Delta 121 - June 29, 2006 - JFK to Sao Paulo - leave 10:10 pm
Arrive Sao Paulo - June 30, 2006 - 8:45 am
Meet Adam Jones arriving Taca 28 from Lima, Peru - June 30 - 3:45 am
Taxi from airport to center is $15 or airport service buses are approx. $10 per person.
Use metro to navigate the city.
Aclimacao Hotel - Ave. Ferrentini 668 - 11/3346-7999 www.ezhoteis.com.br - Paraiso neighborhood, around corner from metro station.
Liberdade - Asian neighborhood, Bela Vista (Italian), Bom Retiro (Jewish).
Avenida Paulista (Avenue of skyscrapers. Cerqueiria Cesar - highest concentration of good restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs.
Adam watches World Cup soccer.
Parque do Ibirapuera - central park.
Immigrant Memorial Museum (Hospedaria dos Imigrantes) - similar to Ellis Island - must see - 10 am-5 pm - Tues-Sun.
Walking Tour - includes stops Praca de Republica (near subway stop of same name), Edificio Italia (41 floors)-views from the top, Teatro Municipal, Shopping Light mall, Parque Anhangabau, Praca do Patriarca, Igreja de Santo Antonio, Largo de Sao Francisco (small plaza) triangulated by Church of St. Francis of Assis, Chapel of the Third Order and College of Law, Catedral Metropolitana (holds 8,000 people), Largo de Sao Bento, Monastery and Basilica of Sao Bento, Predio dos Correios (largest Post Office in Brazil), Largo de Paicandu, NS do Rosario dos Homens Pretos (built in 1906 by Black Brazilians), Monumento a Mae Preta (Monument of the Black Mother).
Many nightclubs especially in Vila Olimpia district.
Live music including jazz at Bourbon Street Music Club.
Outdoor markets: 1) Feira da Republica, 2) Street Fair - Liberdade (Asian district) - Sunday.
Leave - Sunday, July 2 for Curitiba - Terminal Tiete - 6 hours/$15
o Stroll in the Passeio Publico public park in center of city and Rua 15 de Novembro (Rua das Flores) – main pedestrian boulevard
o Praca Tiradentes - Linha Turismo - best city tour in Brazil (Highly recommended) – two hr tour of the city’s main attractions – departs from Praca Tiradentes, in front of the cathedral, every 30 minutes between 9 am – 5 pm – can get off at any of the attractions and hop on at the next bus that passes – 15 Reis
· Brazil Telecom Tower – observation deck – 3 Reis
· Opera de Arame – modeled after Paris Opera House – but constructed entirely of metal tubing
· Jardim Botanico
· Rodoferroviaria and Mercado Municipal
· Teatro Paiol
o Parks – weekends – Tangua Park and Barigui Park
o Largo da Ordem – cobblestoned historical quarter – good place at night for music, restaurants
· Sal Grosso
· Shwarzwald – two cool bars – start at 11 pm
o Recommended bars – other locations
· John Bull Pub
· Bar Brahma – beer outside of brewery
· Cervejaria Original Artartica –beer outside of brewery
· University of Parana – Exprex Café
· John Edwards bar–jazz, blues, and bossanova – Wednesday-Sunday – Amer. Owner
· London Pub - great local jazz – art and university types
o Rua 24 Horas – restaurants, bars, bookstores, shops and live music 24 hours a day
o Digitando o Futuro – free internet at Rua 24 horas
o Lodging – Interpalace Hotel – www.interpalace.com.br
o Train ride to Paranagua – most exciting railroad in Brazil. Leaving from Curitiba at 900 meters the train descends a steep mountainside to the coastal lowlands. Goes through 13 tunnels and over 67 bridges. Three hour trip to Paranagua. Trains run daily in July. Otherwise they run daily only on weekends. Sit on the left hand side for the best view. Note: train to Paranagua leaves only on Saturdays and Sundays. Daily trains appear to end in Morretes.
·July 4 – Morretes - tranquil little colonial town – train stop on the way to Paranagua
o Marumbi State Park – offers some great hikes – need insect repellent
· July 4 – Antonina – old and peaceful
· July 4 – Paranagua (2-3 days including Ilha do Mel)– colorful city, with an old section that has a feeling of tropical decadence – can see most of Paranagua’s colonial buildings, churches, waterfront bars and various markets in a couple of hours.
o Tourist Info office inside the train station
o Museu de Arqueologico Etnologia – don’t miss it – housed in a beautifully restored Jesuit school. English descriptions of the exhibits in notebooks at the front desk.
o Waterfront – new and old municipal markets – nearby is a bridge that leads to the Ilha dos Valadares, population 8,000.
o Ilha do Mel – excellent beaches, scenic walks and relative isolation – visit for at least a day. Island has two parts connected by the beach at Nova Brasilia. Best beaches on the ocean side-Praia de Fora, Praia do Miguel, and Praia Grande. Best walking along the ocean side (east) from the southern tip of the island up to Praia da Fortaleza.
· buses back to Curitiba take less than 2 hours
· July 6-7 - Joinville (3.5 hrs. from Paranagua, 2.5 hrs. from Curitiba) – pop. 445,000 (2-3 days)
o Natural blonds stroll and cycle through clean, well-lit streets
o Most citizens are of German origin
o Clean, safe pedestrian-friendly city
o National Museum of Immigration – history of German immigrants to Joinville, housed in an elegant palace.
o Excellent hotels for $30 with German standards
o Excellent restaurants – European food and German beer
· July 8 - Blumenau – 2.5 hrs. from Joinville – pop. 256,000 (1-2 days)
o Clean, prosperous and serene city with a population which is tall and fair
o Architecture is Germanic and has been described as Disneyfied
o Pomerode – 30 km north – 80% of population speaks German
o Hearty breakfasts, coffee, pizza, German pastry, Chinese restaurant
· July 9-10 - Florianapolis – 2.5 hrs. from Blumenau – pop. 358,000 (2-3 days – both)
o Colonial cobble stoned streets fan out from Praca 15 de Novembro
o Upscale Beira-Mar Norte neighborhood sits on the bay 2km north of the center
o Praca 15 de Novembro – shady walks and 100-year old fig tree
o Tour – Itaguatur – three hour tour $10) includes city center as the beautiful Lagoa da Conceicao and nearby beaches www.itaguatur.com.br
o Catedral Metropolitana
o Nice hotels and food
· Ilha De Santa Catarina
o Lagoa de Conceicao - “like a Swiss mountain lake transported to warmer climes”
· July 11-13 - Rio
Day trip to Petropolis – ride by horse and carriage through the city’s squares and parks, past bridges and canals and old-fashioned lamps. Walking tour is 4 kilos and takes 2 hrs. Casa de Santos Dumont–summer home of Brazil’s father of aviation. Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm.
· July 14 - Belo Horizonte – bus from Rio of Ouro Preto (one day)
· July 15 - Sabara – 30 minute bus from Belo Holrizonte – pop. 136,000 (one day)
o Filled with houses, mansions, churches, statues, fountains and sacred art, dating from the town’s glory days in early 18th century when it was the first major gold-mining center in the state and one of the world’s wealthiest towns.
o Sabara produced more gold in one week than the rest of Brazil produced in a year.
o Teatro Imperial – testament to the wealth of bygone days. Built in 1770
o Museo de Ouro – art and artifacts of the glory years of Sabara
· Santa Barbara – pop. 21,000 – pass through town has some lovely baroque churches
· Hospedaria do Colegio Caraca (one day) – inside Parque Natural Do Caraca. Former monastery and boarding school that has been converted to a highly recommended pousada. Still owned and operated by the Catholic congregation who use the neo-Gothic church for services. Hikes and treks in the surrounding countryside. Includes three meals. Need reservations on the weekend.
· Transportation – Belo Horizonte-Vitoria train stops in Sabara and Santa Barbara. Take taxi or bus to Colegia Caraca inside the Parque.
· July 16-18 - Ouro Preto– UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site (three days–O.P. & Mariana)
o Teatro Municipal – 1-5:30 pm – oldest theatre in Minas Gerais
o Museu da Inconfidencia – noon-5:30 pm – Tues-Sat
o Massage at school
o Walk cobblestone streets
o Photo opportunities
· Mariana – stay at Pouso da Typographia
o Tranquil city – walk and take photos
July 19 – in transit to Sao Paulo
Delta 120 - July 19, 2006 - Sao Paulo(Guarulhos airport) to JFK- leave 9:50 pm.
Arrive JFK - July 20, 2006 - 6:25 am