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Traveling to Brazil; any tips for me?

My girlfriend and I are planning to go to Brazil in June. We want to see all the important tourist spots there. How do we arrange our travel.Can we explore on our own? Where shouldwe stay?We can't spend much,so pls suggest cheap places.

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Yes, you both can travel on your own, just do not carry too many valuable goods while touring, you can leave them in lockers. There are many good hostels in the main cities, just take a look on the internet. In Rio I recomend Che Lagarto on Ipanema. And in São Paulo there are hostels on Vila Madalena district called Sampa Hostel and Casa Club Hostel Bar, which sound really nice. If you have enough time try to visit Paraty and Ilha Grande (State of Rio de Janeiro). São Paulo and Rio offer good public transportation with the subway system and you can travel by bus to other states without trouble. Just make an effort to learn some Portuguese and try not to act like a "gringo" in some places! Enjoy!
There are many spots to see in Brazil, if you want to see the lame ones you can go to Rio or São Paulo, but the most beautifull in Brazil is not the Capitals but the nature; You can go for the Rainforest on the north; to the beautifull beaches on the northeast or on the south (Santa Catarina state) or even to the Green Canyons on the Rio Grande do Sul state with many towns that reminds European style. There's also Chapada Diamantina in Bahia; Lençois Maranhenses in Maranhão and Pantanal in Mato Grosso do Sul. Check some photos in google to see what fits you best and you can search hostels or b&b's in the spots off-road it's way cheaper than in the main Rio-São Paulo axes. Have a nice trip.
The major tourist destinations are in the south e.g. Rio, but they are also the most expensive. If you want cheaper head north Salvador, Recife, Olinda, Porto de Galinhas, Natal, Fortaleza. You can do all this on your own. If slying you should check out and get a multi stop Latin Pass from before you travel. You can also get a lot of info on my site . It covers the State of Pernambuco in the tropical northeast region. The guide includes details of where to stay, what to see, whee to eat, bars & nightlife etc. If you want more information you cna email me
South Brazil it is great, you should come to Florianopolis (is a island) is so beautiful here. Can be cold to go to the beach but anyway you guys can have a wonderful time and do not spend to much. I recomend go to Bonito at Mato Grosso do Sul and some town like Ouro Preto at Minas Gerais as well.
If you decide como to Florianopolis let me know I can show the city and help you , will be my pleasure. :)
South Brazil it is great, you should come to Florianopolis (is a island) is so beautiful here. Can be cold to go to the beach but anyway you guys can have a wonderful time and do not spend to much. I recomend go to Bonito at Mato Grosso do Sul and some town like Ouro Preto at Minas Gerais as well.
If you decide como to Florianopolis let me know I can show the city and help you , will be my pleasure. :)
You guys will have to specify how many weeks you want to spend in Brazil. Basically you will have to decide if you want to go: Southeast ( Rio and São Paulo - and from there you can go South - Paraná, Santa Catarina); Northeast ( Recife, Natal, Joao Pessoa - more for beaches, sand dunes, small towns); North ( Manaus - rain forest - more expensive trip). In order to travel through all these three areas in the same trip to Brazil you will travel a lot by plain. If you decide to pic one of these regions try to get flights that go to one of these areas and avoid flying like six ours just over Brazil ( in case you come in through Recife and want to go and visit Rio from there).
Well, Brazil is a very huge country. I´d say go backpacking. We have the most amazing beaches ever. June is winter, but the north remains hot (but rains a lot). Start in any beach in the north and go down by bus or plane. Stay in hostels (cheap and quite good). The country side is as amazing as the beaches, if you are looking for nature go to Pantanal, Bonito or Amazonia (if you have the adventure style). If you are looking for party try Sao Paulo, Rio, Belo Horizonte, Florianopolis, Curitiba, Salvador or any other big city.
Before start arranging (that you can do on your own) decide what kind of trip do you have in mind, it will make easier.
I suggest you check out the state of Bahia...Fly into Salvador, hang out there a couple of days to see the important spots like Pelourinho...then you can bus it to Valenca and catch a boat to Morro de Sao Paulo..a cool island, that is a former pirate hideout...the boat trip is R$6 or R$12..(more expensive only arrives quicker..)or you can catch a boat from Salvador, but this is around R$60..but may be worth it, depending on bus fare to Valenca..From Morro, return to Valenca, bus it down to Itacare...a cool alternative village with amazing beaches and famous surfing...next, you head down to Arraial D'Ajuda (where I live) This town is on the radar of most international travelers, and for good reason...you can visit the nearby villages of Trancoso, Porto Seguro and Caraiva..all really cool..you can fly out of Porto and back to Salvador, or continue down to Rio...Traveling in Bahia by bus is easy, cheap, and safe..in the towns I mentioned above, you can find simple, clean, and safe pousadas for a good price (from March to Dec.)...The weather in June is pretty good in this region of Brazil, still very warm...Also, never pay the price you are quoted for a pousada...offer 15% (at least) below the price they quote...always...Brazil is the land of negotiating..Especially in June, pousadas are desperate for your business...if they wont deal, walk out and go to the next...pousadas are a dime a dozen in tourist towns...Best of Luck
You guys will have to specify how many weeks you want to spend in Brazil how much money do you have to spend, what cain of the thinks do you want see, how long do you want stay, etc. Basically you will have to decide if you want to go: Southeast ( Rio and São Paulo - and from there you can go South - Paraná, Santa Catarina, Porto Alegre, where do you find more Italians, Germanys, etc.); Northeast ( Recife, Natal, Joao Pessoa - more for beaches, sand dunes, small towns, Portuguese, Spanish and Nerdherlands heritage); North ( Manaus - rain forest - native indians, more expensive trip). In order to travel through all these three areas in the same trip to Brazil you will travel a lot by plain (do you can buy a pass in the major Brazilian airline . more cheap and do you can go up 6 top Citys in Brazil). If you decide to pic one of these regions try to get flights that go to one of these areas and avoid flying like six ours just over Brazil ( in case you come in through Recife and want to go and visit Rio or the rest of our country, we have a International Aiport too that can link you to european countrys, US, Africa, etc. from here).
The major tourist destinations are in the southeast , Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo, but they are also the most expensive. If you want cheaper.... head northeast, Salvador, Recife, Maceió, João Pessoa, Olinda, Porto de Galinhas, Natal, Fortaleza, If you like beaches and a cold beer at pristine sand also sun all day long, etc. You can do all this on your own of course but do you have to be carefull about your own safe (2 girls ?? only…. I really don’t recommend that…. your guys to do this alone could be dangerous. Do you can find many information’s about where are places to stay in the Like cheap hostels, 1 or 2 stars Hotels, Pousadas, etc., , locals guides, transportation from bus, etc., but all ways do you must have some man companion to have safe trip or be in a group.
So....I need more than that to answer your's question specifically and give nice and safe route to you.
i think you would love Algodoal Beach is an exotic beach with many beatys, like, lakes, nature at all. It is in Pará state, search on google its amazing and very romantic.
YES, I can help you in Rio de Janeiro. I can get you the best place to stay for a great price as well to assist you with all information about places to go. You can get the best out of Rio from
Brazil is a big country; where do you want to go, and the most important thing is: Do you want to have a cool, beach and sand vacation or a very active one with rock climbing sailing and more adrenaline things? Let me know.
Well, depending on how long you intend to stay here, my suggestions would be to spend one week in Northeastern state such as Bahia, Paraiba or Pernambuco, but not at the coast because in rains a lot this period, you guys should take advantage of the June contryside parties season (festas juninas) which are a very fascinating experience for you to get to know local aspects of culture sest are in Caruaru (Pernambuco) and in Bahia countryside choose among Lençois, where there is a breathtaking tour among hills, valleys , falls and natural pools, or in Vitoria da Conquista. After that you could come down to Rio for a couple of days, take Rio-Santos road, stop by Ilha Grande (unique landscape with desert beaches and wonderful green areas) and a week in Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande (on the way to Sao Paulo) then I suggest at least 2 full days in Sao Paulo city, to experience the best of cultural, gastronomic and dancing spots in this country. Try the hostels indicated by some of our friends here.
Yes you can travel on your on just be careful as to not walk arourd with lots of valuables. You want to see Corcovado and sugar loaf (Pao de Acuar) and as for a place to saty you can rent a clean apartment if in Rio by calling 312-473-3495 or 55-21-8188-6243 they will have you with all your travel needs as well as make sure you're safe there in Rio. Try calling Samuel
Every one has a little something to add on. Brazil is huggggeee and there is loads to do everywhere you go especially related to beaches and mountains. I am at Espirito Santos (Vitoria) and its quite a calm city, its easier to pass through if you on your way to bahia (which has awesome beaches). Around us is Vila Velha which has the Garoto factory(if u have a sweet tooth), a monastry on top on a mountain (convento).... around us is guarapari, Aracruz, Domingo Martins and if you want to see Pedra Azul which is the mountain spring that has a mineral water company named after it. There are loads of places you can put up at on the way - but big hint is to know the basics in portugese to communicate ..
Dear Traveller,
You can visit many spots as a tourist and other spots to get to know how is the real culture of Carioca (local people from Rio). If you are looking for cheap place to stay, you can choose some of hostels located in Ipanema. Chearper yet if you stay in a hostel in Botafogo nighborhood. Visit Christ Reddemer and Sugar Loaf. Go to a soccer game at Maracanã Stadium and also to a Samba school Rehearsal. But the most amaizing tour is the Favela Rocinha Tour. Very rich culturaly speaking. Visit . Travel Safe. Take care.
Id reccomend visiting Salvador , Bahia. Great tourist area and very popular for its historic sites and of course BEACHES! Many miles of beaches similar to miami beach but hundred miles longer. Bueatiful people and lots of sun. Many hotels on the strip and a big tourist destination so you wont feel alone. Salvador is known for its night life and party scene.
Of course u can go by your own!!! But should be carefull and don´t take to much mony with you, a credit card would be better. There is also a special card from VISA that is called "cash passport" and you can bring some money with ensurance stuff by pre-paid credit.

If I were you... I would visit Sao Paulo and Rio just for 2 days each because it´s expensive and to busy, than you can enjoy places to relax. I saw some tip about Salvador, Recefe and other places on the Norht, I really prefere everything on South but to visit in June is better to go up to the North beacuse of winter time and there is a lot of beautiful places to see and to relax without spending too much money.

One week in a simple hotel at Salvador can cust about R$700,00 or U$ 300,00.
Hey ladiesman. It's nice to know you're coming to Brazil!
As all the people said Brazil is a Wonderfull and Huge Country! Nevertheless, much tourists preffer known places such as Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza, Natal, Pantanal, Rio de Janeiro (My Marvelous City) and etc.
I can advice you few places to visit here in RIO as I'm a Travel & Tourism Consultant, maybe my advices can be helpfull. Our friend above just said you can stay in a Hostel in Ipanema, but has she warned you about the last news?

Rio de Janeiro is a city like the others and we face all the problems that all capitals have in the world, so safety you make it yourself being carefull.

My advice: LAPA is a bohemian neighboohood and it's growing, with many bars and restaurants with live music on weekends or else you go to a Karaoke place and yourself can sing! I myself love it! About the safety, you see many policemen around all the time to try to keep us as safe as possible.
I've been living in Lapa for 6 years and you rarely see or know about problems.

I've got two short term apartments in LAPA, 1 of them just half block from the Arches of Lapa and I can quote you the prices depending on the days you'd like to stay.
Just write me if you're interested or please I'll be glad to answer your questions about any place in Rio or in other states of our Brazil.
My Best Regards
Léo
I recommend you to go to the countryside, where you can see wonderful things. Avoid big cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, they are too violent and unsafe for tourists. Some spots you can see: 1) Bonito and Pantanal, with a lot of wildlife and wonderful sceneries. 2) Iguaçu Falls, the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. 3) Beaches of Santa Catarina, where the services offered are better than the Northeast region, the only thing is that the temperatures of the water are a bit low. You can buy some cheap airtickets from abroad, paying for a packet of four or five flights. You can also use bus lines, that are comfortable for many parts. You can stay on cheap "pousadas" that are less expensive than hotels. I hope you enjoy your trip!
Hi, not easy to answer.
Brasil is very big with different places, environment and nature or city /cultural stuff.
what do you like ?
oi,
it would take hours to write you in localite all the nice places in brazil.
if you want to travel cheap, buy a lonely planet guide from brazil (you'll find in any book store in the US). there is everything written what you want or you don't want.
only one advice for your travel: take care for bandits in brazil!
I suggest to u go to RJ. Its the most beautiful and amusement place ever...
U can stay on Colinas Hotel in Ipanema, its a very nice and cheap one. Very near to the beach and all the good stuffs, like clubs, restaurants, commerce....
U can travel by yourself of course but is very interesting u have someone to give u tips, like the best restaurants, places and party to go, where u should know, where u shouldnt know.....Things like this u know??
Hey!!There is a romantic city called Ouro Preto. Now a days it is university city and during winter is quite nice, with many festivals. You can stay there and then go to Rio de Janeiro in a pleasant way do do it.
There is so many beautiful cities and nice things to do arround. It is better you say to us for how long you are plannig to stay in Brasil. Any further questions I am here!
Depending where you are going in Brazil, it might be a good idea to check for available tours, just to be safer. The most popular places are Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador, Florianopolis, and Manaus. Each one has different food, looks, music, cultural attractions. It is like going to many different countries. In my oppinion, Fortaleza and Recife are the best ones. Do not cary much cash with you, do not bring jewelry and, if possible, try to hire a local bi lingual tourism guide to help you guys.
hi, stay in hostels. = cheap! u can explore at your own, bring maps. if u need a tourguide -> contact me! best, soeren
Well, we can divide the main tourist spots by region. It's more fair, since the country is really big and diverse. If you like some european atmosphere, south is the place. If you like cosmopolitan and crowded places, you should choose the southest. Sun and paradise beaches, northeast. Forest and adventure, north (amazonia) and center-west (pantanal). Teh prices will depend on the schedules and distance you choose. Any place in Brazil can offer you really expensive and cheap agenda. You just have to find the right people on the cities you are visiting.

Peace
It all depends from where you will be flying from to Brasil. Hostels are good options but beware of safety issues.

A must is Rio, which is Brasil's heart. Other great locations are the Amazon, Brasilia, Paraty, Salvador, Buzios, Fortaleza just to name a few.

But be realistic, you won't be able to see everything, specially on a tight budget, so plan ahead of time and decide what you really want, so you will enjoy it truly instead of trying to do everything in a short period of time.

Please, let me know what cities do you have in mind and I send you all the hotels, transport and places to visit. I think this is the easier way. Best Regards, Pérola
June is not high season in Brazil, which is good if you're trying to save money. At the same time, it's not as hot as summer. Hostels are good options in all places. What you must see is definetely Rio de Janeiro. Then, depending on what you like and how much time you'll have available, there are other options. If you want, you can check my profile. That's exactly the service I offer. And I'm sure you'll have a great time!
Since u are coming during our fall/winter as if u can call it, down south won´t be any good for beaches, only all the way north east(Natal, Pipa, Fortaleza)all of those ghave visitors site on the internet. Places not soo cheap but really really worth visiting for a couple days , Iguaçu falls, u can go by bus from rio or sao paulo, Fernando de Noronha ,(an island norht east, paradise style, nothing like cancun), Chapada Diamantina , in Bahia, worth spending 2 days in salvador and then take the bus. Long ride , but way cheaper, and it is an experience u will never regret. Also central part, if u like modern archtecture, head to brasilia, and from there chapada dos viadeiros..... surreal places
hi...belo horizonte and brasilia are nice places to visit too. Belo-Horizonte is really peaceful and has lots of tourist centers while brasilia is constructed to attract tourists...
It depends on ur purpose and what attracts you and your girlfriend. If your looking for somewhere cheap that you´ll both have memories of then you suld go for states like Brasilia/Goias, Porto Alegre, Belo-Horizonte or Rio grande do Norte. These places have extraordinary interesting places for tourists. I wont advice on your travelling alone if you cant speak portuguese very well on the other hand if you can speak well, its more interesting and adventurous to go yourselves.
Travelling by bus(Onibus) is one option cos you´ll get to know various places and its cheaper too. You can contact honest people living in some of the listed areas like old/married couples or families that has family houses but no one occupying the rooms because the children has moved out. That can help with cheap accommodation or better still lodge in hotels.
One advice is to be careful when dealing with money and some brasilians
Hi!
The main spots in Brazil for me:
- Rio de Janeiro city and Angra dos Reis
- Salvador, Porto Seguro (nice city, nice beaches, nice people)
- Recife (wonderful beaches)
- Natal (Dunes, beaches)
- Manaus (Amazonas Forest)
- Pantanal Region (wonderful nature)
- Foz do Iguaçu (Big Waterfalls)
- Brasília (nice architecture)
- Sao Paulo city (20.000.000 people, nightlife, restaurants, nice tour guides :), etc)
- Florianópolis (beaches, dunes, nature, surfing)

If u don´t have much to spend try to travel inside Brasil by bus during the night and stay in cheap hostels like ones from youth hostelling international.

Regards and enjoy Brasil!!!!
Hi!
The main spots in Brazil for me:
- Rio de Janeiro city and Angra dos Reis
- Salvador, Porto Seguro (nice city, nice beaches, nice people)
- Recife (wonderful beaches)
- Natal (Dunes, beaches)
- Manaus (Amazonas Forest)
- Pantanal Region (wonderful nature)
- Foz do Iguaçu (Big Waterfalls)
- Brasília (nice architecture)
- Sao Paulo city (20.000.000 people, nightlife, restaurants, nice tour guides :), etc)
- Florianópolis (beaches, dunes, nature, surfing)

If u don´t have much to spend try to travel inside Brasil by bus during the night and stay in cheap hostels like ones from youth hostelling international.

Regards and enjoy Brasil!!!!
Don't forget to visit the historical city of Paraty which is easily reached by bus from Rio(Costa Verde company)or
Sao Paulo(Vilas Reunidas company)It takes about 4 hours from either location.My suggestion is to go from Rio because the highway follows the coast and you can marvel at the beautiful countryside(mountains,the sea and many islands)
Just type Paraty Brazil into your google search bar and you will have many sites.You can stay at Center hotel(hostel) which belongs to a friend of mine, John,who is from England.If you should decide to visit our city then give us a hello.
Best regards
Roland Meyer Paraty Brazil
You can difinately travel on your own ...

The best places are where is not most advertised in the international media regarding hot tourists spots in brazil.

that being said.

FORTALEZA in the state of CEARÁ is the best bang for your buck.

From Beaches, endless dunes, off-roading to get to your hotel and the biggest waterpark in the world makes it an easy choice.

if you need more info.



take care.
Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are most visited cities. But in Brazil we have other beautiful states to visit and learning our interesting and intriguing culture!
Contact me via ... That's my Rio-Brazil-Lat.Am. travel counsel website. I cater to travelers of ALL budgets.
Jim
Hello!
Welcome to Brazil!
I´ll suggest some cities from norheast, including mine, Fortaleza.
You should go to Salvador-BA. It´s a very good place to understand how is made brazilian culture and people and how it can be different from south of Brazil.
Later you can come to Recife. Another good the city too see historical places. Take care with the sharks! :) João Pessoa another great place. It´s a small and nice capitol. I recommend you stop between Recife and João Pessoa in some beach. You can visit also Natal and later Fortaleza. Before Natal I recommend Pipa and after Natal, Icapuí and Canoa Quebrada. You´ll need a guide, one of those bibles you buy in magazines to go on your own. Try to learn some basic words in portuguese and ever contact LocaLytes! The cheaper places you´ll find avoiding resting much time in the capitols and spending more time in the beaches, prefering those bed and breakfast options. You can find fisher´s houses and rooms for rent with the locals.
If you decide to come to my region, please contact me for more information and maybe I can organise something for you.
Hello, My name is Diego. I live in The South part Of the country. Well. My suggestion is not go to the Big cities as São Paulo and Rio because I've heard of a lot of crimes with tourist around that area! Especially gringos! The thieves take advantage of them because they're much more vunerable than someone who speaks the native language and knows how things work! SO the best place you and your girlfriend could go is the south becuase any time of the year you have a big variety of options to go, because beyond beautiful beaches we have ecotourism which is very cheap too! And if you want to come on july.. you should visit Joinville becuase we have dacing Competition of all kinds from Ballet to street dance! We have a lot of farms around here and we have green landscape all over the place! I really like it here! Well if you decide to visit the south! Let me know ! or cell phone 55 47 8461 5022, So I can get you into more stuff around here! Thank you very much see ya later!
Diego de Lima
My suggestion is that you go to northeastern area. During this time of the year, they have big parties in there, most of them for free, with music, food and fireworks. You can go to places like Campina Grande, in Paraíba; Aracaju, in Sergipe and many other other places. The best day to be in northeast in june is June, the 24th. At yhis day, they celebrate Saint John's day.
See more information here: (in Portuguese)
It depends about location!
did you visit brazil?
Rio must be your door in every trip plan in Brazil, when are you coming?

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