Tag Archives: Brazil

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Hotel Review: Sheraton da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

There are not a ton of big chain hotels in Salvador. There are a bunch of big hotels on the beach in the Rio Vermelho neighborhood, and then a bunch of boutique hotels in the old town, Pelourinho, including the well-reviewed Pestana Convento do Carmo.   But about three years ago,… Read more »

My Brazilian NightmAAre Part #2 – Searching for help at GRU, flying Gol GRU-SSA, & Bagless in Brazil

This is a continuation of the story of numerous American Airlines failures that got my Brazilian vacation off to a really disastrous and stressful start. When we left off, I was landing in Sao Paulo, having been rerouted from Rio due to a mechanical cancellation. Several AA agents had told… Read more »

My Brazilian NightmAAre, Part 1: Trying to Get to Brazil via Miami on American, DCA-MIA in F, MIA-GRU in Business, & the MIA Centurion Lounge

I’m back from my vacation to Brazil. Unfortunately, my trip down was extremely stressful due to several errors and customer service failures by American.   Not only did I not get to my destination on time, but my baggage was 3 days late, and I ended up crying in Sao Paulo… Read more »

Back to Brazil: A Preview and Redeeming ThankYou Points

So I just finished blogging my November 4-day trip to Brazil.  I actually have traveled since then, to New York for Thanksgiving and a long weekend in Puerto Vallarta in January.  But work’s also been super busy and I’ve taken on a leadership role in a community organization, so it… Read more »