Costa verde itinerary - 11 days
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 13, 2013 7:19 PM Last Post By: 1madcow
Nov 24, 2012 2:38 PM
Costa verde itinerary - 11 daysHey!
We fly into Sao Paulo on the 8th Dec in the afternoon and out of Rio on the 19th to Iguazu. Can somone suggest an itinerary for the space in between? We love beaches/surfing etc and a good party every now and then. We don't want to waste time moving from place to place if they have a similar vibe due to our short time span.
Places that have been suggested, paraty, ilha grande, buzios. We've been travelling for a while now and so budget is fairly tight although we've budgeted quite a bit extra for Brazil, we'll be staying in hostels etc. We definately need to end up in Rio for the flight.. cheers peeps!
Nov 24, 2012 4:07 PM
Nov 25, 2012 4:12 AM
Nov 25, 2012 5:41 AM
3"Places that have been suggested, paraty, ilha grande, buzios"
And those are the best known on that route, for a reason. You may find Buzios a bit expensive. Try nearby Cabo Frio and do a day trip. Note that those towns/beaches are north of Rio, while Paraty/Ilha grande are south, between Rio and Sao Paulo. If you can meander along the coast, there are lots of little places that are nice, but bus travel doesn't really allow for that. Trindade is maybe the prettiest beach near Paraty. Can't help with hostels as I haven't used them. Another suggestion is working your way by bus up the coast from Rio to Salvador, stopping at some of the beaches and beach towns along the way. Itacare, for example, is known for its surfing culture.
Nov 25, 2012 6:12 AM
4If you like to party you could spend one or two nights in São Paulo to check out the nightlife, one of the most famous in Brazil. After that, I would go straight to Paraty: 2/3 days are enough, with a day trip to Trindade (30 minutes away).
In my opinion, Ilha Grande is the best place between Rio and SP, therefore, I would stay there as long as possible. Maybe 3/4 days? You can stay in hostels, like every foreigner, or in the campsites like most of cariocas do.
There are tents to rent in most of the campsites. It´s more fun and cheaper than a hostel, besides, it would be easier to get to know some brazilians.
I don´t think you have time to add more places, because you should reserve at least 4 days to get to know Rio. In here, the best beaches to surf are Arpoador and Barra da Tijuca. There are surfboards to rent, specially in Barra.
Prainha is also a great beach to surf, but it´s difficult to get there without a car.
If you are REALLY looking forward to surf and that´s a important part of the trip, you can go to Itaúna Beach, in Saquarema, a beach town around 2 hours away from Rio by bus. Itaúna is one of the most famous surf beaches in Brazil. It can be a fun day trip.
Búzios has dozens of amazing beaches and a great night life, however, it´s expensive and located further north like said above.
I think it´s basically it... 11 days aren´t much.
Nov 25, 2012 2:43 PM
5For cheap accom look at the usual booking sites of hostelbookers and hostelworld.
I wouldn't bother with Buzios as its further north and out of the way a bit. Stick to the sites between rio and sp.
Take it as it comes, most places have plenty of accom (I booked most nights). Paraty doesn't have many good surf beaches in town (not sure if theres any nearby). Ilha Grande has Praia Lopes Mendes which is a great beach but a far walk.
If party/beach is your lifestyle, then I think your looking in the wrong spot altogether. I think what would appeal to you more would be Ilha de Santa Catarina - great nightlife, and some great beaches. The problem is that its a fair way south of your area.
Nov 25, 2012 2:45 PM
Nov 26, 2012 3:48 AM
Nov 26, 2012 4:52 AM
People fail to take into account the size of Brazil. It's the 5th biggest country in the world, and yet people only seem to go to three distinct places: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.
Don't get me wrong: they are nice cities. But it's like going to the USA and only visiting NY and California. There is so much more that is unexplored.
I don't mind Rio. It's an OK city and destined towards tourists. The beaches are usually fine albeit full during the summer (this time of the year). Despite the slums, I've never had a problem with violence in Rio so long as you take the normal precautions you would any where else in the world - don't walk around flashing your camera, money or jewlery, avoid certain areas at night (hotels/hostels can pinpoint where to stay away from), etc. But the city itself is crowded and expensive for the standard cost of living in Brazil.
The city of São Paulo is enormous. I lived there for about 7 years and haven't seen the whole city. The beaches aren't as good as the ones in Rio, but they aren't bad either.
I know you're looking for some good beaches, so I'd recommend the northeast region (states like Alagoas, Pernambuco and Paraíba) - they have caribbean-like beaches (blue water, great weather, clean sand), and the cost there is much less than in the southeast region (Espírito Santo, Rio and São Paulo). There is one city in Alagoas called São Miguel dos Milagres which is perfect for relaxing - not many people, beautiful beaches and good prices - what you'd usually spend a day in Rio you could live for 3 days up there. But as you mentioned the nightlife, I'm afraid there isn't much of it in that particular city.
Places I'd recommend in the northeast: Natal and João Pessoa. They seem to have the best beaches and night-life.
Other great beaches are in the state of Santa Catarina, which is further down south. I recommend the beaches of Florianópolis and Bombinhas.
Oh, a great island to party and surf would be Ilha do Mel ("Honey Island"), just off the coast of the state of Paraná - it's about 45 minutes by boat. Paraná isn't well known for it's beaches, except for Ilha do Mel. The island itself isn't very big, but there are several hostels, campsites and pousadas there - no tall buildings are allowed on the island, so you won't find any major hotel-chains. There aren't any cars on the island, so you are forced to walk quite a bit. But then again, it isn't very big. Search for "Ilha do Mel - Paraná" and you'll quickly find some nice pictures and info. The nightlife is quite amazing and lively.
Anyway, I just wanted to shine some light on all the other amazing places in Brazil. I hope I could be of help, specially to those who want and alternative to the traditional Rio - São Paulo route ;)
Cheers (or, as we say in Brazil, "abraços").
Nov 26, 2012 9:20 AM
9" yet people only seem to go to three distinct places: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador."
Really? I always got the idea from reading forums that the holy trinity were Rio, the Amazon and Iguacu falls. :-)
What astounds me is that people visiting Rio would take a 4.5 hour bus ride to Paraty, because it's "nearby", rather than a 1.5 hour flight to Salvador.
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