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Brazil, the largest country in South America, is also the most vibrant. From soccer to samba, breathtaking beaches to dense jungles, Brazil has it all. In the east lies Salvador, the country’s pulsating, African heart. In the west, the Pantanal is the best place to view wildlife in South America. In the north, the Analvilhanas Islands, on the world’s greatest river, offer that exhilarating “jungle lodge” experience. In the south, Ilha do Mel is a laidback beach island on the edge of the wilderness. In between are...

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Overview

Brazil, the largest country in South America, is also the most vibrant. From soccer to samba, breathtaking beaches to dense jungles, Brazil has it all. In the east lies Salvador, the country’s pulsating, African heart. In the west, the Pantanal is the best place to view wildlife in South America. In the north, the Analvilhanas Islands, on the world’s greatest river, offer that exhilarating “jungle lodge” experience. In the south, Ilha do Mel is a laidback beach island on the edge of the wilderness. In between are towns and cities with festivals galore. This sixth edition of Footprint’s popular Brazil guide is a goldmine of up-to-date information for independent travelers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906098414
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 848
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 4.68 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Robinson is a writer and photographer based in the UK and Brazil, working for numerous magazines, publishers and broadcasters.

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Table of Contents


Introducing
Highlights     2
A foot in the door     9
Essentials
Planning your trip     18
Where to go     18
When to go     19
Finding out more     25
Language     27
Specialist travel     28
Before you travel     30
Visas & immigration     30
What to take     32
Insurance     32
Money     33
Getting there     34
Air     34
River     36
Road     36
Sea     37
Touching down     38
Airport information     38
Tourist information     38
Local customs & laws     39
Responsible tourism     40
Safety     42
Getting around     43
Air     44
Rail     45
River     45
Road     45
Maps & guide books     48
Sleeping     49
Eating     51
Festivals & events     54
Shopping     55
Sport & activities     55
Health     61
Before you go     61
A-Z of health risks     62
Keeping in touch     66
Communications     66
Media     68
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro city     72
Ins & outs     72
Background     75
Central Rio & Lapa     76
Northern Rio     87
Santa Teresa     90
Gloria, Catete & Flamengo     93
Botafogo, Urca & the Sugar Loaf     95
Christ statue at Corcovado & Cosme Velho     96
Copacabana & Leme     98
Ipanema & Leblon     99
Gavea, Lagoa & Jardim Botanico     101
Barra da Tijuca & beyond     102
Parque Nacional da Tijuca     103
Ilha de Paqueta     104
Western Rio     106
Listings     106
East of Rio de Janeiro     137
Niteroi     137
Costa do Sol     139
Cabo Frio     141
Buzios     141
Listings     142
Inland resorts & coffee towns     148
Petropolis     148
Teresopolis     151
Serra dos Orgaos     151
Nova Friburgo     153
Towns in the coffee zone     153
Vassouras & around     154
Listings     155
West of Rio de Janeiro     159
Parque Nacional de Itatiaia     159
Listings     161
Costa Verde     162
Angra dos Reis & around     163
Ilha Grande     164
Paraty     165
Trindade     168
Listings     169
Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo city     178
Ins & outs     178
Background     181
Centra Historico     184
Luz & north of the centre     188
Avenida Paulista, Liberdade & Jardins     189
Further afield     192
Excursions from Sao Paulo     193
Listings     194
The coast of Sao Paulo     207
Santos & Sao Vicente     207
Litoral Norte     212
Ubatuba     216
Litoral Sul     218
Listings     221
Minas Gerais & Espirito Santo
Minas Gerais     232
Background     232
Belo Horizonte     233
Ins & outs     234
Sights      235
Around Belo Horizonte     236
Listings     238
Colonial cities near Belo Horizonte     242
Ouro Preto     243
Around Ouro Preto     248
Mariana     248
Congonhas do Campo     252
Tiradentes     255
Sao Joao del Rei     257
Sabara     259
Excursions from Sabara     260
Listings     260
Northern & western Minas Gerais     267
Parque Nacional da Serra do Cipo     267
Diamantina     267
Excursions from Diamantina     269
Western Minas Gerais & Serra da Canastra     271
Listings     271
Eastern & southern Minas Gerais     274
Parque Nacional Caparao     274
Parque Florestal de Ibitipoca     275
Sao Tome das Letras     275
Towns & spas of southwestern Minas     277
Hydro resorts     277
Pocos de Caldas     278
Listings     278
Espirito Santo     281
Vitoria     281
Coastal mountains     283
South of Vitoria     283
North of Vitoria      284
Listings     285
Iguacu Falls & the south
Parana     292
Curitiba     292
Curitiba to Paranagua     295
Paranagua & around     296
Bahia do Paranagua     297
Iguacu Falls     300
Foz do Iguacu & around     305
Ciudad del Este     307
Listings     307
Santa Catarina     318
Florianopolis     318
North of Florianopolis     322
Blumenau     324
Joinville     326
South of Florianopolis     328
Listings     329
Rio Grande do Sul     336
Porto Alegre     337
Beaches around Porto Alegre     341
Serra Gaucha     342
South of Porto Alegre     344
Western Rio Grande do Sul     345
Listings     348
Bahia
Salvador & the Reconcavo     360
Ins & outs     360
Background     362
Centra Historico     364
South of the centre     368
North of the centre     370
Excursions from Salvador     371
Reconvaco Baiano      372
Listings     373
Southern coast of Bahia     387
Valenca     387
Tinhare & Morro de Sao Paulo     387
South to Itacare     389
Ilheus & around     389
Porto Seguro & around     392
South of Porto Seguro     394
Listings     396
Linha Verde & the northern coast     407
Listings     408
Chapada Diamantina & the sertao     410
Parque Nacional de Chapada Diamantina     410
The sertao     413
Listings     414
Recife & the northeast coast
Sergipe and Alagoas     420
Aracaju     420
Sao Cristovao     421
Maceio     422
Excursions from Maceio     424
Penedo     425
North of Maceio     426
Listings     426
Pernambuco     431
Recife & around     431
Southern coast     440
Northern coast     441
West of Recife     441
Listings     443
Fernando de Noronha     452
Listings     454
Paraiba     456
Joao Pessoa & around      456
Paraiba coast     460
The sertao     461
Listings     463
Fortaleza
Rio Grande do Norte     472
Natal     472
Southern coast     475
Genipabu & the northern coast     477
Listings     478
Ceara     486
Fortaleza     486
The coast east of Fortaleza     490
The coast west of Fortaleza     493
Jericoacoara     494
Western Ceara     495
South of Fortaleza     497
Juazeiro do Norte     498
Listings     499
Piaui and Maranhao     513
Teresina     513
Southern Piaui     515
Sao Luis     517
Parque Nacional Lencois Maranhenses     519
Delta do Parnaiba     520
Southern Maranhao     521
Listings     522
The Amazon
Ins & outs     530
Amapa & Para     534
Macapa     534
North of Macapa     536
Belem     537
Around Belem     541
South of Belem     543
West of Belem      544
Along the river towards Amazonas state     546
Listings     549
Amazonas & the Amazon River     559
Visiting the forest     559
Manaus     561
Excursions from Manaus     567
Downstream from Manaus     568
Upstream from Manaus     569
Border with Colombia and Peru     570
Up the Rio Negro     571
South on the Rio Madeira     572
Listings     573
Roraima     583
Towards Boa Vista     583
Boa Vista     584
To Venezuela & Guyana     585
Listings     586
Rondonia & Acre     589
Background     589
Porto Velho     591
Along the BR-364     592
Guajara-Mirim     593
Rio Branco     593
Listings     596
Brasilia, Goias & Tocantins
Brasilia     604
Ins & outs     604
Background     606
Sights     606
Around Brasilia     609
Listings     610
Goias     615
Goiania     615
Cidade de Goias      617
Pirenopolis     618
Chapada dos Veadeiros     619
Southwest Goias state     620
Arauna & the Rio Araguaia     621
Listings     621
Tocantins     627
Listings     629
The Pantanal
Background     634
Wildlife & vegetation     636
Ecology & conservation     638
Ins & outs     638
Mato Grosso do Sul     641
Campo Grande     642
Ponta Pora     644
Bonito & around     645
Miranda     646
Corumba     646
Listings     648
Mato Grosso     658
Cuiaba     659
Chapada dos Guimaraes plateau     660
Caceres     661
Along the Transpantaneira     662
North of Cuiaba     663
East of Cuiaba     664
Listings     664
Background
History     672
Indigenous peoples     672
European colonization     674
Independence from Portugal     677
Proclamation of the Republic     679
The return to democracy     682
Culture      685
People     685
Arts & crafts     687
Music     691
Festivals     695
Literature     696
Fine art & sculpture     701
Architecture     704
Land & environment     707
Geography     707
Climate     710
Ecosystems, flora & fauna     710
National parks     716
An environmental history of the Amazon     717
Books     720
Footnotes
Basic Portuguese for travellers     724
Index     728
Complete title listing     734
Map index     736
Advertisers' index     736
Credits     737
Acknowledgements     738
Colour maps     741
Map symbols     752
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