South East Region
Best months:
May to October

South East Region

Brazil
LAST UPDATED 15/08/2008
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introduction

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João Felipe C.S: Brazil Labelled Map; 1 December 2007

The Southeast region is one of the five regions of Brazil and it is the richest and most densely populated one. It has the biggest population than any other South American country. São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the country's two largest cities, are located in this region as well.

surfing

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Caca Lima: Guarapa, Espirito Santo, Brazil; 2005

A little less swell than the south but a lot more crowds, especially around the Rio area. The SE Region is far enough north to receive energy from the Noth Atlantic but it's a fickle thing being on the east coast here. Windswell is often the saviour of the day here in between fickle NE and SE ground swells. The Rio Peninsula is the best place to get swell but unfortunately the most crowded. Try to get away from the main city beaches in a decent swell until you can find something within your crowd to wave ration acceptance range.

 

 

travel

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OS2Warp: Rodovia dos Imigrantes; 2 September 2005

In the Amazon region as well as on the coast west of Sao Luis, boat travel is often the only way to get around. But everywhere else you are welcome to travel by plane, train, bus, car or bicycle. When you fly by plane, make sure check whether your flight is really direct, what stops it will have and always rely on your flight number, not on the destination. Strange, but some domestic flights are considered "international", so you get a chance to purchase items at a "duty free" store in the airport. Not bad, ha.

If you travel by car, you can buy road maps from most newsstands. A map will give you information on the distances and current conditions of the roads (which can be indeed very bad). Keep the doors locked when driving, especially in the larger cities, as robberies at stop signs and red lights are quite common in some areas.

Brazil's railway system was mostly wrecked during the military regimes, but there are some lines left. And the line from São Luis to Carajás is particularly interesting because part of it passes through the Amazon rainforest.

where to stay

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Caio do Valle: CENU commercial complex, October 2005

Motels are an intrinsic part of the Brazilian culture, and are mostly designed as love hotels. Perhaps because of the overcrowding of the cities, and consequently decreasing privacy at home, motel-going is a socially acceptable activity.
Some motels include: Motel Astúrias, Motel My Flowers and Motel Swing. Alternatively hostels are always a good inexpensive option.

  • Albergue de Juventude Praça da Árvore is an international hostel set way out of the centre, but in a safe neighbourhood and close to metro station Praça da Árvore. It has a pleasant and quiet atmosphere.
  • The Pousada Dona Ziláh is located on Alameda Franca
  • Ô de casa is located close to Clinicas metro station. The young staff members are helpful in assisting you to finding your way around the huge city. Free breakfast, Internet and wi-fi is also offered to guests.
  • Formulae 1 from Accor hotel chain is usually good value for the money you pay, with prices starting from R$70 for a room for 3 persons.

what to pack

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Mohylek-Fujifilm Finepix S9000; 1 April 2007

The climate here is more moderate and warm than in the South region, with temperatures usually ranging between 10 °C (50 °F) and 30 °C (86 °F).
A small backpack makes a good carryon bag and will be useful in daily life. Women: remember to take a good flat pair of shoes.... And for everybody: pair of comfortable walking shoes will be great for walking. Definitely take along some bug repellent spray, good sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses! Better take your medicines with you (esp. anti histamine tablets), as the brands can be unfamiliar and cost more. By the way, getting a trip medical insurance would be a good idea.

You’ll need short sleeved t-shirts, shorts and long trousers (pants) and probably a light jacket or pullover for the more blustery days and evenings and sun cream for days out on the water. In winter bring long trousers (pants), warm pullovers, warm waterproof coats, scarves, hat and gloves!!

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