My friend and I are travelling from London to Rio at the end of August and staying in Brazil for one month.
I have been looking around the net and this site at ideas of where to visit/where not to go etc.
We only have a month and a backpackers budget... I just don't have a clue where to start!
Does anyone have any ideas as to where we should go from Rio? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Depends if you like the cold or not. Southern Brasil, which is more modern will be ALOT colder (single digits) and negative temps at night. But alot more to see ( this includes Foz- waterfall). The north has all the beaches and is warmer. Hostels are plentiful around Brasil and in a worse case senario, Ibis hotels are everywhere and for about 40 dollars a night. The cost would be getting to the north, Buses take way toooooooooo long, so finding an airline to go there will take some searching time. The main airlines are Gol, Tam, Varig (cheapest to most expensive). Foregt Sao Paulo as it is a business centre, not a tourist destination. If you are thinking of the beaches, Maceio, Natal, Fortaleza and Recife have good beaches for a major city,. Of course the better beaches are not in the city but there are tours going to other beaches for a cheap price all the time. Finding something cheap is alot more difficult or maybe someone else will read this and help ya.
[ Edit: Edited on 03-Jun-2009, at 08:46 by way2goeh ]
Good advice above but I WOULD NOT reccomend Recife or even Fortaleza to newbies to Brazil. Salvador yes. Chapada Diamantina yes. Just think they're a bit rough with not much going on.
Maceio is great but quiet. There is a fantastic sculpture park in the suburbs of Recife but I'd stay in Maceio and travel. But in a month I'd advise sticking more around the south and southeast.
Personally I'd stay away from Sao Paolo unless you know someone, it's big and hard to get a hold of if you know what I mean...
In a month you could do all sorts. You need at LEAST two weeks in Rio to get to know it. It is a fab city. But that depends on what you want out of the trip, do as much in a month or get a good feel for the country. It is mahoosive!
definitely avoid sao paolo, its huge and there is not a whole lot to do. im not sure how far away from rio you want to venture but i highly recommend curitiba and if you can ilha do mel. ilha do mel is a smaoll island off the coast of brazil, its about a 2 hour bus ride from curitiba and then 1/2 hour ferry. its a small island that you can walk from one end to the other in about 15 min, half of it is geological reserve so there is tons of wild life, delicious food and drink and one of the most beautiful beaches i have ever been to.
Ilha Grande a beautiful island abut 2 hrs from Rio i really enjoyed it. If you can make it down to Iguazu Falls is well worth it.