Brazil Map

Brazil Map

I know I’m Brazilian, but I haven’t travelled much in Brazil. I came to the UK when I was 18, so I have travelled more in Europe than my own country. When I read about Money Supermarket’s A Grand Adventure blogger challenge, I just had to get involved.

It says: “Have you ever dreamed of packing up your suitcase, heading off on holiday and staying away for as long as possible for the adventure of a lifetime? Well now you can by entering our competition ‘A Grand Adventure’. We want bloggers around the globe to tell us where they would go, what they would do and how they would make their £1000 last as long as possible for an epic adventure. Minus the cost of flights, we want people to explore their frugal side of living whilst still having a great time.”

For me, A Grand Adventure calls for adrenaline, doing things that I have never done before, challenging myself and making the most of every second away.

Iguassu Falls Rappel Adventure

Iguassu Falls Rappel Adventure

I would start our Adventure in the south of Brazil. I have heard that Iguassu Falls are amazing, so what a better way to explore them than going on a Rappel Adventure from Foz do Iguazu (£60.10). Rapel down Iguassu Falls in once in a lifetime experience and I would love to do it! Iguassu Falls rappelling adventure from Foz do Iguaçu begins with a short trek through the rainforest to the starting point, a basalt rock wall platform. Then I would rappel down and enjoy the Brazilian side of the falls, the rivers and the forest. The second day would be spent sightseeing in Foz do Iguazu.

I’ve never stayed in hostels before, but a quick google search proved that staying in hostels would save me lots of money. As I would spend most of the day sightseeing, a clean bed to rest my head at night would be more than enough. My first hostel would be in Foz do Iguazu and the rates start as little as £7 per night. I would stay 2 nights in Foz do Iguazy (£14).

Tijuca Rainforest Hiking

Tijuca Rainforest Hiking

Tijuca Rainforest Hiking

Tijuca Rainforest Hiking

I would then make my way up in Brazil by coach, travelling at night (£78.65) from Foz do Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro.  Once I’m in Rio, I would try a Tijuca Rainforest Hiking Tour (£78.45). I would experience some of Rio de Janeiro’s stunning natural beauty on this hiking tour through the Tijuca Rainforest, I would learn about the rainforest as you go, and be rewarded with remarkable views of Rio and Guanabara Bay when I reach the top. The second day would be spent enjoying the gorgeous beaches in Rio.

I would stay 2 night in Rio with hostels prices as little as £10 per night, so £20. Then I would go from Rio to Natal by bus £100.

Natal Buggy Ride

Natal Buggy Ride

Once I’m in Natal, I would go for a buggy ride (£87.31) on the beaches of Jenipabu, Pitangui and Jacuma and prepare to be enchanted by the lagoons formed in the dunes. I will also swim and relax in the beautiful beaches. The second day would be spent admiring the lovely beaches in Natal.

Hostels in Natal are from £10, so I would spend £20 for 2 nights. My next stop would be Manaus, as I always wanted to see the Brazilian rainforest. The bus would cost £110.

Amazon Rainforest Survival Tour

Amazon Rainforest Survival Tour

I would go on a Amazon Rainforest Survival Tour from Manaus (£118.31) to put my survival skills to the test on a guided tour through the Amazon Rainforest from Manaus. As I walk through the lush rainforest, the expert guide will teach me how to conquer the natural surroundings. Learn how to identify trees that produce edible fruits and nuts, such as açai palm berries, passion fruit and Brazilian nuts, as well as vegetation to avoid. Spot medicinal leaves and roots; learn how to find sources of clean water; and practice building traps for small animals. Afterward, I will have lunch and take a scenic canoe ride before discovering local village life with a visit to a real Amazonian home.

The hostel in Manaus costs as little as £7 per night, so £14 for 2 nights. So far, all of the adventures above would only cost me £700.82, so I would have enough money to fly from Natal to Fernando de Noronha before visiting Manaus (which costs just under £300 for a return ticket). Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago made up of one 11-square-mile chunk of volcanic rock and 20 smaller islands. I always wanted to go to Fernando de Noronha and to meet some of the archipelago’s most famous residents: spinner dolphins!

Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha

Brazilian Buffet

Brazilian Buffet

As I am Brazilian and I speak the language, I’m sure I would be able to lower the costs of the journey. The prices used above were found searching online, but it would be much cheaper buying it in Brazil using their currency (Real) instead of converting it to Pounds. As it would be much cheaper over there, I would have plenty of money to buy food, drinks and souvenirs to bring back. A typical all you can eat buffet in Brazil is only a couple of pounds!

All this post about Brazil made me want and visit it even more! It shows that it is possible to have a wonderful holiday, fun-packed adventure with just a grand!

This is my entry for the Grand Adventure competition at Money Supermarket