Asuncion Paraguay => Florianopolis => Rio => Venezuala starting September/October

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by arooni, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. arooni

    arooni Been here awhile

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    Hi everyone!

    I'm David Parkinson, and I've already ridden my bike from the USA => Ushuaia, Argentina. I'm currently in Asuncion, Paraguay, preparing the bike for its final trip: riding up the coast of Brazil till I either sell the bike or decide to enter Venezuela and try to sell it there.

    I'm planning on leaving end of September, or beginning of October. Or I could leave in sometime in October (I'm a bit flexible on time). I've been on the rode solo for awhile but would love a companion for this final part of the trip. I'm trying to time it to see both New Years and Carnival in Brazil.

    If you'd like to discuss travelling together, have any contacts for Brazil, or have any routing suggestions, I'd be very grateful. I have a whole slew of questions below, that I'd love any feedback you might have.

    1) I have about 4-6 months budgeted for Brazil. I'm debating which month to enter. At a minimum, I'd like to be there for New Years, and Carnival. Would you recommend entering October/November? I'd like to head for Florianoplis but I want the weather to be awesome when I get there.
    2) Any concerts/festivals I can look forward to over the months November ==> March?
    3) Any awesome motorcycle routes I should catch?
    4) If you have any sources of information/websites/etc for planning my trip thru Brazil? Is there an ADVRider equivalent in Portugese? I'd like to ask these same questions there (via Google Translate :p)
    5) If you would be open to letting me throw up my tent or crash on your living room floor (I have a pad) as I'm travelling let me know. I have a pretty decent couchsurfing profile: https://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=41NQPPU
    6) Can you recommend anything for picking up the Portugese language?
    7) Is there a website for motorcycle rallies/clubs?
    8) I'd like to explore perhaps selling the motorcycle in Brazil. Has anyone had any experience with this? Any useful websites for listing it?

    Contact info:
    Email: David AT davidparkinson DoT com
    Facebook: David Chase Parkinson (http://www.facebook.com/davidparkinson)

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  2. Fernando Costa

    Fernando Costa Contemplator

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    Hello, it appears that you have time in your hands. From Florianopolis to Rio I would strongly suggest to avoid the main highways, to the extent possible, and pick instead secondary roads. Leaving Florianopolis, take 101 and turn right on Araguari (before Joinville) and go to Sao Francisco do Sul, a nice old town with a nice Museum of traditional Brazilian boats, most wooden made. From there, head up north to Guaratuba (you may take a ferry) and then Antonina/Morretes, and from there up Serra da Graciosa, a nice and scenic old brick road that will take you to BR 116. While in the region of Antonina/Morretes, you may want to visit Ilha do Mel (Google it to see the attractions -- no vehicles allowed).

    On BR 116, head north until Pedro Barros and then turn right on SP 55 that will take you to Peruibe. From there proceed on 55 towards Cubatao (boring) and follow the signs to Guaruja and be alert to signs for Sao Sebastiao, so you will continue on 55 along the coast (very scenic) up to Sao Sebastiao. I live on Ilhabela, an island right in front of Sao Sebastiao. If you want to make a stop, you are more than welcome to stay here for a couple of days to recharge batteries. Then proceed on 55 along the coast (scenic) and stop in Paraty, a beautiful and well preserved town from the colonial era. From there, continue on 55 to Angra dos Reis (Ilha Grande is a nice stop for a day or two, no vehicles allowed, beautiful place) and then straight to Rio. At this point, you will need precise instructions on how to enter Rio as it may be a bit tricky and perhaps dangerous. Then you are in Rio, beaches and girls, and you will have a very good time there. Have a safe journey!
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  3. arooni

    arooni Been here awhile

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    These are great suggestions Fernando and I'll try to stick to them! Muito obrigado! I'll PM you for your contact info. Would love to meet up with you and share a beer!
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  4. arooni

    arooni Been here awhile

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    Right now I'm trying to figure out the best routing from Ciudad del Este to Florianopolis. I will be in Ciudad del Este the 13th-15th of this month, then I need to be in Florianopolis from the 26th of October for a wedding.

    So I have two routes I'm playing with. One is a bit shorter; but trying to take advantage of this Serra do Rio do Rastro and Corvo Branco you folks mentioned:

    Shorter route direct from CDE to Florianoplis with rio de rastro & corvo blanco

    And the second route is a little longer:
    Longer route that touches Puerto Allegro and then hugs the coast

    Any feedback on the two routes? Is 11 days enough to do either? It only looks to be 1000km or so.

    I don't want to miss anything on the way to Florianoplis from Paraguay.

    Best,
    David
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