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  • #136825

    Anonymous

    Hello,
    I am going to visit Sao Paulo for one month and then Salvador for five months after that as a student. I am looking for a very local vibe, adventure, and affordability. Do you have any recommendations for a travel guide that I should buy before leaving? On the other hand, this forum is very helpful, should I even bring a travel guide or just stick with this?
    Thank you!

  • #136850

    Jabber Jones
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    In my opinion the guides are very general. They are good to see what to visit. I have owned them all, But you would get a lot more value out of talking with people here and learning where to get more flavor.

  • #136853

    micko
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    I don’t agree. A travel guide is very helpful for travelers with lists of hotels and sites to see. Gringoes is better for people moving to Brazil.
    Best Luck!!!

  • #136860

    I like the Lonely Planet Guide to Brazil. It is good for finding cheap/non-sketchy places to stay and things to see and do. Locals in Brazil never seem to be aware of anything around them.

  • #136874

    enchantbeau
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    [QUOTE=zgeorge22] I am looking for a very local vibe, adventure, and affordability.
    [/QUOTE] From what I’ve read from posters on this forum who live in Salvador (or thereabouts) you can get all this just stepping off the plane! Ask more specifically about what you want and I am sure they will help you. Any good book shop will have a few good travel guides to Brazil (like the Lonely Planet Guide) so flick through them and see what covers your requirements the most (or buy them all – they are all interesting, even though they cover all of Brazil and therefore places you are never likely to see in this huge country).

  • #136880

    HelloBrazil
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    If you’re only going to those two places, a guide is a heavy book to carry covering a lot of places that you won’t visit.
    Just get info from websites, like http://www.bahia-online.net/.

  • #136886

    lmaonade5
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    Agree with zerotres that Pardal’s site http://www.bahia-online.netis an excellent introduction to Salvador and the music there. Get a Guia 4 Rodas once you get to Brazil, if you want a guidebook to carry. Or their guide to beaches. Of the ones in English, I like the DK Eyewitness one for its sketched maps.

  • #136894

    enchantbeau
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    [QUOTE=zerotres] a guide is a heavy book to carry covering a lot of places that you won’t visit.

    [/QUOTE] Are you serious? Heavy? A reference book you can refer to at any time and provides an enjoyable read about places you aren’t likely to visit? I would say it is worth having just for the pleasure of having it!

  • #137457

    plp76
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    Broad shoulders can carry Lonely Planet & Fodor!

  • #198210

    raicledeepe
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    [QUOTE=delco] Heavy?¬† A reference book you can refer to at any time and provides an enjoyable read about places you aren’t likely to visit?¬†I would say it is worth having just for the pleasure of having it!¬† [/QUOTE] I fully agree. I’ve been traveling with the Rough Guide and it’s been great reading (even on places I won’t get to) and has paid for itself about 20 times over in errors not made and costs saved. I had a lot of doubt before buying and packing it but not a single regret since.

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    Anonymous

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