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Brazil Itinerary: From the Beaches of São Sebastião to the Pantanal Wetlands

My first destination in South American was Brazil, the biggest and most amazing country in the continent. For my itinerary, I traveled from the south- in São Paulo, tô the north- manaus , Amazonas

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  • Brazil Itinerary: From the Beaches of São Sebastião to the Pantanal Wetlands
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South AmericaBrazil19 days / July - August 2023

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Chapada Diamantina hike in Bahia!

Very expensive, make sure you have a realistic daily budget.

Itinerary Overview

I arrived in são Paulo internacional airport on mid July, my friend Anna and her friends came to pick me up at 06:00, so kind of them. from there we went str to a small little beach town called São Sebastiano, 3 hours away from São paulo. we had typical Brazilian food like açai juice, tapioca crepe, pastel, caipirinha and many more. Later on I moved solo to the pantanal - next to Campo Grande, it is a natural region encompassing the world's largest tropical wetland area, and the world's largest flooded grasslands. I saw a ton of birds and other fauna. also-Many caymans. later on after a few weeks I went to Bahia region- Salvador is the capital. From there I went to a small town called lancois,  and spent about a week in total There, it’s very calm and colourful and beautiful nature scene, from there I did a 3 day hike In the closest National park- Chapada Diamantina; it was difficult but worth it. The park is huge about 150 hectares and you should definitely get a guide with you. 

  • 7 Nights: São Sebastião
    My Brazilian friend recommended
  • 5 Nights: Poconé
  • 7 Nights: Morro do Chapéu
São Sebastião - My Brazilian friend recommended

São Sebastião My Brazilian friend recommended

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This is a tiny beach town, has an amazing island in front of it and it is located only 3-4 hours away from the central of São paulo. The archipelago is located on the east coast of the city; the largest island of the archipelago is also called São Sebastião. My friends hosted me and showed me all the secret places, the Beaches are amazing And so is the food. there is a very cool gin brewery in town I highly recommend you go there and support a local. besides that you will be able to enjoy local and fresh Brazilian food- i recommend açai juice with orange Juice, and tapioca crepe with the pizza filling. 

Poconé - Travel

Poconé Travel

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from when I was young I heard amazing stories about Pantanal, how many animals including pumas and jaguars live there, its knowns to be the best place to spot birds and jaguras, unfortunately I didn’t see jaguars, only Caymans and birds, but the exp overall was great. The name "Pantanal" comes from the Portuguese word pântano that means "swamp". The Pantanal ecosystem is home to some 463 species of birds, 269 species of fishes, more than 236 species of mammals,141 species of reptiles and amphibians, and over 9,000 subspecies of invertebrates.

Morro do Chapéu - Hike

Morro do Chapéu Hike

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This is one of the most beau places in Brazil 🫶🏼 i did a 3 day hike in Chapada Diamantina ☺️ they supply you with accommodation and 3 meals, you can bring your own snacks of course. The hike is with an older tour guide and a younger one. They are also the ones that will cook for you and take care of you. The hike group Is about 10-15 people and the bedrooms are separated to women, men and couples. The first day of the track starts with a very high altitude walk for about an hour and a half, then a walk for a few hours to the little house you will be staying in, second day consists of going to a cave, also higher and more difficult hike, later on swimming inside of it- really cool. On the last day you will be walking the most- and also this is the longest up hill hike of the day, you will walk about 20 kilometres back to the car parking lot where we Left in the morning. 

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    The people I was with.
  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    We didn’t see any jaguars
  • Restaurant recommendations?

    You have 3 meals a day in the Santa Clara lodge
  • Packing tips?

    Bring a lot of mosquito spray