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Tariq Nasheed’s Experience In Brazil

Tariq Nasheed’s Back From Brazil

Tariq Nasheed is popular in the black community, but for those who aren’t too familiar with him, he is an author,
filmmaker and radio show host based out of Los Angeles, California.

Before his current radio show, Tariq Elite Radio, Nasheed hosted his Mack Lessons radio podcast. I was a big fan and enjoyed listening to his content.

In Mack Lessons episode #76, Tariq Nasheed talked about his time in Brazil. He experienced “Rio In A Week”.

Below are my thoughts on his experience and opinions of Rio de Janeiro.



Tariq’s PROS:

Brazilian Women Are Fine As Sh!t – Tariq mentions how Brazilian women are unusually fine and how women in America are average with a few dimes sprinkled in. In Rio de Janeiro, you see a bunch of dimes with a few ugly chicks. The dimes outnumber the ugly chicks.

According to Nasheed, Brazilian women’s bodies are off the hook. They look like supermodels. You are going to say “damn” about 100 times in for the first couple of days then you will get used to their beauty.

He also views Brazilian women as being mentally cool. They are “hella” cool. He was there for a week and didn’t meet 1 woman with a messed up attitude. Different than America.

When You Return Your Tolerance Level Is Low For BS – Tariq mentioned how he didn’t want to come back.

His mentality was curt. Tariq’s tolerance level for women when he came back from Brazil was 0. He was really annoyed with people calling in to his show. He felt like they were messing up the flow of the show.

If they ain’t bringing 110% cooperation to the table, then fuck em, Tariq says.

Brazil Is More Safe Than You Think – Tariq Nasheed listed off the things lot of people say about Brazil being very dangerous. But he says most of these people are white.

The City Was Very Clean – Tariq Nasheed mentions about how he didn’t expect Rio to be so nice and clean. The hotel was very nice. He thought it was going to be like Mexico. It looked like New York. It had a New York vibe. The people were very nice as well.


Tariq’s CONS:

Nobody Speaks English – He didn’t like that. It became a problem. He tells guys to learn Portuguese. Women were coming up choosing, but he didn’t understand what they were saying.

The Dudes Wearing Tight “Bikini Shorts” – Tariq was shocked at the small swimming trunks called “sungas”. He said they looked “hoochie”. He asked himself, “Am I on the wrong beach?” He called the trunks “coochie cutter shorts” and “booty go-go shorts”. He didn’t feel threatened because he knew no dude with bikini shorts was going to rob him.

The Women Love Kissing You In The Mouth – In Brazilian club culture, when someone likes you, they want to kiss you. Tariq didn’t like this. He said that women tried to tongue kiss him in the club. Several women tried to do that with him and he hated it. He almost caught a cold.

The Food Wasn’t Good – Tariq Nasheed said Brazilian food has a lot of salt on it. They throw a lot of stuff together, according to Tariq. So, he ate at McDonalds, but their ketchup tasted different. Yet, he didn’t mind eating wack ketchup if he can kick it with fine women. The pros definitely out weighed the cons for him.

My Thoughts

Before I actually traveled to Rio de Janeiro for myself, I thought this podcast was hilarious and informative.

After becoming very familiar with Rio, I still find it hilarious, but I don’t agree with everything he said now that I have been myself.


I definitely agree with Brazilian women being unusually fine. There are finer women in Rio than any other city I’ve been to in America and I’ve been to most major cities.

I still need to check out Miami, Chicago and Houston, but I highly doubt the women in these cities are better on average than in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian women are easier to talk to and they seem to have a more positive and upbeat personality than your average woman in America, but I wouldn’t say they are all without attitude. There are plenty of Brazilian women with poor attitudes. They might just not be in the club though.

I understood his tolerance level being extremely low when you return from Brazil. I had that same feeling after returning for the first time. I looked at the world differently and I knew I would never settle for less when it came to women and how they treated me.

I also agreed with nobody speaking English like you think they would. Rio is an international city, yet the English level is very low. You definitely have to learn Portuguese if you want to experience everything that Rio de Janeiro has to offer.

Check out my post about how to learn Portuguese in a fun, modern and affordable way online: Semantica Portuguese: The #1 Online Brazilian Portuguese Course.


I don’t agree with Rio de Janeiro being safe enough to take your camera wherever you want to. Tariq stayed in the tourist areas from what I’ve seen in his Pay-Per-View special, you can purchase it here for $10.

Rio isn’t a war zone, but you have to stay on your toes like anywhere you go.

I can’t really agree with Rio de Janeiro being clean. I’m probably somewhat biased since I spent so much time in favelas and non-tourist areas. If you are in the South Zone of Rio, you will probably think it’s really clean and sanitary.

But, most of the city is not that clean. There’s a lot of pollution in the city and it needs to be cleaned up, not for the tourists, but for the local people.

Wait Tariq, What?

I enjoyed the podcast and I respect Tariq Nasheed’s perspective on a variety of topics, but the biggest thing I didn’t agree with in his Back From Brazil episode is his dislike for BRAZILIAN FOOD.

I doubt Tariq really went to any local spots to taste what Brazilian food has to offer so I can’t be too mad with his opinion. But you can’t say Brazilian food is too salty or not that good.

If you like chicken, beef, sausage, fish, etc, you will enjoy Brazilian food.

If you like rice and beans and greens and healthy salads, you will enjoy Brazilian food.

If you are a brother, I mean a brother raised in a Black family, I can’t see how you won’t enjoy Brazilian food.

Tariq needs to go back to Rio and get with some local Brazilians who can show him where the food is at.

A Checklist For The Male Traveler In Brazil

We all aren’t the same.

There’s a big difference between being a male traveler in Brazil and being a male tourist in Brazil – which one are you?

I decided to be a male traveler in Brazil after my first trip to Rio de Janeiro. That picture to the right was my second time in Rio when I lived in the Rocinha favela.

I loved every minute of it. Blending in with the locals. Eating at a mom and pop restaurant (shout out to Claudia’s Pensão). Working out at a rinky dink gym you couldn’t pay some people to exercise in.

But it was a lot better to me than my first trip to Rio when I stayed in Copacabana.

There’s nothing wrong with Copa or Ipanema -it’s just a little “touristy” during the months of November to March.

I could see myself living in Ipanema during the low tourist season.

During my time in Rocinha, I learned a lot about Brazilians and the country – the good and the bad. My family thought I was crazy to stay in a favela even for a day.

But they aren’t travelers. They are tourists.

If you are a traveler like me, here’s a list you need to check off before you head to Brazil.

Checklist For The Male Traveler In Brazil

Travel Resources

The average tourist reads a couple of Lonely Planet articles, asks a random friend if he knows anything about Brazil then buys an overpriced plane ticket and hotel.

Then he flies to Brazil.

The male traveler in Brazil digs deeper.

He googles specific things about Brazil. He searches for the best local bars and neighborhoods where the REAL action is at.

He doesn’t go straight to a hotel. He checks out Airbnb and other apartment services.

He watches YouTube videos by real travelers like the one below.

He reads books like How To Be A Carioca and Become The Man Brazilian Women Want.

He subscribes to the best Brazilian travel blogs like Brazilian Gringo and Rio In A Week.

Basically, he doesn’t just rely on mainstream resources. He seeks out non-mainstream answers to his questions.


A male traveler to Brazil doesn’t go to Brazil without knowing at least ONE Brazilian. Brazilians know what to do in their cities – duh. You have to connect with Brazilian men and women and build a contact list.

A male tourist makes multiple trips to Brazil and doesn’t have one real Brazilian friend. What’s up with that?

Where do you find Brazilian friends before you get to Brazil?

Facebook Groups – there are tons of Facebook groups with Brazilians learning English. Connect with them. I get random Facebook messages from Brazilians now and then looking for a language exchange partner. I have too many Brazilian friends already.

Hello Talk – I’ve written an article about this great language exchange app. Check it out here.

Tinder – You can even find Brazilian friends on this dating app believe it or not – it’s not just for dates. I’m planning a trip to Salvador, Bahia and a woman already has volunteered to be my tour guide when I land. I talk about Tinder in my new book by the way.

Tour Guides – I went on a favela tour my first time in Rio. I exchanged information with the tour guide and he helped me find a place to stay in the favela on my second trip.

A Moderate Budget

The average tourist wants to ball on their vacation and feel like P. Diddy for a week until they have to go back to their 9 to 5.

There’s nothing wrong with that every few vacations – we should be able to splurge and enjoy our hard-earned cash.

But we are travelers here right? We don’t need to pop bottles and drive expensive rental cars to have fun, especially in Brazil where that can put a target on your back.

A male traveler in Brazil knows how to have a great time without spending a lot of money. The best times I’ve had in Brazil were just hanging out with friends at a cookout or drinking $2 beers.

Sticking to a moderate budget makes you think harder about how to have fun. You drop the obvious tourist traps and you venture down the unbeaten path like going to the City of God (it’s not like the movie).

Related Article: The $1,000 Trip To Rio De Janeiro

Basic Portuguese Skills

I’ve written plenty about learning Brazilian Portuguese. Guys don’t realize how important speaking Brazilian Portuguese on a conversational level is until they land – and it’s too late.

Don’t make the same mistake. Put in enough study time before you go to Brazil. Go through my archives and read every article about learning and studying Brazilian Portuguese.

And after you do that – check out Semantica Portuguese. Don’t fly to Brazil and be a male tourist.

An Open Mind

The lack of acceptance is at an all time high!

Okay not really. The world is becoming more free every year believe it or not. But – so many people have opinions now and that causes a problem (says the guy with his own blog for public consumption ha).

Everyone thinks they know what is right and what is wrong – so you bump into a lot of people who are close minded on certain topics.

A few people don’t realize in the fight for acceptance and freedom of speech, they are stopping the freedom of speech of groups who have a different opinion. They are easily offended by different perspectives or another way of life.

Which brings me to tourists who go to Brazil and whine about their trip.

How can people visit or move to Brazil and expect Brazil to be like their country? My bad, those are tourists.

If you wanted your own country, you should have stayed there. Reading through this blog, you should have a decent understanding of how Brazil compares to your country.

The average tourist only knows about Rio de Janeiro and the Girl From Ipanema song. Then when he gets to Brazil, he experiences extreme culture shock.

We all get culture shock but a few people get culture hatred. A much stronger feeling.

If you are a male traveler in Brazil, you have to be open to new things.

  • Understand that Brazilian time is probably slower than what you are used to.
  • Don’t be so quick to judge or hate Brazilians who might try to get over on you because you are a “gringo”.
  • Be patient with Brazilians who think they know your country despite never traveling there.
  • The buses are overcrowded. Endure.

You won’t have a great time in Brazil unless you can step outside of what you think life should be like. Be open to a new way of life when you get there.

Smart (Effective) Risk Taking

“How you gon’ win if you never wanna risk nothin” – Dom Kennedy

The male traveler in Brazil takes risks. I don’t mean walking around with jewelry and an iPhone 6s Plus in a favela type of risk.

I mean a risk that helps him develop and grow as a person.

That could be:

  • Walking into a Brazilian English school and volunteering to talk to the students who never met a native English speaker. Public speaking is scary but you just made the classes day. It’s a selfish act too – you might have just made some new friends.
  • Skipping the hotel and staying in a hostel in Vidigal favela. You might feel uncomfortable at first, but you adapt and discover the favela is more fun than the hotel.
  • Do you wanna practice your basic Portuguese skills? Hop on a bus ride from Rio to Sao Paulo – alone. You’ll find yourself in a lot of different conversations you might not be ready for. One time a bus station employee wanted to buy my Seattle Seahawk’s hat because he never seen one before.

An End Goal

And finally. You should have something specific you want to do in Brazil. The most important step in being a male traveler in Brazil is knowing what you want from the trip before you step one foot on that airplane.

You want to go to Brazil but for what? Is it for business? Cultural reasons? Love? Relaxation?

Similar to writing, a traveler has the end in mind before he even gets to Brazil (before I write, I think about the conclusion first).

When you think about what you want to do, you find out how to do it or you discover you don’t need to go to Brazil to do it at all.

This Brazilian City Is Better Than Rio

The Ugly Friend

A lot of people call Sao Paulo ugly. Especially when compared to its friend Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city filled with beaches, sun and shopping malls where you can spend your hard-earned cash. Every guy wants to visit the Marvelous City when they first think about going to Brazil.

Even the 2016 Summer Olympics wants a piece of it.

But what if I told you its ugly friend Sao Paulo was more fun?

What if I told you beneath the concrete jungle was a hidden playground with everything you could want to explore in a Brazilian city?

Don’t make the same mistake as me and avoid Sao Paulo when you first go to Brazil.

I made the same mistake with a woman once.

I was showing a friend photos of a chick who wanted to talk to me. But there was one problem.

She was not attractive. I mean, she was pretty fugly. I didn’t want to talk to her. So my friend and I made a deal. If the ugly girl had a cute friend, we would have a double date and he would hang out with the ugly one.

The classic “take one for the team” scenario.

The double date happened and guess what?


The ugly girl was better. She talked a lot and was interested in knowing my friend. She wasn’t uppity and actually asked him questions. Plus she drunk like a pirate.

On my date, the pretty girl acted like she was a super model. She checked her phone like she was a doctor on call waiting for an emergency.

She had one word answers to my questions and she didn’t even drink!

While I tried to get her to open up and show personality, my friend and the ugly duckling laughed and joked and enjoyed each other’s company.

Talking to the pretty girl was like pulling teeth out of Young Jeezy’s mouth.


There was nothing there.

I tried to get passed the physical beauty and see what she was really about.

But it was useless. I wasn’t going to crack her on the first date. She was all show.

Or more accurately, just a difficult person with nothing interesting to offer me at the moment.

And this leads me to another tale of two friends.

Many guys thinking about visiting Brazil have a crisis on their hands.

Which Brazilian city should you visit? I have the answer to that question and how I came to it.


Rio de Janeiro – The Golddigger?

When you visit Rio, you have to be on your toes at all times so you don’t miss an event. It’s a slower paced environment where a week can fly by and you still have a feeling of not doing enough.

Especially if you are new to Brazil and you stick around the “safe zones”.

You have to put in time and energy to get to know the real Rio and not what it wants to show you -the South Zone.

It’s hard to fight off the hypnotizing appeal of palm trees and beautiful women in thin string bikinis but it’s all seduction.


Walk down Ipanema and if no one asks you to buy their sun glasses or beach towels, I’ll be amazed. Although world-famous and fun- it’s also a well done infomercial wanting you to spend as much money as possible.

Sao Paulo on the other hand is an old school brochure made of bulk printing paper: It’s not pretty but it’s filled with what you want.

Sao Paulo is the ugly friend worth talking to.

This Is Sao Paulo

Wow, look at that building. The palm trees. The busy, foot traffic. There are many more beautiful shots like this around the city.


Listen to Brazilians chatter in Portuguese as they zip through the subway eating biscoitos and sipping hot coffee. Time is money and they have no time to waste! It feels like the city is alive. Can you feel it?


Can you find me? That was easy eh. Meet other curious travelers on a FREE walking tour. Traveling solo? You aren’t anymore.

Why Should You Go To This Brazilian City?

Good question.

You should go to Sao Paulo if:

  • You like to party. Sampa has it all – bars, clubs, dance floors. And they are filled with pretty women too.
  • You want to improve your Portuguese – SP has over 11 million Brazilians in the city to talk to.
  • You LOVE good food. Japanese, Italian, Arab, Lebanese, Brazilian, AMERICAN – SP has it all.
  • You want to see everyday Brazilian life away from the beaches and tourists traps. SP is the land of the hardworking Brazilian.
  • You like interesting attractions like historic landmarks, world-class museums, beautiful parks and cultural centers.
  • You want to visit a REAL melting pot. With 111 different ethnic groups, Sao Paulo is home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan, the largest Lebanese population and it’s the #1 transplant Brazilian city.

Basically – if you want to experience every aspect of a Brazilian city – go to SP.


Sao Paulo is a huge Brazilian city. But even in the concrete jungle, Brazilians are still friendly and will help you get around.

You want to know the best places to visit in Sao Paulo.


Knowing everything about SP in one trip is impossible.

But you can definitely go to a few interesting places in a week. And if you are really on borrowed time, you can visit the top spots in a three-day roller coaster ride.

My first trip to Sao Paulo was three days and that’s it – I fell in love with the crazy city. I didn’t even want to go to my next destination that week- Rio de Janeiro.

After my first trip to Sao Paulo, I knew I had to spend more time there.

If you just spend three days in Sampa, I guarantee you will fall in love with the place too.

There are sketchy areas like other major cities. I will tell you where they are and how to avoid sketchy people. I’ve been out in Sao Paulo until sunrise – alone.

I’ve went out to the Old Downtown area for the nightlife many times; an area where Brazilians recommend NOT to go after dark.

But we all know locals are afraid of their own shadow half the time. They are jaded by living in their city for years. They’ve seen a lot of bad news on television or they’ve had scary experiences – they can’t imagine how a visitor can enjoy the nightlife for a week without getting hurt.

Trust me, you’ll be fine. I’ll give you some safety tips too.

You might even have an adventure of a lifetime.

I have a guide to lead you during your adventure. Check it out below.


If you still choose to visit Rio de Janeiro, I won’t be mad. I love Rio too. Sao Paulo is only six hours away by bus and one hour by airplane.

The Man’s Guide To Sao Paulo has a three-day itinerary for travelers with time constraints.

Going to Rio is no excuse to not go to Sao Paulo. BUT. If you still can’t make it, be ready when you do decide to go. It’s a trip you have to experience.

But you are going right? Let’s read why Sao Paulo should be the #1 Brazilian city to visit.

The Man’s Guide To Sao Paulo

Let me tell you what happened to me in Canada.

A few years ago, I went to Toronto. I only knew one person in the entire city. I spent three days in Toronto having NO IDEA what to do.

I didn’t know where to go, what to eat or what to see.

I spent my trip walking around aimlessly and taking a pic on the CN Tower I can’t even find now.


Don’t make the same mistake as me.

You want to travel to a city where you KNOW you will have a good time.

When you go to Brazil – go to the right Brazilian city.

In The Man’s Guide To Sao Paulo, you’ll read:

  • Detailed information about popular neighborhoods like Vila Madalena, Liberdade, Pinheiros, etc.
  • Transportation tips: how to get around by metro, bus and more
  • Where to stay: the top 30 hostels, hotels and apartments worth staying at with the least rules
  • Where to party: the best bars and clubs in Sao Paulo. If you’re single, you’ll have a ball.
  • Brazilian food and 20 restaurant recommendations
  • Specialized itineraries based on the type of guy you are – budget- friendly, single, couple and alternative
  • 50 landmarks, parks, museums and cool things worth doing – take your pick
  • Brazilian Portuguese you should know if you are a new learner
  • Safety tips so you won’t have a problem in the gritty streets of this Brazilian city
  • A peek at the Sao Paulo coast: you can be at the beach in under 2 hours

And it’s all going to be FREE.

Well some of it. 100% of this content will only be available in my monthly email newsletters – I’ll only show some of it on Rio In A Week. So if you want to see everything, subscribe to the blog.

This is an experiment blog series similar to my “How To Start An Online Business & Live In Brazil” five-part series. I’ll gradually post each topic as time progresses. I hope you enjoy the series and it convinces you to visit Sao Paulo.


When you get to Brazil, you realize the prettiest women don’t speak a lick of English. Think of the finest women you have met in your city.

Did they speak more than one language?

Probably not.

They can get what they want out of life without learning another language. Hence, learning Portuguese is the best way to meet and date Brazilian women.

Check out my latest books Become The Man Brazilian Women Want and Flirt In Portuguese: Phrasebook For Men.

If you don’t know any Portuguese and you want to attract Brazilian women, you need these books.

For more information, click here.