Hi, FloridaRob told me about the site and a comment a poster left on here about me! I am
more then willing to impart whatever knowledge i have but a lot of information can be found on Boytoy.com So.American forum.
I have been going to Brazil for 18 years, usually 4 times a year sometimes 5, usually for 10 -12 days. I have always spent the majority of my time in Rio, and a few days each trip in Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre! The last 8 years or so I have stayed in Airbnb Apartments as I much prefer that to hotels!
I avoid 2 months, July and February! Historically the coldest(July) and Hottest(February) also July is when school closed for the month in Brazil so everything is more crowded and February for the week before and after Carnival as everything is 3X the price and there are a 1,000,000 extra people in Rio!
Everyone mentions safety but if you stick to the tourist zones in Copa, Ipanema, etc. You will have no problems! I live in So. Cal. And there are just as bad areas here!
The saunas are great! And you will find the kind of guy or guys you like there! I usually have 3 or 4 stay at the apartment with me when I am there!
Flight time to Rio is about 11-1/2 hours and 12-1/2 to Sao Paulo