5 Great Drives in Brazil
by Sarah Lomas
With the Rio 2016 Olympics upon us, all talk is on Brazil. But putting the games aside, Brazil is a country bursting with stunning natural scenery and breathtaking sights. So we take a look at some of the best drives through Brazil, from zigzagged mountainous roads to off the beaten tracks.
Serra do Rio do Rastro Road
This zigzagged road clings to the side of a mountain range in southern Brazil and meanders through waterfalls, canyons and spectacular scenery from start to finish. At its highest point which is 1,459m, you can even spot the Atlantic Ocean – 62 miles away!
Part of a UNESCO site, this road is perhaps one of the best in South America to drive in search of wildlife. Flat grasslands offer extensive views across the terrain and the opportunity to spot a wide variety of animal life.
National Park da Bocaina
A nice way to drive between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janerio instead of taking the highway. This drive takes in the surrounding mountainous scenery offering great views and waterfalls along the way.
Transamazonica / Trans-Amazonian Highway
Built to open up the Amazon to the rest of the country, this 4,000km route cuts through north eastern Brazil. Some of the route is dry and uninspiring, but the stretch through the Amazon is to be seen – Belo Monte Dam project to Labrea. The road can be impassable during rainy season, so is best driven between July and October. You may even come across traditional cowboys herding their cattle here.
Taking in the culture of Brazil, this road has many picturesque colonial towns and churches along the way. It also meanders through Mians Gerais which has much natural beauty.
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