Welcome to the Brazil hub at David’s Been Here! Here, you will find all of my travel guides and travel episodes from my time in Brazil. The name Brazil has long conjured up images of sun-drenched beaches, dense tropical forests, and vibrant and raucous cultural and dance celebrations. It’s a country I’d wanted to visit ever since I was young, but I admit, I put it off due to reports of the country not being particularly safe. However, I finally made my dream come true when I teamed up with my friends at Rio4Fun, Rio4Food, and Be My Guest SP to tour the southern states of Brazil in December of 2020. My eleven-day adventure there was also special for another reason, as it was my landmark 80th country!

Because Brazil is such a massive country (it’s the largest country in South America and Latin America in general, and the fifth-largest country on Earth), I focused on the capitals of the southern states. We started in the city of São Paulo, the country’s financial center and the largest city in the Western Hemisphere. From there, we drove to the cultural hub of Curitiba, the German hotspot of Blumenau, and the coastal resort city of Florianópolis. Then, headed down to the European-influenced city of Porto Alegre and Brazil’s wine country, Vale dos Vinhedos. Finally, I wrapped up my adventures by flying north to the world-famous city of Rio de Janeiro.

Along the way, I dove head-first into the incredible Brazilian culture, especially its delicious food, which is inspired as much by South America as it is by Europe! From authentic churrasco (Brazilian barbecue) to German sausages to succulent oysters to Brazilian street food, I had a blast eating my way through this amazing country. I also visited lots of local sites, checked out some beaches, and even went sandboarding! This country has so much to offer outside of Carnaval, and all of my Brazil articles and episodes will focus on them.

Below, please find all of my Brazil articles and videos listed in order. I hope they inspire you to plan a trip to this enormous but often misunderstood country. While Brazil may not have the safest reputation, I felt nothing but safe while traveling around the country with my friends. I suggest hiring knowledgeable local guides and, of course, staying as inconspicuous as possible so as to not attract unwanted attention. Enjoy yourself, but don’t take unnecessary risks like exploring by yourself after dark or venturing into areas that are known to be dangerous. Also, try to learn some Portuguese beforehand. A lot of people in Brazil speak English, but learning some words and phrases in the national language will go a long way! 

BRAZIL TRAVEL GUIDES

Below are all of my written Brazil travel guides, listed in the order in which I visited each city/area.

BRAZIL EPISODES

Below, you will find links to every episode from my Brazil travel series. They’re listed in the order I visited them in and are organized by destination.

SÃO PAULO

Episode 1: Traveling to Brazil for the First Time!! (My 80th Country!)

Episode 2: Brazilian Street Food at Central Market!! Monster Mortadella Sandwich | São Paulo, Brazil

Episode 3: Brazilian Japanese Food Tour in Liberdade! Takoyaki, Cutlets & Sake | São Paulo, Brazil

Episode 4: The Ultimate Brazilian Breakfast Food Tour!! Traditional Food in São Paulo, Brazil

Episode 5: Brazilian Steakhouse Experience!! Picanha, Lamb Chops & Chicken Hearts | São Paulo, Brazil

Episode 6: Authentic Brazilian Street Food Tour at Night!! Tapas, Hot Dog & Açaí Bowl | São Paulo, Brazil 

CURITIBA

Episode 7: Brazilian Street Food Road Trip!! Driving from Sao Paulo to Curitiba | Brazil

Episode 8: Authentic Brazilian Fogo de Chao!! Real Brazilian Barbecue | Curitiba, Brazil 

Episode 9: Eating Raw Beef & Monster Croqueta!! Traditional Brazilian Ukrainian Food | Curitiba, Brazil

Episode 10: Exotic Brazilian Food Tour!! Crocodile Tail, Pizza & Quentão | Curitiba, Brazil

Episode 11: South Brazilian Street Food Tour!! Endless Pasteles + Hot Dog | Curitiba, Brazil

BLUMENAU

Episode 12: Brazilian Cachaça Flight on the Highway!! Route to Blumenau, Brazil

Episode 13: Brazilian German Food in the Beer Capital of Brazil!! Blumenau, Brazil

FLORIANÓPOLIS

Episode 14: Fresh Brazilian Seafood in the Party Capital of Brazil!! Florianópolis, Brazil

Episode 15: Brazilian Central Market Food Tour!! Seafood, Sugarcane Juice & Beer | Florianópolis, Brazil

Episode 16: Brazilian Seafood Paradise in the Oyster Capital of Brazil!! Oysters in Florianópolis, Brazil

Episode 17: Brazilian Street Food in Florianopolis!! Shrimp, Oysters & Hot Dog | Florianópolis, Brazil

Episode 18: Brazilian Farm to Table Seafood!! Sand Dune Surfing & Beaches | Florianópolis, Brazil

Episode 19: Brazilian Seafood Tour of the Magic Island!! Nonstop Shrimp & Oysters | Florianópolis, Brazil

PORTO ALEGRE

Episode 20: Brazilian Sweets & Cachaça!! Driving to Brazil’s Meat Capital | Porto Alegre, Brazil

Episode 21: All You Can Eat Brazilian Steakhouse BBQ!! Endless Steak for $11 | Porto Alegre, Brazil

Episode 22: Giant Brazilian Sandwich!! Huge Cheese Gaucho & Attractions Tour | Porto Alegre, Brazil

Episode 23: Authentic Brazilian Food at Central Market!! Jerk Beef Fried Rice & Beef Chop | Porto Alegre, Brazil

Episode 24: South Brazilian Steakhouse!! Entrecôte, Pork & Chicken | Porto Alegre, Brazil

Episode 25: South Brazilian Street Food Tour!! Massive Cheese Gaucho & Hot Dog | Porto Alegre, Brazil

VALE DOS VINHEDOS

Episode 26: The Ultimate Brazilian Wine Country Experience!! Wine Tasting Tour of Vale dos Vinhedos | Brazil

Episode 27: South Brazilian Food Tour – Lamb, Cuca Bread & Gaucho | Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO

Episode 28: Visiting Christ the Redeemer!! One of the New Seven Wonders of the World | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Episode 29: Brazilian Food at 117-Year-Old Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro!! Lamb & Codfish + Attractions | Brazil

Episode 30: 70-Year-Old All You Can Eat Brazilian Rodizio Steakhouse – 14 Meats!! | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Episode 31: Walking Copacabana Beach in Rio!! Brazilian Food + Sugarloaf Mountain | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Episode 32: All You Can Eat Brazilian Steakhouse in Rio!! Assador Flamengo | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Episode 33: Brazilian Street Food in Copacabana Beach!! Chicken Kebabs, Kidneys & Hearts | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Episode 34: Brazil’s Largest Favela!! Exploring Rocinha + Brazilian Food | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Episode 35: Diverse Brazilian Food Tour of Rio de Janeiro!! Feijoada, Açaí Bowl & Shrimp Croqueta | Brazil

Episode 36: American Airlines Flagship Business Class Flight Review | GRU to MIA

And those are all of my travel guides and episodes for Brazil! I hope they were entertaining and informative and that they helped you plan your own Brazilian adventure. If you have any questions about traveling to Brazil, or any other country, I’m an open book! Send me a message at david[at]davidsbeenhere.com or shoot me a DM on Instagram and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

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