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1. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y

At the moment I am very tempted to try and fit this into my travels.
The problem being I don't know how to logically fit it in around the other places/sights I will be seeing in Brazil.

The route I have in my head is:

Rio - Paratay/Ilha Grande - Curritiba - SP (just for bus purposes) - Iguazu.

Would I fit it in after SP and before Iguazu?

Can anyone say approx how long the journey (SP - Pantanal, and Pantanal - Iguazu) would be by bus?

Many thanks,

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I don't see the problem; there's direct busses from SP to Campo Grande (one of Pantanal's central cities), and direct busses from there to Iguazu (via Dourados).

By the way, you'd be crazy to travel north from Curitiba to SP, just to change busses. It's easier and quicker to go Curitiba - Dourados - Campo Grande, or better yet Rio - Ilha Grande - SP - Campo Grande - Iguazu.

Rio - Ilha Grande can't be more than a few hours; IG - SP I'd say is about 4 tops. SP - CG is a bit further; approx 20 hours, although I'm not speaking from personal experience. CG - Iguazu is about the same.


3. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y

yes, I was a little muddled when I posted there.

Thanks for your input.

The issue with the route you suggest (Rio - Ilha Grande - SP - Campo Grande - Iguazu) is that it does not include Curitiba which I would very much like to visit.

I guess I don't want to be in SP at all so maybe the best route would be

Rio - Ilha Grande - SP (bus change) - Curitiba - Dourados - Campo Grande - Iguazu

I have never actually heard of Dourados before. As a place what is it like? Is it just a stopping place for the bus or is there national parks, sites, places of interest etc there?

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I'm not sure about Dourados as a city; I just changed busses there, but it seemed pretty big, and judging from my map the surroundings may be interesting, too. And as for Curitiba; I meant to include it, you can go there after you went to Iguazu, and then continue south to Uruguay/Buenos Aires/whatever else you have planned.


5. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y

again, thanks for the input.
I think I will probably leave this section of my travels 'unplanned' so to speak. I will have plenty time so if I wake up one day and decide it's time for the Pantanal then I can go knowing this route, and if not then it wasn't to be.

But thanks for the route suggestion.