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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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We are arriving in Rio late on a Friday night and plan to head for Paraty on the Sunday morning. All the information I've read (including our guide book) recommends buying the bus ticket a few days in advance from the bus station. As we'll really only be getting there a day beforehand can anyone recommend any reliable websites to book our bus tickets? Thanks.

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Hi everyone,

i will be visiting Brazil next year in May for 20 days and have a little problem to fill out my itinerary. I’m not interested in beaches (Ilha Grande) or to book an expensive tour in a national park (Amazon, Pantanal, Chapada Diamantina). So far my to-do-list contains the following cities : Sao Paulo (entry and exit point), Rio, Ouro Preto + Mariana (is it worth also going all the way to Tiradentes and Congonhas?), Foz de Iguacu + Puerto Iguazu and maybe Salvador. I scratched…

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Hi guys,
we (boyfriend and me, around 40) are aiming to spend 8 days in Pantanal area in September (during our 1 month trip to Brazil) and would be great to receive a feedback on the suggested itinerary (by Douglas Fischer, Pantanal expeditions). We will have a private guide during the trip (with transports/car arranged).
We are keen on seing the animals (not necessarily the jaguars), do some boat trip and maybe short horseback-riding. Tracking is not the key interest.

Day 1: arrive in Cuiabá…

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Hi guys,
would be great to have some advice on Chapada Diamantina transport from/to Salvador:

On the way there, we take a flight from Salvador (on Thursday, Sept. 24). But as the flights only operate on Thursday and Sunday, we have 2 options for the way back:
1) take a flight back. This would in fact give us only 2,5 effective days in Chapada... (Sept. 27.)
2) take a night bus back. (Sept. 28, night) - this would buy us some extra time (4 days stay). Not sure if the bus is reasonably comfortable…

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Hello, I’m planning my next 2016 trip to Brazil : we are three people and will arrive to Sao Paulo the 28th of July. We will fly back always from Sao Paulo the 15th of August.
At the moment we only know that we will stay in Sao Paulo (two-three day to meet some friends). For the rest what itinerary can you suggest? For two weeks LP guide book suggest the “Rio and South East” one. So to Tiradentes, Ouro Preto, Belo Horizonte, Guarapari, Buzios, Rio, Paraty, Ubatuba, Ilhabela. Could it be a first…

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I am considering travelling from Ecuador to Rio in my Gap Year however I have already been to Peru when I was younger.
The plan instead would be to travel from Tabatinga to Manaus (boat) and then Manaus to Porto Velho (boat) and then Porto Velho to Guajara Mirim (bus?) and then continue into Bolivia
Is this a good idea? Are the boats/ferries safe and what roughly is the cost of Amazon boat travel in Brazil? Are there things to do in Porto Velho and Manaus? How long roughly would this take or…

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Hello all,

I am looking for some advice please. Can anyone recommend a good website for advance purchase of Samba parade tickets, maybe also for one of the 'balls' on during Carnaval? I have looked at a few websites and they seem to charge differing amounts - maybe due to different agency fees, etc? Also, are tickets posted out overseas, or do you collect locally just before the event?

All help is appreciated!

Jinniyah

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We'll arrive in Rio at 10:30 pm at Santos Dumont Airport. Our apartment is located in Ipanema, close to Leblon. What are your recommendations on getting to the accomodation from the airport that late at night, considering that we are two girls travelling (speaking portuguese)? Pre-paid taxi or yellow taxi (bus?)? Does anyone have an idea about taxi fares to said area? Thanks a lot for your input!

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The water quality in Rio has been big news here in the states. I'm planning a trip soon and I'm wondering if the news is exaggerated or real. Normally I don't pay too much attention to overly anxious cautions about travel, but there are reports of really gross health problems from people swimming in the ocean, even around the nicer beaches.

Not trying to be judgmental. I grew up in Santa Monica. We have a famous beach lots of tourists swim around, and the locals know to swim elsewhere because…