Where to go in Brazil?

Our round-the-world tickets take us to Brazil, into Rio and out of São Paulo three weeks later. Unlike Australia (where we are taking 3 internal flights) there is no Brazilian airline in the OneWorld alliance, so any flights within Brazil will have to be bought in addition.

Having looked at various options, it seems that GOL is the best airline for cheap fares. The alternatives (TAM, Azul, WebJet, OceanAir and Trip) all seem to be more expensive. To search all of them at once, try Mundi.com.br, as I found that the flight search site I usually use (Kayak) only picks up flights from TAM. Alternatively, if you go straight to the GOL site and choose “buscar por preço” (search by price) it will show you the costs of flying on different dates, which can vary massively. Note that you also seem to get shown more days if you use the site in Portuguese than when you switch to English.

Brazil is a big country – roughly the same size as the continental USA. So we’re not expecting to see all of it. But it would be good to see more than just the area around the big cities in the south east. So some of the options we are considering are the following:

Salvador: The historic african heart of Brazil with some amazing beaches along the coast.

The Pantanal: The world’s biggest wetland, almost the size of the UK and home to jaguars and alligators.

Iguaçu Falls: One of the world’s biggest waterfalls on the border with Argentina and Paraguay.

We don’t want to miss out on seeing things, but we also don’t want to burn ourselves out. Decisions. Decisions.

3 thoughts on “Where to go in Brazil?

  1. Hi Chris,

    Yes, Salvador is a must. The other place really incredible is the Pantanal. Also, there is “Lençóis Maranhenses”, and a trip on the Amazon River (mind you a four-hour flight from Rio!)…so many places to see and so little time…In Rio, you could go to Ilha Grande, Paraty and Buzios. I think you ought to spend at least five or six days in Rio itself. Less than that you won´t see anything. I´m looking foward to meeting you all when you´re around. Love from Rio!

  2. A nice place is also “Porto de Galinhas”, between Maceio and Recife (NE of Brazil). You know you could talk to Sarah and Jim (my former studnets, you´ve met them). They have been there and to Brazil, I guess more than once. If you don´t have their email, just let me know. They live in Wolvercote.xx

  3. As for buying tickets in Brazil: it all depends. Air fares are usually very expensive and if you could buy them beforehand that maybe would be better. For instance, Rio-São Paulo can cost something like 165 pounds if you buy over the counter. Having said that, sometimes they have last minute offers. Bear in mind that Brazil is much bigger than Europe (yes, Europe!) and flying around can be very costy. Iguazu Falls are fine, but I wouldn´t choose them if you have a limited number of days/places…I think the girls would enjoy the beaches or somewhere like Lençois much better. Anyway, you should talk to Sarah and Jim, definitely!

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