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

Brazil travel blog by Mark Berman - February 2017   » View Photoset (73 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 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 - The sun rises over the cobblestone streets of Penedo and the historical center.
The sun rises over the cobblestone streets of Penedo and the historical center.
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 - Santana do Sao Francisco, boat carrying cars and passengers traveling along the river in Penedo.
Santana do Sao Francisco, boat carrying cars and passengers traveling along the river 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 - Carnival in Neopolis is in full-swing!
Carnival in Neopolis is in full-swing!
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 - A few varieties of fish on the table at the fish market in Penedo.
A few varieties of fish on the table at the fish market in 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
 B : Recife - Brazil 298 kms 298 kms straight distance
 C : Olinda - Brazil 313 kms 313 kms straight distance
 D : Salvador da Bahia - Brazil 362 kms 362 kms straight distance
 E : Joao Pessoa - Brazil 391 kms 391 kms straight distance
 F : Ponta Negra Beach / Natal - Brazil 517 kms 517 kms straight distance
 G : Pipa Beach - Brazil 478 kms 478 kms straight distance
 H : Sao Luis - Brazil 1211 kms 1211 kms straight distance
 I : Belo Horizonte - Brazil 1340 kms 1340 kms straight distance
 J : Ouro Preto - Brazil 1347 kms 1347 kms straight distance
 K : Brasilia - Brazil 1384 kms 1384 kms straight distance
 L : Rio de Janeiro - Brazil 1596 kms 1596 kms straight distance
 M : Belem - Brazil 1641 kms 1641 kms straight distance
 N : Belem to Macapa (Amazon River) - Brazil 1809 kms 1809 kms straight distance
 O : Sao Paulo - Brazil 1847 kms 1847 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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