If we were to choose a country on our one-year trip through South America, probably – and with great difficulty, because we all liked it – it would be Brazil. A country is as big as a continent. With vibrant cities, with colonial villages, with exuberant nature – from the Amazon jungle to dream beaches – … and with friendly and friendly people as we have found in few places. Of course, the most important fact when organizing a travel route to Brazil is “as big as a continent”. Nothing less than 8.5 million square kilometers! We talk about the fifth country in the world by area.
How long will you need to travel to Brazil? A lot, but a lot. We were 86 consecutive days – the tourist visa is 90 – and we had to see a lot. Although it must also be said that we took it easy and that the whole trip was by land by public transport. That we overcome in our 15-day and 3-week Brazil travel routes: you will have to ride a plane more than once to be able to “peck” between everything the country offers.
Two more considerations. As always, we only include places we have been through. So all those that we did not see at the time are left out, we will return and update the routes – although they are already fairly fair in time. And two, it is our selection within what we saw. We have already selected to prepare our list of places to see in Brazil, but it is impossible to visit them all in two or three weeks – although some of them are indicated as options/variants of the main route.
15-DAY TRIP TO BRAZIL
The concept of distance we had before arriving in Brazil was different. There we made 26-hour bus routes and talked only about the journey from Brasilia to Salvador de Bahia. Most Brazilians have spent days by bus to move from one side of the country to the other. It is also normal for them to do more than 400 km by car in the morning to return home in the afternoon. Everything that is less than 700 km away is “nearby” .
With this in mind, you can already say goodbye to visit many charming corners that can only be reached by road … and greet the internal airports to move from one place to another without wasting much time. Not forgetting that intercontinental flights from Spain – if this is your case – will also take you away at least one day.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro, you will not want to hear samba or think about carnivals. Unless you arrive from another country in South America, you will have spent about eleven hours on an intercontinental flight, which in your watch will only involve six. Take it easy, take a quiet walk, eat something light and rest. If you cheer up on that first night and the jet lag allows it, you can go up to see the sunset from the Pão de Açúcar, one of the best viewpoints of Río de Janeiro.
Night in Rio de Janeiro. We did a lot of Couchsurfing in Brazil and Rio was no exception. However, here you can take a look at the prices of the hotels in Copacabana, here in Botafogo, and here in Ipanema.
DAY 2: RIO DE JANEIRO / FOZ DO IGUAÇÚ
We already warned that the plane was going to be your great friend on your 15-day route through Brazil. On the second day, already recovered, we will return to the airport to fly to Foz do Iguaçú, the city on the Brazilian side of one of the most famous waterfalls in the world.
You can fly in the middle of the morning or even in the afternoon, because until the next day you won’t visit them – it takes the whole day. So you can stroll through Rio de Janeiro – check out everything to see in Rio de Janeiro to choose – or do it through Foz do Iguaçú where you will easily hear Spanish again because of its proximity to Argentina.