Brazil Travel Guide
Above the city's fray in the boho-chic hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa sits a tiny shop specializing in native crafts. Loosely woven cotton rugs in sorbet shades are stacked next to 1920's photos of Corcovado Mountain. Also of note: sterling-silver jewelry.
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This small spa steeped in Asian aesthetics and L’Occitane products is the best (okay, the only) spot to relax away a layover with a shiatsu massage, reflexology, a new do, or even a Brazilian bikini wax. There is a smaller version in Terminal 2 near Gate 22. Treatments from $12.
Vast palm-lined avenues lead to groves of cocoa and rubber trees. Giant Amazonian water lilies—some more than three feet across—float in ponds.
The seventeenth-century church combines Neoclassical interiors with Baroque and Rococo carvings located in the sacristy.
Book your visit to the Candomblé ceremonies through Singtur, which has guides for city tours as well.
Brazil’s most recognized jeweler specializes in local gemstones, most notably the bluish tourmaline, a stone commonly found throughout Minas Gerais in Brazil’s interior. It’s also a smart spot to pick up a high-end watch that won’t require a second mortgage.
João Calazans, a.k.a. Calá, was an original Trancoso biribando. His ceramics, shown at his studio on the Quadrado, are among the best in town.
The three-story shop features cutting-edge local Brazilian clothing designs, luxe wood interiors, and a bird aviary.
The 25,000-square-foot store is the city’s gargantuan temple of chic - dealing in everything from cars to carry-alls.