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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Im starting to look at my next trip - it wont be until most likely Jan/Feb 09 but l need to organise myself!! Anyway Brazil has been in my head for awhile now - (although l have had friends seriously try and pressure me into Thailand BUT lve been there - and after a comment l received last night from one of them lm sticking 2 fingers up and doing what l want!!!) but lm totally clueless.

I want to do it solo l think! And l most likely have 2 maybe 3 at a push weeks to spend. I will be flying from the UK, budget isnt a huge concern (lm not saying that its a blank cheque either!!) l want to visit Rio, see the city and spend a couple of days doing nothing but lying on a beach reading, but apart from that what else should l not miss in my limited time? Safety - l dont want to hear horror stories - just yes its fine for a single female to do! Internal travel - are there local low cost carriers to get about? Im not particularly a hostel girl - but l suppose in order to meet people it would be the best way to go - single rooms, ensuite are available arent they!! I think lm pretty set on jabs etc needed, and l dont need a visa on a British passport.

Are there any good websites that l should be looking at (send them to me via PM please!) Local culture, delicacies, food/drinks, or do's & donts. What should the weather be like in Feb?

I realise it is Carnival time in Feb (although its not until the end of the month) - l was thinking of the start of Feb - but how hard are carnival tickets to come by and by how much should l expect prices to increase - it is worth it holding off??

I think lve covered most of my questions - although l have no doubt more questions will spring to mind as l start to research more!!

Cheers

Heather

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Hey Heather,
Great destination, just got back from Brazil: Amazone, Pantanal and Iguazu Falls.
I guess with 2-3 weeks apart from Rio you could either stay within the state or neighbouring states visiting some more beaches, islands, national parks and probabaly colonial towns like Ouro Preto, or add a few flights to visit for example the Pantanal and Iguazu Falls (or one of these). Amazone you need some more time and is further away, so costs add up.

Check the airlines of TAM and Gol, which are the major two ones. If you buy your flight to Brazil, you can arrange a special TAM airpass for around 500 euro for 4 flights. This is relatively cheap, but only if those flights are not on short distances, for example Rio to Sao Paulo or Belo Horizonte.
Other airlines which you can check are TRIP and Ocean Air which might have deals on some less used routes.

If you want to visit the Pantanal (great nature, really, you won't regret), try to visit from the city of Cuiaba and try Natureco which is based here and is a very good organisation. You will stay in traditional pousadas and this is like midranged. In the south (from Campo Grande or Corumba) accommodation is more like either budget or expensive.

Iguazu Falls is just great as well, but I am biased, as there are probably lots of things to do closer to Rio as well.
Just advising these two places and airlines out of my experience and as a combination with with Rio those two are easily possible.

Februay is actually one of the hottest months, at least is and around Rio with temperatures over 30 degrees Celcius and still around 25 at night. Some showers are possible but not a real rainy season.
Pantanal is hot and relatively wet as well, and Iguazu the same, but less rain than the Pantanal.

Just some first thoughts.

Cheers!
Michael

3. Posted by fguedes (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Hey Heather,

I love Brasil, so I stronglly recommend Brazil. Plan 4/5 days in Rio (Stay in Ipanema or Leblon), and around Rio, I recommend Parati, Angra dos Reis - Ilha Grande Ouro Preto and Buzios. I think you must try to stay during the carnival, where all the city is in party. The sambodromo is very turistic and expensive (around 200€/day) The real party is all around the neighbourhoods. You must look for "Blocos" wich is a street convoy party with samba, and a lot of hapiness...
Rio is an amazing city and is not dangerous if you stay alert. The Brasilians are very nice, wherever you cannot trust a lot in their proposals. They always have another interest in help you, in commisions....but be ralax and everything will be ok. Do not use public transports at night. For internal travel, use bus. It`s quite safe and efficient.
Another nice places If you like to stay doing nothing, are Jericoacoara - Fortaleza or Morro de Sao Paulo - Bahia are the better places, with nice beaches, good restaurants, and good cheap hostels.

Plase feel free to ask more specific questions
Best regards
Francisco

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 3, 2008, at 5:10 AM by fguedes ]

4. Posted by kellec (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Hi!
firs of all, welcome to Brazil.
Forget everithing that oyu been ever heard about this country: the bad things and the good things. Brazil is just a nice country.
Amazing places that you can not return without see: Rio de Janeiro(spend 3 days, is enough), Ouro Preto(you can go from rio to ouro preto by bus, it takes around 6 hours), Iguassu Falls(from rio to iguassu takes around 2 hours flying time). Bahia is very nice but go and visit Alagoas state is more beautiful than Bahia and is not so expensive.
Try it.

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7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Ok what is the story as regards Airpasses - from what l have read these are cheaper for internal flights but need to be bought before travelling to the Brazil and can cover up to 4 destinations with additions made where required.

Ive looked at TAM but l cannot find anywhere on the website that gives details about the airpasses - l just want to work out costs!! Do l need to ring the airline? I realise l cannot purchase this until after l have booked my return ticket - but l would like to budget!!

Cheers

Heather