November 10, 2014
Written by Cat Arambulo-Antonio
Categories: Travel


São Paulo | Rio de Janeiro | Iguassu Falls

Oooooh Brazil. What a beauty! Too bad it’s so far from Manila. I’m ok with long haul flights.. BUT.. it took us more than 30 hours to get to there. No delays and very short lay overs. It’s just really very far.

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São Paulo

Did you know that São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the Americas and third largest city in the world?! It’s a very big and dense city – with surprisingly not much traffic (Yay!). We had a lot of fun touring the different quaint little neighborhoods. In other cities graffiti is considered vandalism, but in São Paulo, graffiti was turned into really cool street art.

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Mercado Municipal Market

The Mercado Municipal is covered market in São Paulo. It’s the first time I’ve ever been to a very clean and organised market. And ooooh WOW.. the Mortadella Sandwhich from Bar do Mané was crazy good. The line was just insanely long! Another winner was the Pastel de Bacalhau from Hocca Bar. YUM!


It was so good that we went back the next day for MORE! Plus added a strawberry parfait that was sinfully delicious.


Rio de Janeiro

Look at the view of  Rio de Janeiro from Ipanema beach at night. Stunning!!!

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Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Being a beach lover myself, I tried to blend in with the locals.

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The Copacabana beach scene was pretty intense. The beach was crowded and people were literally a foot away from each other. It was a very different experience all together — no concept of personal space but the environment was very peaceful and people were friendly.

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Christ the Redeemer (Corcovado Mountain)

Christ the Redeemer is a symbol of Brazilian Christianity.  It is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ which was created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the engineer Heitor da Silva Costa Brazil in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot. The statue is of  made of reinforced concrete, soapstone and weighs almost 700 tons.

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Iguassu Falls Aerial View

Since we won’t be going back to Brazil in the near future, we decided to get an Iguassu Falls tour which included a Panoramic Helicopter Ride. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! We flew over the surrounding jungle that expands deep into Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Our pilot took us to the Devil’s Throat (the largest waterfall in the region) and San Martin Waterfall – he brought us as close to the waterfalls as he possibly could… I can still remember the sound of the water as it crashes into the Iguassu river.

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Iguassu Falls 

Of course the aerial view wasn’t enough so we checked out Iguassu Falls from the trails and walkways. Later into the trip we eventually decided that viewing it from different perspectives wasn’t enough so we went rafting at the base of the waterfalls. Another mind boggling & unforgettable experience!



Fogo de Chão (fo-go dèe shown) was THE authentic Brazilian dining experience! Upon seating they give you a card with a green and red side. Green means “go” and red means “stop”. When the card is green side up, it signals that you’re ready for the gaucho chefs to begin table side service. There are 16 cuts of delectable fire roasted meats to choose from. The meats are sliced and served by the gaucho chefs. Obviously I didn’t have any more room for dessert. haha!

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There’s no better place to buy Havianas than to get them in Brazil. They had them in ALL colors, prints and various styles that we’ve never even seen before. The Havianas store even has a station where you can add your own “bling”.

What a fun trip!!! :)

- Cat Arambulo-Antonio


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