SEP-NOV Brazil - thrills and adventures
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Aug 24, 2012 4:58 PM Last Post By: Guisan
Aug 16, 2012 3:31 AM
SEP-NOV Brazil - thrills and adventuresHey guys tudo bem?
My first time in Brazil is less than a month and i have 9 weeks to explore it! I need help or a reality check because i think i might be irrational on the places to go. Ultimately i'm looking for an itenerary that has a good balance of outdoor adventure/nature/surf and a little bit of city.
So i'm looking for ideas and suggestions on where to go and what to do. Firstly i need to know the most economical way to go about things. By economical, i mean a route that doesn't involve much overlapping or backtracking if possible. I arrive in Sao Paulo; so i start my trip there and travel north or start north and progress toward Sao Paulo
Here's my plan so far:
My google maps (http://goo.gl/maps/L6KWBI) has some places of interest i've placed. Obviously i can't do all things listed but it's there for a visual reference
- Sao Paulo (Arrive/depart) - The road from gauruja to Paraty and possibly Ilha Grande
- Rio de Janeiro
- Chapada Diamintina National Park
- North of Salvador> Alagoas, Recife, Natal, Canoa Quebrada
- South of Salvador (Itacare').
- Florianopolis ( Surf and Warung Beach Club (worth it?))
The trips within a trip: ( I guess i can select 1 or 2 from below)
- Fernando de Noronha
- Belem/Sao Luis/ Lencois Maranhenses National Park
- Pantanal - Chapada dos Guimarães:
- Igaucu Falls
So as you can see i really don't know where to start and how to coordinate this into a nice linear-like route. Furthermore i have no idea what's feasible and realistic to do at a leisurely pace and not always be in transit and checking in/out. I think it makes sense to just stick to a select few regions, but which???
Thanks in advance =)
Aug 16, 2012 4:15 AM
1It took me a whole month to go Iguazu, Floripa, Sao Paulo, Paraty and Rio.....
So with that in mind, I would go with what you have. Plus add 3-4 more destinations. Chuck in Floripa (good beaches and surf) and the Pantanal (if you want to see animals) or go to the Amazon (if rainforests do it for ya). As well as Iguazu. I would spend a bit of time in Itacare.
Fernando de Noronha (albeit great) is a bit pricey and expensive. So not sure if thats feasible for you.
Aug 16, 2012 4:15 PM
2Hey Trent thanks for the response. How much did that trip cost you (excluding price to arr/dep brazil)?
Yea im having a hard to decide what destinations will yield the experience i'm seeking. I'm keen on trying new and novel things, activities etc. so i want to try things like rapelling, rock climbing, rafting, kayaking and other stuff. But also go out wandering and really being inspired. So far i read amazon is not exactly like if you're just passing through.
Yea if i were to spend time in Itacare it would make sense to do more of the North east, just don't know where...
Aug 16, 2012 11:26 PM
Aug 18, 2012 3:15 PM
I´m from Sao Paulo, and I was looking what you are planning. I would say that if you are able to do all of what you are planning, you´ll be able to see the best of Brazil.
As this country is very huge, I didnt visit yet all places you want to see, but can help you with some tips.
From the places that you mentioned, I would say that the "must see" are:
Foz do Iguaçu, Chapada da Diamantina, Lençois Maranhenses, Ilha Grande, Fernando de Noronha (expensive, as the other guy said) and Rio de Janeiro.
You said "possibly Ilha Grande"... I would consider it as a "must see". It is in your way from SP to Rio.
I´ve never been to Amazon or Pantanal and dont know people that have been there, so I will be neutral here.
Florianopolis > If you want to go there just to surf, I would say that you can also surf i.e. @ Maresias, Juquey or Itamambuca (both of them are i the road from Guarujá to Paraty. There are also great surf beaches in Rio (don´t remember the name by heart, but can help you on that)
" North of Salvador> Alagoas, Recife, Natal, Canoa Quebrada OR South of Salvador (Itacare')." >> I would chose only one or two of them. Very beautiful places, but after visiting 4 - 5 beaches, (in my opinion) they will start to get similar. Did you considered to visit Porto de Galinhas?
If you want to practice rafting, rappel or this kind of sports, I would recomend you to google a city called "Brotas". It is 4-hour bus from SP and cheap.
Sao Paulo is a huuuuge city and there is any natural beauty. There is only great restaurants, pubs and clubs. I would spend at least one saturday here, visiting the Mercado Municipal, one street market and during the night I would go to a restaurant and after that a pub / club (according to what you prefer).
I hope that it helped you. Look for the places that I suggested you, I am sure that you´ll like it.
Aug 19, 2012 3:43 AM
5Hey Guisan thanks for your helpful feedback!
I'm glad to hear you point out what is must see (i.e Ilha Grande).
Also thanks for suggesting "Brotas" i haven't heard of that. It looks out of the way compared to the other spots i'm going to see. But i defintely want to try that kind of sports so if that's the only one available ill have to do it.
Yea i'm not so interested much checking buildings and history much but i have to arrive/depart Sao Paulo so i will be there just as a transport hub. Although i will use that short time to try its world famous pizza! I can't wait! As for rest of Brazil i'm focused more on nature and unique natural scenery and trying anything with adrenaline or outdoors.
So you think north of salvador will be better choice than south of salvador? Besides beaches is there any other intriguing activities or scenary to check out in that region? I still wouldn't mind checking out the "culture" of each city if it's different, i like to try lots of food and check out the music and dancing + drumming. Yes I hear Porto de Galinhas is a good surf spot so im very tempted to check it out. Just not sure how much time to allocate to do all that for North East..
Aug 19, 2012 12:51 PM
In my opinion, the north of Salvador has more beatiful beaches than the south. You will spend more with logistics, but the beaches are more beautiful in my opinion, a example is Porto de Galinhas, which is not a surfing beach, it is actually a very calm water beach, but its amasing.
In the north east, you are covering almost all activities that I know besides beaches. You can look also other places such as the Canion do Xingo and Canion do Sao Francisco, but with 9 wks only, it might not be so interesting. Maybe local people know more places, but we are already talking about the most famous places.
Rio will be a good place to visit drumming music places. You should go to a "Escola de Samba". In this kind of places, you will be able to see the guys training the musics for the Carnival. Lots of people singing and dacing.
If you decide to go to Pantanal, you should consider to visit a city called Bonito. Actually, if I am not wrong, there are some tours to Pantanal that starts in this city.
Be aware that we will have 4 bank holidays in Brazil during Sep-Nov. The hotels will be very expensive and the places might be crowded. Sep 07, Oct 12, Nov 2 and Nov 15.
Aug 20, 2012 7:30 PM
7Cool i appreciate the advice. But if there isn't much surfing north of Salvador than i don't have much incentive to go up there. But i did read that there was surf in Porto de Galinhas (near Recife)? Or maybe there was surf nearby that area??
Yea if i can do Pantanal that would be the plan... there's a bus called greantoadbus that goes to Iguazu AND pantanal AND bonito so that might be worth doing.
Obrigado por seus dicas
Aug 24, 2012 4:58 PM
8Good to know that I helped you, but unfortunatelly I am not familiar to all surfing points in Brazil. I know those ones that are in Sao Paulo, but out of SP I am not aware.
Maybe you are right and there is a surfing place close to Porto de Galinhas, but I have no clue. In Sao Paulo´s coast, for example, is very usual to have surfing beaches close to calm water beaches.
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