In hurry to Brazil
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Jan 23, 2013 6:46 AM Last Post By: inaciomartinelli
Jan 21, 2013 5:06 AM
In hurry to BrazilHello,
I recently got an unexpected chance to do my Bachelor thesis in Brazil.
And as I love to travel and have some time left, I would use this opportunity and see some parts of the country.
As I am not really prepared for traveling, it would be great if you could give me some advice!
I have about 2 - 4 weeks. I am in the south (Parana) and would like to travel around this area to avoid to cover very long distances. I will travel with as less budget as possible as backpacker.
What can be the lowest doable budget a day?
What would you recommend me to visit? I like the nature, some historic places, beaches and the must sees.
Is it possible to ride with a bike from Curitiba to Foz do Iguaçu and is worth it/recommendable?
Hoping for your support!
Jan 21, 2013 5:52 AM
Jan 21, 2013 6:46 AM
2Thanks for your reply but it's useless for me...
And to prevent any misunderstanding, I'm not in a hurry in brazil I'm in a hurry right now. I could also stay 2-3 months.
About the budget, it's not that I have to live on small budget, I like to do it when I travel. So if you have any pricy recommendations I am open to them if they are worth it.
Jan 21, 2013 9:24 AM
3There are many great atractions in Paraná.
The most famous is Iguaçu Falls.
Curitiba, the capital city, has some interesting parks that worth a visit. The city is pretty organized and has a good public transport system. It´s not so 'boring' , night life around Largo da Ordem can be fun if you make friends. Lots of good restaurants are also spread around the city and in the district of Santa Felicidade.
For the beaches you may visit Ilha do Mel, the highlight in the area, although, compared to other states, beaches in Paraná are not so atractive.
Morretes and Antonina are other interesting cities by the sea.
There´s a interesting railroad between Curitiba and Paranagua that goes from the top of the sierras to the large harbour of Paranagua.
Vila Velha is a place where you can visit some peculiar rocky formations, it´s worth a visit as well.
Jan 21, 2013 9:26 AM
4You may find more at thhis link http://www.turismo.pr.gov.br/modules/turista-en/
Jan 21, 2013 9:30 AM
5I agree with #2 that the northeast (or anywhere Rio and north) is the most interesting part of Brazil.
I find the south relatively boring. If you have 2-3 possible months to travel, I would highly suggest including other parts of the country than that close to Parana. Since bus fares in Brazil are often close to air fares, travel costs could be comparable. As far as travelling long distances by bicycle, you would be subject to (IMO) extreme road danger from conditions and vehicles, and also subject to robbery and assault, (again IMO) suicidal.
Brazil is very expensive these days, particularly in the larger cities and popular (anyplace you find in a guidebook) beach towns. Ideally budget U$100 per day, many days less and some more, to cover hostels (usually R$30+), food (varies with your appetite, breakfast usually included with accomodation, decent dinners maybe R$30+), entry fees to sights (the Christ statue in Rio is R$40+, for example), nightlife (beer/drinks, cover), taxis (both to keep safe at night and when you are just too tired to cope), souvenirs, etc. You can try to cut costs by finding cheaper hostels, whether they are clean and have safe storage or not, and eating mostly street snacks, whether your health suffers or not.
In the south, Santa Catarina island, and Florianopolis is a great area for beaches and Azorean culture. Also lovely little Praia da Rosa, about an hour south of there. From Curitiba, you can get the Serra Verde train to Morretes. Iguacu, of course. Gaucho culture. Austrian tradition in Treze Tilias, Italian (Caixas, Antonio Prado, Bento), German (Blumenau, Novo Friburgo) culture. Parque Nacional Ilha de Superagui. Ilha do Mel. The Vale dos Vinhedos (Bento Goncalves, Flores da Cunha). The ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes. Parque Nacional dos Aparados da Serra.
(And I'd trade all of it for one day in Salvador.)
Jan 21, 2013 12:24 PM
6BTW riding a bike from Curitiba to Iguazu is the same like comitting suicide. At least if you use the main roads and even worse wuth the unbearable heat and hunidity in summer
Jan 21, 2013 1:15 PM
7Florianópolis and surrounding areas, like Guarda do Embaú, Garopaba, São Francisco do Sul, Blumenau, Balneário Camboriú (if you want to party)...
Jan 21, 2013 6:44 PM
8Sebastian, what time of year do you want to do this travelling? If it's around summertime, you should consider the beaches of Santa Catarina, as suggested by amobr82 and inaciomartinelli. In winter they would be cold and deserted though, so I would suggest either exploring inland (Iguacu Falls, Blumenau, Sao Miguel das Missoes, etc) or heading further north in Brazil.
I agree that riding from Curitiba to Iguacu is a bad idea - because the countryside is monotonous if nothing else. If you're interested in riding, consider a trip from Curitiba to Sao Francisco do Sul via the Estrada da Graciosa - I did it over 3 days and had a great experience. You'd want to go in a group and have at least one fluent Portuguese speaker, though.
It would help to know where you're from - if you're a central European then you'd be wasting your time in Blumenau, while if you come from say Morocco you probably wouldn't find Bahia so interesting.
Jan 21, 2013 6:59 PM
Are you seriously comparing Bahia to Morocco?
Jan 21, 2013 11:46 PM
and thanks for all the information! Now I will have to sort things out first...
To answer the questions:
I am going there in March/April
and yes I'm central european
Two more questions:
Does someone perhaps know a place with cheap accommodation on an island? Should be got to stay there maybe a week, do some fishing and nice photography.
Why is salvador so much better than everything in the south?
Jan 22, 2013 6:48 AM
11Salvador is the African heart of Brazil, with many surviving traditions, that contributes heavily to the unique character of the country. The music is vibrant and famous all over the world. The historic center has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tropical beaches in the city itself and the surrounding areas, including the islands in All Saint's Bay, are amazing; some very lively, some very isolated and quiet. And best of all, the people are so friendly, they just draw you in !
Jan 22, 2013 6:52 AM
12Ilha do mel has a youth hostel (a bit horrible) and quite a nice cheap hotel further down the beach, at the end by the bridge thing called Tuburao http://www.pousadasilhadomel.com.br/rodrigo/tubarao.html
Jan 22, 2013 9:35 AM
13"Why is salvador so much better than everything in the south?"
That's a matter of opinion. I really like Salvador but I also liked going to Florianópolis and its surroundings... I met people that hated Salvador, I know people that don't have interest in going to the South. You should search about it and decide what suits best to your interests.
Jan 23, 2013 12:05 AM
Morocco and Bahia are obviously two different places with very different cultures. But having traveled through both, I would imagine that a Moroccan would find somewhere like Amazonas much more unusual and interesting than the dry climate, old colonial cities and beach towns of the Northeast. That's not to say that a Moroccan would be bored in Bahia - just that there are other options that he/she would find more exotic.
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