Overland Travel in Brazil
Known for its security issues in big cities, Brazil, fortunately, is much more than that. And bringing your overland vehicle is the best way to explore all of what lies behind those cities – charming, beautiful and culturally interesting as they are and worth a visit.
Your 4×4 will take you across beaches and through the Amazon Rainforest (Transamazônica Highway recommended) with ease. With 2×2 opportunities abound as well in the dry season. Pop your rooftop tent along the shore and enjoy a night under the stars.
Don’t forget the interior with road trips to beautiful national parks, and a fair share of cultural sites. Overlanding in Brazil allows you to easily go where public transportation stops.
When we tell Brazilians we are going to drive the BR319 their eyes open wide and they look at us with respect. “You’re sure?”
Thousands of kilometers of driving the Transamazônica (Trans-Amazonian Highway) showed the full-scale Amazon deforestation going on.
“Are you going to São Paulo? But that’s a dangerous city! Don’t go there!” many foreigners and Brazilians exclaim. Is it?
Watching sea turtles in South America has been one of most beautiful experiences. Here’s info on where to watch marine turtles, when, and how.
The Death Road in Boliva, the Transamazônica in Brazil, and the Carretera Austral in Chile are among the popular road trips in South America.
On a continent so rich in salt flats, wetlands, glaciers, canyons, and deserts, what were among our favorite places in South America to be blown away?
Among the easiest place to watch wildlife in South America, the Pantanal wetlands in Brazil can be visited from four sides. Here’s how.
Photography, isn’t it all about details? Check out some keyholes in Brazil’s colonial town of Ouro Prêto, a gorgeous town to explore on foot.
Our 600 Days of travel in Brazil have included a couple of fantastic road trips that we would like to share with you…
Photos of an off-road adventure in Brazil where we drive through shifting sands of dunes and beaches, and cross rivers on rickety, hand-powered ferries.
After an hour of fruitless trying piranhas were suddenly flying into the boat. We had hit a school of them and reeled in one after the other. Pablo carefully removed … Read more
Some of Brazil’s most fascinating sites lie in the Northeast, the Sertão: Jalapão, Serra Capivara National Park, Sousa, and Pai Mateus.
Visit a Brazil few travelers have seen and check out these 10 under-the-radar spots for sightseeing and outdoor adventure.
From disliking peanut butter to loving it. From having no clue to how many ingredients the popular brands contain to making our own.
Our Land Cruiser’s air filter rusted through. How did the car get to sport a fancy air filter like the Donaldson Full-View Pre-Cleaner?
100+ GPS Waypoints with additional information on places we stayed in Brazil.
After 4 extensive visits, totaling some 600 days we are leaving Brazil…
Our favorite places in Brazil to splurge, to take time-out, to watch wildlife and to enjoy ecotourism.
Lobster on the menu: enough reason to stay another day, isn’t it?
Sometimes we’re not in harmony with ourselves, each other, or our surroundings. And then, suddenly, everything changes…
From a blown-up battery in a horrible tourist town to a magical night in the dunes.
When one of your batteries blow up and you’re in the middle of nowhere and find the kindest people who help you and trust you.
We drive to the end of the world, meet Bertoldo and get landcruisingadventure.com in the air. How does that work?
Stopped by the traffic police during a roadblock in Bélem. Are we speaking the same language as the police officer?
Rust is a never-ending issue with our Land Cruiser. A welder finds the creative solution of fiberglass repair where welding doesn’t work.
After the aluminum welding was done, it was time for projects that required welding stainless steel. Luckily we found the right man for this.
Aluminum welding is not a matter of course, let alone finding people who know how to do it properly. Luckily we met the Jeepeiros in Bélem.
How did the Ford Motor Company end up in the Amazon with 1 million hectares of land?
A place where you can see manatees from up close is Balbina’s Manatee Research Center in north Brazil. We are lucky and get a private tour.
The bridge is finished but not yet open, so in order to drive to French Guiana you’ll need to cross a river. Here’s info on shipping your vehicle across the Oiapoque River.
Names of companies, prices for shipping + GPS Waypoints.
Crossing the 40-hour journey across the Amazon River as a stowaway? I don’t think so.
Part 2 of Off-Road in Sertão, Brazil: fixing the spare tank, driving rally terrain, hitting the start of the rainy season.
From the coast to Fazenda Lajedo de Pai Mateus: Sertão, caatinga, farms, cacti and palma, and friendly, helpful people.
After years of peaceful travel we encountered the other side of coin: we were robbed.
Driving through the Amazon during rain has its challenges: tarantula’s, midgets, mosquitoes and dengue.
A Toyoteiros Charity Rally near Salvador da Bahia, to help bring attention to the needs of the nearby village of Maracangalha.
One of the big events in São Paulo is the Adventure Sports Fair. We not just checked it out, but joined with a display of the Land Cruiser and our journey.