Backpacking Brazil

Brazil is the biggest country in South America covering almost half of the continent. A country rich in stunning natural beauty, Brazil has something for everyone. Incredible wildlife in the Amazon and Pantanal, thriving nightlife in Rio and São Paulo and golden beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Brazil is one of our favourite countries in the whole of the Americas and, hopefully, our guide will help you enjoy it as much as we did.

Crossing borders Brazil to Bolivia

The death train, Santa Cruz and corrupt cops……

Crossing borders whilst travelling can be particularly tricky. There are a lot of unknowns and not a massive amount of helpful information online. Here we will tell you about the border crossing between Corumba, Brazil and Puerto Quijarro, Bolivia, the “Death Train” and our encounter with the police in Santa Cruz. 

3 days in the Brazillian Pantanal

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And the jungle’s gems Bodoquena and Bonito……

Brazil is well known for an abundance of attractive features. Perhaps the most unknown and interesting to the adventurous amongst us are the jungles and wetlands that cover large parts of this behemoth of a country. 

Iguacu Falls

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Foz do Iguacu- More than just the falls?……

Located in Brazil’s west, near the Argentina and Paraguay borders is Foz Do Iguaçu. Home to the famed Iguaçu falls, this stop was an absolute must for us. Did the almighty falls live up to the hype? Boy, did they ever!

Paraty

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Architecture, beaches and speed boat rescues…….

Paraty is one of Brazil’s hidden gems. The cobbled streets and seventeenth century architecture of it’s colonial town centre are only part of what Paraty has to offer.

Ilha Grande

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A slice of paradise in the Atlantic…..

Ilha Grande (Big Island) is a 75 square mile slice of heaven with 102 tropical beaches, waterfalls, rainforest and mountain trails. Oh, and did we mention 102 tropical beaches? Just checking.

Rio de Janeiro guide

Rio de Janeiro, or as its more appropriately known, Cidade Maravilhosa (the marvellous city) is, in the most wonderful way, truly a full frontal assault on the senses. Vibrant colours and beautiful people everywhere you look, funky samba music coming from all directions and the aroma of street vendor’s food and the fresh ocean scent filling the air.

Would you stay in a favela in Rio de Janeiro

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We did, and here is what we learnt…..

When you think of a favela, you probably think of a dangerous, poverty-stricken slum where violent drug gangs run rampant and any and all who dares to cross its boundaries are a fair and inevitable target. At least this is how many seem to be portrayed.