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Route around brazil?

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1. Posted by jim_slates (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Hi Guys,

I am travelling alone to brazil this month. I starting out in Rio but am undecided about where else to go. I am looking to go for 3 - 4 weeks.

Can anyone recommend places to go? Any general advice about travelling around brazil?

Jim x

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

It depends on what you like, which areas to advice.
The only place which requires flying is the Amazone, although you can have a great experience on the southern edge of the Amazone near Alta Floresta, a daytrip by road from Cuiaba.
Cuiaba is also a good base for exploring the northern Pantanal. So that would make up for 1,5-2 weeks already.
From there you can go south to the Iquazu Falls if you fancy that, and go back towards the coast to Rio again. Basically, this is a loop (clock or anti-clock, doesn't really matter) which is doable in 4 weeks, 3 is rather pushing it.
And also without the need of flying, although some long bustrips are needed though.
If you want to explore more places to the north, I would advice to check the TAM or GOL airlines to see if they have any deals. They do have airpasses, which usually includes 4 tickets for use within one month, cheaper than buying them seperately

3. Posted by way2goeh (Full Member 159 posts) 7y

Utrecht brings up some good points. The airpass is a great idea to simplify a trip. Mind you, a trip into the amazon will be expensive as you MUST take a tour. Not to mention the possibility of rain. Foz is a great place to go to, hands down, for a few days at best ( giant waterfall in the james bond movie Moonraker). If not the Amazon, I would enjoy the beaches. Of course, the beaches in the city are not as good as outside of the city (except Rio) but for 25 dollars you can go on a tour to a great beach for only tours buses. These cities include Fortaleza, Natal, Maceio, Joao Pessoa, Recife. The big cities provide the hotels in great number and have tours in the lobby. The smaller the town, costs rise considerably and less info. The cheapest hotel chain in Brasil is IBIS. Less than or equal to 50 dollars a night, and all cities I mention have one or 2 of them. Same Ibis u find in Europe but bigger rooms here. If you dont get an airpass, Fortaleza is expensive to fly to since its the farthest place to go. Parque Lencois Maranhenses which is west of Fortaleza is a National Park with miles of sand dunes. But in these sand dunes, there are lakes of fresh water, hundreds of lakes. They aint huge lakes but more like personal lakes. I had a car to do this and it was incredible (4x4). They must have day tours there too but its something I will never forget. Maceio is my favourite big beach city but its not the beaches in the city to write home about, it was the ones outside of the city ( praia de gunga..100kms out). The distance between the larger cities on the beach up north are not so wide ( less than 400kms to another or less)

Near Recife, there is Porto de Galinhas. A day tour from recife, where there are many reefs and fish eat right out of your hand. Its expensive to stay the night there though.

Your options in Brasil are endless, but in Southern Brasil its still winter. Today its 31C in Porto ALegre or Floripa, but saturday it was be only 12C and 4C at night

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Sep-2009, at 08:14 by way2goeh ]

4. Posted by jim_slates (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Thanks guys, some great advice. I think I may take the beach option. I know there is a massive party on the beach for new year but are there beach parties throughout the year?