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Brazil Frequently Asked Questions

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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CHAPADA DIAMANTINA WEATHER IN DECEMBER

What kind of weather should I expect in December ? Lot of rain ? Is it a good time to go ?
Also, any idea how much a guide will cost per day for a single person ?
Tks

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Barra Grande, Bahia, place to stay, 26 to 29 of December

Hello!

I'm travelling in the highest period in Bahia, and everything is full in Barra Grande from the 26th to the 29th(at that time of the year, they only sell "pacotes" of 5 to 7 days, for Christmas and New-Year). Never the less...
-Does anybody know a particular place in Barra Grande to stay? within a price range below 100$ (US) per night?
-I'm in Itacare untill the 26th, and heading to Salvador the 29th, is there any beach-front-village you would recommand other then Barra Grande between…

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Morro de Sao Paolo, Brazil, where to stay?

Hello!

I'll in Morro de Sao Paulo from January 3rd to January 6th and am looking for a pousada to saty on the 4rth beach (am looking for a calm place and it seems to be the best place, for waht I've read). I'm don't need luxury at all, but since evruthing is 80$ and over, I don't really mind paying more to have a nice place. What I mean by "nice":
-Quite and layed back
-Beach view (or jungle view, just, a "natural" view (naturaleza))
-Budget wise, I'll top at 150$ Ca /night (around 300$R)(but…

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Travel from Barreirinhas to Barra Grande

Hi there,

Just wondering what is the best (and most affordable) way to travel from Barreirinhas to Barra Grande. Anyone have any suggestions/ideas? Trying to avoid having to get a taxi there!

Thanks!

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boa vista monte roraima

Hi guys,
My girlfriend and I are planning to do the mt. Roraima end of january, but with starting point in boa vista.

I did check out some trips but all of them quite expensive and lasting at least 9 days - and all of them included a kind of a roundtrip incl flights from/to manaus and sightseeing...do think its possible to just travel to boa vista and arrange everything there directly?

Further, is anyone keen to joining us on the trail?

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Homestay in Southern Brazil: Where and How?

Hi everyone - I'm currently travelling around South America, and will be ending my year-long trip with three months in Brazil: April-June of 2015. My main mission in Brazil is not to travel around and see lots of places, but rather to learn as much Portuguese as possible (I already have an intermediate level, as well as fluent Spanish, so will be relying on a combination of self-study and immersion with native speakers). As such, I had the idea of doing a homestay. Googling "homestays in Brazil"…

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Itinerary and car rental vs. bus

Hello all,

We are going to Brazil in December, arriving there December 7, leaving there December 24. First a few days in Rio. Then to Ilha Grande for 5 nights. Then we plan to fly to Belo Horizonte (and visit Inhotim) and gradually make our way back to Rio: Ouro Preto, Petropolis, maybe Teresopolis, Rio. (What, no Amazon? Already did that from the Peruvian side. What, no Salvador? Next time). Main interests are beach, historic places, walking, and not moving too fast. We know that it…

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Salvador, Bahia City Tour

I will be in Salvador in about a week from now. I wanted to take a city tour shortly after I arrive so that I can get familiarized with the city, the culture and different options during the rest of my visit there. Can you recommend a tour operator with good reputation for a short city tour of Salvador, from 2 - 4 hours duration? My time is limited in the city and I want to make the best of it. Thank you!!

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Applying for a Brazilian Visa in La Paz

I will be travelling to La Paz, Bolivia in December with the intention of organising a Brazilian Visa. The La Paz Embassy website states that visas will be provided between 2 and 10 business days depending on the nationality of the individual applying. It is my understanding that the application is submitted online now and you provide copies of supporting documents when you are at the embassy. Has anyone had any recent experiences on the processing time it took to receive their visa in La Paz?