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Here a bit from the Brazil trip report that contains a lot of travel information about destinations, weather, etc... and some silly anecdotes about our journey too.
"We jumped on a shaky ferry to Ilha Grande. The navigation was rough, but we couldn't complain as the boat didn't sink and this achievement was amazing enough. [... ] Vila Abrao, the only village of Ilha Grande, was car-free. You got out of your home or of your hotel and you put your feet on the sand. There were no roads, just paths and beaches."



Why? There are so many reasons to visit Brazil that it's tough to list them all (and it's also tough to think a travel itinerary touching them all): the lush nature, the spectacular city of Rio de Janeiro, the joy of the people, the sea and the beaches, the many activities to do... The infamous high crime rate might worry, but in reality, with a little common sense (do not enter favelas boasting a gold watch, for example), Rio is not that more dangerous than Paris or Los Angeles.
When? Brazil is huge, so it really depends on your travel itinerary. If you aren't interested in participating to the festivities of New Year and Carnival, it's better to avoid the high season and travel between April and November. In this period (their winter) the climate is warm and less humid and rainy. Only to the south of Sao Paulo it may be too cold for a swim in the sea.
How? Buses and domestic flights are efficient ways to travel between Brazilian cities. Then, it's easy to organize trips through hostels or hotels. Generally car rental is not recommended, although there are itineraries (eg between Rio and São Paulo) where it can be convenient to have your own wheels.
How much? Brazil is a nation on the rise and so are its prices, even if still cheaper than in Europe or North America. We spent 700 euros for intercontinental flights from Europe and another 150 euros total for two internal flights (São Paulo-Iguacu and Iguacu-Rio). For everything else (accomodation, transports, food, day-trips, etc.), sleeping in a hostel or cheap hotels, we spent about 600 euros per person for 10 days.
To have an idea of the prices of the hotels in Brazil click here to find the best offers for accomodation.

Where? Rio de Janeiro and the coast between Rio and Sao Paulo as well as the Iguaçu waterfalls are the classic destinations not to be missed. Just offshore the coast, not far from Rio, there is Ilha Grande, a must-stop along this travel itinerary. It's a tropical island with beaches and forests and spectacular views.
Other destinations? There are countless possible travel itineraries in Brazil, from the bustling beaches of the north (Fortaleza, San Salvador) to the beautiful tropical island of Fernando de Noronha, from the nature of the Pantanal to the Amazon rainforest. Obviously it's often necessary to fly from one destination to another, so this kind of trip can get expensive.

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Brazil travel itinerary map.
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