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Important information

Bikes - Safety - Road conditions - Climate - Travel documents


Bikes:

Due to the nature of the tours, it is inevitable to choose "dual purpose" bikes, which are capable of handling both asphalt and dirt roads. We offer two types of bike: the Yamaha XT660R and the Honda NX4 Falcon. In Brazil, where 90% of the bikes are 125cc, both the XT660R as the Falcon are considered heavy bikes, and the wet dream of numerous Brazilians. The bikes are equal in size, but the falcon has a smaller 400cc engine, is a little lighter and is less "aggressive" than the Yamaha (660cc) and thus perfect for riders with little or no dirt road experience.

 

Both Yamaha and Honda have an extensive network of dealers and workshops in Brazil. In case of a mechanical problem, professional help is always close at hand.

 

XT660

Yamaha XT66OR

falcon

Honda Falcon NX4

 

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Safety:

Everybody who is familiar with motorcycle traveling, knows that an accident could be just around the next corner, even though we rather not think about it, so for your own safety and that of your fellow travelers, it is important that you take some precautions.

 

Wearing good quality protective gear in combination with driving defensively can prevent a lot of pain and suffering and can even save your life.

Obligatory:

  • a good helmet with protection against dust. (personally, I prefer the cross-enduro type of helmet for its better ventilation and because it does a better job keeping the sun out of your eyes)

  • a bike jacket with protection pads on shoulders, back and elbows. A summer jacket is advised, since it can get really hot. On colder days you can always wear some extra clothes under the jacket

 

Advisable:

  • Strong motorcycle pants or other pants of abrasive resistant material, with knee protection or separate knee protection.

  • Good quality shoes or boots that offer protection for the ankles

  • Good quality Sunglasses

  • Light Rain clothing. (yes... It rains here from time to time :o)

  • A backpack to carry the things you need during the day. (your other luggage will be in the support vehicle).

 

Spot

 

 

For worst case scenarios, we use a SPOT satellite tracking device, that enables us to activate a search and rescue operation from anywhere in the world.

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Road Conditions:

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Road conditions in Brazil vary widely throughout the country.  State roads (especially in the south) are often excellent, while federal, interstate roads (designated ‘BR’) are often poor due to lack of maintenance.  There are occasional stretches of modern divided highway that rival European or U.S. roads.

 

There are many potholes and surfaces are frequently uneven and bumpy. Especially in the rainy season (December - March) flooded roads or landslides can form obstacles and traffic jams. The rain sometimes even washes away parts of the pavement.

 

Pedestrians, bicyclists, and horse-drawn vehicles can be encountered even on major routes. Travel after dark outside city centers is not recommended because of stray animals (cows, horses...) and disabled vehicles. 

 

 

Off road:

Dirt Road - Motorcycle Tours Brazil - Mirantes Mototravel BrazilEach trip will have its portion of unpaved or dirt roads, which are the rule in the more remote areas. These are usually dusty hard packed dirt or gravel and fairly easy to ride, but may vary widely in quality and may become more difficult depending on the weather.

 

We don't intentionally take dirt roads as much as possible, the fact remains, that a lot of the most beautiful places can only be reached via dirt roads.

 

During and after heavy rain showers, landslides can occur and create obstacles on the roads. On the dirt roads, especially on steeper slopes the rain also creates deep ruts and so called "grids". Be prepared!!!

 

 

Traffic rules:

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officially, the rules of the road are much the same as in Continental Europe or the US. It is the application, or the lack thereof, that sets Brazil apart, and can make driving in Brazil challenging. Brazilians can be aggressive and impatient drivers, with a tendency to drive fast, overtake often, either on the right or the left, or hang on your back bumper when they cannot.

 

Don't expect the large bus driving next to you to stay in its lane. Drivers switch lanes constantly, for no apparent reason, normally without signaling.

 

Although it has to be said that things have improved significantly over the past few years, as a result of the use of photo radar, in larger cities such as Rio or São Paulo traffic is still very chaotic.

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Climate:

The Climate of Brazil varies considerably from the mostly tropical North (the equator traverses the mouth of the Amazon) to temperate zones below the Tropic of Capricorn (23°27' S latitude), which crosses the country at the latitude of the city of São Paulo. Brazil has seven climatic regions: equatorial, tropical, semiarid, highland tropical, temperate, subtropical, and oceanic.

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Travel Documents:

While Brazil has an expansive visa waiver agreement with lots of countries, there is still a list of countries whose citizens are required to obtain a Brazil visa before they enter the country. This list includes Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and the USA, amongst others...

Required for European Citizens :

  • Passport (at least valid for 6 months after entry date)

  • Drivers licence (international Licence or official Translation of local licence)

  • Inoculation card for Yellow Fever (only for certain areas)

No Visa required for European citizens. Tourists can stay as long as 90 days in Brazil. This Period of 90 days can be extended with another 90 days by the Polícia Federal.

Required for U.S. Citizens :

  • Passport (at least valid for 6 months after entry date)

  • Visa (more info : embassy of Brazil in Washington )

  • Drivers License (consider obtaining an Inter-American Driving Permit to carry along with your valid U.S. license.  Such permits can be obtained through AAA or other sources. An official translation of your U.S. Licence is OK too)

  • Inoculation card for Yellow Fever (only for certain areas)

A passport and visa are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil for any purpose.  Brazilian visas must be obtained in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to the traveler's place of residence.  There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry to Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa.  All Brazilian visas, regardless of the length of validity, must initially be used within 90 days of the issuance date or will no longer be valid.   U.S. citizens reentering Brazil must be able to show an entry stamp in their passport proving that the visa was issued within 90 days; otherwise they will not be allowed reentry.   Immigration authorities will not allow entry into Brazil without a valid visa.  The U.S. Government cannot assist travelers who arrive in Brazil without proper documentation. 

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Travelers are reminded that they are subject to local law.  Showing contempt to a Brazilian government official at the port of entry, or elsewhere, is a serious offense.  Fines for such offenses are based on the offender’s claimed income


Additionally, travelers who have recently visited certain countries, including most other Latin American countries (check Brazilian Embassy web site), may be required to present an inoculation card indicating they had a yellow fever inoculation or they may not be allowed to board the plane or enter the country. 

 

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