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Brazil Bus Travel for Backpackers
Brazil Bus Travel - Travelling by bus gives you the best opportunity to enjoy the real Brazil. You will witness the excitement of big cities and the simplicity of small towns. There is a world of colorful views that you should not miss in Brazil, and on the bus it´s like watching a nature and cultural documentory from the comfort of Brazilian bus seats, without the need for commentary. Backpacking by bus is easy: All you need is a backpack and a quest for adventure!
Even when pre-planning your trip you must remember that bus travel times are long in Brazil. You must have an itinerary in mind when backpacking Brazil, as it is a huge country where distances between destinations are usually long and this must be considered when timing your trip. There´s no organized train service in Brazil, so bus travel is actually the main transport system in the country. With this in mind you may be surprised about the efficient design of this system: you can easily go everywhere in Brazil by bus!
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In Brazil there are sometimes many different companies running the same routes, so you´ll find differences in the services. Brazilian bus companies are some of the best in Latin America because in most cases they offer excellent service and buses are in good conditions, but this is not always the case. In some places you may find lower quality companies, though the Green Toad Bus will ensure you are always catching the best. You may have delays sometimes in departures but in general there´s respect for time schedules, but your arrival time is always an estimate and depends on driving conditions that day (eg. traffic and roadworks).
The standard way to travel on Brazilian buses is by taking semi-cama buses, which literally translate to semi-bed and sometmes refered to as convencional class. The seats do not recline fully but usually alot further than aeroplane seats. For short distances and long distances we use the semi-cama bus class, which the vast majority of backpackers choose. Semi-cama class are a lot better than you find in most first world countries, and backpackers are usually surprised at the comfort. They offer air conditioning, and bigger seats, and you´ll find them excellent for sleeping. Long distances buses are always equipped with a bathroom and they also have regular stops to allow you to buy food and use the facilities.
Public local buses are also a good option for moving around cities like Rio, Sao Paulo or Salvador de Bahia. You may find bus drivers are a little crazy, but don´t worry: they know what they are doing! In cities like Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo you can even check local bus routes on google maps.
When traveling in Brazil you must be aware of a few things: It is a safe country for bus travel, but you must be alert in some places, especially in the big cities. Don't be paranoid, but be aware!
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