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I am planning to visit to Sao Paulo from Iguazu Falls.
I catch a bus from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls in Argentina.
Is it cheaper / nicer to organise a bus from Argentina or Brazil side to take me to Sao Paulo? How do flights compare?
Myself and my two friends are traveling to brazil from May 29th to June 12th and are wondering if we should go to Pantanal or to the Amazon. We are flying into to Rio and would be leaving from Rio to either expedition. What would you recommend? Length of time (thinking about a 4 night/5day trek but could be convinced to do more/less)? We really want to see wildlife, beautiful scenery, waterfalls etc. (most importantly wildlife in its natural habitat). Any companies to go with? Pricing?
Lastly, I know two weeks is short so what do you recommend us to see? I was thinking Rio, the trek (amazon/pantanal) and sao paulo. Anything we could do/see? Can we throw in Iguazu Falls?
Sorry for all the questions but any info would be GREATLY appreciated.
OK, I am aware that the "safety" topic has been discussed before. I would still like some wise words on a particular concern of mine:
I will be visiting Brazil for the first time as part of a cruise along the coast from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro. Having done one cruise before, I found the official land excursions that were offered way too expensive and most of my fellow passengers... um, let's just say, not exactly the kind of people I want to spend a day with (Why am I going on a cruise again then, you wonder? Well, I do think it's a comfortable way of dragging your hotel along with you).
So, once we get to South America, I want to do mostly independent land excursions again, get off the ship, hire a cab for a day and have the cab driver take us where we want to go (i.e. from Itajai Port to Blumenau). In Rio, too, I want us to take a cab in the port to take us to the tra... more »
My girlfriend and i are traveling to Bonito in 2 weeks time and will be there for about a week.
Can anyone recommend some places and things to check out?
Definitely checking out Rio da Prata and rio sucuri.
Many recommendations for place to stay?
Probably looking at paying up to $80/room per night maximum - not looking to share a dorm this trip.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated, cheers!
I am looking for a valueable lodge near manaus, 1 night in Manaus itself, 3 nights at the lodge.
The reachability should be not more than 4 hrs from Manuas ports. It should be practical with 2 kids und of course fully widelife.
At the wwwI have seen Juma Lodge and Amazon Eco Lodge. The others I have seen like EcoParkJungle Lodge, Amazon Jungle Palace or Tiwa seem to be too huge resorts.
Any help or other views? Thank you.
Is there a possibility to do a day trip from Rio to Iguazu falls by plane?
hi folks ,got a question and I know from experience that with all that knowledge out there someone will come up trumps- i hope..
the thing is that i plan to travel down to porto alegre at the start of june and whilst there i want to see gremio play at the new arena stadium- thing is i dont have a clue where its located in relation to the airport or centre,i will be there for a couple of days so need to get myself wll located so i dont waste too much time traveling around the city- any ideas ?
I have a Brazilian tourist visa valid for 10 years. I plan to study abroad next year in Brazil for a full year, for which I will apply for a tourist visa. The school year is from February to December. My question for the embassy (for which I was given a pathetically insufficient response and now I receive no responses) is can I extend my stay (after studying) on my valid tourist visa since it will be a new calendar year starting in January? Or must I leave the country or something? There is no material covering situations like these.. very frustrating. Any input or knowledge would be appreciated.
I’m headed down to Brazil in November and am trying to organize a 10-12 day trek through the Chapada Diamantia, starting with the 100km Grand Circuit, and hopefully adding a couple of days at the end to see a few other areas as well.
I’m looking for information regarding guides. We're on a pretty tight time constraint, so would like to organize it ahead of time, but the online trekking companies cost about $1800 per person!! I’m sure if I just went to Lençois I could find a guide a LOT cheaper – but on the tight time constraints I’m nervous about just going there, finding a guide, and being able to leave within a day or two. We are all experienced hikers/travelers – and are definitely looking for the wilderness experience vs the touristy bus tour!
Does anyone have info about the availability / cost of guides for the Grand Circuit?
Any insight would be greatl... more »
Hi, I hope you can help, I can't find clear info on this anywhere.
Do you get charged a departure tax leaving Brazil by air? I have read that there is a charge, but then read elsewhere that it is included in your airfare.
Also, if you do have to pay it-
as we are just passing through, (but with a 20 hour stopover) can you avoid paying it by not leaving the airport between flights?
Thanks in advance for the advice!
Greetings from Brazil!
I just arrived in Bahia after a wonderful trip up the coast from Rio. I just wanted to write a post because of the mixed things I heard from fellow travelers about the trip between Rio and Bahia. A lot of people said fly. They said by bus it is long and that Espirito Santo does not have hostels and is not great for backpacking. And then I met a couple of Australians who convinced me otherwise by showing me photos of different places in Espirito Santo and saying something that I have always thought as well... 'all countries look the same from a plane'
So I decided to bus it and I couldn't be happier that I did. From Rio I took an overnight bus with Aguiabranca to Vitoria, the capital of Espirito Santo. There is no hostel there but luckily they have a great couchsurfing scene. I stayed for 3 nights in Vitoria exploring the capital, Vila Velha, Barra do Juco... more »
My husband and I will be in Brazil May 23rd-June 1st (nine nights). We'd like to explore Rio and then have a relaxing beach vacation around Costa Verde.
We plan to stay in Rio from the 23rd-27th. On the 27th, we'd travel to Ilha Grande (via GreenToad bus hop), stay two nights, then travel to Paraty on the 29th and stay two nights there. Then we'd return to Rio on the 31st before departing Brazil the evening of the 1st.
A few questions:
1. Is two days too short of a time in either Paraty or Ilha Grande? Do you recommend that we choose just one, and if so, which one?
2. We considered renting a car, but several posts have mentioned the stress of driving. So, we'd like to travel by bus or private transfer - but we'd like to book it in advance. The main option to book online seems to be GreenToad bus. Any experiences with this company? Booking in advance on Costa... more »
Van full of German tourists robbed in Tijuca Forest
Perhaps a reminder to minimize the valuables one takes when touring, even on an organized tour, especially when in semi-remote areas (though still popular with visitors) like Tijuca Forest. I'd certainly not bother going without my camera (digital, not big and expensive), but would endeavor to leave most money, iPhone, etc. in a safe in my hotel. I'm in Brazil, and will likely, at some point, visit Rio, and even Tijuca Forest, again, but would be very cautious. I recall reading about another group robbed at the Christ the Redeemer statue. We went on our own, to watch the sunset, without problem (the guard did suggest, when my wife (Brazilian) asked, that it might be best to depart not too long after dark). Have fun, but be careful out th... more »
Trying to camp some nights in Sao Thome Das Letras(MG). Don't have a car though so I'm wondering if there is any bus to get there? Either from Belo Horizonte or Sao Paulo.
I'm an Australian passport holder, in Buenos Aires, trying to get my Brazilian tourist visa. I've done a lot of research on this and searched many forums but haven't been able to find the answer I'm looking for to help me out with my problem.
I know what I need to provide in order to get the Brazilian Tourist Visa but I'm having difficulty giving proof of my exit out of Brazil, into Bolivia (overland, not flying!)
I'm staying in Buenos Aires for a further week before going on to Uruguay (Colonia - Montevideo - staying at a cousin's farm near Montevideo) then onwards to Brazil (Montevideo -> Florianopolis - Iguacu, seeing both sides - Sao Paulo - Paraty - Rio). From Rio I'm leaving Brazil to then go to Bolivia. It seems the border crossing at Corumba is the closest spot for me to cross into Bolivia, then I'll be getting the train to Santa Cruz.
I will be getti... more »
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