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For the benefit of everyone dropping by the Brazil branch for the first time, please read this FAQ first. And I hope there can be some sort of way to moderate the thread to keep it updated and clean. I know there are some AWESOME regular contributors here who enjoy giving advice; I feel this thread can really help to condense the information available.

I'll go first, with some general thoughts from the South America FAQ. Many thank to Apollo for starting that thread and for a great idea…

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I've been debating a few different itineraries for my month in Brazil. It's an odd one because for the last 2 weeks, I have friends to visit (Salvador) and will also go to the Olympics for 5-7 days (Rio).

So I've been looking for some new places to see in Brazil: Thinking of Pantanal (Cuiaba and Campo Grande), Amazon (Manaus, Santarem, and/or Belem but Santarem definitely has my attention for its uniqueness during dry season, which just started).
Found surprisingly cheap airfares from GRU to CGB…

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I'll be staying in the Meier area of Rio during the Olympics, on the west side of the district, not far from Colegio Santa Monica (which is actually in an adjacent district). The Olympic Stadium (aka Nilton Santos) is roughly a 2km walk from my apartment. Is this a safe area of Rio? I plan to walk to and fro during the day and perhaps take a taxi for events finishing after dark. Does this make sense?

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Does anyone know if the hourly guided tour of Maracanã is still operating before the Olympics? I'll be in Rio on July 23 and only have time in the late afternoon. If it's still available, what time is the last tour of the day(4 or 5 pm I guess)? Thanks.

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Hi !
I´m going to visit São Luís in september. From there I want to go to Santo Amaro which is very close to the Lenções Maranhenses . But how can I get there ?!?!
I heard there is no bus, only Pick-ups which can go on the rough and sandy road. But where can I find the company in São Luís which is going to Santo Amaro by pickups ?
Has anybody been there recently, and if so, how did you manage to find the pickup-company ?
Any suggestions for a budget acomodation in Santo Amaro ?

Thanks for helping…

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Hi.
Me and my girlfriend are going to Brazil 2.5 weeks in July-August. We fly into Salvador and fly out of Rio de Janeiro. This means that we will have to travel Salvador - Rio during our stay. Both of us are very interested in whales, so we would like to stop over in Parque Nacional da Chapada Marinho de Abrolhos just off the coast of Caravelas, during this trip. What are the most efficient transportation opportunities Salvador-Caravelas and Caravelas-Rio? I suspect it might be easiest to fly in…

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Hi all,

Me and my girlfriend are going on a small trip to Brazil from 22 july until the 8th of August. We rented a car for 8 days and we want to drive from Rio to Ouro Preto, from Ouro Preto to Ilha Grande, from Ilha Grande to Paraty and from Paraty to Sao Paulo. We know that driving along the coast (Rio -> Ilha Grande -> Paraty -> Sao Paulo) is safe and a well known route for travellers. We are unsure about driving from Rio to Ouro Preto, we heard that the roads are very bad and it is…

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Hi I'll be staying in Rio Vermelho close to the beach how safe is it to walk around the beach promenades of Ondina, Rio Vermelho or Itapuã at night?

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Hi all,

I am taking boats up the Amazon from Macapa, Brazil to Coca, Ecuador during July. I obviously want to do some expeditions into the interior, but am running into the fact that most of the tour companies only provide details for the typical 3/4 day trips (which almost always includes river dolphins, meeting of the waters, piranha finishing, sunset/sunrise, caiman watching, and like one or two three hour nature hikes).

These are all generally well reviewed, but I'm very conscious of a…

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I know this is an old chestnut but it has been playing on my mind since I paid for my ticket 4 months ago.

I will be spending five weeks in Brazil later this year (November ) as a solo male traveller. I have visited a quite few countries , always as a solo traveller but would still regard myself as a nervous traveller ie I do tend to worry about almost everything.

The places I will be visiting will be Iguazu Falls, Brasilia, Manaus, Belem, Sao Luis, Olinda (recife) , Salvador, Sao Paulo…