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David asked

First time travelling Brazil - Travel advice greatly appreciated!!!

Hi All,

My missus and I (both 25yo and well-travelled) will be travelling to Brazil for the first time from 21 March to 9 April 2018 and would love to hear from those that have seen Brazil about their most memorable experiences in the country as well as suggestions for our trip ahead. There are a few areas in particular that we are uncertain of.

So far, the trip looks as follows: -

RIO (21 - 25 March), staying in Botafogo.

Plan to spend one day in Niteroi, another in Sugarloaf Mountain / Praia Vermelha and the final in Ipanema / Leblon / Vidigal favela / Morro Dois Irmaos.

Also keen to see a local soccer game and a festival / market (e.g. Feira de Sao Cristovao).

PARATY (25 - 27 March)

SALVADOR (flying from Rio) (27 - 31 March) staying in Santo Antonio.

Would love to get a really good taste of Bahian street food and local life.

Plan to do some snorkelling near Forte Santa Maria, do a daytip to Praia do Forte (possibly pared with Guarajuba beach).

??????? (31 March - 3 April)

Not sure what to do in between though, the way I see it, there are a few options:

  1. Go to Boipeba for the period and get an overnight bus to Maceio.
  2. Make stops up the coast by bus (likely stops will be Aracuja and Penedo though not certain what I would do there).
  3. Spend the time in Chapada Diamantina National Park (though not sure how to get from there to Maceio and not sure what to do / how to do it).

Would love any ideas for this section.

MACEIO (3 April - 7 April), staying on the main beach.

Mostly beach / snorkelling oriented though keen to see Gunga beach, Praia de Pajucara and the fish market. Struggling to find suggestions as to what to do hear and would be keen to see wildlife / do some trekking if that's available in the area. Would love to do day trips from here as well so any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Plan to do a day trip to Margogi (for water sports and particularly snorkelling).

RIO (7 April - 9 April), staying on Copacabana beach.

Considering going to Feira das Yabas (African food festival) on the 8th to get a bit out of town and get a feel for a different part of the city.

We made a choice that we’ll hopefully not regret in not going to the Iguazu falls or Bonito. We decided that adding both of these makes the trip feel too rushed and touristy where we really want to experience the culture and food.

Look forward to hearing back from the forum!


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