­­­Diners Club Weekender’s Guide: Brazil

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If you’re heading south to join thousands from across the globe cheering on their favorite futball teams, don’t forget to take in all the sights, sounds, and exquisite beauty Brazil has to offer. Here are some ideas of where to stay, what to eat, and where to go in cities around the country.

Where to Stay: Rio de Janeiro

When in Rio, conquering the day-long hike to Christ the Redeemer might require some relaxation before embarking on the journey. Rev up for another day of adventure poolside at the famous Copacabana Palace. With detailed Art Deco designs, each architectural element pays tribute to the golden era and the iconic Copacabana beach. Diners Clubmembers, email diners@thetravelattache.com to arrange your stay at Copacabana Palace.

Insider’s Tip: The winter weather in Rio can quickly transition from warm in the day to chilly at night. Make sure to pack a sweater for late night strolls on the beach.

What to Eat: Salvador da Bahia and São Paulo

The historic streets of Pelourinho, a UNESCO heritage site in Salvador da Bahia, are lined with colorful stands, pastel hued-buildings, and local watering holes. With the stadium just a quick walk away, take a detour on foot and head to Rio Vermelho to try the local delicacy, acarajé, or black-eyed pea fritters, deep fried to perfection.

If you’re catching a game in São Paulo, head to The Marcel Restaurant for French fusion with a Brazilian twist.

Insider’s Tip: Don’t forget to save at Marcel and other local Brazilian eateries with these Diners Clubmember Privileges.

Where to Go: Brasília

While you’re in Manaus, a city in the heart of the Amazon, take a boat tour and watch where the Rio Negro and Solimões rivers converge, creating the natural phenomenon known as “the meeting of the waters”. For over six kilometers, the light and dark waters flow side-by-side, never intertwining.

After you take in the beauty of the Amazon’s rainforests, grab a camera and snap some pictures of Brasília’s architectural and cultural masterpieces, including the Manaus Opera House and CIGS Zoo, housing one of the largest collections of rare and indigenous species to the Amazon.

For those looking for something off-the-beaten-path, travel to Ihla Grande, the “Caribbean of Brazil”, for adventure, sun and wellness. With over 56 waterfalls, rainforests, snorkeling, caves and a nationally-protected wildlife reserve, you might need to extend your stay just to accommodate it all!

Insider’s Tip: While you’re on Ihla Grande, kick up your feet at Pousada Porto Imperial and stay the night in their luxury accommodations.