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Salvador to anywhere! (Well, anywhere northwest...)

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1. Posted by JCM1980 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hi all, PLEASE help me. I'm currently planning a trip around S. America. We start in Buenos Aires, then will work our way through Uruguay, Iguazu, back east into Brazil, and really want to go as far north as Salvador.

What is the best way out of Salvador? Can you get from Salvador to Manaus? Do you need to go via anywhere else? Ideally we want to end up in Venezuela. All ideas and advice massively welcome.

Thanks,

JCM

2. Posted by dutchkaula (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

HI! There,

I did the same trip last year.Sure!!! from salvador you can take a plane to Manaus thats the fast and expensive way but this depends the time of the year that you go,i paid about 500,00R$ one way but was low season.

The other way is drive one full day to Belem and from Belem take a boat to Manaus which takes about 5 days trip but this is disgusting!!!!! Perhaps if you need a tip about Manaus I reccomend you www.amazingtoursagency.com I did 5 days jungle tours with them and was great!!! Cheaper not so expensive as the jungle lodges you see on the net.

Have a nice trip!!

3. Posted by JCM1980 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Thanks! I've been a bit scared about the boat to be honest. Most useful advice...

Jx

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

Quoting dutchkaula

The other way is drive one full day to Belem and from Belem take a boat to Manaus which takes about 5 days trip but this is disgusting!!!!!

Would be really interesting to hear what you found so disgusting about the boat trip from Belem to Manaus. I thought it was one of the most amazing things I've done on my travels and I'd certainly recommend it.
Of course it's no luxury trip and you only get food three times a day, but it was a unique way to meet and interact with the locals and experience the Amazon area. Btw, in Manaus there's daily buses leaving to the Gran Sabana in Venezuela. Fantastic area too!

Do you really want to go directly from Salvador to Manaus? Otherwise, I'd suggest travelling up the coast by bus. Olinda is a nice town, so is Natal and Jericoacoara, also a top spot to go surfing.
Bus connections in Brazil are pretty reliable so you won't have a problem to get from one place to another.

Steff

5. Posted by jw723861 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

hello there, whats the story with getting the boat trip from belem to manaus.. is it a safe enough way of doing it? sounds good. How much did this cost?

6. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

The boat trip definitely is a safe trip from Belem to Manaus and I still think it was one of the coolest ways to get from one place to the other in Brazil. I remember it was really amazing to see when the black and brown Amazon river met .
Back then we had to book 'first' class on the boat which meant sleeping in a cabin (that cost us about 60 $ US pp. including food for the whole journey ) but you can also go second and third class which is sleeping in a hammock on a lower floor. Would have loved to do that but the boat was already packed when we wanted to go. It's easy to book the trip aswell, you just need to go to the harbour in Belem and there's several boats that leave from there. Hope this helps.

Steff