Stadium to Stadium: 5 Stunning Road Trips in Brazil

It’s Brazil. And, unsurprisingly, the world is headed to this South American nation. We know you would like to indulge in some Football frenzy and Salsa your way through the country. Well, Tripoto’s got you covered, camaradas.

We are taking you on a whirlwind behind-the-wheel adventure through the notorious Brazilian Rodovias. You’ll catch the matches, but getting to these 12 host cities is what we are excited about. From long coastal roads to swamps and potholes, you’ll see Brazil beyond the decked-up stadiums and after-match parties. So, get yourself a ride, steal a map and throttle on for a road trips in Brazil.

1. São Paulo to Porto Alegre

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Sao Paolo (via)

  • Distance: 1140 km
  • Time: 14 hours
  • Route: BR 116/376/101/290

Leave the football frenzy in Sao Paolo behind and gear up for the long, coastal road to Porto Alegre. You’ll be flirting with the BR-101 (Brazil’s longest highway) through most of it. The highway might test you in bits and pieces all through its length with undulating potholes and intermittent construction, but the spectacular ocean views and enticing stops along the way more than make up for it.

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Porto Alegre (via)

2. Porto Alegre to Curitiba

 

Farroupilha Park, Porto Alegre (via)

Farroupilha Park, Porto Alegre (via)

  • Distance: 700 km
  • Time: 9 hours
  • Route: BR 116 North

Connecting two of southern Brazil’s biggest cities, the BR 116 forges its way up North, leaving the Brazilian Pampas and Gaucho country behind. You’ll drive through Rio Grande do Sul’s and Santa Caterina’s varied geography offering a blend of low mountain ranges, grassy plains and Araucaria moist forests. We recommend a stopover in Brazil’s wine country, Caxias do Sul, for the best of Brazilian wines and Italian cuisine. Yes, we know!

Curitiba (via)

Curitiba (via)

3. Curitiba to Belo Horizonte

Jardim Botanico, Curitiba (via)

Jardim Botanico, Curitiba (via)

  • Distance: 1000 km
  • Time: 11 hours
  • Route: BR 116/381

Chances are that you will not want to bid adieu to Curitiba’s easy vibe and the FIFA celebrations in Barigui Park. But, we insist you do. The road to Belo Horizonte will take you through an enticing assortment of landscape ranging from mountains, valleys, vast fertile lands, hydro-mineral spas and coffee plantations. You’ll leave the state of Paraná, rush through São Paulo and enter Minas Gerais, home to Belo Horizonte. Make a stop at the Coffee plantations in the south before dashing upwards to the capital. 

Belo Horizonte (via)

Belo Horizonte (via)

4. Belo Horizonte to Cuiabá

Igreja da Boa Viagem - Belo Horizonte, Brazil (via)

Igreja da Boa Viagem – Belo Horizonte, Brazil (via)

  • Distance: 1600 km
  • Time: 22 hours
  • Route: BR 262/381/452/364

Bring your A-Game for this one as you make your foray into Central-Western Brazil. The state of Mato Grosso is a natural kaleidoscope decked out with the Cerrado, Pantanal and Amazon Rainforest. Add to that the sandstone terrain of the  Chapada dos Guimarães, and you have a sensory overdose of epic proportions.  Break this long journey with a stop at the fabulously named city of Uberlândia.

Cuiaba (via)

Cuiaba (via)

5. Cuiabá to Brasília

Igreja Católica Matriz - Cuiabá (via)

Igreja Católica Matriz – Cuiabá (via)

  • Distance: 1066 km
  • Time: 15 hours
  • Route: BR 163/364/140/070

One of our last road trips destination, Brasília, is Brazil’s erstwhile capital and a cornucopia of planned awesomeness. The city is renowned for its modernist architecture and serpentine expressways. You could try walking around the city, but we would suggest extending your road trip from Cuiaba and, after a night’s rest, steer your way through the city’s manic traffic.

Itamaraty Palace, Brasília (via)

Itamaraty Palace, Brasília (via)

Have you ever done any road trips in Brazil?

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