When it comes to one thing dentists don’t have a lot of - it’s often time! That’s why we understand, when choosing to attend dental education such as a DSD Residency, it makes sense to consider choosing a location that enables you to combine work with pleasure, taking time before or after the Residency to explore the surrounding areas.
The DSD Residency 2 in Brazil offers a wealth of vacation options, whether for a short trip or a longer period. Even if you only have time to attend the dates of the DSD Residency itself, there will still be time to explore the stunning location of São Paulo.
To make things easier, we have created a travel guide of both the immediate area of São Paulo and wider choices in Brazil, to inspire you to start planning your trip!
Brazil is the largest country in South America and Latin America, and the fifth-largest country, in terms of land mass, in the world. With nearly 8000km of coastline, it’s no surprise that Brazil is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. It also contains 60% of the Amazon forest. Which makes it the perfect place to relax before or after your dentist education course.
A city known for its stark contrasts, Rio de Janeiro perfectly blends golden shores, stunning forests and a bustling metropolis to create a home for its six million residents and is an exotic holiday destination choice for millions of tourists every year. There are the obvious attractions such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Copacabana, but there are also hidden gems such as the unforgettable TransCarioca 180km hike and the exquisite sunset views at Arpoador - all perfect to unwind after your CE Dentist course.
Take the two cable cars to Pão de Açúcar- It gets busy, especially in the peak season, but the views from the 395m summit via a double cable car journey is a must.
Visit Cristo Redentor (Christ The Redeemer) - It may be an obvious choice but take the train to see this world-famous monument.
This stunning 4km stretch of beach is well worth a visit.
This luxury hotel on the beachfront of Ipanema Beach has a spa and an exclusive infinity pool for unbeatable poolside views.
For a truly tranquil experience, away from the busy city, this luxury spa hotel is hidden away in the hills above Rio.
On Copacabana beach, this minimalist hotel boasts intimate luxury with just ninety rooms and a rooftop pool for privacy.
As its name suggests, this place is full of old world charm and luxury, with live Rio music poolside as you relax.
Artisan Brazilian food with incredible views from Saint Teresa.
A busy bistro designed to look like a butchers.
Booking is recommended at this popular Japanese restaurant.
For a taste of the local, this luxury restaurant uses local ingredients for farm to plate quality.
An open kitchen to watch chefs at work creating your French cuisine.
For those dentists who fancy a bit of a lesser known gem, between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is the small town of Paraty. Steeped in history, this town is home to buildings from the 17th and 18th Centuries, remnants from the Brazilian Gold Rush era. Walking through its center is like entering a timewarp, full of white buildings with colourful trims, cobbled streets and a central Plaza not to be missed.
The quaint architecture is like stepping back in time and a perfect way to clear your head ready for your CE Dentist course
With stunning clear waters and edged by forest, this beach is a haven.
Take a trip through the Jabaquara Mangroves - For the more adventurous, hike a kayak or boat and take a trip through the mangroves.
A historical guest house, full of artefacts and old-world charm.
Historical guest house just next to the beach.
A luxury colonial hotel with a library of 1500 books and movies to choose from.
Exquisite luxury cuisine in the Center of Paraty.
Luxury cuisine in a stunning location with live piano player.
Farm to table traditional Brazilian cuisine.
For a truly tranquil break before or after attending the DSD Residency 2, and gaining some invaluable CE dentist education, why not consider the island of Fernando de Noronha? Located 350km off the mainland of Brazil, this untouched, undeveloped ecological sanctuary is a unique holiday destination.
Go snorkeling with turtles - on the south of the island.
Visit the Shark Museum - for some fascinating facts.
Visit the Island’s many beaches - there’s plenty to choose from!
A secluded friendly guest house with a stunning infinity pool.
A stunning guest house surrounded by tropical forest.
A luxury hotel on the coast, with stunning hidden beaches.
Bonito is located in Mato Grosso do Sul on the border of Pantanal. Combining a trip to both destinations is the best of both seeing incredible wildlife and visiting stunning waterfalls and places of natural beauty.
The small town in the south of Brazil is one of the most visited spots in the country. That’s because it is home to Foz do Iguaçu waterfalls - one of the largest natural waterfalls in the world. It has a wooden viewing platform where you can step out and experience the power and beauty of this natural waterfall.
You can also visit Argentina, on a short bus ride.
Stay at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas - a luxury 1950’s hotel on the edge of Iguassu Falls, surrounded by rainforest.
For a truly unique Brazilian getaway, in the Amazon, check out Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, an exclusive hidden hotel in the rainforest, with tours and meals included.
Even if you haven’t the time to take a vacation before or after your CE Dentist Education course, there will be time during the Residency to explore São Paulo, take in the local culture and sample the local cuisine. So what is not to miss in São Paulo?
They don’t call São Paulo the ‘concrete city’ for nothing. It is home to 13 million people and widely regarded as the financial and business capital of Brazil. But it is also home to some of the finest art galleries and museums in the country and international restaurants celebrated for their haute cuisine.
This sophisticated chic luxury hotel has a unique vertical garden and sun lounging area.
A luxury modern hotel with a stunning rooftop pool and spa.
An elegant rustic hotel with decadent luxury and spa.
A luxury hotel situated on the edge of Burle Marx park.
Luxury dining by TV Chef in Brazil
World-renowned chef Alex Atala creating innovative dishes
Exquisite Japanese cuisine
For luxury tapas
Combining Japanese ingredients with Peruvian technique
Jazz and cocktails in homage to Frank Sinatra.
Restored historic pub.
Arty cocktail bar.
A dedicated gin bar.
An exclusive nightclub, regularly chosen by celebrities, Toy Room is certainly an experience!
With karaoke, a cinema and a rooftop bar, there’s lots to explore at this nightspot.
With different floors catering for different tastes, this place is great for a dance.
A rooftop bar open late into the night.
Before you book your hotel in São Paulo, or start to arrange your vacation afterwards in Rio, be sure to first secure your place on the DSD Residency 2. Get details of upcoming courses and secure your spot now: