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What's the Best Way to Get Around Brazil?

How to travel round Brazil on your safari...

Being the world’s fifth largest country and incorporating huge swathes of completely unnavigable rainforest should make getting around Brazil a little tricky but that’s not the case.

In fact, depending on where you are in the country, your travel options are actually quite broad.

Boat

The world’s largest river (and disputed longest, depending on your source), the Amazon offers huge potential for boat travel. In fact, the Amazon is probably the last river in the world to offer a complete passenger travel service.

A huge series of waterways, much of the sprawling river network is covered by a variety of vessels of all shapes and sizes. A cruise along the mighty river is a truly unique way to experience the sheer magnitude of the Brazilian rainforest. Cruises are either a loop or can sometimes transport you from A to B. 

They often carry canoes and small boats for shore excursions on foot, or for further exploration of tributaries and smaller rivers.

Planes

Destination specialists at Natural World Safaris are well versed in the art of flying around Brazil, often having experienced most flights first hand. In general flying internally within Brazil is easy, but if you are organising your own flight be careful as major cities have a number of airports where flights can leave from. If you are doing a lot of flying in a short space of time, you might want to consider a Brazil Air Pass. This can only be purchased outside of Brazil but entitles you to a number of stops in a 21-day period. Ask your destination specialist for advice on the best routes and timings. It is the quickest and most convenient way to get around and allows you to cover large parts of the country in a short space of time. 

Perfect for those who want to see lots, but are rather more limited in terms of time.

Private Transportation

At Natural World Safaris, we are experts at building safaris to Brazil that put you in the right place at the right time. We understand that travelling around on public transport can often be stressful so we aim to relieve that burden by getting you from point to point the quickest and most direct way. Certain parts of Brazil can be stifling hot, so a guaranteed seat in your own private air-conditioned vehicle is often a blessing. We believe that journey is part of the experience. How often have you travelled on public transport and thought ‘I would love to take a photo right now’? 

Private transportation gives you the opportunity to capture that beautiful sunset or stunning landscape whenever it takes your fancy!

Taxis

Taxis are readily available but always insist on using the meter and never get in an unlicensed cab, as these can be dangerous. Ask your hotel or restaurant to call one for you, or have the number of a reputable firm if you don’t want to get overcharged. 

Except in some parts of Rio, tipping drivers is not expected but if you have heavy luggage, a discretionary small tip is a good idea.

Buses

Although at Natural World Safaris we do not generally include it in our itineraries, pretty much the whole of Brazil can be reached by bus. The Amazon excluded, the most popular form of travel in the rest of the country is by bus, especially by locals. The bus services do vary according to price but are generally very good. There is a good coverage of long distance buses, but Brazil being so huge, journeys are often long and uncomfortable and the road conditions vary from state to state. Often there is only minimal difference between the cost of a flight and a bus, while the difference in comfort and convenience is considerable.

Local buses can be a good way of seeing a city and feeling like a local. Major cities like Rio and Sao Paulo have good bus networks, and with a map and a few Reals in your pocket, you can get around most places in the city. 

However, buses are notorious crime hotspots, especially for tourists, so don’t take valuables, cash or anything you’re not prepared to lose.

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