In addition to the tips presented in today's blog post
, I have some more detailed info to share about my recent trip to 12 of Brazil's WHS and 4 TWHS. All of the (T)WHS in the north I have described in reviews, a few still have to be published in the coming 2 weeks.Itinerary
My itinerary, including some hotels I'd like to recommend (often the pricier ones...):
D1: Flight Amsterdam - Sao Paulo. Taxi to switch airports. Overnight airport hotel in Campinas.
D2: Flight to Manaus (3.5h). See Amazon theater TWHS 1/2. Overnight Manaus.
D3: Walk through historic center of Manaus. Uber to Museu do Homem do Norte. Overnight Manaus.
D4: Flight Manaus – Tefe. Picked up by boat for transfer to floating Uakari Lodge
(1.5h). Overnight Mamiraua.
D5-D6: Fixed 4D3N program at the lodge, together with a Brazilian woman. Hike trails and boat tours. Also presentation about Mamirauá Reserve and visit to a Ribeirinho village. Central Amazon WHS. Overnight Mamiraua.
D7: Boat and flight back to Manaus. Overnight Manaus.
D8: Flight Manaus – Belem. Visit Amazon Theater TWHS 2/2. Overnight Belem.
D9: Early morning TWHS Ver-o-Peso. Afternoon flight Belem-Sao Luis, shared van from airport directly to Barreirinhas. Overnight Barreirinhas.
D10: Day tour to TWHS Lencois Maranhenses. Overnight Barreirinhas.
D11: Morning bus to Sao Luis with Cisne Branco. See Sao Luis center for WHS. Overnight Sao Luis.
D12: More exploring of Sao Luis in the morning. Afternoon flight to Recife. Overnight Recife.
D13: Flight Recife – Fernando de Noronha early morning. Hike north of island. Overnight Remedios.
D14-D15: Explore WHS Brazil Atlantic Islands: boat tour and hiking. Overnight Remedios.
D16: Afternoon flight to Recife. Uber from airport to Olinda. Overnight Olinda in Hotel 7 Colinas (excellent choice for a break: lush gardens, nice pool, onsite restaurant).
D17-D18: Visit Olinda WHS and Recife for Brazil Fortifications TWHS. Overnight Olinda.
D19: Flight Recife – Petrolina. Pick-up rental car, drive 4.5h to Serra da Capivara area. Overnight Coronel Jose Diaz.
D20: Explore Serra da Capivara WHS with local guide. Overnight Coronel Jose Diaz.
D21: Morning tour in Serra da Capivara. Drive back to Petrolina airport. Flight to Recife in evening. Nightbus to Aracaju. Overnight in sleeper bus.
D22: WHS Sao Cristovao directly from Aracaju bus station by Uber. Overnight Aracaju.
D23: Bus to Salvador (5h). Overnight Salvador de Bahia.
D24-D25: WHS Salvador and TWHS Brazilian forts in Salvador. Overnight Salvador de Bahia at Pousada Solar dos Deuses.
D26: Flight to Belo Horizonte. Uber (40km) to Pampulha. Overnight Pampulha (Pampulha Design Hotel).
D27: Pampulha WHS. Night bus to Sao Paulo (8h). Overnight sleeper bus.
D28: Bus to Peruibe (2.5h) from SP's Jabaquara Bus Station (reachable by metro). Overnight Guarau.
D29: Tour into Atlantic Forest WHS. Overnight Guarau.
D30: Bus back to Sao Paulo, afternoon bus to Rio (6h). Overnight Rio de Janeiro.
D31: Visit WHS Roberto Burlio Marx by metro and Uber. Overnight Rio de Janeiro.
D32: Flight to Porto Seguro, pick up rental car for Discovery Coast WHS. Evening return flight. Overnight Rio de Janeiro.
D33: Visit Valongo Wharf WHS and Mosteiro de Sao Bento TWHS. Afternoon flight back home to NL. Overnight on the plane. Costs
I spent 167 EUR per day, excluding international flights. This is costly, while Brazil itself is fairly inexpensive regarding accommodation, food and entrance fees. It's all the moving around that makes the transport costs high. The 534 EUR per WHS including intercontinental flights is still reasonable within my year budget (remember: a WHS visit should cost max 650 EUR!) – while you are there you should try to make the most of it. In hindsight I regretted that I didn't push on to the final 2 WHS to 'complete' Brazil, it would only have taken 4 days or so but I was bumping into the Christmas/New Year holiday season.Online booking of transport and accommodation
Brazil's tourism industry is mostly focused on domestic tourists. When trying to book things beforehand online, you'll often encounter typical Brazilian methods such as PIX and the inescapable CPF. The CPF is the Brazilian personal id number, and apparently you need it for everything. When booking a ticket, usually a passport number can be given instead. But further in the process they often ask for the CPF only. I used a random CPF generator that I found online to get a valid number and just added that (without further consequences).
People transfer money by PIX all the time ("You don't have PIX?" Every beggar in Brazil has PIX...). When I was asked to transfer money beforehand (2 or 3 times) I always used Wise instead. Wise does not allow you to send money to Brazilian businesses, but the pousada owners gave me their private account numbers instead.Language
As the north isn't visited much by foreign tourists (except for the beaches in the northeast), you need a basic understanding of Brazilian-Portuguese to facilitate day-to-day activities. I did 10 lessons at Duolingo in the 2 weeks before that trip and I found that it really helped. Also, knowing Spanish does help as well – especially in understanding.