Arrival in Brazil Part II

By | October 19, 2021

Rail: some trains connect Brazil with Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. The most important rail routes include Rio de Janeiro – Buenos Aires (Argentina), Rio de Janeiro – Sao Paulo – Montevideo (Uruguay), Rio de Janeiro – Santiago (Chile), Sao Paulo – Antofagasta (Chile) and Sao Paulo – Bauru – Corumba – Santa Cruz (Bolivia) – La Paz (Bolivia).

Buses run between Brazil and Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The prices for direct connections between the countries are considerably higher than if you take a bus to the border, cross it on foot and take another bus. On the other hand, such an approach also takes time.

Car: Nine countries have border crossings with Brazil, all of which are accessible by land. Several border towns can be reached by plane or ship. Due to the large distances, however, the travel times overland can be very long. For example, the driving time between Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires in Argentina is around 44 hours.

If you are entering by car (or motorcycle), the border will ask you to sign the termo de responsabilidade document identifying the vehicle (make, year, model, serial number, color, registration number) and the owner. You will also need to pay a bank guarantee (the amount will be determined by customs) and sign a statement stating that if your stay is longer than 90 days, you will need to contact regional customs to extend the permit. These documents must be presented to the customs authorities upon departure. If the vehicle stays in Brazil longer than permitted, it may be confiscated and the bank guarantee withheld. It is illegal for visitors to sell vehicles in Brazil, a country located in South America according to TOPB2BWEBSITES.

The most important border crossing for tourists is Puerto Iguazú – Foz do Iguaçu (20 hours by bus from Buenos Aires). Further south you can cross the border between Paso de los Libres (Argentina) and Uruguaiana (Brazil), there are also bus connections from Buenos Aires.
Direct buses run between Buenos Aires and Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Curitiba, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Most of the border between Brazil and Bolivia runs through remote wetlands and lowland forests. The difficult controllability is often used by smugglers. The most important border crossings are at Corumbá, Cáceres, Guajara-Mirim and Brasiléia.

Corumbá, opposite the Bolivian city of Quijarro, is the most frequently used border crossing. Corumbá is a good place to continue into the Pantanal and has bus connections with São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Campo Grande and southern Brazil. The Bolivian train between Quijarro and Santa Cruz is known as the Death Train (some locals try to ride on the roof for free, which is fatal over and over again).

The Bolivian border town of San Matías is 115 km southwest of Cáceres in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Cáceres has bus connections several times a day with Cuiabá, 215 km further east. A bus runs daily between Cáceres and Santa Cruz in Bolivia. The journey between Cáceres and San Matías takes two hours.

Guajara-Mirim, in Rondônia (Brazil) is just a short boat ride across the Rio Mamoré from Guayaramerín, in Bolivia. Guajara-Mirim has daily bus connections to Porto Velho. Buses also run between Guayaramerín and the Bolivian cities of Riberalta, Cobija, Trinidad, Santa Rosa, Reyes, Rurrenabaque and La Paz. From late December to late February, the roads can be very difficult to drive due to rainfall.

Brasiléia near Cobija in Bolivia has a bus connection to Rio Branco in the Brazilian state of Acre. From Cobija you can take the bus to Riberalta, Guayaramerín and La Paz. There are also difficulties on this route in the rainy season.

Chile has no common border with Brazil, but there are direct buses between Santiago and the Brazilian cities of Curitib, Porto Alegre, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

From Leticia on the Amazon in southeastern Colombia you get to Tabatinga in Brazil. The border can be crossed on foot, in minibuses or taxis. From Colombia, Leticia can practically only be reached by air. Tabatinga is a short flight or several days Amazon boat ride from Manaus and Tefé.

French Guiana
The Brazilian city of Oiapoque has bus connections to Macapá (12 to 24 hours depending on the weather) and is separated from St Georges in French Guiana by the Rio Oiapoque. A dirt road leading from St. Georges to Régina was recently built. Taxi buses run between Régina and Cayenne. There are air connections between St Georges and Cayenne.

Lethem in southwestern Guyana and Bonfim in the Brazilian state of Roraima are just a short boat ride away from each other. There are both air and truck connections between Lethem and Guyana’s capital, Georgetown. The trucks can take up to two weeks for this route under unfavorable weather conditions. Buses run from Bonfim to Boa Vista.

The two main border crossings are Foz do Iguaçu – Ciudad del Este and Ponta Pora – Pedro Juan Caballero. If you are traveling to / from the Pantanal, the second alternative is more suitable. Direct buses run between Asunción and several Brazilian cities such as Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Peru and Brazil have a long border in the Amazon basin, but there are few navigable routes in this area. The most accessible stretch is in the southeastern part of the border. It takes 4 hours for minibuses and trucks to travel between Iñapari (Peru) and Puerta Maldonado (Peru). From Iñapari you can cross the Rio Acre by ferry or on a bridge to Assis Brasil. From here buses go to Brasiléia.

It is not possible to travel overland between Suriname and Brazil without crossing French Guiana or Guyana.

The border crossing used by most travelers is Chuy-Chui. The border runs right through the city.
Further west there are several border crossings: Rio Branco – Jaguarão, Isidoro Noblia – Aceguá, Rivera – Santana do Livramento, Artigas – Quaraí and Bella Union – Barra do Quaraí. Buses connect Jaguarão with Pelotas and Santana do Livramento with Porto Alegre.
Buses run between Montevideo and Brazilian cities like Porto Alegre, Florianópolis and Curitiba.

From northern Venezuela, roads lead to Ciudad Bolívar, Ciudad Guayana and Santa Elena de Uairén on the border with Brazil. From here a road leads south to Boa Vista and Manaus. Buses run from Puerto La Cruz (Venezuela) to Manaus and Boa Vista. There are buses to Caracas from Santa Elena.

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