I land in Sao Paulo (GRU) early in th emorning and will jump on a flight to Rio that morning. I will spend 2 nights in Rio having to return to Sao Paulo work business. With such a limited schedule, I have a few questiions:
1, Ipanema or Copacabana?
I have a budget between $250 - $400 per night. I would like to stay somewhere overlookig the water and in a safe area.
I've read that Ipanema is the area to be for restaurants and sightseeing. Since I will be traveling alone my biggest concern is my safety. Where do you suggest.
2. What sights should I visit?
3. Restaurants. I am vegeterian. Do no eat any meat or fish products. I do eat cheese. Any restaurants in that area that anyone can suggest?
4. Nightlife. Since I'm by myself, I have no plans to go to any clubs but would like to have a glass of wine after dinner before heading back to my hotel. Can I walk outside by myself safely? Any lounges or other places anyone can suggest for a drink or should I just go from the hotel to the restaurant and back.
One last question... how long does it take to go through customs at GRU? I don't check bags and would have a little over 2 hours from the time I land to make my connecting flight to Rio (though I believe I arrive at Terminal 2 but my Rio flight departs from Terminal 1)