Brazil one month in january
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 12:44 PM Last Post By: spontaneous1981
Nov 11, 2012 12:47 PM
Brazil one month in januaryHello everyone.. Have really enjoyed reading everyones posts on here.
I am travelling on my own to brazil, landing in rio start of january 2013 until 31st jan to fly back to england. I am hoping to see great beaches, experience amazing parties, indulge in cultures and thought of doing some time to see wild life in the amazon but not sure if it will be too wet in the rainy season do? My thoughts were to follow along the coast either north or south. Any help on itinaries that people have used or recommend for that time of year would be soo useful to me.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Nov 11, 2012 1:26 PM
1Amazing parties aren´t hard to find during January, specially in 2013, considering that the carnival will be in the beginning of February. Therefore, you will be able to go to a lot of rehearsals and "pre-carnival" parties.
Instead of going to the Amazon, which requires a huge amount of time, why not consider going to the Chapada Diamantina, "near" Salvador? Not much of wild life but it´s perfect if you like to be in the nature.
January is high HIGH season, therefore, try booking things early, be aware that the prices are going to be very high and expect big crowds in some places. In my opinion, the NorthEast of the country offers more interesting cities and better beaches than the South. However, in the South you can go to Florianópolis and it´s surroundings (great for beaches and partying), São Paulo (if you like huge concrete jungles) and to the Iguassu Falls.
If your main interest is the coast, going north of Rio would be better.
Nov 11, 2012 1:41 PM
2I have found many Travelers underestimate the size of Brazil which is Huge and unless you have $$$ to cover flight costs you might want to consider sticking to a region of the country vs doing a huge trip by land as bus travel is very time consuming.
IMHO The Rio de Janeiro area has lots to do and pretty much would offer lots of beaches,partying,music, friendly people.
further north you might consider Salvador de bahia...using the main city as a base and going off to neighboring places.
Considering you only have a month...those are my suggestions.
Nov 11, 2012 3:06 PM
3I would stick to the South East if possible. A month there would be easy to organise (more so than booking flights north to Salvador).
If outdoor/jungle is your idea...Rio has the largest urban forest in the world. If you must go do a 'jungle' tour than you have to ask if its for the forest or for the wildlife. If its for the latter, head to the pantanal.
But one month, stick to Rio and neighbouring areas like Paraty, Ilha Grande, Trindade, Buzios, and Ouro Preto etc.
Nov 11, 2012 3:35 PM
4For God sake... I know Brazil is huge but you can visit more than one state in a month, especially if the state is Rio, the second smaller of the 26!!
Edited by: inaciomartinelli
Nov 11, 2012 11:25 PM
5I agree, with a month you could afford to see a number of places.
No more difficult to visit the northeast than anywhere else, in fact you'll probably get more bang for your buck visiting Bahia. Everywhere on the coast, north or south is going to be busy, prices higher and accomodation harder but by no means impossible to find.
Salvador would be a good choice as a number of the festas populares take place in January. If you can make it to Salvador by Jan 17 you can experience the Lavagem do Bonfim, which is about as close as you can get to experiencing carnaval in Salvador, without attending carnaval. It's a huge party. If you were to arrive on New Years Day there's the Festa do Senhor Bom Jesus dos Navegantes, which ends in a lot of noisy drinking over in Ribeira ( not officially mind you).
With a month, you could easily see some of the southern Bahian coast around Arraial d'Ajuda, Trancoso etc. move on to Salvador and work your way up as far as Recife.
Nov 11, 2012 11:58 PM
6I'm not saying it can't be done, I think it would be better to stick around the SE. And thats my personal opinion. You don't have to agree with it. Pretty sure Ouro Preto isn't in RJ but in Minais...correct?
Obviously one can go up to Bahia if they like, and could choose to if they wanted to. Heck if he wants parties, then Floripa/Sao Paulo/Buzios is probably where he needs to go. Salvador can throw a good party too.
Jut a quick note, your leaving about a week or so before Carnival....I would consider stretching out your stay (or go a bit later than you intend) to partake in one of the best parties in the world.
Nov 12, 2012 10:52 PM
7I agree with the concept of not going to the Amazon area as it is so far away, expensive to get to. The other suggestions are good and I think you could consider throwing in Salvador into the mix as well as the South east.
Nov 13, 2012 2:11 AM
Nov 14, 2012 2:37 AM
9Definitely way up North! From Rio - Minas Gerais - Bahia - etc.
In Rio and Salvador I stayed in a great place that I'm recommending: Alpha Hostel.
Oh, and you must go to Chapada Diamantina. I personally like to camp, so you will have no problem if you like too. Also, beaches in Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceará and the Lençóis Maranhenses are awesome. Just book in advance anything! CHeers
Nov 14, 2012 7:46 PM
10So Jorge, one is to go to Rio, Minas, Bahia, Chapada Diamantina, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceara and Lencois all in a month?
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