Latin America, Caribbean Quick Takes | May/June 2022
New Restaurant in Brazil Takes Guests to New Heights
Suspended more than 40 meters above ground, Gitanna Lounge Air brings a new meaning to elevating the senses. The breathtaking dining attraction is a first for Balneário Camboriú, a popular beach city in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. The attraction takes guests on a multisensory experience, overlooking a city landscape adorned with skyscrapers, while enjoying dishes from menus developed by renowned chefs Gabriel Dür-rewald and Leno Dürrewald. Guests can choose from five menus/experiences that range from 40 to 70 minutes long and include brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, and more. Up to 20 participants are seated together to dine and drink, all while suspended in the air via the raised platform.
“It’s different from being in the tallest building in Balneário Camboriú, it’s different from being in a helicopter, it’s different from being on a plane … it’s inexplicable,” says Geninho Goes, secretary of Balneário Camboriú tourism. This innovative dining concept can be found worldwide in about 70 countries.
The Bank of Mexico Opens a New Interactive Museum in Mexico City
Within the busy streets of Mexico City, fans of the popular Spanish series “Money Heist” can now experience what it’s like to be inside a bank vault in one of Mexico’s historic banks. After almost 90 years of being closed to visitors, the Bank of Mexico reopened its doors and announced the opening of the Museo Banco de México (Bank of Mexico Museum) with the hope of building a relationship between the institution and society. The interactive museum can be found inside the historic building, known for being eclectic in style on the outside and art deco on the inside. Some of the interactive experiences include larger-than-life projection shows, the Bank of Mexico’s most significant coin collections that tell the story of the country’s banking history, and educational galleries and activities on the value of money and how currency is made. Entry to the museum is free, but guests are recommended to make reservations online.