Imtisal Zafar, the creative director of VERVE,
narrates the story of his South American jaunt to Fatima Sheikh
South America is largely a destination that is too remote and unchartered for most of us Pakistanis, therefore, after visiting Europe, the Far East and America many times we wanted to experience something completely different. Brazil and Argentina were the two countries we decided to visit.
What is the best time to visit?
Between October to April when it’s Spring and Summer time in the area
Where did you Stay?
Sao Paulo: Blue Tree Premium Hotel on Paulista Avenue
RIO: Golden Tulip, Ipanema Plaza Hotel on Ipanema Beach
Buenos Aires: Paulo Santos Hotel on Palermo Avenue
Venetto Harrago Churrascaria and Spot Cafe in Sao Paulo
Don Julio Argentinian Steak house and Osaka in Buenos Aires
How did you get around?
Uber & local taxis are the best option.
What did you get up to during the day?
Daytime was spent mostly sightseeing and taking city tours. In in Rio we relaxed on the beautiful beach.
Five Essentials you can not live without when traveling?
1. Cell phone
2. Vanity bag
Where to Stay?
You have to be careful while planning your trip to South America about where to stay. It is best to stay in safe areas to avoid any inconvenience because of street crime in shady areas. Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Ipanema or Copacabana in Rio and Palermo Avenue in Buenos Aires are the places to stay.
What to eat?
The famous Brazilian BBQ is incredible and you need to eat as much as possible of it while in Brazil. The Argentinian steaks are also excellent with all the condiments.
What to See?
Sao Paulo: Walk down the Palermo Avenue, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP), Sao Paulo Cathedral, Ibirapuera Park
RIO: Ipanema & Copacabana Beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain & Cable Car tour, Christ Redeemer, Escadaria Selaron.