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1. Posted by kurtal (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I am new here, my name is Ali, I am in Quito, Ecuador now. I will start to my trip on August 1st 2012.

I have never travelled before and i want some advice from you. I plan to travel approximately 40days.

First, I have flight from Quito to Forteleza and after i finish my trip, i will turn back to Quito from Buenos Aires.

My itinerary will be like that:

Forteleza, Natal, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires.

I will be very happy with your advice about transportation between these cities? Bus, train, flight, boat, which one is better, faster and cheaper? Actually money is not too much important but cheaper is better. As you know, it will be a fast trip so i need best opportunities for cost and time conditions.

Thanks in advance,


[ Edit: Edited on 03-Jun-2012, at 18:26 by kurtal ]

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3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1851 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Rio has a dozen nice beaches and a statue of Jesus and not much else. Nearby Sao Paulo has a high crime rate so maybe not visit there.

I flew to Buenos Aires and took a bus into town. Over an hour ride. The city is easy to walk around though there is quite a lot of it.

Montevideo is a short flight away. Interesting but not a lot there.

The BA bus to the airport from the centre has the same number as another bus which does not go to the airport so make sure you take the right one.

Buses can take a very long time. Flights are not cheap but not too bad if you book early. Use kayak and other sites.

I've found hostelbookers quite good on accommodation. Some good hotels at budget prices.

4. Posted by Wraight_SPO-BR (Budding Member 25 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

In Brasil, the city of Rio de Janeiro is a must see. But demand all precautions about security ( don't be afraid, the violence is fairly high, but i'm believe it's in the accepted level of south america big citys)....
São Paulo is the greatest city of the country. Many, many things to do.... by far one of the best infraestructure of the South America (i'm live here)....
Altought, you have considering the cities of Rios das Ostras and Buzios (Rio de Janeiro State)? Those have very nice beaches, the view is so wonderful( all Rio de janeiro state is blessed by wonder paisages and natural resources...)..
In Brasil, the most commom method o travelling to tourists is by airplane. The prices front the buses fares is quite equal, and de time saving is huge...
Montevideo is a nice city, but ultimately the crime rate is rising... a little precautions may be demanded, but nothing to desmiss the merit to travel to this sympathic city of Uruguay. If possible, i recomemnd the citie of Colonia del Sacramento.
Neighborhoods to stay(im my opnion): Rio de Janeiro: Gavea , Ipanema or Leblon. São Paulo: Itaim Bibi or Jardim Paulista. Montevideo: Pocitos.
Have a very nice travel!!! You're welcome to Brasil!!!

5. Posted by agus23 (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Kurtal, I´m from Buenos Aires..if you live in Peru, I suppose you speak spanish, so..
Si tu idea es viajar desde Montevideo, el avión, por lo general, va a aterrizar en el aeropuerto de buenos aires, y no en ezeiza, que es probablemente donde el avion de "Cyberia" aterrizó. Por lo que ya vas a estar dentro de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, ahi te tomas un taxi y listo. (cuidado, porque como en toda ciudad, si se dan cuenta que no sabes donde vas, quizas den unas vueltas de más, cobrandote el viaje mas caro de lo que es)
Buenos Aires es una ciudad muy linda para caminar y la verdad es que es posible caminar de un lado para otro. Si te cansas, siempre podes tomarte algun colectivo o el subte (recominedo que te compres alguna guia T...sino, hay un mapa interactivo del gob de la ciudad, que te dice cuales son las maneras de llegar al destino que elijas)
Muchas cosas para hacer, muchos lugares por conocer, mucha actividad cultural, nocturna y demás. (si necesitas alguna info adicional, mandame un mensaje privado)
Estuve en Fortaleza. El aeropuerto queda un poco alejado de la ciudad. Se trata de una Ciudad grande. Ya te digo que el mejor lugar para quedarte, es en la costanera. Mi ex novia es de alla, y cuando la visitaba, no hacia muchas cosas turisticas, sino mas bien una vida de local. Pero te recomiendo quedes en la costanera.
A Natal no fui, pase por al lado para ir directamente a Pipa. Lindisimo lugar, te recomiendo que vayas. De Natal escuche que es una ciudad muy linda, mas no te puedo decir.

6. Posted by agus23 (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Perdon que puse Peru, no se en que estaba pensando! vivis en Ecuador!

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Aqus23, Travellerspoint works primarily in the English language. Thank you for your input but not everyone reading this thread speaks/reads Spanish. So, for those interested in what has been written, here is a 'rough' translation:

If you plan to travel from Montevideo, the plane usually will land at the airport of Buenos Aires, not ezeiza, which is probably where the plane of "Cyberia" landed. As already going to be within the City of Buenos Aires, there you take a taxi and go. (beware, because as in every city, whether they realize you do not know where you go, maybe give some more laps, charging you the trip more expensive than it is) Buenos Aires is a beautiful city to walk and the truth is that it is possible to walk from one place to another. If you get tired, you can always take you some collective or the subway (recominedo buy you some guidance T. .. but there is an interactive map of the city gov, that tells you what are the ways to reach the destination of your choice) Many things to do, places to visit many, many cultural activities, nightlife and more. (if you need any additional info, send a private message) I was in Fortaleza. The airport is a bit out of town. This is a big city. I tell you that the best place to stay, is on the waterfront. My ex girlfriend is there, and when he visited, not to many tourist things, but rather a local life. But I recommend you stay on the waterfront. A Natal was not, stop by the side to go directly to Pipa. Lindisimo place, I recommend you go. Natal heard that is a very nice, but I can not say.

Sorry I put Peru, he was not thinking! you live in Ecuador!

8. Posted by kurtal (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all these advices and additionally thanks to Isadora for translation, it helped me so much.

I will generally use flights to transport between all of these cities because of the limited time.

I will consider all of your advices. I know, it will be an unforgettable trip.

Thanks in advance,


9. Posted by way2goeh (Full Member 159 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Like others have said, Rio is a must see but is dangerous. Sao Paulo is just a huge city but NOTHING to see. Its not as dangerous as it used to be but its not even worth stopping here!! And I live here in Sao Paulo for 11 years now and I know this place, well, sucks!!

There are NO trains here except from Belo Horizonte to Vitoria and there another one in Curitiba to the beaches.

Bus services in brasil, like argentina are VERY GOOD. Leito buses are sleepers but cost about double and are worth it if you go overnight.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Jul-2012, at 18:10 by way2goeh ]