach) and tried our first nude beach experience. We loved it. And the people were generally very respectful. Definitely, do the sand surfing at the dunes of Joaquina or paddle board on the lake of Connection a small Pousada called Reinderas 510 is an amazing place where Patricia the owner will treat you like a long-lost family member. If you like chaos La Brahma is a great night club but it’s in the center of Sao Paolo so be careful. Uber is alive and well taxis are fine but have the bar, restaurant or hotel call them for you or use an easy taxi. Parque Ibirapuera is crazy beautiful for a quiet walk but don’t be surprised to see couples picnicking, a friendly game of Futebol( soccer), bike riding, hear a local marching band ripping incredible drum line riffs.
For our next weekend, we decided to head to Rio de Janeiro. We stayed at a little hotel called Oceana about a block from Copacabana beach. The room was fine although a bit old and it included free breakfast and beach towels. The customer service was awful but for less than $130 a night and a half a stones throw from the beach I can’t complain too much.
Our first stop was to see a man named Paulino Celani with justfly.com was our instructor for our hang gliding flight over the cliffs. He was an absolute gem and he speaks English. What an amazing adventure. Hang gliding depends on winds and he did an amazing job landing us on the beach. His prices were great and he included a video as well as an id card.
Jardim Botânico (a botanical park) was also a great experience we saw monkeys, gorgeous waterfalls, all sorts of birds an orchid garden and tons of space for little ones to play.
We made a stop in centro near the aqueducts to have lunch next to the famous tile steps Escadaria Selaron. Be prepared for a very large plate we ordered for one person and my wife and I could not finish the food. It was huge.
The next day we went to Cristo Redentor and Pão de Açucar famous peak in the same day. It is a lot of lines and walking thus it’s doable but you’ll be tired. I must say the view from Pão de Açucar summit at night was amazing.
Nights we spent strolling Copacabana sidewalk. There is great food music and plenty of Caipirinhas, a traditional drink in Brazil made with cachaça.
Our final day we spent lounging on the beach at Ipanema late afternoon on the weekends is like an artisanal fair about a block from the beach. It’s good stuff to bring home but bring cash and negotiate.
That was our trip to Brazil stays tuned for Chapter 2 of Bucket List International Adventures!