3 weeks Brazil in July
Replies: 12 - Last Post: May 15, 2013 8:52 AM Last Post By: amobr82
Apr 15, 2013 12:04 PM
3 weeks Brazil in JulyHi all!
Intro: After last years trip to Indonesia, it is now time to discover another part of the world, Brazil. Last year I got a lot of great feedback and suggestions on this forum (using a different username), so I hope this time it will be no different.
About the trip: Me and my girlfriend, both 24, will be visiting Brazil for the first time. My girfriend has visited South America before (Ecuador), I have never been to the continent. The only fixed dates until now are that we arrive 29/06 and leave 19/07, both using GRU airport in Sao Paulo.
The places we would love to visit:
Rio de Janeiro
Foz do Iguaçu
28-Jun São Paulo
29-Jun São Paulo
30-Jun São Paulo - Iguazu
2-Jul Iguazu - Pantanal
3-Jul Iguazu - Pantanal
9-Jul Pantanal - Salvador
14-Jul Salvador - Rio de Janeiro
15-Jul Rio de Janeiro
16-Jul Rio de Janeiro
17-Jul Rio de Janeiro
18-Jul Rio de Janeiro - São Paulo
19-Jul São Paulo
1. Is this a realistic schedule?
2. If not, what is:)?
3. What is the best way to travel from Iguazu to Pantana? I saw another topic that stated there are busconnections, but the post was pretty old.. Anyone who has recent experience on this part of our trip? According to http://www.buscaonibus.com.br/en/ it is possible..
4. Any advise on good travel agencies/tour guides for our Pantanal trip? Ideally we would like to already book our tour at home!
Im sure new additional questions will arise, which I will then add to this topic, but this is a start!
Thank you in advance for your help,
Apr 15, 2013 12:24 PM
1You can take a bus from Iguazu Falls to the Pantanal. If you make it an overnight bus it will save you an extra night accommodation. From Pantanal take the bus to Campo Grande. There is your gateway to the Pantanal. You have plenty of time for the Pantanal if I see it. You might want to consider taking Bonito in your route too. You can combine those easily.
I did a tour to Pantanal to pousada Santa Clara. I can highly recommend them. And you'll find more positive stories about them here on the forum I think. They are fairly and good priced too. www.pousadasantaclara.com.br
Our party was helped by Alex. Very nice guy. I am sure if you ask for him he can help you with a nice trip (maybe a combination with Bonito too). I've recommended him to more people now who were all very enthousiastic about their trip. You can contact them through their website.
After the Pantanal I would book a flight to Salvador.
Have fun! Brazil is great! I have not been to Salvador (yet) but I will be there next year. So if you get back and you've got some tips about places to go to, accommodations etc. I am interested.
Ps. Do not forget to visit the Argentinian side of the Iguazu Falls too!
Apr 15, 2013 1:52 PM
Apr 15, 2013 2:11 PM
3"1. Is this a realistic schedule? 2. If not, what is:)?"
Usually a 3 day tour in the southern Pantanal suffices for most tourists. You could add a day or so to snorkle Bonito.
Buses go through Dorados, and you can get tours from Miranda/Buraco das Piranhas or Corumba, so info about Campo Grande being the gateway is not accurate unless you fly in from Foz.. Best (IMO) to arrange tours there, since many are not online.
"4. Any advise on good travel agencies/tour guides for our Pantanal trip? Ideally we would like to already book our tour at home!"
There are, however, four recommended "low budget" companies that operate from Campo Grande. Their office is in the busstation (rodoviaria) of Campo Grande. You can contact them in English from their site.
I am not a big fan of Sao Paulo, so would cut back days there to the minimum, (day you arrive, and day you leave), unless you are particularly looking forward to something you've read about there (museum, dining, club?).
Flights from Campo Grande to Salvador are expensive. They will also most often take you doubling back through Rio or Sao Paulo with a couple/few hours wait at the airport there. Maybe fly into Rio from Campo Grande to do your touring and then go on to Salvador from there.
You have scheduled a lot of days for Salvador. Do some research about nearby beach areas such as Morro do Sao Paulo, Boipeba, Marau, or even other areas further south in Bahia (Itacare/Ilheus, and/or Porto Seguro/Arraial D'Ajuda/Trancoso from where you could fly back to Rio). July is often rainy in Salvador, but further south in Bahia is another weather area; you should be prepared to be flexible (and grab a bus or plane for elsewhere) should the rain impede your touring.
"3. What is the best way to travel from Iguazu to Pantana? I saw another topic that stated there are bus connections, but the post was pretty old.. Anyone who has recent experience on this part of our trip? According to http://www.buscaonibus.com.br/en/ it is possible.."
Check the price of flights. Often they are equal to the bus. At many times of year, for example, Rio to Foz is about R$200 by bus or plane. (See above for bus route Iguacu to Pantanal.)
Also note that July is a vacation month for many Brazilians, so reservations are a good idea for many popular places.
Apr 17, 2013 5:10 AM
4The company Pantanal trekking as mentioned by Amobr gets fairly mixed reviews. They are one of the cheapest options, so if money is a factor don't discount them but if you can afford to spend more, do so. I went with them and can't say that I didn't enjoy my experience but there were things that could have been better.
Apr 17, 2013 7:59 AM
Apr 19, 2013 10:14 PM
6It is Brazil...Fly everywhere....the flights are incredibly cheap. It is the way that travel happens here.
Although I have never been there I would dump Salavador. You need more time in Sao Paulo and in Iguazzu. For the Pantanal i would suggest http://www.fazendabarrancoalto.com.br..I will be headed back for my fourth visit in August. An amazing place. For Iguazzo I would suggest http://www.hoteldascataratas.com...you can hear the falls from your room...
For your time in the cities you might check outhttp:// www.airbnb.com a geat place to find lodging...travel well....
Apr 20, 2013 5:31 AM
Apr 21, 2013 3:48 PM
8Disagree that you need more time in either SP or Iguassu. Iguassu is great but how many days are you going to spend looking at falls and SP is an interesting city but a better place to visit when you have friends there who can show you all the quirky little places of interest. Salvador is fantastic as it has history, culture and beautiful beaches.
Apr 22, 2013 8:10 AM
May 13, 2013 11:11 AM
10Unfortunately I have been very busy the last month, but I do want to thank you for all you valuable information!
We will probably be using Gil's Pantanal Discovery, anyone have any recent experiences with them?
Please share your stories/opinions/suggestions, they are greatly appreciated!
28-Jun São Paulo
29-Jun São Paulo - Iguazu
1-Jul Iguazu - Bonito
4-Jul Bonito - Pantanal
7-Jul Pantanal - Campo Grande
8-Jul Campo Grande - Salvador
9-Jul Salvador (and surroundings)
10-Jul Salvador (and surroundings)
11-Jul Salvador (and surroundings)
12-Jul Salvador (and surroundings)
13-Jul Salvador - Rio de Janeiro
14-Jul Rio de Janeiro
15-Jul Rio de Janeiro
16-Jul Rio de Janeiro - Paraty/Ilha Grande
17-Jul Paraty/Ilha Grande
18-Jul Paraty/Ilha Grande - São Paulo
19-Jul São Paulo
May 14, 2013 3:37 AM
11WE had a great experience with Pantanal Discovery at Lontra place.
Great guide, great food, one of the best accommodation we had during our time in Brazil.
Plentiful of wildlife while visiting many good spots.
Many activities and the boat tour at night gives a great felling into the pantanal.
We payed 750 riais per person for a double room and it was worth, it all went well.
Met many people catching the transfer from pantanal to Bonito and heard many bad reports about Ecological expedition. Some where disappointed with the lazy and drunk guides and others complaining about the organization during the tour.
I hope you have a good trip to pantanal .
May 15, 2013 8:52 AM
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