I am a 37 yo white guy heading to Rio for the first time in February and have a few questions for you guys... I am definitely SUPER pumped to hit up the saunas, but, as I have never been to remotely anything like this, being a small-town Midwestern guy--I was hoping those of you who have experience could answer a few questions:
1) I don't know ANY Portugese.... will I be ok? Should I hire a "guide" to come with me for the first time?
2) Do the summer months generally mean more or less guys at the saunas (I will be there BEFORE Carnival)?
3) I used to play football in college--but, I let myself go and am now a big/chub guy... Will this matter? Can I still find garatos who would be willing to do a programa with me? Can I wear my clothes in the sauna?
Sorry for the long-winded questions and thanks for your replies!