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I want to take bus to Brazil. I see that there is some difficulty getting from Panama to Columbia, does anyone have a suggestion. I...

...have a year to plan this trip. Thanks Melinda

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Depends on. What city will you go?
Melinda... The Darien Gap in Panama is going to be your only major obstacle besides the Colombian customs. I'm sure there are many bus services that travel to Colombia from Panama. Don't be afraid to ask a shop owner. Don't ask people in the streets, cuz they'll know you're a tourist & beg for money. The idea is to try to blend in & not look like tourist.
roads and access throughout the northern portion of BRazil are very rough. If I were you I would going down until reach Paraguay and reach Brazil through Mato Grosso, then from Corumba (city in Mato Grosso you can easily reach other Brazilian's points of intereste.
The Pan American Highway is impassible during the rainy season from Panama into and through Colombia. It'll be necessary get this information through the Panamanian and/or Colombian Consulates.
Hello Melinda, thing is, you can't go from panama to colombia or vice versa overland. It has to be by boat. Once you get to colombia go across to venezuela, then down to brazil via boa vista and through to manaus where you get the boat to go down the amazon river. You can also get into brazil from colombia via leticia. Or from peru via iquitos - this is a veeery long boat trip though, or from bolivia. Well there are plenty of options. Buy the Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring. The lonely planet collection is the best guide for any country you go in the world, by far! The south america one gives you info on every single country in SA, places to stay, accommodation, how to go across the borders, the best borders and tells you how to get from panama to colombia.

hope you have a great trip
Where r u now? El camino entre Panama y Colombia es muy peligroso, te conviene otro tipo de equipo para traslado (avión). Hay guerrilleros rebeldes, drogas y otros tipos de peligro en la región. Necesito saber dónde estás ahora! Abrazo!
I think the best and easiest way to go to Brasil by bus is to go from Panama to Peru and then to northern Chile city Antofagasta, from there take a bus to Salta in Argentina and from there to Assuncion in Paraguay. From Assuncion in Paraguay there are buses to Foz do iguaçu, Sao PAulo or Rio de Janeiro in Brasil.
There are another options but I think this is the best safe/time/cost option. Also it depends if u r alone or not when travelling. if u r not alone can go through an more adventure route.
Regards.
Tadeu Ferreira
I agree with Tadeu!
From Assuncion in Paraguay there are buses to Campo Grande if you want to visit Pantanal or Bonito and then you can go from Campo Grande to Foz iguaçu(16 hours), Sao PAulo(14h) or Rio de Janeiro(23hours) in Brasil.
Good Luck
Hope to see you down here
Lucy
Melinda,

Be careful with the pieces of advice you get...

Stick to Charlie's post. On top of that, I would add that you do have the option to go down the Madeira River from Manaus, instead of down the Amazon.

The difference is that the Amazon flows East, to Brazil's Northeast coast and the Madeira flows South, closer to the Southern border of the Amazon forest and to the flooded plains of the Pantanal.

Still complementing Charlie's post, get the most up to date guide you can find. Still, things might be a tad different when you get there.

I say that because my family crossed the Darien Gap twice on a car trip from Brazil to Alaska and back.

On the way up, there was a very nice norwegian ferry, with disco and all, from Colombia to Colon, Panama. On the way South, almost a year later, the ferry had interrupted the operations and the car had to be shipped to Venezuela in a container. It took 16 hours on the way North and 15 days on the way South.

Unless you won 1st place in the Camel Trophy, there is no overland routes between Panama and Colombia. It is Swampland region.

Knowing this, I'd fly from Panama to Venezuela, and from there take a bus to Manaus.
I need to know where you are now? if you are in Panama I think that the better way to came to Brazil is by arplane, other way you have to ask in a travel agency the better way to do this trip, for sure is a dangerus trip and before you live Panama you have to knom much better the way you will gonna do, at least a think is better found a way to take a plane to a coutry near of Brazil than you cross the border by land.
I need to know where you are now? if you are in Panama I think that the better way to came to Brazil is by arplane, other way you have to ask in a travel agency the better way to do this trip, for sure is a dangerus trip and before you live Panama you have to knom much better the way you will gonna do, at least a think is better found a way to take a plane to a coutry near of Brazil than you cross the border by land.
Hi Melinda. I guess y will have to make some compromises concerning your trip to the south. I recommend reaching Venezuela and then travel with bus to Manaus, from there with a boat to Belém (5 days in a hammock, very very hot clima) From Belem y have a lot of different options, f.e. to Salvador (bus trip takes 33 hours in a semi sleeper)and so on. There is also i direct flight from Miama to Manaus, thts why you meet many US Americans there. They all have their 'Lonely Planet Guide' in hands for further infos. It's a very adventurous trip and very exciting. Good luck! And enjoy it!
Try this /colombia
Forget about it! You can´t go by bus to Brasil from northern South America! Unless you go to the southern countries: Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina (buses are better from Argentina and Uruguay), you shouldn´t venture going by bus to Brasil.
Get a plane. If you need a quote, contact us.
well u could go with the 101 bus there are also others it depends on the particuly city u going to...
what a fantastic trip!
Great adventure!
Some people leave Panama to Colombia crossing the sea, they get a job in a marina in panama and in exchange the boats take them to the colombian continent. people say that the ride is absolutely terrible!

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