Stay was during carnival.....good location if you want to party all night! If you dont, you will not sleep...the parade goes right by the hotel all night and the rooms shake with the loud music! No kidding...it is loud!! Hotel is on the beach, its an ok beach. The pool is decent. The fine dining room in the hotel has very good food, and great cocktails in the restaurant as well. The room was ok, the bed was a little hard and I think the couch next to the bed was made of cement, I am serious it was the hardest couch I have ever sat in...very uncomfortable. The mini bar was well stocked with beer, juice and snacks.
Unique Quality: The view of the ocean was nice.
I am thinking about going to Brazil for a few weeks. Flying into Rio then probably bus up the coast a little bit. I would be traveling alone.
I realize it can be dangerous and to use common sense. However, anybody have anything to say for or against doing this?
You don't say how much travel experience you have and where/in what conditions. If you are an experienced traveller, you shouldn't have any problems you don't create for yourself. You might be happier staying at hostels where you can meet other travellers to see the sights with. Brazil isn't inherently dangerous, but you should remain vigilant constantly to prevent problems. The trip up the coast, however far you get, is great, and you will certainly have fun.
The portuguese language may disturb you a little bit. However if you are spanish talkative you may put it right.
The upper coastal spots are: Arraial do Cabo/Cabo Frio/Buzios, Guarapari/Vitoria/Vila Velha, Arraial d'Ajuda/Porto Seguro, Itacaré, Morro de São Paulo, Ilha de Itaparica, Salvador,Praia do Forte, Aracaju, Maragogi, Porto de Galinhas, Maceio, Olinda/Recife, Fortaleza and Jericoacoara.
Certainly this is a great journey. If you get in touch with brazilians you will found here nice adventures.
Since 1998 I've traveled alone to Brazil four times, each trip lasting from three to five weeks. My only trouble came when I got lost in Salvador da Bahia, stubbornly refused to turn around and go back the way I'd come, and ended by hiking up a ladeira (steep street) -- something all guidebooks say to avoid.
I speak no Portuguese (or Spanish), but I've rarely had any problem communicating -- either in English or a mixture of words taken from guidebooks and signs. For bus reservations, I've downloaded and printed out destinations, dates and times, and even preferred seats from websites.
Brazil is an endlessly fascinating country. Go. You'll like it.
if you speak portuguese, things will be much less intimidating. But really, it's not dangerous. Buses are clean and comfortable, unlike Greyhound in the U.S. In Rio, you just need to be aware, keep your wits about you. You would be simply unlucky if something happened to you.
If you have a very strong desire to go up the coast from Rio, then do it. People on buses are generally pretty friendly and many will been very keen on practising their English (if you don't speak Portuguese, actually even if you do, so be patient).
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