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Brazil was my highlight of South America. In many ways, it’s the least Latin America country but Brazil doesn’t mind… At 48% land cover of South America and having the most spoken language is South America (Portuguese), it could be a continent in it’s own right.
Where other South American countries boast stunning Andean Mountains and ancient civilizations as the top ticket items…. Brazil is where beaches, culture and openness shines. This place is the land of smiles.
- Iguazu Falls
- Rio de Janiero
Epic Rides for Bikers
- Coast rode from Sao Paulo to Rio
|Brazil (as of 2017)||Rating||Why|
|Money||As of 2017 the Brazilian Real was stable and easy to obtain from ATMs. All cards are widely accepted in all locations. Brazil is similar to the same level of payment options you would expect in say Europe, Australia or the USA. Bradesco Bank had no withdrawal fees for international cards. Cost wise, Brazil is one of the most expensive places in Latin America. in the leagues with Chile, Argentina and Costa Rica.|
|Accommodation||Accommodation options are plentiful in Brazil. Hotels, Hostels, Couch-surfing and wild camping (outside main cities of course). However, hotels and hostels are more expensive in Latin american standards. Good news for campers though.|
|Food||While Brazil, International, will be most know for Mixed Grill (Churrasco) steak on skewers. You should also try tapioca, coxinhas, Pão de queijo (Cheese bread balls), and Feijoada. In the North of Brazil, you can be certain to find the most amazing array of fruits on the planet.|
|Drinks||Cachaça reigns supreme. The famous ingredient in Caipirinhas. Beers are everywhere and they like to serve them Ice cold. 🙂|
|Nightlife (Is it Party time?)||The culture of drinking and partying in Brazil is the best in Latin America. Nowhere is off limits. Anytime is partytime.|
|Motorbike Parts (Availability, cost of Adv Bikes Parts)||Parts / Oil are easily available. Taxes are crazy high for anything imported. Expect to pay more that USA / Europe. Same for tyres etc. Try and buy tyres Made in Brazil. Like the Karoos. Even they are own by a German company. Since they are made in Brazil the taxes are lower.|
|Petrol (Accessibility, Cost and Quality)||The quality of gasoline is the worst in South America. Mostly because of the amount of Ethanol in the mix. Its very hard to get petrol that doesn't have a blend of Ethanol. Brazil is the best exporter of Ethanol, so they are trying to force the use in Brazil. Petrol is also crazy expensive.|
|Fun Factor on the Road (Did the roads put a smile on my face)||Brazil is HUGE. It's bigger than Australia!. While it doesn't have the Mountainous beauty of the Andes, you'll find more stunning coast roads. Highlights are the Coast road between Sao Paulo and Rio. An also the rides around the biggest wetlands in the world. The Pantanal|
|Internet (Wifi Access / Local SIM Usage)||Local SIM cards are cheap and access speeds are comparable to USA / Europe. Vivo was the best for coverage. Best to buy the SIM from an official store cause you can register your Passport at the same time. (This is required to use the SIM card after a few days)|
Portuguese. In major hubs alot of people speak enough English to get by. I found more people speak English in Brazil than Spanish.
Brazil is relatively safe. Big cities have areas that should be avoided. Any seasoned traveller will have a sense of these areas and should avoid flashing expensive items around. Theft/Pick Pocketing is common in the nightlife areas of most mid to large cities.
As for Motorbike security, I always try and park the Moto off the street. All places are very accommodating for this.
for Moto Travellers
Apart from Colombia, Brazil is right into bikes. The locals definitely look the part as well. You’ll see heaps of adv bikes on the roads.
For bike servicing and repairs, everything is possible in Brazil.
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