Overland Brazil Travel
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 Entering Brazil with a Car or Motorbike
Correct as of: April 2013
 Required Paperwork
- copy title
- copy Passport mainpage w drivers license
Quick and friendly
 Process at border
(For people, see Brazil Visa and Passport requirements at the World Travel Guide)
Go to migracion on the east side of rode and get your visa stamped then drive about 20 meters south to the aduana for the vehicle process, no inspection, fumigation or insurance required
 Cost of entry
Free for vehicle but the Visa can cost around $200.00 USD for some countries including Americans and will need to be done before arriving
 Permitted length of stay
90 days but they explained it could be extended easily, really pleasant border people.
 Extension of stay
I don't speak Portuguese well but I understood that to extend just go to any aduana anywhere at least two weeks before expiration.
 Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country
Unknown but they did put a stamp in my passport about my bike
 Exiting with a vehicle
Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.
 Driving in Brazil
 Insurance requirements
Yes or No if insurance is mandatory, and what kind is acceptable.
 Cost of insurance
State the price of insurance and a time period.
 Where to purchase insurance
Describe where insurance can be purchased.
 Driving license
An international driving permit is not required to drive in Brazil, only a recognized North or South American license and valid passport. The IDP is only recommended because the translation can solve problems during routine encounters with police (who may not be aware of the recent changes in Brazilian law dropping the requirement of an international driving permit).
 Driving side of road
Brazilians drive on the right. In Brazil, the steering wheel is on the left.
RHD can be driven in Brazil without a problem.
 Mandatory items in vehicle
State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)
 General Road quality
Roads in Brazil are generally adequate but improving. The quality of pavement is generally not an issue, but some major roads may only feature one lane in each direction, making travel difficult. Some villages are still only accessible via unpaved roads (Which may not be marked on a map). It is a good idea to ask a local guide for more information because the most efficient route may not always be the most obvious, and the best available maps / GPS may not always be up to date. One way roads are common in major cities.
 Road signs
Road signs are very standardized and most drivers will find them adequate and self-explanatory. Be aware that every 500-1000 meters of road in populated areas will have a (clearly marked) speed bump to force drivers to slow down when passing through cities and villages.
 Toll roads
Most new high capacity roads in Brazil charge a minimal toll every 50-80 km of R$1.00 BRL-R$2.00 BRL, and tolls are clearly marked in advance. Generally you must pay the toll with a R$10 (Brazilian Real) note or smaller.
 Bribery in Brazil
Briefly describe how common bribery is and whether it should be expected, and the best way to deal with it.
describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.
 Traveling with pets
List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.
 Gas and Diesel price in Brazil
Last updated: October 2012
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|Unleaded||€1.06 EUR per Liter|
|Diesel||€0.83 EUR per Liter|
 Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency
Gas shortages are not common in Brazil, diesel and gasoline are widely available. Even in small villages very rudimentary gas stations exist, even far from major cities. One should not have to drive more than 10-15 km to find a gas station. Be aware to not put accidentally ethanol as it is as common as gasoline and diesel at the gas stations. In big cities there is also the LPG option.
 Gas and Diesel Quality
Gasoline and Diesel in Brazil are of very high quality, and the quality of gasoline is generally the same at all major chains and independent retailers. Don't be surprised to find very rudimentary gas stations in the areas far from major cities, as their gasoline is usually of the highest quality.
 Safety and Security Considerations
 Driving at night
Some areas are not safe to drive at night, especially the state of Bahia. Express kidnappings and robberys are known to occur, and most Brazilian people will not stop for cars which appear to be 'broken down' as people have been known to ambush and rob the good Samaritans who come to their aid at gunpoint. Generally, most people do not encounter any problems during the daytime however and Brazilians are very courteous and helpful to travelers.
 Vehicle parking
Brazil has a complicated system of parking on the street which involves color codes and different rates for different areas at different times. It is usually cheaper and safer (in most major cities) to park in private "Garages", especially overnight. Many hotels, restaurants, attractions, and places of business provide free parking to their customers. Beware in some areas of people who offer to "watch your car". They usually expect some small amount of money for this "service" and if you do not pay them they could damage your vehicle. This is somewhat common in free parking areas near major attractions.
 Special driving considerations
A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.
 Security advisories and information
- Country Specific Information - U.S. Department of State
- Travel Reports and Warnings - Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- Travel advice by country - Foreign and Commonwealth office (U.K.)
- Travel Advice for Brazil - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
 Camping in Brazil
Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.
 Camping guide books
List and link to books specifically for camping.
 Drinking water
Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.
 Paper maps
The best paper maps for Brazil is "[Guia Quatro Rodas]http://viajeaqui.abril.com.br/materias/guias-guia-brasil-2012" which comes with a book, including gas stations, police checkpoints, toll roads, etc. The "Guia" itself contains most of brazilian cities and its attractions. It can be bought in any book shop or news stand.
 GPS Maps of Brazil
Most GPS brands have Brazilian up to date maps at least for the big cities. You can get free updated maps for Garmin and Navitel GPS at: http://www.tracksource.org.br/index.php/downloads-mapas.html
 GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Brazil
In the GPS maps there are plenty of these points and a lot more.
 Special Overland Travel interests
List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders
 Travel Guide Books
List good travel guide books (not necessarily Overland related.
 Vehicle Maintenance
4x4s / Trucks
- Toyota Global Dealer Locator
- Land Rover International Dealer Locator
- Mercedes Benz International (select country on bottom right)
- Jeep International site locator
 Local Garages
Add known good mechanics here.
 Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Brazil
Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'
Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.
Add any helpful external links here.