Going on a business trip to São Paulo and then extending for the weekend to check out Rio - anyone have recs for a pretty quick trip?

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São Paulo is actually a decent place - some good hotels but you need to have a bit of a heightened security mindset. Don’t wear flashy items, don’t walk around alone at night. Use Uber discretely or hotel car service. Don’t carry gigantic wads of cash around. All common sense. For Rio, step you your security another notch and take cues from locals - be careful after dark and at the beach, take nothing more than a towel and some cash and your flip flops. Don’t laugh, but Grindr is actually a good way to get some local insight and info from local guys. When I was in Rio in the last year, the military was patrolling the city - not sure if still the case. My local friend (female) warned us to use extra caution and she wouldn’t take us to the Santa Theresa neighborhood since she felt it was unsafe. Others may have input that may differ but just use your common sense and keep a bit of a lower profile.

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Recommendations on things to do:
1) I would recommend staying in Ipanema over Copacabana or Leblon. It has better restaurants and generally less theft. If you haven’t booked a hotel yet, I would highly recommend Hotel Arpoador
2) If you’re a male 🐠, head to Posto 9 on the beach. Barraca da Denise is a personal favorite among many of my friends in Rio
3) Head to The Week in either SP or Rio on a Saturday night if you want an excellent party with some of the most beautiful men you’ve ever seen
4) Get açaí at Oakberry. It’s to die for. I would go there every day if I could
5) If you see a woman with a megaphone selling sanduiches naturais on the beach - buy one. It’s the best food that the vendors sell

Other things that may be helpful:
1) Since you’re going to be there on the weekend, just know that o Cristo is going to be super crowded if you go there
2) Uber is generally extremely safe if you’re going to the beach, city center, or airport
3) Grindr is mostly for prostitutes in Brazil. I would recommend Scruff instead. It’s much more common among locals
4) Be cautious if a women comes up to you while you’re out and tries to be overly touchy. They may be trying to pick pocket you

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Thanks guys, this is all super helpful!

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Be SAFE

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