Brazil Travel Guide

Among the diapers and canned hearts of palm are dozens of Havaianas at only $6 a pair (a fourth of the cost on the Quadrado).

Here, Japanese karepan (curry buns) are sold alongside Brazilian palmito cakes and eggy breads laced with Portuguese sausage.

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.

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.

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.

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.