Post # 1
For a mnth, we have been flailing around, looking for a warm place for the beginning of October where we could enjoy beach, culture and adventure. Finally, we think we have it: Brazil!! Anyone have any suggestions? For two or three days, I just want to veg in luxury, but that leaves more than a week to do other exciting stuff!
Post # 3
I would certainly start with TripAdvisor.
Post # 4
we went to brazil last year and it is totally amazing. you should definitely go to rio–we spent our whole week there. very warm but in mid-november it was pretty rainy (not sure about october, but it is springtime there). the beaches are gorgeous and if its sunny you could spend days just bumming. people will come up and sell you food, drinks, whatever you want, but they are not pushy/annoying.
we stayed at the hotel praia ipanema which was very nice, clean, comfortable. but if you want total luxury you should go to the copacabana palace. we walked through and it is totally amazing (but was out of our vacation budget).
definitely do christ the redeemer, sugarloaf, and samba dancing in lapa neighborhood!
for more info from our trip:
Post # 5
Thanks so much! Your website is has us pyched!
Post # 6
I took a trip by myself to Brazil in October. It is definitely sping there then, and you should be fine for weather especially in the northern part of the country. Rio was a bit chilly and rainy although I heard it was quite unusual. The one day I had good weather it was absolutely gorgeous. I also went to Salvador which was very very warm. If you go to Salvador I recommend Casa do Amarelindo int in the Pelurinho. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
Post # 7
I visited Brazil for several weeks in June 2006 (I was studying abroad). We were primarily in Rio, in Ipanema. I really enjoyed our stay there–the weather was hot and gorgeous and we loved being so close to the beach. The people and surroundings are beautiful and meals are so relaxing and leisurely–they can last hours, and the server won’t bring you the bill until you ask for it. It’s just how they roll, I guess! I am sure you would do the proper research before you go, but beware of crime–it can be quite bad, and it seems they specifically target Americans. Just be safe, is all.
If you go, you should definitely consider taking a weekend trip to Buzios. We took a chartered bus up there for a weekend and had a BLAST! There are lots of cool inns (I can’t even recall the place we stayed, but it was definitely not honeymoon-worthy) and it’s kind of like a resort town, so there are cute shops and restaurants. The HIGHLIGHT of the trip, however, was renting a little open-air jeep/buggy thing that you can use to zip around from beach to beach. There are lots of beaches, but many are far removed from the others. Having a buggy is a must, and it was tons of fun.