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Macapa to Oiapoque, Brazil - 8hrs By Car To Travel 590kms, 12hrs By Bus

Brazil travel blog by a backpacker - April 2015   » View Photoset (19 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for nearly 10yrs!
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
Brazil Photo - House and buildings on a property between Macapa and Oiapoque.
House and buildings on a property between Macapa and Oiapoque.
for one thing only - getting to and from French Guiana. There used to be flights between these 2 places but no more.

8hrs by Car, 12hrs by Bus

There are 2 options for this trip, 8-9hrs in a car or around 12hrs in a bus. It's not particularly scenic or beautiful countryside either, it's nowhere land, 590kms worth.

How to Take a Car

In Macapa a taxi took me to the terminal where the cars leave from. I payed the gringo rate of $150 Reals ($47USD) for this trip, I know this because I saw the other 3 people pay only $130 Reals each. I was the first person in my car and therefore had to endure the boredom of being drivin around unattractive Macapa picking up the other people. This still didn't guarantee me the front seat of course. Magically
Brazil Photo - Palm trees on land in the north between Tartarugalzinho and Oiapoque.
Palm trees on land in the north between Tartarugalzinho and Oiapoque.
one of the other people (a mate of the driver) had already secured that. OK, so I was in the back with the other 2 people, not so bad, at least I wasn't in the back with 3 or 4 other people, that's something.

The Car Ride

Finally we left Macapa, the first sign I saw said Porto Grande 82kms, Ferreira Gomes 113kms, Tartarugalzinho 224kms and Oiapoque 600kms. After 90mins we crossed over the river Rio Araguari around Ferreira Gomes. There is a blue and white statue of the Nossa Senhora Imaculada Conceicao and a dam around there. Another 90mins later we made a stop in Tartarugalzinho at a lunch house called Hotel Fazenda. The food was good but within a couple of hours the road had become
Brazil Photo - Family on the porch of their house in the far north/east, south of Oiapoque.
Family on the porch of their house in the far north/east, south of Oiapoque.
unsealed and it was now a slow and rough ride and I was not feeling very well. The road had been great up until that point.

Let Me Out, I Feel Sick

5hrs into the trip I asked the driver to let me out at the next eatery and continue on without me. I needed to lay down for a while and have some more food and water. The restaurant was called Cassipore. I estimate that it is about halfway between Tartarugalzinho and Oiapoque. This stop
Brazil Photo - Palms sprinkled on grasslands between Macapa and Oiapoque.
Palms sprinkled on grasslands between Macapa and Oiapoque.
was a good idea in terms of having a break from the rough road but was not so much of a good idea as far as continuing my trip to Oiapoque. In fact after about 2hrs I was feeling better and was ready to leave. The problem was that the occasional cars and vehicles that did come past were not stopping to pick me up when I waved them down from the roadside.

I Hitched a Ride

In the end, after 5hrs stopped at this restaurant in the middle of nowhere I managed to get a ride with a nice family after waving them down and offering them some $USD for their trust and helpfulness. They didn't like the look of the other stranded man who was also trying to get a lift, so he didn't get one. I was very
Brazil Photo - House and water-tower 3hrs south of Oiapoque in the middle of nowhere.
House and water-tower 3hrs south of Oiapoque in the middle of nowhere.
lucky and even voluntarily showed them my passport so that they would feel better about trusting me. It was now night and the rest of the journey took 3hrs with only the last 30mins being on a sealed road.

I Arrived in Oiapoque!

I arrived in Oiapoque in the middle of the night, found a cheap but good bed for the night and crashed. I was glad to be there and not still back where I was, you know? If I hadn't got a lift I believe a bus would have eventually come through maybe around 11-12pm. I think the buses leave Macapa around 5-6pm. I would recommend to do this journey on a full stomach and to not get out of the vehicle for a break! In the end it was 5hrs + another 3hrs = 8hrs to travel 590kms by car from Macapa to Oiapoque.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Macapa to Oiapoque (Brazil) to:


Map location: Macapa to Oiapoque, Brazil. The most northern part and road of Brazil, nothing to see, a barren wilderness, gateway to French Guiana.
 A : Macapa - Brazil 169 kms 169 kms straight distance
 B : Oiapoque - Brazil 279 kms 279 kms straight distance
 C : St Georges / Oiapoque Border - French Guiana / Brazil 283 kms 283 kms straight distance
 D : Santarem to Belem (Amazon River) - Brazil 375 kms 375 kms straight distance
 E : Belem to Macapa (Amazon River) - Brazil 357 kms 357 kms straight distance
 F : Cayenne, French Guiana 410 kms 410 kms straight distance
 G : Belem - Brazil 424 kms 424 kms straight distance
 H : Cayenne to Kourou to Saint Laurent - French Guiana 450 kms 450 kms straight distance
 I : Saint Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana 560 kms 560 kms straight distance
 J : Saint Laurent / Albina Border - French Guiana/Suriname 567 kms 567 kms straight distance
 K : Santarem - Brazil 614 kms 614 kms straight distance
 L : Paramaribo, Suriname 681 kms 681 kms straight distance
 M : Nickerie & the Journey from Paramaribo - Suriname 835 kms 835 kms straight distance
 N : South Drain / Moleson Creek Border - Suriname / Guyana 851 kms 851 kms straight distance
 O : Sao Luis - Brazil 860 kms 860 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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