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Forum: Cuba
Mar 11, 20, 9:50 am
Replies: 4
Views: 748
Posted By VidaNaPraia

The last stretch of road into Vinales is a narrow...

The last stretch of road into Vinales is a narrow twisty road along a cliff. I would not want to be driving (or be driven on) it after dark.
Forum: Brazil
Jan 26, 20, 6:36 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,450
Posted By VidaNaPraia

And much more recently, there was a migration of...

And much more recently, there was a migration of their descendants from Brazil to Japan for work.
Forum: Cuba
Jan 23, 20, 8:51 am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,401
Posted By VidaNaPraia

1) About a month or so ago, some new stores...

1) About a month or so ago, some new stores opened up that sell goods for dollars (USD) only, goods like refrigerators, TVs, etc.
2) Dollars are used by Cubans who go abroad to buy items to sell at...
Forum: Cuba
Jan 20, 20, 6:49 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,401
Posted By VidaNaPraia

No, you booked a casa particular, through AirBnB,...

No, you booked a casa particular, through AirBnB, which is only one agency, a US not a Cuban agency, that works with mostly the same casas.
Forum: Brazil
Jan 20, 20, 6:47 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 890
Posted By VidaNaPraia

Chilly in Brazil generally means that a tourist...

Chilly in Brazil generally means that a tourist might want to carry a light sweater if going up to the heights (the Cristo) or at night, to wear over shorts, a T-shirt and sandals.
Usually wonderful...
Forum: Brazil
Jan 20, 20, 9:58 am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,405
Posted By VidaNaPraia

IMO in one of the center setor grandstands, the...

IMO in one of the center setor grandstands, the best you can afford (just not the setor 9 tourist section). Maybe 7,8,10.
Note: The musicians parade and then tuck into a niche next to setor 11 for...
Forum: Brazil
Jan 18, 20, 7:57 am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,405
Posted By VidaNaPraia

IMO the parades in the Sambodromo are the high...

IMO the parades in the Sambodromo are the high point of Carnaval in Rio. The films of these parades are exactly what attracts everyone to Rio for Carnaval. The costumes and floats are spectacular,...
Forum: Brazil
Jan 16, 20, 6:26 am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,405
Posted By VidaNaPraia

Not really. The Sambodromo is pretty far from...

Not really. The Sambodromo is pretty far from Copacabana (although there are metro stops nearby) and the street blocos take place in many different neighborhoods.
IMO the balls are kind of passe'.
Forum: Cuba
Jan 16, 20, 6:21 am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,401
Posted By VidaNaPraia

CUC is being accepted currently everywhere but...

CUC is being accepted currently everywhere but beyond security in the airport.
USD is NOT accepted for purchases/services, just for exchanges of 100USD to CUC in private transactions.
It will be...
Forum: Cuba
Jan 15, 20, 1:41 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,401
Posted By VidaNaPraia

Currently Cubans are waiting to see when the...

Currently Cubans are waiting to see when the supposedly imminent (February) change over from CUC and CUP to only CUP will occur. Most every Cuban who comes in contact with tourists wants to hold USD...
Forum: Brazil
Jan 2, 20, 9:28 am
Replies: 35
Views: 3,380
Posted By VidaNaPraia

Fly to Rio ASAP. Sao Paulo is a big, hard to get...

Fly to Rio ASAP. Sao Paulo is a big, hard to get to know, city with few tourist attractions. Better to schedule a couple of days in Iguacu on the way to Buenos Aires from Rio, than apend them in Sao...
Forum: Cuba
Nov 14, 19, 2:45 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 3,286
Posted By VidaNaPraia

There seems to be enough space on the flights to...

There seems to be enough space on the flights to Havana, and prices for fares don't seem to have gone up (althought hey probably will for the actual holidays as they have been wont to do) since the...
Forum: Cuba
Nov 14, 19, 2:42 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 878
Posted By VidaNaPraia

Everything is as it's been since commercial...

Everything is as it's been since commercial flights began in September of 2017. No problem leaving or coming back to US. For OFAC, use the Support for the Cuban People reason for travel. The airline...
Forum: Cuba
Oct 2, 19, 12:08 pm
Replies: 179
Views: 72,885
Posted By VidaNaPraia

The Support for the Cuban People OFAC reason for...

The Support for the Cuban People OFAC reason for travel specifically mentions supporting independent Cuban entrepreneurs (cuentapropistas), like owners of casas particulares, by giving them your...
Forum: Cuba
Sep 29, 19, 6:58 am
Replies: 179
Views: 72,885
Posted By VidaNaPraia

There is a "third party" factor. For example,...

There is a "third party" factor. For example, there is a brand of rum that Americans are not supposed to buy from the manufacturer. However, if it is purchased from the corner liquor store, no...
Forum: Brazil
Aug 24, 19, 10:37 am
Replies: 2
Views: 726
Posted By VidaNaPraia

To the best of my understanding: The smoke in...

To the best of my understanding:
The smoke in Sao Paulo was from the Pantanal (much closer than the Amazon).
It hit a cold front and darkened the sky for a couple of hours.in the city of Sao Paulo...
Forum: Brazil
Aug 14, 19, 6:00 am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,159
Posted By VidaNaPraia

Brazil is the only country I know of that has/had...

Brazil is the only country I know of that has/had an annual guide book (online now) devoted solely to describing 2000+ beaches from south to north along the coast.
There's also this article from...
Forum: Cuba
Jul 24, 19, 12:24 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 3,286
Posted By VidaNaPraia

What "new restrictions"? Were you planning on...

What "new restrictions"? Were you planning on coming to Cuba on a cruise from the US? Were you planning on coming with an organized US based tour group and using P2P as your OFAC travel reason?...
Forum: Brazil
Jul 14, 19, 7:12 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,431
Posted By VidaNaPraia

Are you equally compelled to pop into every...

Are you equally compelled to pop into every dollar store if you are nearby? LOL
Forum: Brazil
Jul 6, 19, 1:11 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,431
Posted By VidaNaPraia

Which border? Paraguay or Argentina? For Brazil...

Which border? Paraguay or Argentina? For Brazil to Argentina, it just takes time to go through Brazilian and then Argentine border control/
Paraguay is not worth it. A lot of cheap Chinese junk. No...
Forum: Brazil
Jun 18, 19, 5:41 am
Replies: 534
Views: 111,753
Posted By VidaNaPraia

To be clear.... Proof of vaccination against...

To be clear....
Proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever is not required to enter Brazil.
However, there have been outbreaks there.
Other countries which you enter after Brazil may require proof...
Forum: Brazil
Jun 9, 19, 11:05 am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,407
Posted By VidaNaPraia

https://www.rome2rio.com/s/S%C3%A3o-Paulo/Embu-das...

https://www.rome2rio.com/s/S%C3%A3o-Paulo/Embu-das-Artes
Forum: Cuba
Jun 2, 19, 8:06 am
Replies: 179
Views: 72,885
Posted By VidaNaPraia

Well, first of all, you seem to be from the US....

Well, first of all, you seem to be from the US. You will likely use the OFAC reason for travel Support for the Cuban People, as most do these days. That reason implies that you will be on a...
Forum: Cuba
Jun 1, 19, 7:57 am
Replies: 179
Views: 72,885
Posted By VidaNaPraia

Too much to experience in Havana on a first trip...

Too much to experience in Havana on a first trip to spend more than overnight in Vinales.
But I wouldn't want to be driving to the airport from Vinales on the same day as departure flight either.
Forum: Brazil
May 24, 19, 6:42 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,807
Posted By VidaNaPraia

That's something to ask the airline, since it is...

That's something to ask the airline, since it is they who make the decision not to allow you to board if they are not certain of your visa status.
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