They say you have to travel alone at least once in your life. To truly disconnect, depend on ourselves and fully concentrate on what we are experiencing at that moment. Anyone who has experienced it recognizes that traveling alone is a unique experience.
When embarking on a trip on our own, we must take into account the destination we choose, although one of the advantages of traveling without company is that you will not have to fight with anyone about which country to visit. Thus, Brazil is undoubtedly one of the best countries to travel alone. The US News & World Report places Brazil in the 9th position of the countries preferred by travelers who undertake their adventure alone -according to a survey of more than 17,000 people around the world. The tropical country is the first Latin American destination on the list, led by Spain, Italy and Greece.
Brazil is one of the favorite countries for people who start traveling alone, increasing the number every year. In 2019, the year before the pandemic, 34,800 travelers arrived in Brazil to tour the country alone, according to data from the International Tourism Demand Survey prepared by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism.
The country has characteristics and activities for all tastes. The Brazilian territory is unique in the world, since it has six biomes (Amazon, Caatinga, Cerrado, Atlantic Forest, Pampa and Pantanal), in addition to the Blue Amazon, huge natural parks, paradisiacal beaches and a great cultural diversity. Without a doubt, a country that offers a thousand different opportunities and experiences.
If you are thinking of making your next trip with the only company of your backpack and a good book, then you will be able to discover three destinations that exceptionally represent the richness of Brazil:
Brotas is a municipality in the state of São Paulo and very popular among lovers of rafting.
Adventure tourism gained strength in the 1990s, with descents down the rapids of the Jacaré Pepira River and, later, rafting. The Jacaré Pepira River is one of the few rivers that still remain without any level of contamination, thanks to the awareness of the local population, who respect nature to the maximum and are the main caretakers of Brazilian ecotourism.
In Brotas you can practice canyoning in its waterfalls; carry out tree-top routes; or even jump on a zip line if you like strong emotions. Also, if we travel alone, these types of activities are the perfect excuse to socialize and meet new people that, if we were in a group, we might not bother to meet.
To get to the city, it is best to do it through the Viracopos airport, in the city of Campinas, since it is the closest to the region, located 165km away. If not, it can also be reached through the Congonhas airport, 250km away; or Guarulhos, 270km.
Chapada dos Veadeiros
Chapada dos Veadeiros is located in the state of Goiás and is about 220 km north of the city of Brasilia. The main attractions of the region are divided between the municipalities of Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Cavalcante and the small village of São Jorge – where the entrance to the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is located.
The area stands out for its national park and its surprising fauna, flora and geological formations. The Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park has an extension of 65,515 hectares that represent the perfect place to get lost and get away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
In fact, when it comes to accommodation, it is common to stay in the village of São Jorge, right in front of the entrance to the park and which lacks paved roads or public lighting to blend in with the fauna and flora of the park. Without a doubt, a unique experience for those who decide to get lost -or find themselves, depending on how you look at it- in Chapadas dos Veadeiros.
Another option to stay is Alto Paraíso, a small city that is located about 20 km from the entrance of the national park and that is more similar to the modern cities that we know today.
Beyond the national park, the region has other attractions within private properties, such as the Valley of the Moon and the Almécegas waterfalls, located near São Jorge, which can be accessed by paying a daily fee.
In addition, the Chapada region is known for the properties of its crystalline soil and is visited by many onlookers due to the alleged appearances of UFOs that have occurred in the region.
The best way to get to Chapada is to take a plane to Brasilia and from there continue the journey by car or bus.
Jericoacoara is a small fishing village, a mecca for windsurfing and kitesurfing, located in Ceará, Brazil. It is located about 300 km west of Fortaleza.
Known as Jeri, it is the typical dream place where travelers end up staying longer than they had planned – something that is much easier to do when you are not traveling with anyone else and you can do and undo your route as you please.
With its calm seas, Jericoacoara is the perfect place to practice water sports and enjoy incredible natural beauty.
Jijoca de Jericoacoara is located in the extreme west of the state of Ceará, about 300 km from the capital, Fortaleza. The municipality is home to the famous Jericoacoara beach, considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
Jeri’s waters are shallow and there are very few waves, which is ideal conditions for water sports such as Stand Up Paddling, Kitesurfing and sailing. In addition, it has many local rafts along the beach, which is surrounded by small ponds and 30-meter-high dunes that change color throughout the day, depending on the incidence of sunlight.
On the left side of the beach, you will find the “Sunset Dune”. Every afternoon, around 5:00 p.m., there is nothing better than climbing to the top of the dune and watching the spectacular sunset. It always draws crowds, who clap enthusiastically as the sun sets over the sea.
Jericoacoara is a true natural paradise on earth. There are no streetlights so the moon and stars are the only light at night, adding to the local charm. There are also no paved streets. The truth is that there are no words to describe Jericoacoara. It is one of those places that you have to visit to understand that its charm goes beyond what you have previously read about the place.
To get to Jeri we can do it through its two airports, Fortaleza (FOR); or directly to Jericoacoara Airport (JJD).