Brazil is blessed with a great climate, wonderful beaches and a youthful vibrancy. Most people’s adventures in Brazil never leave one city; others can lead far into the world’s largest rainforest. All the way from the majestic Iguacu Falls to the Pantanal, the natural beauty of Brazil offers an overwhelming backpacking experience. The country’s culture, people and beautiful beaches are available for backpackers.
Backpacking in Brazil has taken off in a big way during the past couple of years and at the same time become considerably pricier than its Spanish-speaking neighbors. Since backpacking involves traveling from one place to another, the type and cost of accommodation is very important. You will find a large number of backpacker hostels in these locations that are great value for money.
Here are a few things that every backpacker should know when visiting Brazil:
- Summer is the best time to visit Brazil.
- Spend no less than a week for a true backpacking experience.
- Take the required immunizations.
- Never check your maps in public places.
- Budget yourself well. Around $40 to $50 a day should do the trick.
- The most economical way around the country is by bus. The regional bus companies will help you reach interiors of the country.
- It’s good to know some Portuguese if you plan on staying there for more than a week.
- Use the Subway system when in Sao Paolo and Rio which have ‘Day passes’ that are relatively cheaper.
- Brazil is generally warm and humid throughout, so it’s recommended you have a backpack which breathes well on your back.
Food and juices are found in plenty. The Suco de Maracuja, Acai and Caipirinhas are something to die for. And while you’re at it, have a try at the coconuts (aqua de coco).
Recife, Foz de Iguazu, Salvador de Bahia, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and Olinda are awesome places that never fail to deliver an exhilarating time for backpackers. A backpacking tour is not complete without a trip through the Amazon. Most Amazon tours leave from Manaus. There is so much to see in Brazil. It’s advisable to check with a tour operator for alternatives.