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2 weeks in Brazil (feb.2007)

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1. Posted by Rigaa (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi! I would highly appreciate any advice for what to do in Brazil – best choices and reasonable time planning (concerning budgets). I’ll be in Sao Paulo from 11.feb up to 23.feb. and am willing to see festival (final days!?) at Rio, Iguassu falls, and very eager to visit Amazonas at Manaus. The last appears to be pretty expensive, I mean flight costs... may be there are options you know and could suggest. For me Iguassu and Rio (nearby beaches) at festival time are a must, the rest depends – wanted some region specific nature, I can’t see in Europe...  Any other suggestions are kindly welcomed. Would be great if you could also point some reasonable ~3 or 4 star hotels (or good hostels?etc.) with an optimal loacation close to Rio and SaoPaulo center. Safety is important for me, as I’ve heard some scary stories ;) Thank you in advance and hava a good day!

2. Posted by Tonytravel (Full Member 87 posts) 9y

Hi Rigaa
If you want to be at Rio for Carnival, remember that it takes place from Feb 17th to Feb 21st. You need to book in advance, the sooner the better.
If you are going to Iguassu, which is an excellent choice, you can go to Pantanal and Bonito. They are just as great and beautiful as Amazonas near Manaus.
I'm sending you a message with some contacts for you to find out prices, availability and specific information.
Have a nice trip!
Tonya

3. Posted by smlny (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Tonya,
I will be spending 2 weeks in Brazil in March. I am planning a trip to the falls as well as the coast from Rio to Sao Paulo. Could you send me that information.
Thanks!

Sari

4. Posted by Tonytravel (Full Member 87 posts) 9y

Hey sari
Try traveldm.com
Take a look, call or write if you want. You'll get a picture of places and an average budget.

5. Posted by vanbest (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

I spent in Brazil 3 months, I can share some information, you will find is useful i hope, Brazil is HUGE, with 200 mill people living there, ofcourse there are a lot of places to visit, SP (Sao Paulo), Rio, Iguassu, from here you can go to Argentina and Paraguay by bus, to each country it will take only 30 minutes, so by visiting waterfalls you can visit 2 more countries :)
Nordeste; North of Brazil, Bahia Salvador, if you interested in Capoeira it is the place to go, while my stay in Brazil I participated in Capoeira group and on Batizado, (the big test) I attained my yellow belt :) anyway In Natal you can take a car and travel all the way to Salvador, through all coastline, you`ll see fortaleza and other amazing places.
I havent been to Amazonia, but i suggest to go there as well.
Blumenal south of Brazil also great place, you will be amazed how much people there look like europeans, since there they had big german colonies.
Costs

Airplane tickets both ways

1 USA $ = 2.12 Brazilian Real $R

SP - RIO 200$R, 100$ US
SP - Salvador 700R$ 350$US
Bus tickets SP - Rio 80$R 40$ trip takes 6 hours, departure from Tiete terminal you can easily get there by metro.
Hotels: SP decent double 2 stars will cost you starting from 50$R to 80$R
if you want more expensive stuff like 3 star is about 100-120, 4star 150-200 reais and so on.
Ofcourse in Rio prices will be much higher during the carnvial, during normal days its like 100$R per night for good place but not at the beach, hotels at beach like capacabana, leblon ipanema will cost you more, and at carnival times prolly you will not find hotel cheaper than 200-300 reais per night there.

I`ll give you links here, these are brazilian companies where you can buy a ticket or a ticket + hotel + whatever travel agencies can offer you. I used them my self, they are cheap and realiable.
If you will arrive to Garulhos Airport in SP, spend a couple of days in SP, it will be no problem at all for you to get to travel agency and book your stuff. thanks god they speak english there, big problem was for me once i arrived is that nobody speaks english in brazil, you feel like an idiot. but eventually i started speaking portuguese so it became easier.
So Sao Paulo is HUGE, 4th biggest city in the world, with no 1 center like paris or whatever, so you want to find all the places that you want to visit by getting some travel guide. or by simply making friends if you speak portuguese or maybe meet some english speaking people. brazilians are very friendly !!! i love them, once i asked on a street how can i go to a particular place, and that woman offered me to take me there by a car. very very friendly happy people. So there is major street in SP - Avenida Paulista, and in one end of it there is Avendia Paulista Shopping center, in that place there are 2 travel agencies, if you will be in SP i expect you will visit this major street so you can get in agency there. There some cool places to go SP like Ipiranga, Pinacoteca, 25 de Marcio, Praca de Republica, Ibira Puera Park. Sera de Catarerra mountains near SP are also very nice
you can look for stuff in this place, but better for you to go to place i mentioned.

i hope this helps

PS: your name is Rigaa, its the city i`m from, are you from there by the chance ? ;)

http://www.teamtravel.com.br/

6. Posted by EcoAção (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Come to Brotas City!
It is a nice place, just 3 hours from São Paulo, by car.
You can visit this small town and do some Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism with great lodging and good food!
It is a very safy place... full of nature and amazing landscapes..
I can help you...
Best Regards

Gabriella