Travel: Rio de Janeiro and San Paolo

I went to Brazil last week of May, kind of last minute trip (decided on a Thursday and departed on Saturday). This time I went to Rio de Janeiro for two nights and 1 night in Sao Paolo. Traveling as part of my job is something that I really enjoy, especially as a mother and wife, although I love my life (so much), I NEED to be away from it and be with myself from time to time, ideally every 2 months or so.

I stayed again at Sofitel at Ipanema

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went to Delirio Tropical for late lunch after arrival, a “healthy” vegetarian friendly restaurant one block away from the hotel

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then I met with my coworders for dinner, in preparation for the work. I had to have octopus whenever it’s in the menu. Haven’t got tired of it yet.

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Started my morning on Monday with a run by the lake and beach. Gorgeous view.

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fruits to start the day in Brazil is the best… all the fruits are 100 times tastier there

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eggs, toasts with butter is my go-to breakfast items in hotels

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morning presentation went well and we went to a popular japanese place for lunch

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had sashimi bento with additional steamed dumplings

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the for dinner we went to a new restaurant in a chic area

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i had grilled fish with seasoned vegetables. Very tasty.

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then my coworkers (two men) suggested to have dessert at an italian ice cream place… the chocolate ice cream was to die for.

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then we arrived Sao Paolo, it was my first time there. I’ve heard so many things about this place so I was super excited. We had quick dinner at an italian restaurant close to the hotel (Sheraton WTC). Nothing was super exciting so I ordered fish with veggies again.

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as one of the coworkers is brasilian, she suggested us to have breakfast at a local place instead of the hotel… I couldn’t agree more. I’m always eager to try local food/tradition.  we went to a cafeteria, very like the ones we have in Buenos Aires

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I had tapioca pancake filled with turkey and white cheese. Really really good!

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The next day I was done with work but had an evening flight. My coworkers have left so I found myself alone with a day to spare, so I hired a private tour guide to show me the city. It was a 3 hrs tour so we drove to the main attractions in the city

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Sao Paolo’s central park

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a modern museum in the park

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asian neighborhood

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with tons of stores and restaurants, very live place

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central market (highly recommended by my brasilian coworker)

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fruit display was out of this world. So many exotic fruits that I’ve never seen before

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assorted dry fruits and sausages and cheese

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I stopped by a fruit stand and got to try many fruits

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soooo juicy and sweet

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old downtown

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city view… love how lively it is

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I was impressed by the city.. the blend of diverse culture (portuguese, japanese, italian, lebanese) makes it vibrant, exotic, and live. I love it. I will definitely come back. 🙂





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2 responses to “Travel: Rio de Janeiro and San Paolo

  1. kristaskravings

    Beautiful photos! What is that white fruit your tried? It looks really creamy…

    • Coco

      Hi Krista, I don’t really know what it is, it’s super sweet, soft, and juicy. Can’t think of any fruit similar to it.


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