In Brazil our nights were divided among rough camping, spend the night at a petrol station, or stayed with local people. Every once in a while we stayed at a pousada (guesthouse), ecolodge, fazenda hotel or Bed & Breakfast.
Read More: Pousadas, Guesthouses, Bed & Breakfast Stays in Brazil
On the map below you’ll find our noteworthy places of rough camping, pousadas we stayed (either in a room or camping in the parking lot) as well as a few petrol stations that came in handy for some particular reason (like in or near a city). We didn’t find it necessary to log all of them because you’ll find them all over the place.
Brazil has so much space yet few people per square kilometer (although this varies largely among regions/states). We found lots of opportunities for rough camping, often near or alongside waterways or waterfalls. We especially rough camped in the southern states, Minas Gerais, the Pantanal, the Amazon, and along the coast of south and northeast Brazil.
In Mato Grosso we regularly stayed at 24-hour gas stations. We find them fascinating places in themselves with those all those trucks that come and go and the drivers with their stories who sometimes bring their families along as well.
As we discovered the ease of staying at petrol stations we’ve been increasingly doing this elsewhere in the country as well, notably in and around cities where we think rough camping is not a good idea.
Read More: Driving Dunes & Beaches in Northeast Brazil
Hospitality – Staying with Locals
Before reaching major cities we try to find accommodation, in which most cases we succeed. Brazilians have been very hospitable to us and we’ve stayed in many homes. Some invited us during a chat on the street, others found us on the website.
We have received great help from all kinds of Jeep and Toyota Clubs throughout the country and we have used Couchsurfing as well (find us under ‘Coen Wubbels’).
Read More: Bye Bye Brazil
GPS Waypoints of Accommodation & Camping Spots in Brazil
Let there be no misunderstanding: no, you don’t have to go to these places. No, these are not by definition the best spots. After having traveled in South America for so long we realize that it’s no problem here to find your own beautiful spots for camping. We decided to continue the page anyway, for travelers who would like some tips about camping spots which we enjoyed or found practical – please note that this is always our personal experience.
|St. Amaro, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park |
St. Amaro, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. Lovely, quiet spot along the riverside (Nov '12). Read more here.
gps: -2.513040, -43.242900
|Plaza of Alcântara |
Plaza of Alcântara. Lovely colonial village, beautifully restored. Next to the Prefeitura (on the right side when facing the building!) is a good place to spend the night. Don’t stay left of the building, down to that inviting, grassy spot a bit down, right along the waterfront– it’s one of thé places for tourists to get robbed, or so we were told (Nov '12).
gps: -2.400000, -44.417650
|Parque Estadual de Monte Alegre, Viewpoint Pedra de Mirante |
Parque Estadual de Monte Alegre, Viewpoint Pedra de Mirante. Nice hike up this viewpoint. Would be a great place to camp too, if your car gets up that steep sandy hill. Our Land Cruiser didn't (would have worked with deflated tires, but since we don't have a compressor we didn't want to do that). We camped nearby (Sep '12).
gps: -2.020210, -54.182300
|Parque Estadual de Monte Alegre, Pedra de Pilão |
Parque Estadual de Monte Alegre, Pedra de Pilão. Easy hike up to this viewpoint and good camping at its base (Sep '12).
gps: -2.065250, -54.165300
Cajutuba. On beach along the Tapajós River. Peaceful place to camp (Sep '12). Read more here.
gps: -2.687900, -54.998570
Santarém. Iate Club (Yachtclub). You need an introduction from a member to stay here. Good place to camp, for laundry and shower (Sep '12).
gps: -2.423080, -54.743250
Santarém. BR Petrol Station. Camping in shade of a tree, shower and toilet, but management prohibits the use of a stove or any other fire (Sep '12).
gps: -2.439940, -54.729660
|Transamazônica Camp 5 |
Transamazônica Camp 5. South side of Tapajós River, right after ferry crossing in Itaituba. Lots of dust but there are showers (Sep '12). Read more here.
gps: -4.305830, -55.959870
|Transamazônica Camp 4 |
Transamazônica Camp 4. Tapajós River - Amazonia National Park. Lots of space, shade and lovely river but also a lot of rubbish (Sep '12). Read more here.
gps: -4.616540, -56.326430
|Transamazônica Camp 3 |
Transamazônica Camp 3. River for taking a dip. Lots of space, shade and lovely river (Sep '12). Read more here.
gps: -5.362400, -57.138950
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