I'm an Irish girl hoping to head to Brazil for 2 months in July and August. I've been researching it a bit but I still have a few questions that I would like to ask those who are in the know i.e. people who've already done this!
Firstly, the route I have in mind is:
arrive Sao Paulo > Brasilia > Salvador > Porto Seguro > Rio de Janeiro > Parati > Curitiba > Florianopolis > Porto Alegre > Foz do Iguacu > option A. return to Sao Paolo for flight back to Ireland, option B. onto the Pantanal before Sao Paulo and flight home, or option C. fly home from somewhere else e.g. Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Asuncion...
I'd love anyone's advice on this route - any additional stops that could/should be included when in the area? Bear in mind I study architecture so while Brasilia isn't a must see for every traveller, I really wanna get there! Also, visiting friends in the southern cities Curitiba, Floripa & Porto Alegre, so these are MUSTS for me too! Also any suggestions for the end of the trip (looking at the options above)? I imagine that the cheapest flight option will make the decision for me, but it'd be good to have an idea of what other people suggest or have done in the past.
Which leads me onto question 2 - budget
I'll be spending time with friends in the southern cities, as already mentioned, which should mean that for 2 or 3 weeks out of 8 I'll have free accommodation But, I'm trying to get a decent estimate on a budget for the trip - bearing in mind the route. I have read on some of the other threads that one can expect to budget about £1000 per month - so would around €2500 be enough for my plans? I'm still trying to save up at the moment but I don't expect to have much more than that!
Finally, any fellow travellers out there for this route? I'll be doing a more personal trip once I get to Curitiba, but for the first 3-4 weeks it'd be great to have some other people to travel with. I hear it's very easy to meet up with other travellers if you stay at the right hostels, but it'd be nice to know other people who might be in the same place at the same time.
Cheers everyone - and happy travelling to all!