North Region
Best months:
November to February

North Region

Brazil
LAST UPDATED 30/04/2009
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introduction

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Raphael Lorenzeto de Abreu: Map locator of Brazil's Norte region; April, 21 2006

The North region of Brazil s the largest Region of the country, the total area is 3.853.327,2 km², but at the same time the least inhabited one. Most people live in the urban area. It was the last region to be given importance by the Brazilian government, already when it was independent from Portugal. It is composed by the states of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins.

surfing

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Maggiz: Fernando de Noronha; 2004

It all gets a bit tough this far north in Brazil. The coastline faces north here which eliminates the effect of southerly swell and severly restricts the effect of easterly windswell. You are really restricted to the rarer NE swells that descend from Europe, a few thousand miles away, meaning severe swell decay and terrible flat spells. Some of the offshore islands can be your only form of salvation in these circumstances, isolated swell magnets that pick up anything in the area.

Fernando de Noronha is the best one to consider, technically part of the North East Region but a real eco based discovery as far as South American surfing goes. 

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 rom most newstands. 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 the 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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Spanxter: Yara Hotel, 3 December 2007

Salinópolis (also known as Salinas) is the prime beach resort in Pará. It usually gets really busy in June and July, and maintains a certain pace on weekends throughout the year.

There are hotels and inns everywhere, low season rates from R$ 30 or less for a single.
If you don´t have a car, the best place to stay is probably near the end of the Maçarico beach boulevard as there is a small bridge from there, leading straight to the beach of Corvinas.

 

what to pack

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Rich Niewiroski Jr.: 62 mm ultra-violet, fluorescent, and polarizing lens filters; April 9, 2007

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!!

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.

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.  

And take a good protection for your camera from the sand.  

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