Natal, Brazil

A major shipping port, known for its extensive coastal sand dunes, star-shaped Forte dos Reis Magos and the cultivation of cashews, Natal, Brazil, is located on the country_s northeast

A major shipping port, known for its extensive coastal sand dunes, star-shaped Forte dos Reis Magos and the cultivation of cashews, Natal, Brazil, is located on the country’s northeastern tip with popular beaches

 

Natal is the capital city of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, on Brazil’s northeastern tip.  It’s known for its extensive coastal sand dunes and star-shaped Forte dos Reis Magos, a 16th-century Portuguese fortress at the mouth of the Potengi River.  North across the river, Genipabu is an area of towering dunes with a freshwater lagoon.  The city was founded in 1599 and grew over the centuries into a major shipping port, particularly for the early Portuguese sailors who resupplied their ships on the voyages from Portugal to and from South Africa and around the horn to India.

 

The skyline of the city of Natal, Brazil is visible behind Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach)

The skyline of the city of Natal, Brazil is visible behind Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach)

 

“The fishing industry is strong (shark cartilage being a major export to Japan) as is the cultivation of tropical fruit, especially mangos, guavas, and cashews (the fruit and the nuts).  In fact, the largest cashew tree in the world is located near the coast in the neighborhood of Pirangi, south of the city center.  This tree has a circumference of 500 metres (1640 feet) and occupies an area of 7,300 square meters (8,731 square yards), making it 70 times the size of average cashew trees.” — Wikipedia

 

Street art (graffiti) on a retaining wall, with the downtown high rises of Natal, Brazil visible behind Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach)

Street art (graffiti) on a retaining wall, with the downtown high rises of Natal, Brazil visible behind Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach)

 

Today the city has a total population of 862,000 with about 1.5 million inhabitants in the greater Natal area.  For us, it was the final port in a month of sailing around Brazil, with customs clearance to head across the Atlantic Ocean towards Africa, with our first destinations after the crossing being several of the Cape Verde Islands, just west of Senegal.

 

Typical local shops along the road parallel to Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach)

Typical local shops along the road parallel to Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach)

 

Located within 5 degrees (south) of the equator, Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach), Natal, Brazil has a warm and humid tropical climate, creating high demand for the beach umbrell

Located within 5 degrees (south) of the equator, Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach), Natal, Brazil has a warm and humid tropical climate, creating high demand for the beach umbrellas and a big market for the drink and snack vendors with carts

 

Boats on Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach), Natal, Brazil

Boats on Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach), Natal, Brazil

 

Busy during the week (pictured), Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach) becomes even more crowded on the weekends, Natal, Brazil

Busy during the week (pictured), Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach) becomes even more crowded on the weekends, Natal, Brazil

 

The Brazilian flag flying over Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach), Natal, Brazil – a fitting last photograph from our time on this journey in Brazil

The Brazilian flag flying over Praia de Ponta Negra (Ponta Negra Beach), Natal, Brazil – a fitting last photograph from our time on this journey in Brazil

 

We have enjoyed our time in Brazil, but will be relieved to not have to deal with either the crime or the mosquitoes after we depart.  In addition to the well-known tropical diseases (Yellow Fever and Dengue Fever), the Brazilian mosquitoes also pose great risk of possible exposure to Zika.  Regarding crime, after a month of wearing no jewelry and carrying nothing valuable, it will be refreshing to leave those worries behind.  Here’s today’s warning to all those aboard the ship headed ashore in Natal: “IMPORTANT NOTICE – SAFETY ASHORE: [Passengers and crew] are asked to exercise a high degree of caution when exploring on your own.  Petty crime and theft are commonplace, and you are urged to be aware of your surroundings at all times.  Traveling in groups is always safer than walking alone, particularly at night.  Leave valuables at home, including expensive handbags, and only travel with a small amount of local currency.”

 

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

From a distance, the main island of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, about 354 kilometers (220 miles) off Brazil's northeast coast Brazil, is recognizable by its largest volcanic pea

From a distance, the main island of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, about 354 kilometers (220 miles) off Brazil’s northeast coast Brazil, is recognizable by its largest volcanic peak, Pico Mount, viewed here from the west

 

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil is a volcanic archipelago of 21 islands about 354 kilometers (220 miles) off Brazil’s northeast coast.  It is named after its largest island, a protected national marine park and ecological sanctuary with a jagged coastline and diverse ecosystems.  Fernando de Noronha is renowned for its undeveloped beaches, and for scuba diving and snorkeling. Sea turtles, rays, dolphins and reef sharks swim in its warm, clear waters.  Fiercely protected by the local environmentalist organization, these pristine islands and ecosystem are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a peaceful haven for the lucky few who visit its tranquil shores.  The quaint neighborhoods of Vila dos Remédios and nearby Vila do Trinta hold a few well-preserved remnants from the colonial period.

 

At Baia de Sueste (Sueste Bay) we went snorkeling and had the opportunity to see a number of turtles and lobsters (hiding in holes on the ocean bottom), along with an array of tropical f

At Baia de Sueste (Sueste Bay) we went snorkeling and had the opportunity to see a number of turtles and lobsters (hiding in holes on the ocean bottom), along with an array of tropical fish, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

Our truck drove us a few kilometers (miles) from Baia de Sueste to a point overlooking Praia do Leão (Lion Beach), one of the archipelago_s most beautiful and pristine beaches, Ferna

Our truck drove us a few kilometers (miles) from Baia de Sueste to a point overlooking Praia do Leão (Lion Beach), one of the archipelago’s most beautiful and pristine beaches, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

We were then driven across the island to the western side to a nature park with trails through the heavily forested preserve, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

We were then driven across the island to the western side to a nature park with trails through the heavily forested preserve, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

A beautiful local tree on our walk to the coast, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

A beautiful local tree on our walk to the coast, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The view from the trail at Mirante dos Golfinhos (Golfinhos Viewpoint) to the southwest, with the tip of the main island – Ponta de Sapata – visible in the distance from the cliff, F

The view from the trail at Mirante dos Golfinhos (Golfinhos Viewpoint) to the southwest, with the tip of the main island – Ponta de Sapata – visible in the distance from the cliff, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The cliffs at Mirante dos Golfinhos (Golfinhos Viewpoint), Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

The cliffs at Mirante dos Golfinhos (Golfinhos Viewpoint), Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

Coastal rock formations give evidence of the island_s volcanic origins, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Coastal rock formations give evidence of the island’s volcanic origins, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

This local tree_s bark and leaves are much more poisonous to humans and animals than American poison oak and poison ivy – fortunately many trailside trees were hung with cautionary w

This local tree’s bark and leaves are much more poisonous to humans and animals than American poison oak and poison ivy – fortunately many trailside trees were hung with cautionary warning signs, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

A tour boat in the bay off Praia do Sancho (Sancho Beach), Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

A tour boat in the bay off Praia do Sancho (Sancho Beach), Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The “two brothers” (Morro Dos Dois Irmãos) rock formations, just north of Baia dos Porcos and Praia do Sancho, off Praia do Cacimba do Padre, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

The “two brothers” (Morro Dos Dois Irmãos) rock formations, just north of Baia dos Porcos and Praia do Sancho, off Praia do Cacimba do Padre, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The “two brothers” and one “sister” (the girlfriend of a touring photographer), Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

The “two brothers” and one “sister” (the girlfriend of a touring photographer), Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

A weather beaten side window of the island_s old church, Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

A weather beaten side window of the island’s old church, Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The interior of the old church, Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

The interior of the old church, Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The parade ground (with canons) in front of the colonial administration building, Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

The parade ground (with canons) in front of the colonial administration building, Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

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Cabo Frio, Brazil

Our ship was anchored off Praia do Forte (the Fort beach) in Cabo Frio, Brazil

Our ship was anchored off Praia do Forte (the Fort beach) in Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

Popular with vacationing cariocas (residents of Rio de Janeiro), surfers, and divers, Cabo Frio, Brazil, may not be as glamorous as neighboring Búzios, but long stretches of sand, lagoons, and traditional Brazilian restaurants make it a worthwhile stop.  Visitors can snorkel or surf at Praia das Dunas or head over to the idyllic Ilha do Japonês, a short trip from the mainland.  Nearby Barrio Passagem features colonial architecture and an old church (circa 1700); and Arraial do Cabo offers stunning beaches and a cobalt-blue lake.  Naerby Forte de São Mateus offers an excellent view of the Praia do Forte beach.

 

High rise apartments line Avda Hilton Massa along the promenade of Praia do Forte (the Fort beach), Cabo Frio, Brazil

High rise apartments line Avda Hilton Massa along the promenade of Praia do Forte (the Fort beach), Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

Praia do Forte (the Fort beach) was crowded with vendors selling food – it reminded us of going to an American baseball park with the food hawkers, Cabo Frio, Brazil

Praia do Forte (the Fort beach) was crowded with vendors selling food – it reminded us of going to an American baseball park with the food hawkers, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

The best looking food offered for sale on Praia do Forte (the Fort beach) were the fresh boiled local shrimps, Cabo Frio, Brazil

The best looking food offered for sale on Praia do Forte (the Fort beach) were the fresh boiled local shrimps, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

One of the old colonial buildings in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

One of the old colonial buildings in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

Like many seaside towns in Brazil, Cabo Frio has a fascinating mix of history as well as natural beauty.  One of the most popular districts is the Barrio Passagem (Passagem neighborhood), where the city of Cabo Frio started to develop after the town of Passagem was officially founded by Portuguese settlers in 1615.  Portuguese architecture is predominant throughout this quaint district, which gives it that “colonial feeling”.  There are several churches and forts from the 17th century.

 

Young students at a local school (escola) in Barrio Passagem waiting for their parents to pick them up after school, Cabo Frio, Brazil

Young students at a local school (escola) in Barrio Passagem waiting for their parents to pick them up after school, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

A series of homes and shops in colonial-era buildings in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

A series of homes and shops in colonial-era buildings in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

The old church (circa 1700) in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

The old church (circa 1700) in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

The entrance to the colonial-era buildings that have been restored and converted into Hotel Solar do Arco in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

The entrance to the colonial-era buildings that have been restored and converted into Hotel Solar do Arco in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

Looking into the colonnaded interior courtyard of Hotel Solar do Arco in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

Looking into the colonnaded interior courtyard of Hotel Solar do Arco in Barrio Passagem, Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

A portion of the commercial fishing fleet in the river at Cabo Frio, Brazil

A portion of the commercial fishing fleet in the river at Cabo Frio, Brazil

 

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Eat Local: Mistico Sunset Lounge & Restaurant, Búzios, Brazil

Mistico Sunset Lounge & Restaurant, Búzios, Brazil, is located up on a hill in the central district of the town, providing an excellent view of Búzios Bay

Mistico Sunset Lounge & Restaurant, Búzios, Brazil, is located up on a hill in the central district of the town, providing an excellent view of Búzios Bay

 

Up on a hill overlooking Búzios Bay, Mistico Sunset Lounge & Restaurant serves creative, fresh, local seafood in a dining room and on their verandah.  We enjoyed an excellent luncheon after wandering from the pier to central Búzios and exploring the boutiques and cafes [see our previous post, “Búzios, Brazil”.]  Unlike many of the dining establishments along the waterfront and in the central district – by nature of its location up a hill – Mistico was not crowded for lunch, even with a very large cruise ship in port with us.  Our service was quite good with a friendly waiter who spoke excellent English.  As shown in the photographs, their cuisine is very creative and all dishes were well prepared and quite tasty.  Very highly recommended!

 

The restaurant_s verandah features a “bird of paradise” overlooking Búzios Bay, Mistico Sunset Lounge & Restaurant, Búzios, Brazil

The restaurant’s verandah features a “bird of paradise” overlooking Búzios Bay, Mistico Sunset Lounge & Restaurant, Búzios, Brazil

 

Our amuse bouche was cheese with mango puree and roasted almonds, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

Our amuse bouche was cheese with mango puree and roasted almonds, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

 

A mixed seafood appetizer

A mixed seafood appetizer with octopus, a lobster mini-taco, salmon, a bacalau fritter (a local Brazilian specialty, bolinho de bacalhau), seared tuna, and a cucumber salad; Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

 

Lobster mini-tacos, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

Lobster mini-tacos, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

 

An entrée (shared) of squid-ink gnocci with fried local calamari and vegetables in a delicious seafood sauce, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

An entrée (shared) of squid-ink gnocci with fried local calamari and vegetables in a delicious seafood sauce, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

 

One of the hotel_s rooms on the hill, adjacent to the hotel_s restaurant, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

One of the hotel’s rooms on the hill, adjacent to the hotel’s restaurant, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

 

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Búzios, Brazil

Búzios, Brazil, is a Brazilian resort set on an ocean peninsula east of Rio de Janeiro, known as an upscale vacation destination with numerous beaches

Búzios, Brazil, is a Brazilian resort set on an ocean peninsula east of Rio de Janeiro, known as an upscale vacation destination with numerous beaches

 

A sleepy fishing village propelled into the spotlight by a vacationing Brigitte Bardot, Búzios, Brazil [105 miles (169 kilometers) northeast of Rio de Janeiro] has retained its vintage holiday allure with a mix of upscale spa retreats, resorts and an endless list of outdoorsy pursuits.  The appeal of the peninsula’s beaches is two-fold; the tropical weather and scenic qualities heighten their glamorous reputation, and the strong waves and turquoise waters attract crowds of gilded youth on the lookout for surfing championships.  Visitors can explore the Igreja de Sant’Ana church perched above the Praia dos Ossos beach, discover the rugged coastline on a morning hike, or ride bikes along the boulevard to the town’s cobblestone streets and shop Rua das Pedras’ chic boutiques.

 

Overlooking the central “business district” of Búzios, Brazil -- filled with boutiques, bars, cafés, and restaurants (with more than a dozen pizzerias in the mix!)

Overlooking the central “business district” of Búzios, Brazil — filled with boutiques, bars, cafés, and restaurants (with more than a dozen pizzerias in the mix!)

 

A bronze statue of Brigitte Bardot who frequently vacationed in Búzios, Brazil, and helped popularize the peninsula and its beaches to vacationers

A bronze statue of Brigitte Bardot who frequently vacationed in Búzios, Brazil, and helped popularize the peninsula and its beaches to vacationers

 

Wooden sidewalks and cobblestone streets in the center of Búzios, Brazil, make for an inviting stroll among the boutiques and restaurants

Wooden sidewalks and cobblestone streets in the center of Búzios, Brazil, make for an inviting stroll among the boutiques and restaurants

 

A typical al fresco restaurant with local specialties, Búzios, Brazil

A typical al fresco restaurant with local specialties, Búzios, Brazil

 

Viewed through an alleyway between two shops, the large MSC cruise liner (3,000 passenger capacity) dwarfs the local fishing boats which here resemble the bathtub toys our grandchildren

Viewed through an alleyway between two shops, the large MSC cruise liner (3,000 passenger capacity) dwarfs the local fishing boats which here resemble the bathtub toys our grandchildren play with, Búzios, Brazil

 

A colorful mannequin invites visitors into a local boutique, Búzios, Brazil

A colorful mannequin invites visitors into a local boutique, Búzios, Brazil

 

A street vendor selling fresh green coconut water, Búzios, Brazil

A street vendor selling fresh green coconut water, Búzios, Brazil

 

Colorful wares for sale outside and inside a boutique in the heart of Búzios, Brazil

Colorful wares for sale outside and inside a boutique in the heart of Búzios, Brazil

 

The statue of three fishermen in the harbor is very lifelike, Búzios, Brazil

The statue of three fishermen in the harbor is very lifelike, Búzios, Brazil

 

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Copacabana (Beach), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A view of Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from its southern terminus, looking north (Ipanema Beach is behind us, to the south, around the corner)

A view of Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from its southern terminus, looking north (Ipanema Beach is behind us, to the south, around the corner)

 

Copacabana (a waterfront neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has one of the most famous beaches in the world.  This Atlantic Ocean-facing, 2.5 mile (4 km) beach is busy with round-the-clock activity (although tourists are advised to be very careful after dusk).  Visitors admire jungle-clad mountain scenery, viewing Copacabana Fort in the distance, and bicycling or walking along the beach-front promenade.  Both tourists and locals sip caipirinhas (the national drink of Brazil, traditionally made with limes) and dine on seafood or tapas at sidewalk cafés dotting the neighborhood’s streets.

 

Across the main street from the promenade, Copacabana is lined with high-rise hotels and condominiums

Across the main street from the promenade, Copacabana is lined with high-rise hotels and condominiums

 

The Copacabana Palace (Hotel) is the highest rated hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; we had an excellent lunch in their casual restaurant, Pergola, by the swimming pool

The Copacabana Palace (Hotel) is the highest rated hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; we had an excellent lunch in their casual restaurant, Pergola, by the swimming pool

 

The promenade is dotted with drink and food stands for refreshments, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The promenade is dotted with drink and food stands for refreshments, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

sea water up the beach to be sprayed from hoses in order to cool of the sand for patrons who will enter (or exit) the beach barefoot, Copacabana Beach

The owners of the beach vending booths have installed generators to pump sea water up the beach to be sprayed from hoses in order to cool of the sand for patrons who will enter (or exit) the beach barefoot, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Relaxing on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Relaxing on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Local transportation, Copacabana (Beach), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Local transportation, Copacabana (Beach), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Several master sand carvers have created mini sand “masterpieces” representing the local scenes, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Several master sand carvers have created mini sand “masterpieces” representing the local scenes, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

A local fishing boat, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A local fishing boat, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Locally caught fish for sale at the southern end of Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Locally caught fish for sale at the southern end of Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Sun, sand and water – relaxation time at Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sun, sand and water – relaxation time at Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

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Eat Local: Oasis (Churrascaria), São Conrado, Brazil

When we sat down at the Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil, we were immediately presented with a number of snacks and meat accompaniments, the first being some Portuguese empanadas

When we sat down at the Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil, we were immediately presented with a number of snacks and meat accompaniments, the first being some Portuguese empanadas filled with cheese

 

On our afternoon visit to the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of São Conrado, we had a late lunch at a Brazilian-style Churrascaria restaurant, Oasis, where meat is cooked over coals on skewers which are brought by waiters to each table and carved to order for each person.  While many Rio Churrascaria restaurants have moved away from charcoal burning ovens, Oasis has maintained the same cooking style (see end photographs) for 40 years.  The variety of meats (and salads at the salad bar) was nearly overwhelming, and everything was delicious.  Our favorite was the local picanha (beef top sirloin).  Needless to say, we left very late in the afternoon completely stuffed (and we skipped supper that night).

 

We saved the sautéed bananas for desert, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

We saved the sautéed bananas for desert, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Fried manioc (cassava) – from a shrub that is native to, and widely cultivated in South America for its edible starcht tuberous root, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

Fried manioc (cassava) – from a shrub that is native to, and widely cultivated in South America for its edible starchy tuberous root, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

The first skewers presented by the passadores (meat waiters) were sausage and chicken, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

The first skewers presented by the passadores (meat waiters) were sausage and chicken, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

“A churrascaria is a place where meat is cooked in churrasco style, which translates roughly from the Portugurese word for ‘barbeque’…  In modern restaurants rodízio service is typically offered.  Passadores (meat waiters) come to the table with knives and a skewer, on which are speared various kinds of meat, be it beef, pork, filet mignon, lamb, chicken, duck, ham (with pineapple), sausage, fish, or any other sort of local cut of meat.  A common cut of beef top sirloin cap is known as picanha…  In most parts of Brazil, the churrasco is roasted with charcoal.  In the south of Brazil, however, mostly close to the borders of Argentina and Uruguay, embers of wood are also used.” — Wikipedia

 

As we started our luncheon, our drinks arrived – shown here is a local favorite (Brazil_s national cocktail), a caipirinha – traditionally mixed with lime, and now made with a whol

As we started our luncheon, our drinks arrived – shown here is a local favorite (Brazil’s national cocktail), a caipirinha – traditionally mixed with lime, and now made with a whole array of fruits, from strawberry to kiwi; Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Another starter, freshly cooked, home-made potato chips, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

Another starter, freshly cooked, home-made potato chips, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

The salad bar featured many foods for non-meat eaters, including this section of sushi and (not pictured) hot stations with sautéed fish, fried calamari and a shrimp sauté, Oasis res

The salad bar featured many foods for non-meat eaters, including this section of sushi and (not pictured) hot stations with sautéed fish, fried calamari and a shrimp sauté, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Fresh vegetables at the salad bar, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

Fresh vegetables at the salad bar, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Tomatoes and a local specialty, fresh hearts of palm, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

Tomatoes and a local specialty, fresh hearts of palm, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Dips and salads, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

Dips and salads, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Very tasty steak that is very similar to American flank steak (but more tender), sliced at the table (the diner uses tongs to hold the top of the slice as the passador continues to slice

Very tasty steak that is very similar to American flank steak (but more tender), sliced at the table (the diner uses tongs to hold the top of the slice as the passador continues to slice the meat), Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Our favorite (we had several servings…) was the local picanha (beef top sirloin), Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

Our favorite (we had several servings…) was the local picanha (beef top sirloin), Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Charcoal grilled leg of lamb, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

Charcoal grilleded leg of lamb, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Cheese covered fillet mignon (Chateaubriand) that was sliced by the passador tableside, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

Cheese-covered fillet mignon (Chateaubriand) that was sliced by the passador tableside, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Lamb chops, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

Lamb chops, Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

At the end of the meal one of the restaurant owners took us into the kitchen and showed us the charcoal-fired churrasqueira (barbecue grill) at the Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazi

At the end of the meal one of the restaurant owners took us into the kitchen and showed us the charcoal-fired churrasqueira (barbecue grill) at the Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Close-up of meat on skewers on the churrasqueira (barbecue grill) at the Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

Close-up of meat on skewers on the churrasqueira (barbecue grill) at the Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil

 

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