Tag: South America

Rio Mini-Trip Report Part 2, the Sheraton Grande Rio, Sunshine, and AA GIG-MIA-DCA

For my third night in Rio, I switched hotels because my friend was staying at the Sheraton Grande Rio his second night. Prices were a little less than the Caesar Park, so I decided why not. The property is in Leblon, about 10 minutes from Ipanema – a bit west of the main beach and
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Rio Mini-Trip Report 1: AA Main Cabin Extra DCA-JFK-GIG, a Second Try at the Caesar Park Hotel, & Rain in Rio…Again

I’d already been to Brazil twice since November, with Rio and Iguazu in one trip, and Bahia, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia in another.  But American had a really cheap, sub-$500 fare from DCA to Rio, and a friend was going down for a weekend.  I hadn’t done the Rio nightlife on my last trip, with
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The Journey Home: BSB-MIA in AA Coach, VIP Club Brasilia, a Terrible MIA Centurion Club Experience & MIA-JFK in International Business, and JFK-DCA in Domestic F

American Flt. 214 Brasilia (BSB) to Miami (MIA) Boeing 757, Main Cabin Extra Sched. Dep. 10:55 PM    Actual Dep. 10:41 PM Sched. Arr. 4:52 AM +1  Actual Arr. 4:27 AM +1 AA Flt. 2493  Miami (MIA) to New York-Kennedy (JFK) Boeing 767-300, “First” Sched. Dep. 7:10am        Actual Dep. 7:09am Sched. Arr.  10:03am       Actual Arr. 9:51am
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28 Hours in Brasilia

I got to my hotel in Brasilia in plenty of time to shower and head to dinner.  The problem with Brasilia’s zones is that by definition the “Hotel Zone” isn’t going to have anything much but hotels and some businesses catering to their guests.  There was a shawarma stand and a Fogo de Chao across
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Orientation to Brasilia and the confusing Melia Brasil 21

As a means of orientation, before I get into specifics, some background on Brasilia. Brasilia was founded in 1960 to serve as the new federal capital of Brazil. It was one of the main projects of late-50s president Juscelino Kubitschek, who was a strong supporter of a new centrally-located capital as part of an economic
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To Brasilia? Sao Paulo to Brasilia on TAM and the Lounge Situation at Congonhas (CGH)

When I booked my Brazil flight, flights in and out of Brasilia or Sao Paulo were the same price. I’ve always been a bit of an urban planning nerd, as well as a 20th Century art and design nerd, and Brasilia had long fascinated me as a city completely built in the mid 20th century.
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A Brief Sao Paulo Stay and the Intercontinental Sao Paulo

Due to a series of events, my short time in Sao Paulo provided even less time to experience the city than I had planned – I didn’t explore the nightlife, restaurants, or museums at all really, and only saw a few of the main sights. Part of it was how late I got to my
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Leaving Morro de Sao Paulo and Salvador to Sao Paulo on Avianca Brazil

Avianca Brazil Flt. 6259, Salvador (SSA) to Sao Paulo-Guarulhos (GRU) A320, Economy Sched. Dep, 6:12PM   Actual Dep. 6:23PM Sched. Arr. 8:50PM Actual Arr. 8:36PM My trip to Morro de Sao Paulo would have made a lot more sense if it weren’t for the problems I had with two different transfer companies. The fastest way to
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Trip Report: Morro de Sao Paulo and the Villa dos Corais

If Miami, Santorini, and Phuket had a baby, it would be Morro de Sao Paulo. When I was planning my trip, I wanted to spend a few days at a beachy resort-like town. I didn’t realize at the time that there was plenty of that right around Salvador, but looked at other places in Bahia
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Trip Report: Exploring Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

When I started researching my trip of 10 days in Brazil without Rio or Iguazu, one destination came up over and over again – Salvador. And after spending 3 days in the former colonial capital and third largest city in Brazil, I definitely understand why, and would love to go back to what was my
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