The word " RAPEL "means,to get into a cascade by going down using a lash.
This sport became very popular in Brazil nowadays,and this region definately has it all for its addicts!!
I learned to practice Rapel here in Bocaina,it's not easy,but scaring sometimes,especially in one's first time!!
It requsts a good fitness,and a completely non-fear for heights!!
I'll post here some pictures of our "rapel".
Why it's here in "local customs" tips?
Well,because I learned it from a local guy here!!
Enjoy (and do not practice at home :-))
LOTS OF FUN IN LIBERDADE
Going to Liberdade is something that you should do and spend the whole day there!
marcio, my cousin Isabel, my aunt Sandra and me went there to have some japonese food. My mother was also there!;)
It was a very funny day!;) There are very nice restaurants all over the place! With less than 50 dollars you can buy alot there!
For the gringo or yankee who...
For the gringo or yankee who can't or won't speak Portugues the best bet is for your employer to line up a car to get you back and forth to Guarulhos. Taxi's are OK for Congonhas for the most part.
Taxi is the best and only sound choice for the US business traveler who usually has a laptop comupter in tow.
Jardineira Grill - a Brazilian Churrascaria. This is not a good place for vegetarians or those with small stomachs as it is pretty much a beef fest. You get a card with one side that is red and one side that is green. If the card shows green, watch out. The people with the skewers of meat will stop at your table every 20-30 seconds showing their wears. Take what you like and don't be afraid to say no. If you turn your card to the red side you can eat in peace. The cards can be turned at will so you can take little breaks during your meal. There is also a buffet style bar with side dishes but be sure not to fill up here. The best stuff will come to your table. Everything, especially the beef.
"Feirinhas" - São Paulo's Beaches
Everyone is sorry there is no beach in São Paulo.
Still, if it is a sunny weekend, go visit one "feirinha" - this sometimes means a flea market, sometimes an ethnic market. Have a look, not necessarily for the goods sold, but for the crowds gathered. Yet, you may find a bargain, if you are a collector and know what things are worth...
My favorite is Praça Benedito Calixto - Saturday flea market
Teeming with people of all lifestyles.
If you want to browse the stalls calmly, go towards midday, and then take advantage of being there to try some typical Minas Gerais' cuisine at Consulado Mineiro - before the wait gets too long, as it always happen.
Now, if you want to see people, go towards mid- to late-afternoon. That's where a lot of people go to meet their friends and decide what to do later on. Chill-in kind of thing.
There are others:
- Feirinha do Bixiga - Sunday flea market
Usually a bit quieter than Benedito Calixto - probably because it's Sunday and everyone's had their share of flea markets, but also very nice. Many of the vendors are also the same as Calixto's Saturday's.
- Feira da República - Sunday crafts fair
Stamps and coins are the serious businesses that may go around. For the most part, a lot of stalls selling all kinds of crafts (from a tad tacky to utterly tacky). Still, fun. The setting is beautiful.
- Feira de Antiguidades do MASP - Sunday antiques market
At MASP, on Avenida Paulista. Although it sells objects for the more serious collectors, it is not as much fun. Mostly because it ends earlier, as well...
- Feira da Liberdade - Sunday Japantown fair
A great day to visit São Paulo's Japantown, have a look at the crafts, and chose one of the many restaurants around to have a nice meal.
- Feira da Bolívia - Sunday Bolivian fair
Far lesser known, not centrally located, at Praça Kantuta (Canindé), it attracts fewer people. Stalls sell Andean foods and crafts.