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Reviews for Brazil highlights vacation


review 30 Sep 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Visiting a completely different continent- vibrant, diverse cultures; seeing wild animals up close; the warmth of the Brasilian people and their music. Iguassu falls was extraordinary (you could spend all day on the Argentinian side!) and the boat ride both terrifying and exhilarating...a must!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Spend longer there!! We saw what we could in each area but would have loved to stay for a month and take more time in each area. We didn't get to see as much of Rio as we wanted so that needs a return trip and we'd recommend longer there and get to hear more live music. Take care in Rio and Salvador but don't get too anxious about it, just be sensible about the areas you visit and what you are carrying with you. We used the metro in Rio which was fairly easy to understand- the exchange rate is excellent for visitors and means everything is much cheaper than we expected. So taking taxis is very affordable and always recommended at night.. It was hard to retain smaller amounts of money for tips and would recommend keeping some aside for this purpose. It's a very poor country and the local people need our support in this way.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I hope so but I don't really know. There was a lot of plastic bottles and straws about which we tried to decline and not to use overmuch. I hope that our custom benefitted the local people and areas that we visited. We assume that the local taxis and hotel staff etc benefitted from tourism. We recommended in our feedback to the hotels that we used to minimise the change of towels to every other day or leave it for longer as these were changed daily. The use of planes or taxis clearly does not benefit the environment and the use of buses and metros is something that the local authorities could make safer and more accessible to tourists...

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We loved our vacation - it was a trip of a lifetime. We would love to go back and explore the North east in particular. Our guides (Lucas, Leonardo and Moises) and transfers (Roberto, Pedro, Jose and Jorge) were all really friendly and helpful. The planes and transfers went smoothly (GOL was very effcient) which went a long way to helping us relax and enjoy our vacation even more. So thank you to everyone!

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Maria Thanks for leaving Rickshaw Travel such a great review on the Responsible Travel website. It is so wonderful that you both enjoyed Brazil and have enjoyed the freedom of our style of travel. You are quite right using local taxis benefits the locals and of course keeps you safe at night. We look forward to planning your next exciting Rickshaw Travel adventure. Kind Regards, Ross

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