Hi! I'm plannning a trip to the Nordeste region of Brazil in December. I'm thinking of driving up from Salvador to Recife or all the way to Fortaleza. Has anyone done this road-trip and do people have suggestions of great places to stop along the way? Thanks!
Posted on Sep 17, 2010
Are you set on renting a car and driving alone? Because if not, and a big concern is safety, most people take a coach bus which makes brief stops along the way.
Otherwise, I wouldn't worry too much about the stories you've heard. Realistically most every place poses some potential danger to an unfamiliar traveler, but this is where doing your research about the culture & political climate of the area you'll be visiting comes into play. That along with utilizing basic street smarts.
As far as where to stop along the way, (it depends on how much time you have & what want to see or do). You could stop in Maceió, then of course check out the beaches & nightlife of Recife. You could breeze through enchanting Olinda. Natal is a the place to play in the sand dunes by renting dune buggies. Fortaleza for the art and cultural center. And Jericoacoara is becoming quite the hot spot to escape the crowds. Surfing, Windsurfing and fresh seafood are the primary attractions to any of the aforementioned areas.
Whatever you end up doing, I know you'll have a fantastic time!
Posted Sep 21, 2010Add a comment
I've driven around Salvador, but never very far out of town towards the north. The little I did see I liked though. There were some good roads around there.
Posted Sep 17, 2010Add a comment
Thanks Steven. So do you recommend driving in Brazil? There are a lot of sensationalized stories about personal safety down there so I'm curious what it's like to have a vehicle and also the general condition of roads and signage.
Posted on Sep 20, 2010
Salvador was easy to get around in. Of course we also used a GPS to help us out the first few days. I don't know about the other cities since we had a driver for those. Especially in Rio, I suggest being with a local.
Posted on Sep 21, 2010