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Itacoatiara, Niterói - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Just a thirty minute cab ride from downtown Rio over the Rio-Niteroi bridge, one of the longest bridges in the world, this little beach town of Itacoatiara lies. It is a surfers' haven and a sleepy little beach town that swells on the weekends...
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R. Sacadura Cabral, 155 - Praça Maua, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20081-261, Brazil
Brazilian music has many influences. A blend of African, European and indigenous Brazilian music has created unique styles like samba, bossa nova, and choro to name a few. This popular restaurant in the Gamboa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro hosts...
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Saúde, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Every Monday night starting at 7pm and lasting until about midnight, the hills of Pedra do Sal are alive with the sounds of Samba. Expect to feel a bit unsure of where you’re going on the cab ride out to Pedra do Sal- surrounding it in the Saúde...
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There are plenty of places to dance the night away in Rio. But for a more intimate experience, follow the locals to a neighborhood boteco. These open-air bars buzz with the hum of conversations and occasional cheers related to a televised soccer...
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Rua Doutor Samuel Costa, 176 - Centro Histórico, Paraty - RJ, 23970-000, Brazil
The seaside colonial town of Paraty, Brazil revolves around el centro historico, where one can wander down endless cobblestone streets and easily be tempted by one of its many restaurants. Bartholomeu, a reasonably priced restaurant that doubles...
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R. Barão de Capanema, 549 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, 01411-001, Brazil
São Paulo’s D.O.M. is currently rated sixth in the World’s 50 Best ranking, but to me it is simply the restaurant where I take every visiting non-Brazilian for a guaranteed reaction: “What just hit us?!” The more confident that chef–owner Alex...
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Praça Benedito Calixto - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
Anyone who has been to Brazil knows that the country has fantastic open-air markets, known as "feiras" in Portuguese. They often feature a combination of handicrafts, antiques, live music, dancing, and street food. The market on Saturdays at Praça...
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R. Cantareira, 306 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01103-200, Brazil
Go to the Mercado Municipal in Sao Paulo for all your gourmet needs. The market has everything from fresh vegetables to homemade candies. I decided to go for a mortadella sandwich from Bar do Mane. The locals seem to have a soft-spot for the...
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R. Dr. Veiga Filho, 133 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01238-000, Brazil
“Built around 15 years ago amidst a lot of opposition, this upscale shopping mall has become a symbol of the neighborhood, giving it new energy and pushing up real estate prices in the environs. Its design respects the historical buildings around...
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Rua Oscar Freire, 413 - Jardins, São Paulo - SP, 01426-001, Brazil
With its comfortable seating, Parisian-style tables, and hardwood decor, Santo Grão Café on Rua Oscar Freire is the type of café that's impossible to leave. The list of coffee drinks is impressive, and the food delicious. Perfect for a french...
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R. Maranhão, 617 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01240-001, Brazil
“I am a lover and a collector of photography, and this is where I go most frequently to buy new works. It’s essentially a library of some of Brazil’s best photography, which also holds exhibitions of artists such as Thomas Farkas.” —Arthur Casas ...
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São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
In Liberdade, Sao Paulo, the home of the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, I felt like I was in Tokyo while knowing I was in Brazil. Portuguese was spoken on the streets but the stores and the street food reminded me more of Shibuya.
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R. Maranhão, 220 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01240-000, Brazil
“Mere steps away from one of Higienópolis’s most iconic buildings, Edificio Cinderela, [a modernist marble condominium with columns in bright pink tile] this is a regular morning stop for me. I usually order a ham and cheese croissant. It’s one of...
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As a lover of architecture, visiting Edificio Copan in the center of São Paulo was high on my list during my last visit to this lively city. However, what really struck me while standing outside Copan was this fun street art behind us. It seems to...
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Rua Cardeal Arcoverde, 772/776 - Pinheiros - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05408-001, Brazil
Behind this seemingly pedestrian rust-red bar facade is an incredible restaurant. Located in Pinheiros, Bar do Biu has a tradition of serving authentic and tasty food from the Northeast of Brazil. On a hot Saturday afternoon the place will be...
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Rua Haddock Lobo, 1738 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, 01415-000, Brazil
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Ordering something local, often something you have never heard of or cannot pronounce, is one of the best ways to get to know a new culture. While Sao Paulo doesn't ooze with culture, it does boast an incredible food scene. One of the more notable...
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R. Mateus Grou, 488 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05415-040, Brazil
Right in the heart of Pinheiros, this restaurant is the perfect stop after a day of wandering through the tiny art galleries, ample music stores, and busy antique stands off of the nearby Rua Teodoro. The food is an imaginative and fresh blend of...
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Vila Madalena, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, 03178-200, Brazil
Sao Paulo is a massive, business hub of South America and not the greatest place to visit. It's full of great food, but not much in the way of culture or beauty. But there is a funky oasis in the middle of this skyrise city in the artsy...
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Rua Haddock Lobo, 955 - Jardins, São Paulo - SP, 01414-001, Brazil
Sao Paulo is a foodie's paradise with phenomenal restaurants behind every door, especially in the neighborhood of Jardins. Behind one of the smaller doors on Rua Haddock Lobo and Al. Itu leads to Na Cozinha, a tiny restaurant creating gigantic and...
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Viaduto Nove de Julho, 193 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01050-060, Brazil
Estadao is situated in downtown Sao Paulo. They serve up an incredibly delicious roast pork sandwich: crisp skin on the outside, succulent meat on the inside, all piled onto a fresh-baked roll. A newspaper used to be headquartered nearby and so...
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Av. São João, 439 - República, São Paulo - SP, 01035-000, Brazil
São Paulo downtown is rich in architectural history and inexpensive shopping, but for a more diverse and alternative shopping experience go to Galeria do Rock where you can get everything from dreadlocks to sneakers. A modern architectural...
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Comércio, Salvador - BA, 40015-080, Brazil
The São Joaquim market in Salvador, Brazil, offers a broad spectrum of merchandise. At the far end of the market you can even purchase live animals. While walking through this area I saw goats, chickens, ducks and doves. A baby goat costs around...
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Largo do Bonfim, s/n - Bonfim, Salvador - BA, 40415-475, Brazil
The ribbons tied to the gates of the Church of Bonfim (and to wrists of visitors in Salvador) signify the thousands of pilgrims who arrive at this historic site. The ribbons, called "lembrancas," are tied with a prayer or wish in mind. Each color...
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Campo Grande, Salvador - BA, 40080-120, Brazil
In the neighborhood of Campo Grande, a little poking along the back streets can result in a fantastic view of the ocean- and some prime real estate, even among the towering, modern apartment buildings.
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Locals come to this bustling square every evening to practice capoeira. My friend and I stumbled on a group of men practicing and joined the crowd that had gathered to watch. Their movements were so graceful and powerful. We were inspired to take...
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Praça Visc. de Cayru, s/n - Comercio, Salvador - BA, 40015-170, Brazil
Bahian food is as fun to pronounce as it is to eat. There are stews like: Bobó, xím xím, moqueca and vatapá. I tried everything. What I kept going back for more of was xím xím, a coconut and gingery stew made with meat or fish. I would go to a...
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Cuiabá - State of Mato Grosso, Brazil
The Pantanal is one of the best wildlife-spotting destinations on the planet. Cox & Kings offers a five-day trip to the remote Jaguar Research Center, where guests may also encounter hyacinthine macaws, anacondas, and giant river otters Brazil’s...
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Campo Grande - State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
In the dry season, the distance from Campo Grande, Brazil to the interior of the Pantanal is only 100 miles, but will take 4 hours to arrive. You must hire an experienced driver as the roads range from potholes that would swallow a semi to mere...
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Latin America
In this place there are no cars, the night sky is so clear you could think you are in a planetarium, turtles and dolphins are at home here, and the sea likes to play with your mind by showing you countless shades of green and blue as the mojitos...
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Merida, Mérida, Venezuela
It was discovered that the Andean mountains of Venezuela are a great spot for trout rearing. On a tour of the range surrounding Merida we had a delicious fried trout here with a host trout farming family, and a fancier version back in town later...
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Subida Sabas Nieves, Caracas, Miranda, Venezuela
One of my favorite things to do in Caracas is to climb El Avila. There are several different route access points that can be found on the cusp of the city. Make sure you hike during the day (it is safest when there are a lot of people around) and...
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Bolívar, Venezuela
Canaima National Park is home to the infamous Angel Falls, but more people are able to visit its little brother Alto Sappo (or Sappo Falls) where you can get an even up close and personal look by walking behind it. Admire the table top mountains...
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Colonia Tovar 1030, Aragua, Venezuela
If you're passing through Caracas it's well worth a day trip up to Colonia Tovar for a dose of German culture tucked sweetly into the Venezuelan mountains. The small village is built in the spirit of a typical Bavarian settlement that you often...
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Playa El Agua, 6324, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela
After 20 years of travelling and more than 30 countries, I wouldn't dare to call myself a world traveller, neither claim I have seen the best of anything yet.. Actually, "bests" are not universal but circumstancial to the person that experiences...