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.
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.
Episode 2: Brazilian Street Food at Central Market!! Monster Mortadella Sandwich | 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
Episode 9: Eating Raw Beef & Monster Croqueta!! Traditional Brazilian Ukrainian Food | Curitiba, 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 19: Brazilian Seafood Tour of the Magic Island!! Nonstop Shrimp & Oysters | Florianópolis, Brazil
Episode 23: Authentic Brazilian Food at Central Market!! Jerk Beef Fried Rice & Beef Chop | 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
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 33: Brazilian Street Food in Copacabana Beach!! Chicken Kebabs, Kidneys & Hearts | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Episode 35: Diverse Brazilian Food Tour of Rio de Janeiro!! Feijoada, Açaí Bowl & Shrimp Croqueta | Brazil
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!