The whole time I was sat staring intently at this door expecting my date to be just seconds away from walking through it!
A kiss doesn’t signify intimacy in Brazil, but kissing quickly is normal and is part of the mating ritual. Go to a Hippie Fair in Ipanema on Sunday afternoons, or just grab a coconut juice on the beach. This wouldn’t work in Brazil because above all Brazilian culture is extremely chill, and people value a relaxed atmosphere over a serious or deep conversation.
Rio is a beautiful city situated with mountainous landscapes and blessed with a gorgeous beach.
Girls are beautiful as well, always dressed to the nines, refusing to leave the house without without high heels.
It also draws in girls who might be tired of the macho-infested culture and are eager for a change. This alone sets Brazil apart from the rest of Latin America.
Signs that a girl is open to dating a gringo, she has lived/travel abroad, she speaks great English, she had/has gringo friends, she hangs out in places where gringos go, etc. If you only speak English, you will most likely meet girls who speak English and have travelled/lived in US (or Europe) and hang out around gringos (see #1 above).