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Penedo (Alagoas) & Neopolis, Brazil - Riverside Town With Colonial Architecture

Brazil travel blog by a backpacker - February 2017   » View Photoset (73 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for nearly 10yrs!
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
Brazil Photo - Jorjao Restaurant, blue building in the sun in Penedo.
Jorjao Restaurant, blue building in the sun in Penedo.
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!

Bus from Aracaju

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). Speaking of carnival, Penedo's carnival had been the day before and Neopolis's (across the river) was today!

Where is Penedo (Alagoas)?

Penedo is located on the northern side of the Sao Francisco River, Neopolis the south. We are talking the north-east coast of Brazil between Salvador and Natal!

The River at Sunrise

I ventured out
Brazil Photo - A very bright white church stands tall in Penedo.
A very bright white church stands tall in Penedo.
early in the morning on my first full day and headed down to the river, the sun was rising slowly over Penedo's cobblestone streets. The river was very calm with barely a ripple, a motorized canoe passed by, then it went quiet again, the residents were beginning to wake.

The Colonial Center

The streets around the colonial center are lined with small colorful houses, 17th and 18th century churches stand out at various points among them. The town is well-preserved and tidy. Near the river, the fish market had fresh catches layed out on tables for view. Restaurants and casual eateries stand along the road in front of the river around the tree with bright orange leaves. You can eat cheap or spend a little more!

Views, Beach and Grasslands

The pousada where I stayed had beautiful
Brazil Photo - Church Nuestra Senhora Corrente and palm trees in Penedo.
Church Nuestra Senhora Corrente and palm trees in Penedo.
views over tiled-roofed houses to the other side of the river, in the distance you can see the town of Neopolis. In the other direction I could see a bright umbrella on a sandy river beach with people swimming. Vast grasslands spread out off into the distance, as does the river.

Boat to Neopolis

I wanted to get across the river and have a look around Neopolis! It takes 15-20mins on a passenger boat and costs around $3 Reals ($1USD), boats and also
Brazil Photo - Architecture of buildings in the town of Penedo.
Architecture of buildings in the town of Penedo.
car ferries leave from the riverfront. The boat ride gives a different view of the skyline of historic buildings in Penedo. There was a crowded river beach with many colored umbrellas backed by a wall of palm trees just along from Penedo's town. On the side of Neopolis as we came closer, people swam in the cool waters and horses grazed riverside. Neopolis had a small but fun carnival day. I relaxed under a tree and munched on various fast-foods. The plaza has some nice gardens and trees and churches at each end. It doesn't however have historic architecture like Penedo. It does however have more regular buses south to Aracaju and Salvador than Penedo.

Bus North to the Beaches

After visiting Neopolis I headed back to Penedo and did some more exploring around town. I was thinking about the next morning, to wake up early and head to Maceio and Maragogi on the coast, it was time to hit the beach and that I did. 2hrs 45mins north-east in a passenger van leaving at 6am!

NOTE: This is Penedo (Alagoas)

There is another Penedo (Itatiaia) in Brazil near Rio de Janeiro which is a Finnish colony, this Penedo (Alagoas) is not that Penedo!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Penedo and Neopolis (Brazil) to:


Map location: Penedo and Neopolis, Brazil. 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 : Maceio and Maragogi - Brazil 112 kms 112 kms straight distance | 2hrs 30mins 2hrs 30mins by car (161 kms) | 3hrs 3hrs by bus (161 kms) (161 kms)
 B : Olinda - Brazil 313 kms 313 kms straight distance | 5hrs 53mins 5hrs 53mins by car (404 kms) | 7hrs 3mins 7hrs 3mins by bus (404 kms) (404 kms)
 C : Recife - Brazil 298 kms 298 kms straight distance | 6hrs 7mins 6hrs 7mins by car (416 kms) | 7hrs 20mins 7hrs 20mins by bus (416 kms) (416 kms)
 D : Salvador da Bahia - Brazil 362 kms 362 kms straight distance | 6hrs 54mins 6hrs 54mins by car (437 kms) | 8hrs 16mins 8hrs 16mins by bus (437 kms) (437 kms)
 E : Joao Pessoa - Brazil 391 kms 391 kms straight distance | 7hrs 11mins 7hrs 11mins by car (509 kms) | 8hrs 37mins 8hrs 37mins by bus (509 kms) (509 kms)
 F : Pipa Beach - Brazil 478 kms 478 kms straight distance | 8hrs 44mins 8hrs 44mins by car (637 kms) | 10hrs 28mins 10hrs 28mins by bus (637 kms) (637 kms)
 G : Ponta Negra Beach / Natal - Brazil 517 kms 517 kms straight distance | 9hrs 28mins 9hrs 28mins by car (688 kms) | 11hrs 21mins 11hrs 21mins by bus (688 kms) (688 kms)
 H : Brasilia - Brazil 1384 kms 1384 kms straight distance | 22hrs 59mins 22hrs 59mins by car (1765 kms) | 27hrs 34mins 27hrs 34mins by bus (1765 kms) (1765 kms)
 I : Rio de Janeiro - Brazil 1596 kms 1596 kms straight distance | 28hrs 28hrs by car (1960 kms) | 33hrs 33hrs by bus (1960 kms) (1960 kms)
 J : Belem - Brazil 1641 kms 1641 kms straight distance | 28hrs 28hrs by car (2033 kms) | 33hrs 33hrs by bus (2033 kms) (2033 kms)
 K : Sao Paulo - Brazil 1847 kms 1847 kms straight distance | 31hrs 31hrs by car (2365 kms) | 37hrs 37hrs by bus (2365 kms) (2365 kms)
 L : Belem to Macapa (Amazon River) - Brazil 1809 kms 1809 kms straight distance
 M : Macapa - Brazil 2006 kms 2006 kms straight distance
 N : Santarem to Belem (Amazon River) - Brazil 1976 kms 1976 kms straight distance
 O : Macapa to Oiapoque - Brazil 2057 kms 2057 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.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Penedo (Alagoas) & Neopolis, Brazil:

Pousada Estilo, Penedo, Brazil - Large Photo
Pousada Estilo, Penedo, Brazil (February 2017 - 2 nights) - A great place to stay in self-contained rooms, some have aircon. The views over the river from the patio are beautiful! Costs $60 Reals, half the price of the nearby hotel, the owners Jose and Ana are very nice, welcoming and friendly. The buffet breakfast in the morning is great too! 2 nights was not enough! Recommended.

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