my Brazil trip itinerary
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Feb 10, 2013 12:11 PM Last Post By: lacey1001
Oct 7, 2012 7:32 AM
my Brazil trip itineraryHi, i am a solo female traveler and I'm an Asian too! I'm planning my Brazil trip for next year March.
I will be spending 14 days around Brazil. please comment on my itinerary.
Friday；Fly to brazil
Day2 : Rio
Day 3: rio to paraty
Day 6:paraty to Sao Paulo
Day7: Sao Paulo to iguacu ( by flight)
Day 9: iguacu to salvador ( by flight)
Day 10: Salvador
Day 12:Salvador to rio ( by flight)
Day14:rio, night flight back to Malaysia
What do you think an Asian travel alone in Brazil? Would it be safe?
I would like to take a night flight from Sao Paulo to Iguacu in Day 6 (instead of day 7), then spend a night at Iguacu airport. would it be safe to sleepover at airport in Brazil? Does anyone have any experience?
Do i need to book my domestic flight in advance?
Edited by: puipui1986
Oct 7, 2012 8:15 AM
1What do you think an Asian travel alone in Brazil? Would it be safe?
You are asking this about a country where there are about 3,000,000 Brazilians of Japanese ancestry, large Korean and Chinese populations, a growing tourism market from East Asia and where every second pastelaria in Rio and Salvador is Chinese run? How safe it is depends to a large degree on what level of common sense you bring with you. Nobody here can answer that.
Why on earth would you want to stay overnight in a smallish regional airport?
Flight availability is one thing and you should readily get flights in March but given how tight your schedule is you would probably be better off booking them before hand, you don't really have time to be waiting around.
Oct 7, 2012 9:33 AM
2What do you think an Asian travel alone in Brazil? Would it be safe?
Im Southeast asian and i too will be travelling solo to Brazil on October. Our only difference is that im male. I'm also a little concerned about safety, but I wouldn't let it ruin my trip. There are lots of tips in the net of how to stay safe in brazil. Ill try to remember them all :D
Oct 7, 2012 10:57 AM
34 days in Paraty but no time on Ilha Grande? Makes no sense.
Asian and/or female, don't make a bigger deal out of safety issues than need be. A lot depends on your good sense.
Just take a taxi to the hostel/hotel when you get to Iguacu, even at night. It's a small town. Again, don't make a bigger deal out of so-called safety issues than they deserve.
Oct 7, 2012 1:00 PM
4I'd rather spend 4 days on Ilha Grande than Paraty.
But theres too much moving about. And not enough time given to other destinations. There is insufficent time for Rio...and Iguazu in a day will be difficult (give it 2 to see it from both sides. I assume you have a late flight to Salvador).
Check out the sleeping in airports website to see if what that airport is like for sleeping in. To be honest, a hostel wont cost you much and you'll have a comfier sleep.
And yes, book your flights in advance.
Oct 7, 2012 3:45 PM
5As per the above, safety shouldn't be any different for you than anyone else. As a woman though, please be careful about talking to Brazilian guys in bars etc - we had a lot of trouble with guys expecting much more than a chat, especially in Salvador. Perhaps being Asian might actually reduce that hassle though?
For a quick look around Brazil your itinerary is fine (#3 - she only has 2 days in Paraty which is fine - 1 for a boat trip and 1 to look around & go to the small waterfall/swimming hole). However, I would not attempt sleeping in Iguassu airport - it is very small, and I doubt there is much security. I'm not sure they would even allow it. It would be good if you could spend 1/2 a day at the Brazilian side of the falls on your arrival day, and your full day at the Argentinian side.
Just a note with flights - try not to arrive into cities like Sao Paulo, Salvador & Rio after dark. You will feel much safer arriving during the day.
Oct 7, 2012 7:02 PM
6Yeah, some Brazilian guys seem to have radar for rich gullible gringas who may be enamored of the 'exotic', a ploy that clearly seems to work often enough in the romantic tropical breezes to keep trying it on anyone who looks the part.
#5 OP has 4 days in Paraty, including the few hours it takes to travel, IMO too much time there while completely ignoring one of the most lovely islands very nearby.
Oct 8, 2012 5:06 AM
7Hey ,thanks for all you reply!
I've decided to stay 1 more day in Rio before heading to Paraty. But i don't think i have enough time to stay on Ilha Grande. Is it worth to stay so many days in Rio instead of exploring other areas?
I've been searching the dosmetic flight via internet.
Which website is the best for the cheapest ticket?
Oct 8, 2012 7:41 AM
Oct 8, 2012 7:52 AM
9You've got 4 days in Rio (2 at beginning, 2 at end of trip). That's OK for a first/introductory visit.
I'd try to arrange the Paraty to Iguacu via Sao Paulo travel in one day (probably 6 hrs on an early bus and then out to GRU and late in day flight--or back to Rio and fly from there), but I don't like S.P. much. And I'd try to spend the time on Ilha Grande.Paraty has a small area of Colonial architecture, and while the beach at Trindade is quite nice, Ilha Grande is a very different experience. Do some research. Actually, YouTube videos can give you a pretty good idea of what places look like.
Regarding domestic flights, you can't get "the cheapest" tickets if you don't have Brazilian ID and credit card. The airline sites aren't set up for it and prices are not the same purchased offline or through a booking site. You might do better trying the GOL or TAM airline sites directly, rather than going through some booking site like the ones you mentioned. At least compare fares for the same dates.
Oct 8, 2012 12:36 PM
10I'd prefer Ilha Grande than Paraty. I found it more enjoyable. You can probably get a transfer from the island to the airport (connections are to hotels/hostels). But you could probably try to get to the airport.
TAM and GOL can be booked by gringos. If you have a friend, then you can get them to help you with buying the cheaper tickets.
I use skyscanner to find flights. But you can also try expedia, kayak, etc.
Oct 9, 2012 5:34 AM
11thanks for the suggestion again!
How many days would you stay in Ilha Grande and Paraty? To catch up my following itinerary, I might fly over to Iguacu in Day 6 from Rio or Sao Paulo. Would it be enough to just stay 2 days in Paraty and 2 days in Ilha Grande?
What do you think about Salvador? Is it a MUST go place in Brazil? should i spend more time in Rio instead of going to Salvador? P/S: I prefer historical site than beaches.
Oct 9, 2012 7:00 AM
12Salvador is very interesting--music, Colonial architecture, culture. I wouldn't suggest skipping it.
Four days in Rio gives you enough to see the must-sees and soak up a little atmosphere.
In Paraty, the main things for most seem to be seeing the smallish Colonial architecture area and taking a boat or walking trip to Trindade beach and/or the waterfalls.Ilha Grande is more for laid back village life, wild nature, beaches, no cars, relaxation. IMO one night in Paraty to see the village and a couple on Ilha Grande would do for a trip the length you are planning and especially given that you don't value the beach experience so much.
Again, all these places can be seen on YouTube videos, so I suggest you take a look there to see what your personal "no-miss" places might be.
Just keep in mind that most places in March are going to be VERY quiet. Brazilians always find a place to drink a beer and make or listen to a little music, but the party-hearty stuff you've read about will have long gone with the end of Carnaval, and you might even feel a little lonely traveling by yourself at that time.
Oct 9, 2012 1:07 PM
13If 'beaches' aren't your thing, then perhaps head to Ouro Preto?
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