Our schedule had us flying out of Sao Paulo that afternoon for a 2-day stay in Florianopolis. Located Southeast of Sao Paulo on the coast of the
Atlantic Ocean, Florianopolis, or Floripa as it is known locally, is about an hour by plane. It is the capital of the state of Santa Catarina and was
founded in 1542 by the Spaniards. The Portuguese soon overtook it, but Floripa has a strong influence of Germans and Italians, and is a favorite
of Argentines looking for a relaxing beach resort town with fantastic seafood restaurants. Florianopolis is also home to tennis star GUSTAVO
KUERTON, otherwise known as GUGA, who can regularly be seen on the beach or in the stores going about his daily life.