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Solo traveller in Brazil, December 2014

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1. Posted by MrSyn (Budding Member 21 posts) 2y

Hi guys/girls

From 6 to 27 December I will travel to Brazil.
This is for my very first time in south America. My fly is from Paris to Rio de Janeiro.
I need some advice on what cities I should miss or not miss during my stay.

My itinerary will be, Rio de Janeiro for 4-5 days to get some tan and explore the city. After 2 days stay in Sao Paulo and Santos for one day.
Then straight away to Paraty and Ilha Grande (probably 2 days stay) From here to Itacare, Morro de Sao Paulo and Salvador (all in Bahia) a one day stay in each town.
Next will be Belo Horizonte and Ouro Preto (2 days stay) and back to Rio de Janeiro. My stay in each town will also depend on how pleasant I find the cities.
I know that the tourist places are better connected and next to them it should be places where I can get in touch with the real life of the locals.

My budget it's around 40 Euros (120 reals) per day, so not that much to spend. Most of the time I will try to surf (stay for free to others place) and move between the cities in bus or train.
I want to discover the amazing culture, taste the great food, listen their music (jazz, samba and bossa nova) meet the locals, share things and feelings with people.
I like as well sunny beaches, the oceans, wildlife but not to busy.
Probably it's to much in such a short time and I will be short in money as well.

If someone is doing pretty much the same itinerary or just some of the cities and wants to hang out like a big family.
I'm open as well to suggestions...so be free to share them with me.
I think life's all about meeting and sharing things you've done and you like with people.
Thanks on advance...

Ioan,

2. Posted by VintageRider (Budding Member 23 posts) 2y

Quoting MrSyn

Hi guys/girls

From 6 to 27 December I will travel to Brazil.
This is for my very first time in south America. My fly is from Paris to Rio de Janeiro.
I need some advice on what cities I should miss or not miss during my stay.

My itinerary will be, Rio de Janeiro for 4-5 days to get some tan and explore the city. After 2 days stay in Sao Paulo and Santos for one day.
Then straight away to Paraty and Ilha Grande (probably 2 days stay) From here to Itacare, Morro de Sao Paulo and Salvador (all in Bahia) a one day stay in each town.
Next will be Belo Horizonte and Ouro Preto (2 days stay) and back to Rio de Janeiro. My stay in each town will also depend on how pleasant I find the cities.
I know that the tourist places are better connected and next to them it should be places where I can get in touch with the real life of the locals.

My budget it's around 40 Euros (120 reals) per day, so not that much to spend. Most of the time I will try to surf (stay for free to others place) and move between the cities in bus or train.
I want to discover the amazing culture, taste the great food, listen their music (jazz, samba and bossa nova) meet the locals, share things and feelings with people.
I like as well sunny beaches, the oceans, wildlife but not to busy.
Probably it's to much in such a short time and I will be short in money as well.

If someone is doing pretty much the same itinerary or just some of the cities and wants to hang out like a big family.
I'm open as well to suggestions...so be free to share them with me.
I think life's all about meeting and sharing things you've done and you like with people.
Thanks on advance...

Ioan,

I'd go for Rio, Sao Paulo, Ouro Preto, Paraty, Recife, Fortaleza. No Amazon for me.

If your budget is 40 EUR, does that include hotel?

I'd consider 15-20 EUR as a bare minimum on additionals (above hotel): food, transportation, entry fees.

3. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 528 posts) 2y

I just returned from four weeks in Brazil. You'll save money on transportation by not traveling around so much, even though buses are comfortable and relatively inexpensive. Many travelers like the overnight buses with seats that recline. If you need to cover a great distance, domestic flights are OK if you book early, particularly on GOL. Trains are not an option. There are a few, mostly for domestic and foreign tourists, such as the Serra Verde Express from Curitiba to Morretes. Four days in Rio is fine. But one day in Salvador is not enough, particularly if you like surfing; and if you want to experience Afro-Brazilian culture. If your budget is tight, you'll eat well and save in many of the self-service restaurants that sell food by the kilo. Traveling in Brazil is not as cheap as traveling in Southeast Asia. If you want your money to go further, decide where you really want to go; and spend three or four days in each place. This was my second trip to Brazil. The first was to Foz do Iguacu and Rio. This time I went to the Pantanal, Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Salvador, Rio, Curitiba and Sao Paolo. I also visited friends on their fazenda about six hours west of Porto Alegre. Hope this helps.

4. Posted by MrSyn (Budding Member 21 posts) 2y

Thanks guys for the answers...

@VintageRider#

Normally I'm a slow traveller, but in this case I have some issues about time...only 3 weeks to spare in Brazil. Even one of my brazilian friends told me, that its a bit too much...what I am trying to do.
I am very curious, if it wouldn't be dangerous I could stay in the favelas for weeks to discover the real culture.
Well, not that much but this is my budget for this travel (40 euros a day) including all my expenses around...without the fly of course to get there.
I will try not to pay the hotel, as I said, by staying for free to others place...I have a site which aloud you to surf and stay for free.
PS. I can send you a message about this...if you are interested...!!!
Recife and Fortaleza and amazon it should be nice to visit but quite far away...even Bahia it seems to be a bit much comparing with the time available.

@berner256#

I could skip Bahia for next time and just try to visit...Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Parati, Ilha Grande, Belo Horizonte and Ouro Preto, reaching all of them by bus which would make me to save some money.
Imagine that I live in Paris, so...couldn't be more expensive than here.
My problem is, that I do like a lot of things and most of them you find it in Brazil...which it's really hard to decide about what to visit or not.
I do love restaurants, to eat and enjoy a proper meal at an affordable price...but to get that, definitely I should avoid the tourist places when I am choosing to eat.

Which is the safest way to carry money around Brazil?
I'm thinking even to go without any money, so I don't have anything too lose...travelling by stopping the cars and stay to others place...!!!

Thanks a lot for sharing you experiences and thoughts with me...:)

Kind regards,
Ioan

5. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 528 posts) 2y

Ioan, you don't need to carry a lot of cash in Brazil. Lots of places accept credit cards. Before you go, notify your bank that you will be using the card in Brazil; otherwise the transactions could be blocked. I also used a VISA debit card to get cash from ATMs. Please note that an extra step might be necessary in using a foreign debit card in Brazil. I had to put my debit card into the machine TWICE. I've never had to do that before. As for your itinerary, I really enjoyed my time in Bahia. I was impressed with the quality of the surfing beaches (the waves!); and the culture. In one neighborhood, people tried to teach me the samba. Magic.

6. Posted by MrSyn (Budding Member 21 posts) 2y

@berner256#

Well, I'm not that much in too surfing...but more in too music 'waves'.
I do love sunny beaches and very interested in strong cultures. It's why Bahia is a very nice place to visit.
Sun, music, culture, food...all comes to that.
I will try to use then, my VISA debit card when I'm there...to reduce the unexpected issues.
It seems that you really enjoyed your time in Brazil.
Finally, did you learned samba...I need to get some moves before my travel.
How did you manage it around the country, do you speak portuguese?

Thanks again for all the useful informations...:D