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we will be in Rio (August) for a week of work but would like to take another week to see some other area(s) of Brazil.  I know the country is enormous, but where might you recommend we go to see some highlights in just a week?

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Well, the correct answer, of course, is "it depends" -- on what your interests are. But given that you only have one week, that reduces the options somewhat. If it's quaint, Colonial-era towns, you can't beat nearby Paraty. If it's nightlife, restaurants, etc., then Sao Paulo is the place. For natural beauty, there's Iguassu Falls. My overall recommendation is to go to one place only, or you'll spend half your week in airports. (Paraty can be reached by car or bus within a few hours.)
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Iím an American, retired, and have been living in Brazil for 8 years. (My wife is Brazilian.) I would be happy to answer questions related to the following: visiting and traveling within Brazil; living in Brazil (as an expat or retiree); Brazilian food/music/customs/traditions, etc; doing business in Brazil (except legal questions). Please note that I CANíT address legal-related topics, including questions on visas, passports, marriage to Brazilians, etc. (There are other, very qualified experts on this site who can do that.)

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I worked in Brazil (for a multinational) for several years before retiring. I live in the south of Bahia in a small town on the coast, have lived and worked in Sao Paulo and have spent considerable time in Rio. Although Iím married to a Brazilian, I had to learn a lot of things the Ďhardí way about living in rural Brazil, and Iíd be especially happy to share that learning with anyone considering living here permanently.

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I wrote the first professional home study course for the American Society of Travel Agents (but that was a few decades ago, and Iím sure itís long out of print!).

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B.S., Education (Music); M.A., Hotel and Restaurant Management

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