Rio to Amazon Route Suggestions

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I'm going to Brazil in 3 Month, we need to get from Rio to the mouth of the Amazon river in 4 weeks,

I would like you guys to give me some suggestions of where to stop on the way up the coast.

At first glance of the map main places on the way up the coast from Rio to Belem, the beginning of the Amazon river are...

Vitoria
Salvador
Maceio
Recife
Nata
Fortaleza
Sao Luis

But I just wondered if anyone could suggest any small towns or other places that are worth visiting along the way?

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Dave Ash

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Forget this ?first glance?? Vitoria and Maceio don?t worth it. Although Maceio, as Recife is a way to visit some beautifuls beachs, but the cities are uninteresting.

Salvador, Natal and Fortaleza are a good choice, especially the last one. Once in Fortaleza you can go to Jericoacoara. Is the most incredible place I ever stay.
In Natal or Recife you HAVE TO go to Fernando de Noronha, it?s a spectacular island where you can appreciate the wide life ?in loco?.

From Salvador you can go to Itaparica (there?s a Club Med) or to Morro de S?o Paulo.

Once in Sao Luis go to Ilha de Maraj?, with great historical center, as well, Olinda in Recife, and the neighborhood ?Pelourinho? in Salvador.

There are too much to see in 4 weeks. So, if I were you, I wouldn?t spend time with big cities.

So, follows my tip:

Vit?ria - DON?T GO!
Salvador-Itaparica-Morro de S?o Paulo
Macei? - DON?T GO!
Recife - Olinda - Porto de Galinhas (2 days at least)
Natal - Praia da Pipa- Fernando de Noronha (3 days at least)
Fortaleza - Jericoacoara (3 days at least)
Sao Luis - Ilha de Maraj? (3 days at least)

Be aware that the roadway are very awful and sometimes dangerous. If you go by car, the indication along the way can make you lost your way.


Have you a beautiful trip!

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Zaky

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Hey you little cowboy,
Here are my suggestions,

Ouro Preto - well preserved gold mining town near Belo Horizonte.

Penedo - in Alagoas near the mouth of the Rio Sao Francisco, if you can get a riverview room in the Posada Colonial go for it. Penedo can be a between Salvador and Recife.

Joao Pessoa - my favorite coastal city (other than Salvador),  with the 'new' city on the beach and the old colonial era core a few miles inland.

Juazeiro do Norte, Ceara. For something different, a pilgrimage town in the semi-arid sertao, a region with a distinct culture. Could be a side trip from Fortaleza or a bus break if you skip Fortaleza and go directly from Recife or Joao Pessoa to Sao Luis or Belem.

Belem- If your budget allows a mid-to-upper range hotel the Regente is very nice and the Nazare neighborhood it is in is more relaxed than most of the city.

Up the Amazon

Santarem (two days upriver from Belem) is a good base for seeing some of the Amazon, not as hectic as Manaus. There is a several kilometer-long paved levee along the watefront and in the evening people walk up and down it. The smaller riverboats dock there.
Walking along the dockfront in the evening is something you probably wouldn't want to do in Belem or Manaus.

The biggest cities in Brazil are certainly spectacular, but you need to be constantly on-guard against street crime (Rio, Salvador, Recife, Belem  I won't comment on Sao Paulo as I've only changed planes there). The smaller cities are quite different and it is easier to relax while walking about.

Moving Around With Buses
For the most part the companies that run busses on long trips -- from one major city to another -- use fairly new busses with air conditioning and bathrooms. The quality of the meal stops varies considerably. Stops on trips I've taken from Rio to Ouro Preto and from Salvador to Rio have been clean and pleasant. The farther into the Northeast and the North you go, the more basic they get.

Same is true of the roads. Road quality drops off the farther north you go. The highways I took  between Belem, Teresina and Juazeiro do Norte were awful, what I call 'negative potholes' (rather than pavement with potholes there are little islands of pavement the size of potholes sticking up out of the dirt remnants of what was once (poorly) paved.

The busses weave all over to avoid them. They  run good busses, but trying to use an onboard bathroom while the bus is navigating one of these roads is one of those adventures you will laugh about a couple of days later.
 Also I've found in the North/Northeast that the bus companies give you trip times that are overly optomistic they are based on what the trip will take when the road is repaired.

Cheers cowboy

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