The Road to Iguacu
Iguassu Falls Nat'l Park
Macuco Boat Safari
Iguazu Falls Rest.
Foz Tropicana Aviary
6 - Rafain Churrascaria
7 - The Road to Noronha
Fernando de Noronha
9 - Sueste Bay Snorkeling
10 - Farewell to Fernando
11 - The Road to Rio
12 - The Hippie Market
13 - Sugar Loaf Mountain
14 - Copacabana Palace
15 - Too Much Gluten
16 - Botanical Gardens
17 - Buzios
18 - Copacabana
19 - Ipanema Beach
20 - Plataforma Show
21 - Corcovado Mountain
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BRAZIL TRAVELOGUE - DAY
15 - RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL
Eating at the Plataforma Churrascaria in Rio de Janeiro.
For the first
time this vacation, we opt for a bus tour instead of
a private tour. Tonight we'll see
Plataforma, the biggest and best Samba show in Rio
de Janeiro. It's a show for tourists only, of
course, but it is a fun way to get a sample of what
Carnaval must be like, as well as sample dances and
culture from other parts of Brazil.
We meet the
bus from Best Tours in Rio at the Ipanema Plaza and
transport to the
Plataforma Churrascaria (Brazilian Barbecue / Steak
House) for dinner.
is well-cushioned and comfortable, but as the guide
speaks a million miles an hour in five different
languages at the same time, while we're herded
around like cattle, we remember how grateful we are
that we found
Life and Marcelo. We get off the bus along
with roughly a thousand other people and are shown into
the rather well-appointed restaurant.
buffet is lavish, and there are a lot of things to
eat. We fill our plates and sit down, only to
find out how a Brazilian Barbecue works. Every
five seconds or so, a waiter would run out of the
kitchen with a new skewer of meat and offer to cut
some off for you. There were signs to put "yes"
or "no" depending on if you wanted meat or not,
but the waiters didn't seem to pay any attention.
They were flying all around the restaurant like
bees in a hive, it was quite a spectacle to watch.
of the meat was delicious, some not so - but if
you didn't like it, you could just wait a few seconds
and another guy would be at your table giving you
a different style of meat. The food is quite
good - one of the best buffets we've had - but the
style is way too stressful. You feel like
you have to wolf down your food before the next
guy comes to your table. Very rushed, not
relaxing - but you get a LOT of food for your money.
music and dancing at Plataforma..
Posing with the dancers at Plataforma Dinner Show.
show, we pile back on the bus to head over to the dinner
show. Inside the theater, there are groups from
dozens of other countries - mostly large tour groups.
There are groups from Taiwan, Japan, and China in front
of us, and most of them are sleeping before the show.
Marcelo tells us that this is not unusual - Asian people
that he guides also seem to sleep a lot, he says.
poses for photos with the dancers, then the show starts.
It's a great spectacle with lots of dancing and some
incredible acrobatics and costumes.
tremendously different from Rafain that we saw in Foz do Iguacu,
but we all enjoy it a lot. There were acrobats
from Bahia, doing their fighting routine, an incredible
dancer from the South of Brazil, and of course, the
amazing costumes of Carnaval. Quite fun - we are
all happy we went.
show, we get back on the bus and back to the Ipanema
Plaza and a short walk back to the apartment...
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