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1. Posted by steffy6184 (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

I'm getting really excited about my first trip to Brazil in July! I'm going there on my own & i'm trying to plan my own trip around the country. I have had a look at some scheduled tours and I think i'd prefer to organise my own. I'm still looking for some day tours/short tours, but none of the 20+ day tours as I want to spend my last few days relaxing on the beach.

I definitely want to check out the beautiful beaches on the coast, as well as an amazon river trip....however, I don't know where to start? Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance :)

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5656 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Although I haven't been there, try to visit the Amazon part first, as the rainy season is over and the water may still be on a higher level. Which is better for travelling to some more remote destinations.
Manaus is the gateway of course.
I don't know if you are planning to visit alle major parts of Brazil. If so, it could be wise to buy a flight package instead of booking alle flights separately.
From Manaus you can make your way down and take a flight to the Northeastern coast. Places on the way are Salvador, Olinda, Recife for example.
From there make your way south to Rio. Don't know if you are into architecture, but if so visit Brasilia, the capital.
Afterwards, visit the Pantanal and Iguazu Falls.

3. Posted by steffy6184 (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks, Utrecht. That's a good start. I am going to book my international flight within the next few days. What i'm not sure of is, how many days I should stay in each part, where I should book accomodation etc, so I can then plan some tours. So far, whenever I have travelled I haven't booked any find things to do when you arrive. I'm sure Brazil will be one of those places but since i'm a female, travelling alone for the first time, I think I want some comfort in knowing I have a few things planned.

I'm open to any suggestions from people who are from there or whom have been there before! I love the beach, music, culture....

4. Posted by ehuaman (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Recently I have bought a ticket to Brazil. It is the first time I am going to Brazil. I am going there because I know little about this big country, in spite of Brazil is next to my country. However, I only will be 6 days, between April 4 and 9. Therefore, I only will visit 2 cities: Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. Now I am looking for all kind of information about these cities. I do not like to spend a lot of money, therefore I won't pay tours. I prefer "to walk with help of maps".
When I return, I will be able to help you.
Keep on contact



5. Posted by kalimero (Budding Member 50 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey im headed to Brazil too mid june till 28th august ....

planning on doing the amazon too, fortaleza to visit a friend ... and the rest is up in the air ...most likely, Rio, Sao Paolo, Brasilia, Iguazu Falls .... some few town off the beaten track would be nice too....

im not planning anything ahead, i much prefer to see when i get there.... maybe we will meet up along the way ...

happy travels,


6. Posted by smj265 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i just went to brazil in January! i didnt have much time, so i only went to Rio and Sao Paulo. So, i guess i can tell you what to do in those cities...

Sao Paulo is a huge city. If you go there, pick neighborhoods and spend your time walking around--you will be amazed at how diverse this city is.Every neighborhood has its own personality and they are all so different. if you do go to Sao Paulo, i would recommend going to one of the Samba schools there. it was my best experience there. Towards the evening(i am not sure of the exact times), people in the school come out and practice samba for Carnaval. it's soooo fun and it's more like a big dance party as a opposed to a dance practice. everyone just ends up dancing for hours and listening to Samba music.Andd.. If you want to get a great view of the city, you go to the Banespa building. it's free to go up, and you see all of Sao Paulo.

For Rio, ipanema beach is a must....gorgeous, and you get a great tan! i also hanglided while i was there. that was a great experience...really, it is the best thing to do in Rio. you get to see all of Rio...and i promise, it's not scary at all! Also, you should rent a bike and ride along ipanema or copacabana beach. um...and the other stuff i would tell you to do, you can find in travel guides. you can prob. book tours if you want,too. that wouldn't be a bad idea cos' getting to certain places in the city can prove to be quite difficult.

7. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We spent about 2 weeks in Brazil in early 2005, concentrating on Rio and Iguazu Falls. We did spend about 4-5 days on the island of Ilha Grande, which is about 3-4 hours by bus and boat south of Rio.
Absolutely gorgeous with reputedly some of the best beaches in Rio.
My wife and I loved it.



8. Posted by steffy6184 (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

smj265 - did you go to Brazil by yourself?
I'm heading there on my own, which is my main reason for wanting to book some tours. I'm normally an independent person who enjoys self-exploring but various sources have scared me about the safety over there.
Some of the tours i've looked at are so expensive, though. Personally i'd rather book accomodation and flights, then explore once i'm there. I'm not sure yet.

9. Posted by u2o41 (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey, I am a 23 year old female who travelled independently to SA last year. Firstly, trips are unbelievably easy to organise when you are there and so much cheaper. I think you will find an Amazon trip will take alot of time and you may find that you don't actually get to see too much in the way of wildlife. It was recommended I went instead to the Pantanal which is a marsh area the size of France and there I got to swim with crocs, go pirannah fishing, see anacondas, howling monkeys, wild boar... amazing and real cheap so would definately do that. I got a coach from Iguazu falls up to Campo Grande and booked it there through They are part of hostelling International. Hope this helps. besides that my fave places were Buzios (about an hour up coast from Rio) and any of the islands off shore.

10. Posted by AgentCiamp (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

1st timers travel to Brazil, you all should start by Brasilia , I lived in Campinas ( 1 hour from Sao paulo ) now i am here in Brasilia ,the capital.

Brasilia is a special hub for international and national travellers because it is right in the middle of the country and have one of the best airports and a lot of good travel agencies .

I also noticed that it is full of travellers from all over the world here ,and that it is a calm ,arranged and very easy to explore city. ( tip: Brasilia ´s parks are amazing , specially for the nature it preserves )

Besides Brasilia famous architecture and city planning is a place full of nature and it is surrounded of famous touristics cities and wonderful waterfalls ( I have been in plenty already in three months living here ). Brasilia is also interesting for travellers because it has embassies from many countries all in one sector of the city.

If anyone come here and then have some doubts like, where to go from here now. You should look for one of the best agencies of the city . CulturaViagens , it is located at CONJUNTO NACIONAL ( classic city mall) , 3rd floor.

Make a wonderful travel and enjoy so you may want to come back anytime.