yo globe trotters,
I am thinking of spending maybe 3 weeks of my trip in Brazil as i am keen to check out at least some of the Amazon Basin, but am just not too sure about bus (or train) travel around this part of Brazil.
Is it worth travelling into the amazon basin, or brazil for that matter at all for a mere 3 weeks? I know it is a big country, and have heard there is heaps to see, can people suggest 3 or 4 places that are a definate must see but that arent too far apart.
Or would the time be better spent seeing more of ecuador, peru and bolivia?
PS. i am going to Carnival in Rio, so i will see that side of brazil, as insignificant as it is in regards to the rest of it.
Looks like you are on your own and I am a citybum and cannot help or suggest so have a great carnavil and SA travel.
al de bes
Brasil is quite different - both in culture as well as landscape. For
instance the beaches and water of Brazil is a paradise for swimming, with most of the coast laying directly beneath the evergreen forest and hills. Whereas Peru/Ecaudor only has cold water and it is furthermore dessert at the coast. But whether you prefer to see something different or explore more Peru etc, is impossible for me to judge. That is entirely for you to decide. You didn't even state how long time you have in total.
Anyways, I can suggest the following places that are reasonable close together and to Bolivia as well; Foz de Iguacu - the famous waterfalls and a natural wonder; Bonito a city in Mato Grosso
de Sul that has many beautiful things to see (caves, cristal-clear rivers, etc) and the Pantanal, which is also in Mato Grosso and is a wet-area with lots and lots of animals. From what people say you see many more rare animal in the Pantanal as compared to tha Amazonia, since it is open sumps and not dense forest.
Hope you come and visit other places in Brazil than just the Rio-carnival which although nice is quite turistic.