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Need help in Planning South American Honeymoon Argentina + Brazil

Aug 21st, 2013, 06:03 AM
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What does " $ " signify? Reais? U.S. dollars?
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Aug 21st, 2013, 06:12 AM
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Also, what is your travel style? Do you take taxis or buses? Use a guide or sightsee on your own? Do organized day trips? With a substantial breakfast likely included in your accomodation price, how many other meals are you likely to eat? What style (snack on street; fancy tourist restaurant, i.e. Porcao in Rio could easily bust that whole day's budget mentioned; local's restaurant)? Do you drink? Go to clubs (cover charges and drinks)? Shows?
Rio and Buzios are likely to be expensive. Salvador too these days, but less than the former two. Foz do Iguacu is relatively even less. Paraty costs might depend on what you do there.
Is your wife planning to buy something other than "normal" souvenirs?
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Aug 26th, 2013, 03:14 AM
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I mean USD and my wife does enjoy her shopping, but mainly branded clothes and accessories, not so much souvenirs...

Yeah, I don't really want to skimp on the daily expenses. I'm sure I can stay away from the most expensive restaurants, but I know I'll have to indulge her at least a few times... Since I'm booking an apartment and not a hotel, breakfast would either be cooked by me or bought from outside. Also, since I'll be on my honeymoon, I want to make sure she doesn't feel like the trip was incomplete, if you know what I mean... This is pretty much the first big holiday I've ever planned myself, so , for me, a lot is resting on making it a success... lol
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Aug 26th, 2013, 10:10 AM
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U$250/day for 2 people in Rio, with entry fees to the sights. taxis, and expensive restaurant food, and maybe club cover charges and drinks, is not going to go very far. (Think Paris or NYC ++.) There are a lot of clothing shops/brands unique to Rio and Brazil that your wife might like to shop at, but other than that there are no bargains or even good deals. Better to shop at home IMO for "branded clothes", if by that you mean Nike, or certain jeans, etc.. But places do take credit cards (buy now, pay later). If you are there on a Sunday, the Hippie Fair can be fun for shopping. Some of the expensive barbecue restaurants like Porcao are not really worth it IMO. it's just the name; you can get the same very nice meal for less.(whereas in Sao Paulo, some of the restaurants like DOM, are great and unique, even if you have to eat hot dogs for months afterwards.)

In Salvador, things may be slightly less expensive. Taxi is still R$100 (about R$50) from airport into town. Short taxi hops are reasonable, but longer ones not. Things to buy include unique clothing at Didara, original artwork and crafts (try Maua in Porto da Barra for artisan crafts--and sometimes artists sell on the street), maybe cangas (sarongs--Indonisian mostly, but shop around, lots of cheap junk alongside the nicer ones at a couple of shops in Pelourinho) and handmade jewelry from natural materials. Not a lot of entry fees, but some day excursions (to the islands in the bay plus a big buffet lunch of traditional Bahian food, or along the coast with several stops to Praia do Forte and then some beach time at Guarajuba, a very nice beach)are about $100pp and fun. A nice casual seafood dinner for 2 can still be found for under R$50.Foz do Iguacu and Puerto Iguazu are sure to be less expensive for food, and really, the local bus will do fine for getting around to the park.
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Aug 26th, 2013, 10:16 AM
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Where are you staying in Salvador? Have you looked at the Convento de Carmo? It's honeymoon quality.
http://www.pestana.com/pt/pestana-co...ages/home.aspx
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Sep 9th, 2013, 04:17 AM
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Hi Isabela! I'm really stuck on my Salvador stay. I'm pretty much clueless on where I should stay, as it's a big fight between a good hotel and my budget. I can't afford to spend more than 150$ per night. I don't mind renting an apartment, but my fiancee would rather stay in a hotel. In my current budget the Pestana Bahia and Pestana Bahia Lodge hotels are the best options, but they both have mixed reviews. Also, they are located in Rio Vermelho, but I'd rather stay in Barra. Please help! Any other location I should consider in Salvador? I'm booking for 5 nights.
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Sep 9th, 2013, 05:30 AM
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The major tourist infrastructure is in the Pelourinho historic district (which I consider too noisy and congested) and adjoining Santo Antonio (a gentrifying neighborhood where people have been refurbishing some older houses with great bay views into pousadas), and in Barra, the closest beach neighborhood. Most of the higher end properties are in Pelourinho/Santo Antonio, rather than Barra, which has a lot of mid-level and basic properties, and short-term rental apartments.

The Pestana is in Rio Vermelho, a neighborhood with a lively scene in the evening on the praca, and some good small restaurants that have local music, and some major (good) restos, but it is set off on a high little peninsula which means some walking to the hotel entrance from the main road and areas of the neighborhood. The Pestana Bahia Lodge, apparently next door, I am not familiar with. Beaches in Rio Vermelho include the small cove by the Casa de Iemanja where the big festival takes place in February. You can see this area of the city in YouTube videos.

In the Ondina neighborhood between Barra and Rio Vermelho, there is the Bahia Othon Palace, a tower with great bay views, the Ondina Apart Hotel next door to it, and the Vila Gale on the cliff behind it (pool and bayfront rooms have an amazing view), whose public rooms and guests seen entering when I've been there seem to indicate the rooms would be quite nice. (Vila Gale also has the Vila Gale Maris at the loveliest beach in the area, Guarajuba, to the north of the city near Praia do Forte). Not much right adjacent to those 3 mentioned properties for food options, but a short stroll would bring you to some, but not any frequented much by tourists. The (frequent until 11 pm)) busline into Pelourinho runs past there, same one that runs along the coast from out by the airport and passes Rio Vermelho and Barra.

I don't know how much that helps, but I hope some.
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Sep 9th, 2013, 08:50 PM
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Thank you Isabela! Once again you have helped me with your wonderful description of Salvador. This will definitely help make my decision. Cheers!!!

p.s. have you considered charging for your services? lol
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Jan 1st, 2014, 11:54 PM
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Hi,

I'm gonna bother you guys again. Please let me begin by wishing all you you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I travel to Brazil in 6 days and I still don't have a way to get from Rio airport to Buzios. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I reach Rio on the 9th at 3:37pm and want to leave for Buzios immediately.

Regards,
Hansveer.
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Jan 2nd, 2014, 10:20 AM
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Hi, The hassle free way to get to Buzios is with Rio Airport Transfer, or another similar provider, as they'll provide the best vehicles, will meet you at the airport etc. It's much better than trying to get a bus, and regular taxis aren't nearly as comfortable for longer journeys like going to Buzios.
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Jan 2nd, 2014, 02:20 PM
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I agree that an airport transfer is your best call. However, do some previous research as some companies may try to overcharge you.

There are no direct buses going from the airport to Buzios, a change in Rio Bus Terminal is required and buses from the bus terminal to Buzios may be already fully booked.
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