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Brazil - Travel Blog & Photos from a Backpacker

Places, Experiences, Info, Tips + 1457 Photos from Brazil

A vast land, Brazil shares a border with nearly all other countries in South America! The variety of animal and plant life is astounding, beautiful beaches on the eastern coast and cities surrounded by jungles. The wide open plains in the south take you deep into the land of the Gaucho. The mighty Amazon river in the north offers adventure tours and the Pantanal amazing wildlife!

I have visited Brazil 7 times, most recently to many places including the beaches on the northern coast plus cities like Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Salvador! On previous travels I have been twice in the south, for a tour of the Pantanal, Foz do Iguaçu waterfalls, Rio de Janeiro and twice in the far north in Manaus, Santarem, Belem and Macapa and have done 3 journeys on the Amazon River. Here are my experiences and story.
Olinda: Charm Of An Artists Haven On A Hilltop, Boneco Museum
"Olinda is all for the eyes, it's not tangible, it's all desire", a quote from the poem called Olinda by Brazilian poet Carlos Pena Filho. Olinda is the postcard perfect place for pleasant sightseeing, it's kind of like a painting! That's my line, not from a poem. More
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Recife: City Of Waterways & Bridges, Culture & Dutch History  » photoset (76 photos) «
An historical center surrounded by water with old stone churches popping out by the dozen and bridges with picturesque views of the city all around! Recife reminds me of some of the Dutch colonies I have been to in the way the buildings all stand side-by-side in front of the water. More
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Maceio and Maragogi: Crystal Blue-Green Waters & White Sands  » photoset (49 photos) «
Maceio and Maragogi - there is a huge contrast between these 2 great beaches on Brazil's northern coast a few hours south of Recife! Firstly Maceio is a city beach and therefore is absolutely packed with people by the thousand, Maragogi 2hrs 45mins further north however, is much more easy-going and there's ample space for everyone. More
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Penedo and Neopolis: Relaxing Riverside Town With Colonial Architecture  » photoset (73 photos) «
Penedo was one of my favourite stops on my travels up the Brazilian coast from Salvador to Natal! It's a small riverside town with colonial architecture and is positioned with beautiful views of the river and surrounding area. A beautifully peaceful place with a relaxed atmosphere and a welcome break from the big cities and busy beaches on this journey! I arrived in Penedo by bus from Aracaju (3hrs 30mins south) where I had spent the night after being in Salvador for carnival (Salvador is 5hrs south of Aracaju). More
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Salvador da Bahia: Watching The City Warm Into Full Carnival Mode  » photoset (95 photos) «
The thunderous sound of rumbling drums bouncing off stone facades and cobblestone streets echo in the night, the historic center of Pelourinho is gearing up for carnival, the streets are alive with the music and culture of Salvador, this is the African heart of Brazil! I spent several days watching and enjoying the city warm into full carnival mode without the crowds and costs associated with the main event, simple street parades and fun each night. More
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Brasilia: Futuristic Buildings In A City Built In The Shape Of An Airplane  » photoset (30 photos) «
I flew into Brasilia from Sao Paolo, this seemed extremely appropriate because Brasilia - the capital of Brazil is built in the shape of an aircraft and it's located well-inland from the coastal cities. It's a planned city built in 1960 and I had come to see the futuristic buildings! From the airport I took an Uber taxi to a hostel in the city center but it wasn't really a city center, more like a town center. More
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Sao Paulo: The Biggest City In All Of South America By Far!  » photoset (110 photos) «
Sao Paulo is a monster, it's a biggy, as in very large, the biggest city in all of South America, but it's a good city and believe me you will see only a small fraction of what the city has to offer unless you stay here for several weeks! I know only a small selection of places and things about Sao Paulo from my 3 days here. More
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Rio de Janeiro: Spectacular Setting, Kind Of Otherworldly  » photoset (144 photos) «
The most striking feature about Rio de Janeiro is its setting in a harbor of compact mountains and beautiful beaches. Add to that several spectacular landmarks, a diverse culture, economical buffet lunches and as I discovered, some phenomenal architecture! I arrived in Rio by plane from Foz do Iguaçu (1hr 50mins) and took a taxi from the airport to a hostel. More
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Foz do Iguaçu: (Waterfalls) Simply Fantastic - Don't Miss It!  » photoset (28 photos) «
The utterly amazing Iguaçu Falls is without question one of the most stunning and must-see sights in South America, period! You just can't beat a spectacular natural wonder. I had been to the falls twice before in Argentina but this was my first time on the Brazilian side. More
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Pacaraima to Boa Vista: Full Speed Ahead At 140kms Per Hour  » photoset (22 photos) «
After crossing the border from Santa Elena in Venezuela to Pacaraima in Brazil I took a co-op taxi south to Boa Vista. At times the speed was between 120kms and 140kms per hour. It cost 25 Reais ($15USD) and took over 2 and a half hours and included a coffee stop along the way. More
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Manaus: Views Of The Amazing Amazon River And Nice City  » photoset (34 photos) «
I came to Manaus on a 12hr bus journey from Boa Vista in the north. I planned to stay a few days, have a look around and decide whether to go east downstream on the Amazon River to Belem on the coast or west upstream back to Colombia. I stayed in a hostel in the center of town on a main street near many of the city's popular sights. More
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Manaus to Tabatinga (Amazon River): 6 Days/6 Nights On The Hammock Deck  » photoset (58 photos) «
I wanted to get back to Colombia from Manaus on the Amazon River, it is a long 6 night journey up river but I was looking forward to having an experience that I think many people wonder what it would be like to do. I bought a ticket from down at the port, the cost was 340 Reais which is just over $200USD. More
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Tabatinga to Leticia (Colombian Border): I Made It Back To Colombia  » photoset (8 photos) «
2016: Came through the Brazilian Amazon to get to Colombia from Rio de Janeiro. The Tabatinga passport office was closed when I arrived at Tabatinga Airport in the evening. The passport office is about halfway between Tabatinga Airport and Leticia. The office hours are 8am-12pm and 2pm-6pm daily. More
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Rio Grande: An Old City And Port Town In The South  » photoset (20 photos) «
The reason I decided to visit Rio Grande for a night was because it is roughly halfway between Chuy on the Uruguayan border and Porto Alegre a few hours more north. Basically to get a nights sleep and while I was there - to have a look around. From Chuy across the border to La Victoria took 25mins and from there it took 4hrs 40mins by bus up to Rio Grande. More
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Porto Alegre: City With Many Historical Buildings And Fantastic Graffiti Art  » photoset (71 photos) «
Porto Alegre is an interesting city to explore. I came here not knowing what to expect but I knew there were sights to be seen from photos I had viewed on the internet, it is also recommended in Lonely Planet. I arrived from the city of Rio Grande 4hrs 40mins south, a man at my hotel there told me I shouldn't go to Porto Alegre because there was nothing to see - he must be blind. More
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Florianopolis: Island Of Paradise, Beaches, Bays, Boulders And Sea  » photoset (92 photos) «
I could not have been more fortunate as I travelled by bus 6hrs and 15mins from Porto Alegre up to Florianopolis! During the 30min dinner break, while outside having a smoke I got to talking with a young man in his 20's who was from Florianopolis but lived in Porto Alegre. More
Read more about Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana
Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana: My 1st Overland Border Cross In Sth America
I entered Brazil from Uruguay in the very south into the dual border city of Santana do Livramento and Rivera but there was no border control and I didn't know I was supposed to find them myself, so I didn't get a stamp in my passport. I spent the night in this city in a cheap hotel. More
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Corumba: On My Way To The Pantanal  » photoset (12 photos) «
I arrived in Corumba from Bolivia on the Death Train in the morning and took a taxi from the border control to the bus terminal which is where a couple of tour operators have offices. After the whole night on the train it was too soon to make a decision about the Pantanal tour. More
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Pantanal (Wildlife Forest & Grasslands): A Safe And Fun Experience  » photoset (37 photos) «
The 90 minute bus journey to the entance of the Pantanal park from Corumba saw us pass mountains, trees and a lot of greenery. I was getting a real sense of being in the jungle and started to see a few animals like a jabiru stork and its huge nest in a tree beside the road. More
Read more about Campo Grande to Foz
Campo Grande to Foz: You Never Know Who's Onboard The Bus
This was a 10hr bus journey through the night leaving at 8:30pm. Halfway through the night the bus stopped at a police checkpoint. They came onboard. I was asleep and a policeman woke me up, he wanted to see everyones passport or ID. They may have run dogs through the luggage compartment. More
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Santarem: Amazon River City & Alter do Chao Beach  » photoset (104 photos) «
My 2nd time in the Amazon started in the city of Santarem, it took me 24hrs to get here from northern Colombia with 2 flights down to Leticia, a motorbike taxi across the border to Tabatinga - Brazil for a flight to Manaus, then a long wait at the airport until the flight to Santarem. More
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Santarem to Belem (Amazon River): 2 Nights On The Hammock Deck  » photoset (51 photos) «
My 2nd time in the Brazilian Amazon started in Santarem and after enjoying the city and surroundings I wanted to head east to Belem. At the Santarem Port I payed $130 Reals (about $40USD) for a ferry ticket. It was to be a 48hr journey with 2 nights sleeping on the crowded but fun hammock deck. More
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Belem: A Colonial Amazon City With Many Sights  » photoset (117 photos) «
At first glance Belem doesn't look so appealing but in reality it is a very interesting city with many sights and historical buildings to discover around the center. I arrived in Belem at the port after a 43hr Amazon River journey by ferry from Santarem towards the west. More
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Belem to Macapa (Amazon River): 1 Night On The Hammock Deck  » photoset (69 photos) «
After enjoying several days in Belem, at the main port I bought a ferry ticket to Macapa in the north/west. Although there is an office at the port that sells tickets to Macapa, it was not open. Men sell the tickets from inside and outside the port terminal, but they do not wear any form of identification so I asked a woman at another ticket office if they were legitimate and she said yes they were. More
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Macapa: See The Fortress & Equator Monument At This Amazon City  » photoset (38 photos) «
Located in the northern Amazon, Macapa is known as 'the capital of the middle of the world' because the city sits right on the equator. However, apart from the great fortress in the city center beside the Amazon River, it is not much of a capital, it's a shabby place, the equator monument and gardens are not even attractive. More
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Macapa to Oiapoque: Heading North To The 3 Guianas  » photoset (19 photos) «
The road from Macapa to Oiapoque is about as remote as it gets! It is the most northern road on the east coast of Brazil and it's good for one thing only - getting to and from French Guiana. There used to be flights between these 2 places but no more. More
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Oiapoque: On The Border Of French Guiana In The Far North  » photoset (39 photos) «
Oiapoque is as far north as you can get on the east coast of Brazil and is the border town that sits on one side of the Oyapock River, the other side is French Guiana. I arrived in Oiapoque late one night after a long trip by car from Macapa, the next city southward. More

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