I'm looking to go to Brazil with my male friend for about 6 weeks (from about June 1 to July 15). We'd like to rent a room, apartment, house, shared house, hostel for relatively cheap (preferably under $500 per person). It seems like if we go outside São Paulo city center we can get cheaper prices, how should we go about looking? I am aware of Airbnb and couchsurfing.com Thanks
posted by crawltopslow
on Apr 9, 2014 -
I am going on a business trip to Sao Paulo next month. I will have one free day in Sao Paulo (a Sunday, which I know many mean many things are closed) before my work begins and a 24 hour layover in Lima over the weekend on my way back (noon to noon).
What are the can't-miss things in Sao Paulo and Lima? The must-sees, must-dos, must-drinks? Special snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by rednikki
on Feb 20, 2014 -
Recommendations for a visa agency in Houston, Texas (one that's open on weekends) to obtain a tourist visa to travel to Brazil? [more inside]
posted by LLF246
on Feb 1, 2014 -
I need a dystopian film to replace Terry Gilliam's Brazil
in my undergraduate course. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey
on Jan 19, 2014 -
As part of my quest to learn Brazilian Portuguese, I'd like to listen to Brazilian radio at least some of the time (preferably streaming through iTunes). However, what I'm finding online has lots of bossa nova (good) but pretty much no Portuguese (bad). Does anyone have pointers to stations that have both good music (my tastes are eclectic, so samba and forró are great but baile funk is great too) and DJs speaking in Portuguese in between?
posted by rednikki
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I would like to see the favelas while I'm in Rio. I'd also like to not engage in poverty tourism. Is it possible to ethically and safely tour favela neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by whoaali
on Oct 2, 2013 -
I found an old MP3 with "Fazenda de Inhauma" as the title, some blog track I picked up years ago. I googled it
and as best I can tell, it's a song about a neighborhood in Rio de Jainero that's been covered tons of times.
So, what's the deal? Is it a favela party standard? Who made it big? Why are there so many versions? What does the song mean, lyrically? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston
on Sep 19, 2013 -
Two of my life dreams are to speak Portuguese fluently and to learn to surf. VOILA~~ I was invited for a professional exchange in Florianopolis, Brazil, and am over the moon! Can you help me 1) decide which months to arrive 2) make an initial plan for housing and transport, and 3) suggest volunteer conservation efforts for my partner? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree
on May 4, 2013 -
We're travelling to Brazil in late May. Where would you recommend for hotels in Itataia and Paraty? Is a pousada a good option? Plus questions about timing, driving, Salvador de Bahia. [more inside]
posted by shortfuse
on Mar 26, 2013 -
On our trip to South America, we will be spending 2.5 days in Iguazu, Argentina, and would appreciate any ideas as to things we should see. Is it worth the extra cost to go to the Brazilian side? Thanks!
posted by graventy
on Mar 3, 2013 -
I'm trying to understand the meaning of the phrase "te aprochega." I have seen it used as part of a parade celebrating southern Gaucho pride in Porto Alegre, near Uruguay. I understand that the "te" is kind of like our "y'all" because it's this southern vernacular that's not used so much up north, but what does the "approaching" part mean? I've only been able to find references on the Web to "te aprochega living," in the sense that someone might say "Gangnam Style."
posted by steinsaltz
on Feb 23, 2013 -
I'm planning to visit the Pantanal wetlands later this year. Do you have any tips or recommendations for activities and tour companies? [more inside]
posted by Jakey
on Jan 27, 2013 -
A week or 2 ago, I came across a photo gallery on imgur.com of photos of Brazilian military police using APCs and bulldozers to tear down favela housing in preparation for the World Cup and Olympics. I think I found it via a link from mefi, or possibly reddit. I have searched both sites for it, and done some googling, but I just can not find it. Hope me?
posted by broadway bill
on Oct 26, 2012 -
Why is it that in Brazil, there are no reviews / ratings of books on any of the online book stores? Does anyone know of any stores that might have this seemingly basic functionality?
posted by mikeanegus
on Sep 28, 2012 -
RVing to Rio De Janeiro -- is this even possible?
We are experienced RVers, with nearly a decade of fulltime North American trekking under our belts. Closing ceremony of the Olympics got us talking about 2016 in Rio, then somebody said, "Why don't you take your RV down there?" [more inside]
posted by peakcomm
on Sep 7, 2012 -
I have a ticket to travel from SFO to São Paulo tomorrow. Sadly, I just discovered I need a visa
. There is no time to apply and the consulate is closed tomorrow so I wonder if I should just get on the plane and see what happens. If they turn me away in São Paulo what will they do? Put me on the next plane? Or will the airline not even board me without the visa? (I have a connecting flight in O'Hare.)
posted by Typographica
on Sep 2, 2012 -
I'm looking for a Brazilian piece of (folk?) music to use with a short video I'm making on football/soccer. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood
on Aug 10, 2012 -
I just got back from Brazil and want to read about its history. What are the best books in English? I'm particularly interested in the period from the arrival of the monarchy in 1808 to the founding of the republic in 1889.
posted by ocherdraco
on Jun 1, 2012 -
HONEYMOON FILTER - are we crazy for considering this?
Help us plan the best honeymoon ever!
My fiance and I are from Australia. We are getting married in the end of October in Singapore, and we are planning for a November honeymoon. We have about 4 weeks to play with and are planning the trip of a lifetime, with some luck, and the help of the wisdom of the pleasant Mefite people. [more inside]
posted by shazzam!
on May 22, 2012 -
Can anybody help me find TV shows/documentaries/podcasts/literature on doctors and hospitals in Brazilian Portuguese? [more inside]
posted by tvdveer
on May 16, 2012 -
Looking for info on iconic 20s-era streetlights
installed in São Paulo by a Canadian company. Was this model used in Canada too? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B
on Apr 18, 2012 -
What is the origin of the "golazo de brasil" sound that is played on Brazilian TV when the national football team scores a goal? (Also used in Formula One when a Brazilian wins a race, and really any sporting context where Brazil succeeds at something). [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water
on Mar 10, 2012 -
Hi well traveled mefites! My husband and I are taking the overnight bus from Lencois to Salvadore tonight and it arrives at something like 5am. We have ~6 hrs to kill in Salvadore before we catch our flight to Rio. Are there any places we can go to hang out early morning? I'm guessing the Market isn't open that early but maybe there's a restaurant that's open 24 hrs or a section of town that's nice in the early morning maybe.
posted by lannanh
on Feb 24, 2012 -
Who are good candidates for reasonably being labelled "The Brazilian Shakespeare"? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh
on Feb 21, 2012 -
I am going to a Brazilian wedding (in Anapolis, near Brasilia) this summer. As a non-Brazilian guest, what do I need to know? One more specific question regarding dress inside. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Feb 21, 2012 -
Brazil Filter: I'll be in Sao Paolo for a week in early February and would appreciate some hive-mind input on the trip. Details within. [more inside]
posted by quidividi
on Jan 17, 2012 -
I'm not the first to ask this type of question, but my situation is a bit unique. I have 10 days, starting at Iguazu Falls and flying out of Buenos Aires. My original plan was to travel down to Uruguay for a few days and then take the ferry over to Bs. As (for at least 4 days). I've recently learned about Salta, and it sounds really cool. Is it worth taking the long bus ride there and back down to Bs. As. or should I just let it go and head to Uruguay? [more inside]
posted by andyn
on Nov 3, 2011 -
Greetings, internet users! I need the best Brazilian movies you know. I've seen A Deriva, City of God, Black Orpheus, and none of the rest. What am I missing? Criteria are loose; basically, set in Brazil, people speaking Portuguese, and what you, O wise metafilterians, have judged to be worthy. Obrigado in advance!
posted by villanelles at dawn
on Oct 29, 2011 -
I want to work in Brazil. I speak fluent Portuguese (learned in Mozambique long story), am currently employed at a great job (government track for four years- Hill staff but I'm looking for something new). I don't want to just do teaching at a school, etc. I'm looking for something a bit different- maybe working in a communications firm or the tourism industry. Maybe I am wrong for putting off teaching in a school but it just doesn't seem like my thing. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos
on Aug 17, 2011 -
Going to Rio Branco, Acre state, Brazil next month. Looking to do some birding, and soliciting suggestions/tips. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87
on Aug 15, 2011 -
I need to ship a package from the US to Brazil about once a quarter. I want a way that will guarantee it arrives. The package is not especially large (up to shoe-box size), heavy, delicate or cumbersome, and there is no time requirement. Anyone with experience shipping to Brazil? [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy
on Aug 9, 2011 -
I'm heading from Toronto to Brasil for a wedding in August and then will have about two weeks of solo travelling to do.
Where should I stay and what should I do? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by stealabove
on Jun 21, 2011 -
How does one plan a world cup trip?? A group of friends and I want to do it, but nobody knows how... [more inside]
posted by wooh
on Jun 13, 2011 -
Gol Linhas Aéreas, a Brazilian airline, cheated me out of about $620. Full story inside. Please help me get my money back. [more inside]
posted by sleevener
on May 4, 2011 -
I have less than a week -- but where? Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, or Buenos Aires? [more inside]
posted by armage
on Apr 21, 2011 -
i am looking for a quality backpack and cool places to go to in northern brazil. i would appreciate any help. [more inside]
posted by shitalphin
on Apr 10, 2011 -
Could you direct me towards information about what it takes to make a US software product available and work in countries like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina? [more inside]
posted by rmless
on Mar 8, 2011 -
I am thrilled we are moving back to Brazil, but this time I am taking my beloved dog. I am looking for experiences about moving internationally with a pet. [more inside]
posted by msali
on Mar 2, 2011 -