Backpacking Brazil Alone

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Backpacking Brazil is one the dream trips you will ever take. Here are the top picks as things to do while backpacking Brazil:

1. Rio De Janeiro

Ipanema Beach, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Ipanema Beach, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio De Janeiro should be near the top of anyone’s South America bucket list. Located on the coast of Brazil, the city was built into the unique landscape of steep mountains. Enjoy the view from Sugarloaf Mountain at night to see the city lights flowing between the hills and mountains like a river. During the day, the Christ Redeemer statue provides an equally stunning view. Enjoy the welcoming spirit with a cold Caparinha and dance the night away in the lively nightlife. Enjoy passing time on the famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema.

Beyond the beaches and views, there are plenty of other things to do in the city and cites to see. You can tour the Maracana stadium, visit the cathedral and get to know one of the neighborhoods like the historic center, Lapa. There you will find great food, nightlife and can see the former aqueduct, Arcos da Lapa.

When its time to eat there are plenty of Brazilian barbecue restaurants with a mouthwatering selection of tender meat.

By: Danr Bagby, honeymoonalways.com

 

2. Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil

The Lençois Maranhenses National Park is one of the most unique places in Brazil’s Atlantic coast, add to your bucket list if it isn’t there already! The over 150 000 ha park area is covered with thousands of dunes and lagoons. Yes, sand dunes in Brazil, and crystal clear water among them!

The nearest airport is in Sao Luis, and you can reach the national park by public buses from there. Barreirinhas is a good starting point for your exploration. The easiest option is to participate on an organized boat tour to visit the highlights of the park.

This hole day program will take you to three major sights. In Pequenos you will meet the monkeys that live in the national park, and you will wander around and climb the first sand dunes already early in the morning. The second stop, the fishing village called Mandacarand is famous for its lighthouse, and at the Caburé beach is a perfect place to swim, sunbathe or grab some snacks from the restaurants.

If you have a longer time, spend a night in Atins, in a small village between the dunes on the seaside. Several excursions are organized both from Atins and Barreirinhas to visit different dunes and lagoon. In some lagoons, you can even find fish!

By: Katalin, ourlifeourtravel.com

 

3. Christ the Redeemer

Let’s be honest, we all have a list of places we just have to visit. Personally, I have a couple places in mind on my bucket list. However, my number one location on my South America bucket list has to be see the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Locally known as the Cristo Redentor, the statue stands on top of the Corcovado statue. It is almost 100 feet high (30 meters), making it a key standout monument that’s not only unique to Rio de Janiero, but to Brazil as well.

The Cristo Redentor statue was designed by the French sculpturer Paul Landwoski and was built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa. Along with multiple international collaborations, the construction phase started in 1922 and took almost 10 years for the statue to be completed! In fact, placing a statue on top of the mountain was suggested much earlier, already back in the 1850’s. This was in honour of Princess Isabel of Brazil. However, because the church was separated from the state in 1889, the proposal was dismissed. Luckily, later on the proposal was accepted!

Once you make your way on top of the Corcovado mountain, you’ll be rewarded with one of the best panoramic views in the world. For this reason, this is why taking the mountainous journey to the Cristo Redentor statue is on the top of my South American Bucket list.

By: Michelle, greedygourmet.com

 

4. Visiting the UNESCO heritage site at Salvador de Bahia

Salvador, Brazli

Salvador, Brazli

Visiting the historic city of Salvador de Bahia, the first capital of Brazil with the Portuguese that created the first colonial capital in the new world. The historic district called Pelourhino is filled with fantastic architecture, churches and monasteries and incredible buildings and neighborhoods that are really stunning. Unesco has helped to fund much of the redevelopment of the entire historic district and bring it back up to its full glory which is amazing to visit and explore. You will truly get a fantastic experience to see this colonial capital and visit Salvador including the fun areas outside of the city including the beaches and coastal communities surrounding the areas of Salvador

By: Emorata, travelphotodiscovery.com

 

5. Hiking the Pedra da Gavea

Pedra Da Gavea Hike, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Pedra Da Gavea Hike, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Striking nature, jaw-dropping views, and the certainty of an epic adventure: hiking the Pedra da Gavea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will blow your mind. Why should this be on your South America Bucket List? Because you’ll hike uphill through part of a Rainforest in Rio to an enormous rock. This rock, Pedra da Gavea, is the world ’s largest coastal monolith. If this wasn’t enough adventure, you’ll climb a wall on the last part to reach the top.
When you reach the top, forget everything you’ve heard about “breathtaking views”. This is a completely new level of beauty and splendor. This is what Brazilians call the wonderful city.
The top of the Pedra da Gavea is 842 meters above sea level. Meaning you’ve reached the highest point of Rio de Janeiro. From here you can literally look over the city, the mountains in the Tijuca forest, and the Leblon Beach. Also, I recommend you find a guide because the trail can be quite demanding.
Now you might be wondering ‘Cool. Loved the views and everything, but how do I get down? Do I have to hike this challenging trail down?’. Well, you don’t have to. Instead, you can just fly. Or better saying, paraglide.
The Pedra da Gavea is a hotspot for adventure lovers and if you’re looking for an epic experience in South America, you’ve found it.

By Bruna, mapsnbags.com

 

6. Lençóis Maranhenses, the most amazing desert in South America

Green Lagoon In Lencois Maranheses, Brazil

Green Lagoon In Lencois Maranheses, Brazil

One of the most spectacular natural landscapes you can find in South America is the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park that you can visit in Brazil. There are many wonderful deserts on our planet, but Lençóis Maranhenses is different from them. In this national park in the North of Brazil where rainwater during the rainy season gets accumulated amongst the sand dunes resulting in a series of colorful lagoons. It’s one of the most surrealist landscapes you can find in the world, and it’s almost hard to believe it truly exists, when you first have a glance at it. And if you are a wildlife enthusiast, you should also travel to Pantanal for Jaguar sightings.

Fortunately, in spite of being one of the most beautiful landscapes, Lençóis Maranhenses hasn’t become a very touristy place due to the complicated access there. Most travelers visit the national park from Jericoacoara, and the journey is an epic one crossing several deserts in 4WD vehicles. The closest town to Lençóis Maranhenses is Bairerrinhas, and you can take a 4WD tour to the desert from there. The best experience, however is doing a trek to the desert from the small coastal village of Atins, and spending a night in an oasis in the middle of the desert.

Walking there it’s not an easy task, since even if you wake up very early (it’s recommended to start at 4 AM), being close to the Equator, at 8 AM you will already have strong sunlight and there’s no shade. Fortunately you can take a dip in all the lagoons and refresh yourself this way. In any case, you definitely need a local guide to find the way amongst the dunes.

By: Gabor, surfingtheplanet.com


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