Backpacking in Brazil
This is Brasil, a country with a singular culture
and totally differentiated from the whole world, especially for being a
mixture. And a mixture of the good ones. This makes this country one of
the best to get your backpack, friends and get on the road with only
one goal in mind: adventure. Although every adventure needs precautions
or it'll turn into a tragic adventure. So pay attention to this article
and inform yourself well before you go backpacking in Brazil.
Making Your Route
Generally, anyone who embarks on this type of trip is searching
for special destinations and not just conventional ones. They are
either looking for a lot of nature and adrenaline or just a calm,
peaceful place where they can spend time in thoughtful reflection as
they take in the changing scenery. A perfect example of a place that
can provide both of these is Chapada dos Guimarães
, one of the Brazilian cities that attract tourists in search of a mystical factor that is believed to exist in such places.
Another such destination is Chapada Diamantina in the state of Bahia
. Many backpackers choose to trek up and down the coastline visiting some of the best beaches in Brazil
Others make it their goal to visit smaller towns in the interior of the
country. Those more adventurous might choose an adventure through the
Amazon jungle. What matters is that your route consists of places that
you really want to see.
When planning your route, a series of observations must be
made. Details such as transportation, the characteristics of the place
you're going to, how much you're going to spend each day and how much
time you're going to spend in each place are important.
It's advisable that you do a lot of research about the place
you wish to visit, that way you can better enjoy your chosen
destination. Another important point is that all the legal procedures
must be ready three months before you begin the trip. In this category
are travel documents such as tourist visas
and any vaccines that might be required of people who want to go backpacking in certain regions of Brazil.
What You'll Need
There are different types of backpacks that are prepared specially for
a determined type of task, such as hiking, walks, trails with bikes,
etc. So, based on this principle, they are classified by their carrying
capacity, measured in liters. Therefore, think well about the
activities you'll be doing and choose the best indicated backpack for
each one, so as not to have any troubles.
The backpack's material is a very important point. It's
necessary that it is waterproof; this will prevent many problems. It
must be resistant enough to handle the wear and tear of a backpacking
trip and very malleable, in order to provide a better mobility for
whoever is using the backpack.
Actually, having mobility is something relevant when choosing a
backpack. Opting for something that is narrower than your shoulders and
doesn't surpass the height of your head can bring more comfort when
moving around. This lessens the frequency of mobility issues because of
practical side pockets. Always buy the best model you possibly can
because the backpack is the main item. In this case, comfort and
utility should have priority over price although you do want to get a good deal on your backpack
For the shoes, it is advised to pick a good quality pair that is both
comfortable and durable. You'll be using your feet a lot on this trip
so take care of them and worry about saving money on less important
items. Lastly, take repellent, sunblock and any medication that you
might need. You can pick up a small first-aid kit relatively cheap at
any local pharmacy.
According to a news release by the Tourism Ministry, research
done by the Hostelling International about which would be the best
hostel in Brasil in the last year. The Pipa Hostel in the Rio Grande do
Norte state was chosen. Visit Trip Advisor for customer reviews of the Pipa Hostel
The same Tourism Ministry asked the Fundação Instituto de Pesquisas
Econômicas for research about the touristic demands in Brazil. One of
the results showed a greater interest by foreigners about backpacking
in Brazilian land and stays in hostels. This just shows how much this
option can be rewarding.
The last tip is, aside from basics, plan as little as possible.
This will open new doors for you while travelin and allow you to
encounter something fantastic that wasn't in your route. This was the
last tip but there still is one that has to be given: enjoy! If you go
by yourself, don't be apprehensive because there will be opportunity to
find out more about yourself and this will be a life-changing
Now face Brazil with a backpack on your shoulders. Enjoy these beautiful lands!
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