Published October 06, 2011
Brazil, known for known for Samba and soccer, now has another thing to add to its list: vampires.
Next month tween girls (and their moms alike) will swoon as Bella Swan and Edward Cullen finally say their “I dos” in the fourth installment of the “Twilight” series, “Breaking Dawn, Part One".
The film, set to open in theatres on November 18, will reunite Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson), Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and the rest of the Twilight crew at Edward and Bella's wedding. In the vampire romance that has captivated women (and more than a few men) for the past several years, the two leads depart for a romantic honeymoon on fictional island of Esme, filmed in the very real village of Paraty, Brazil.
Paraty, which sits on Brazil's southeastern coast about 125 miles south of the capital Rio de Janiero, is a small colonial town, with quaint buildings --perfect for some twilight activity.
But that's not the only place where the vampires hung around.
Over the past year, Twilight’s cast and crew descended on the Brazilian capital Rio de Janiero and outlying environs for filming (and a little fun in the sun).
While the Brazilian tourism board tells us there are currently no plans to market special Bella and Edward tours, you can very easily follow their real and fictional footsteps on your next jaunt to the South American country by hitting the following three hot spots.
Paraty is the shooting location of the island of Esme where Bella and Edward share their honeymoon. In real life Paraty is a preserved Portuguese colonial town located on Costa Verde (the green coast). Edward and Bella spend most of their time in Esme enjoying indoor activities (what self respecting newly weds woundn't), but it would be a shame if the visitor to Paraty didn't get out of their hotel.
While in Paraty visit Saco de Mamanguá where you can go for a swim in the bay where Edward and Bella filmed parts of their steamy honeymoon scenes. Beyond Saco, Paraty has 44 more beaches to choose from. You can explore the cove at Grande or Jabaquara beach or enjoy a more secluded sun at Pouso da CajaÍba or São Gonçalo.
While filming, Pattinson and Stewart stayed at the Pousada do Ouro, a quaint hotel nestled in the heart of the historical center of town. Nearby restaurants worth taking in include, Kontiki, the island restaurant in the middle of the bay specializing in in seafood paella and Banana da Terra where Chef Ana Bueno takes a unique spin on the culinary traditions of traditional Brazilian caiçara communities.
Just about 4 miles outside of town is one of the best cachaca (the spirit that go into making Caipirinhas) distilleries in Brazil, the Maria Izabel distillery where you can take a tour and a tasting.
Pattinson and Stewart stayed at the stately Copacabana Palace while filming in Rio. The Palace is located in the heart of the sexy Copacabana neighborhood, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and is home to Hotel Cipriani Restaurant, one of the most sophisticated restaurants in Rio juxtaposed with the hedonist’s heaven, Bar do Copo next to the hotel pool.
The hotel is a mere hop from Copacabana Beach, four miles of white sandy shoreline, dotted with food stalls selling fresh squeezed juices and Caipirinhas.
Edward and Bella filmed a taxi sequence in the Lapa neighborhood of Rio, famous for its 18th century grand white arched Carioca Aqueduct, which at one time carried water down from the Rio Carioca and now serves as a viaduct to the Bondinho de Santa Teresa tram that connects the downtown area to the Santa Teresa area.
When Stewart and Pattinson cruised these streets to film they actually shut down traffic for several hours, much to the combined ire and excitement of locals.
A night in Lapa outside of the taxi means a taste of the best in bohemian Brazilian nightlife. The streets bustle with party goers from Friday through Sunday when three blocks of bars (Mém de Sa, Riachuelo, Lavradio and Gomes Freire) and dance clubs are closed to traffic.
Check out the film's trailer below: