Accommodation & Camping in Brazil

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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 (find them here).

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.

Rough Camping

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.

Gas Stations

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.

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.

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.

You can also check out iOverlander, where you can see where other overlanders spent the night.

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St. Amaro, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park: -2.513040, -43.242900
Plaza of Alcântara: -2.400000, -44.417650
Parque Estadual de Monte Alegre, Viewpoint Pedra de Mirante: -2.020210, -54.182300
Parque Estadual de Monte Alegre, Pedra de Pilão: -2.065250, -54.165300
Cajutuba: -2.687900, -54.998570
Santarém: -2.423080, -54.743250
Santarém: -2.439940, -54.729660
Transamazônica Camp 5: -4.305830, -55.959870
Transamazônica Camp 4: -4.616540, -56.326430
Transamazônica Camp 3: -5.362400, -57.138950
Transamazônica Camp 2: -6.582910, -58.600260
Transamazônica Camp 1: -7.724030, -61.064990
Humaitá: -7.518510, -63.033300
BR 319 - Camp 4: -6.859550, -63.058350
BR 319 - Camp 3: -5.635900, -62.213890
BR 319 - Camp 2: -4.961690, -61.551010
BR 319 - Camp 1: -4.182950, -60.807690
Novo Airão: -2.627240, -60.935250
Presidente Figueiredo – Parque Natural das Orquideas: -2.047620, -60.006180
Balbina: -1.910670, -59.460960
BR 174 - Parking Lot of Posto Fiscalisação: 1.298420, -60.400550
Lourenço: 2.308280, -51.639070
Macapá, Jeep Club: 0.041750, -51.107470
Santana: 0.023050, -51.164920
East of Mateiros (Jalapão): -10.602770, -46.661630
Cachoeira da Formiga: -10.333950, -46.470920
Between Lizarda and São Felix do Jalapão: -10.058970, -46.973300
Santa Filomena: -9.122700, -45.877670
São Raimundo Notato: -9.003030, -42.693900
Serra da Capivara National Park: -8.780670, -42.480380
Vale dos Dinosauros, Sousa: -6.732650, -38.261900
Hotel Fazenda Lajedo de Pai Mateus: -7.391170, -36.319580
Barra do São Miguel: -7.750050, -36.324420
East of Arapina: -7.523030, -40.491030
Brejo do Madre de Deus: -8.154580, -36.403520
Praia Patacho: -9.194520, -35.309220
Praia Barra di Camarajibe: -9.295400, -35.395320
Praia de Croa: -9.408100, -35.496920
Praia Lagoa Pau: -10.130370, -36.111500
Penedo: -10.291200, -36.586300
Pirambu: -10.733130, -36.843620
Areia Branca: -10.747570, -37.377100
São Christovão: -11.014000, -37.207530
Beach Siribinha: -11.752050, -37.519270
Cachoeira: -12.598130, -38.961170
Chapada Diamantina NP, between Lençois and Andarai: -12.586070, -41.382720
Chapada Diamantina NP, Vale do Capão: -12.572570, -41.491370
Chapada Diamantina NP, Caverne Pratinha: -12.351570, -41.541200
Terra Ronca State Park: -13.734330, -46.356900
Chapada dos Veadeiros NP / Alta Paraíso: -14.091670, -47.473400
Brasília: -15.828400, -47.855780
Alta Floresta: -9.878670, -56.097370
Novo Xavantine: -14.676820, -52.408230
Barra do Garças: -15.886280, -52.174570
Campo Verde: -15.548650, -55.018520
Cáceres: -16.091200, -57.680530
Sapezal: -13.543530, -58.847570
Tangará da Serra: -14.619030, -57.481070
NP Guimarães, Camping Salgadiera: -15.356100, -55.828800
Santo Antônio de Leveger, Praia da Vereda: -15.872670, -56.094270
Cuiabá: -15.596470, -56.098070
Northside Pantanal Campground next to Hotel Jofre: -17.360720, -56.766900
North side Pantanal: 28 kms beyond Poconé, towards Porto Cercado: -16.423630, -56.422170
South side Pantanal: Piraputanga: -20.466570, -55.518680
South side Pantanal: along Estrada Parque: -19.380200, -57.050770
South side Pantanal: Fazenda 4 Cantos: -18.615080, -56.265150
South side Pantanal: Corumbá: -18.996750, -57.655570
South side Pantanal: Porto Manga: -19.260050, -57.233650
Northeast of Do Cipó National Park, between Morro do Pilar and Conceicão do Mato Dentro: -19.099920, -43.487300
Southwest of Do Cipó National Park, between Jaboticatubas and Almeida: -19.472920, -43.788380
Mariana: -20.384230, -43.438770
Mariana: -20.383450, -43.418580
Ouro Preto: -20.383770, -43.507800
Lavras Novas: -20.478250, -43.512400
São João del Rei: -21.139180, -44.260420
Between Luminárias and Carrancas: -21.533950, -44.844320
São Thomé das Letras: -21.722220, -44.986020
Northeast of Itamonte: -22.235750, -44.834870
Visconde de Mauá: -22.332720, -44.540680
Pousada Campos da Bocaina: -22.718970, -44.618470
Pousada Estalagem Shambala: -23.096630, -44.957800
Pousada Vale das Cachoeiras: -23.105100, -44.868030
Paraty: -23.221100, -44.713500
Trindade: -23.343470, -44.712350
Toque Toque peq.: -23.816480, -45.534230
Foz do Iguaçu: -25.604920, -54.524570
Salto Morano National Park: -25.177520, -48.297030
Guaraqueçaba: -25.297850, -48.330470
Antonina: -25.429450, -48.711220
Castrolanda: -24.799400, -49.954530
Pomerode: -26.713250, -49.168530
Anitápolis: -27.859750, -49.130650
Rio Canoas: -28.030170, -49.375400
Waterfall Veu de Noiva: -28.075280, -49.518150
Urubici: -27.900420, -49.585830
Serra Geral National Park: -29.070400, -50.018530
Aparados National Park: -29.154800, -50.060070
Arambaré: -30.911980, -51.496400
Cassino: -32.186870, -52.164750
São Paulo - Boss House Bed & Breakfast : -23.547323, -46.665258
Alta Paraiso - Fazenda Spazenda: -14.051331, -47.515869
State of Paraná - Ecolodge of Sebuí: -25.275745, -48.315125
Alagoas - Beach Pousada Villa Pantai: -9.265077, -35.371849
Alta Floresta - Floresta Amazônica Hotel: -9.876497, -56.086425
Paraíba - Hotel Fazenda de Pai Mateus: -6.716940, -35.268900
Tangara da Serra - Hotel Salto das Nuvens: -14.631161, -57.506491
Alta Floresta - Cristalino Jungle Lodge: -9.878893, -56.046753
Guajará Mirím - Pakaas Jungle Lodge: -10.790926, -65.332216
Pantanal - Fazenda 4 Cantos: -12.211180, -54.492188
Tatajuba - Pousada Portal do Vento: -2.853755, -40.691439
Dunes between Barreirinhas and Paulino Neves: -2.731210, -42.646360
Lago Amarelas: -2.932510, -41.045060
Tatajuba: -2.852493, -40.691330
Jericoacoara: -2.800310, -40.513280
Preá: -2.814500, -40.402930
Praia da Barra / Ihla do Guajiru : -2.881180, -39.908330
Patos: -2.993460, -39.735120
Icaraí: -3.022980, -39.658650
Moitas : -3.000860, -39.698630
Fortaleza: -3.808050, -38.496970
Maranguape: -3.941840, -38.665520
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Cajutuba
Cajutuba. On beach along the Tapajós River. Peaceful place to camp (Sep '12). Read more here.
gps: -2.687900, -54.998570
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Santarém
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
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Santarém
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
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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
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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
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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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