My wife and I are planning to travel up from the Iguazu Falls to Rio in June and our parents are due to fly out to join us on the trip. So we have thought about hiring a car and taking a week or so to complete the journey stopping off along the way.
Is it safe and feasible to do this journey?
I presume there will be car hire companies in the area - just want to know if it is safe to do this journey independently, stopping off randomly along the way?
If it is, do you have any suggestions on places to see along the way?
Afaik crime rates for southern Brazil are low and road conditions are very good, so I'd say you should be fine. As to stops, I don't know the area well, but I've heard good stories about Londrina (on highway BR369), Curitiba and of course Sao Paulo. The coast is said to be nice, too.
Thanks for your reply Bentivogli
We´re still deciding what to do as need to time our trips to coincide and not sure if there is enough to see inbetween the two to warrant driving. Might just stick to the bus as that may be easier.
If you can take the route up the cape verde (green coast), a try a 2-3 night side trip to paraty. its a beautiful UNESCO world heritage town, with a vibrant festival in august, take a boat trip to the islands if possible.
the best way up would be by bus(how i did it) or car, with camps and should take no longer than 7-10 days depending on how many stops you take.