(Closed) Suggestions for 2-week honeymoon in Brazil?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
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Newbee

I just came back from World Cup, and would love to go back. Brazil is amazing. Keep in mind that December is the “summer”. As such, I would stay south, because even in the winter the Pantanal and Amazon are very hot. Unless you are really craving adventure, then I would skip Manaus and the north. I can’t imagine going in the December heat. Brazil is so huge, that focusing on the South will be more much relaxing. I have heard amazing things about Port Alegre – beautiful and very safe. Iguazu Falls is obviously beautfiul, but you’ll need a yellow fever vaccine if you go there. Paratay and Isla Grande are more typcially “honeymoon” places with the beautiful beaches. San Paulo is a very very big and quite dangerous city, but has all the best restaurants and would be a shame to miss. Just be careful there. Rio’s beaches are the best I’ve ever seen – I would say they beat Hawaii. Ipanema is a nicer area, but Copacabana has the view of Sugar Loaf. I absolutely loved Rio, and I think you’ll be very happy to end your trip there. One other thing – don’t plan on shopping in Brazil (except Melissas and Havianas) b/c brands that are none Brazilian have the sh*t taxed out of them, so cost more than in the US. And finally, learn some Portuguese b/c i was shocked at how little English was spoken there. The people are so nice and kind and really try to help you communicate – but without my Google translate ap I would have been trouble haha. Seriously, the hotel concierge in Cuiaba did not speak a word of english and my Portugese is terrible so we used our aps to communicate … it was fun but only because he was very patient and kind.

 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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Shkragoldfish:  I was saying that the beaches are not necessarily crowded, I though they were beautiful. When we were there, didn’t have problems with rain. I might be biased, my family is from Argentina, and Buzios is a popular destination for Argentines.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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Shkragoldfish:  I’d say dont miss Iguazu, but then I am biased as that was the no.1 reason we chose Brazil as a holiday destination. We have a book of amazing places to see before you die. Iguazu was on the list so we built the holiday around that. Rio is obviouly amazing, but I though more from a distance than from close up. Our book has never let us down and Iguazu was beautiful if you are a nature and more importantly water fall lover!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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Shkragoldfish:  If you’ve already decided on Noronha, have you thought of touring the Northeast before you head to Rio? You can get lots of bang for your “buck” in the sense that there are many beautiful beaches (Carneiros, Pipa, Porto de Galinhas, Muro Alto) as well as coastal cities with lots of history and culture (Fortaleza, Natal, Recife) and you don’t need to do domestic flights between them–which are insanely expensive within Brazil. Also, the weather there is absolutely beautiful during when you’d be traveling. They drive on the right there (as in the US), so you can always rent a car and do some cool scenic roadtrip too, if you’re into that. 

I’d think you’d want to do Rio, but I don’t think you’d regret not making it to Foz de Iguacu (unless you’re specifically a waterfall enthusiast). It’s beautiful, but not non-negotiable. 

 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Unless the yellow fever thing is new, I disagree that you will need to get a vaccine to go to the falls – I didn’t.  I would not want to miss out on the falls – walking through them was an amazing experience.  And Rio is beautiful so I would not miss that either.  If you are specifically looking for a beach experience, Rio is perfect as one of your cities. Hotels are insanely expensive, FYI, but worth it.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

 

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HannahGrace:  That didn’t seem right to me either; I also didn’t have a Yellow Fever shot for the falls, and I only got back 3 weeks ago. 

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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Shkragoldfish:  I think that if you go to Rio, Fernando de Noronha and Iguassu Falls you will get to see three different sides of Brazil. We’re a large country, so there are so many different landscapes and things to do! I really hope you enjou our country, and please report back to me later, I want to know if you enjoyed your trip!!

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