Fancy doing all the host cities of 2014 World Cup – Why not consider a Motor home?
I had a comment on World Cup Rip Off asking my thoughts on renting a motor home for the World Cup, this immediately struck me as a fantastic idea… see so much of the hidden beauty of Brazil and enjoy all the football you could manage.
Brazil has the perfect landscape and climate for camping. You can comfortably sleep out under the stars all year round here but even more luxurious would be a motor home.
Of course this isn’t an option for the timid, only seasoned travellers should be considering this, as you’re probably not at all ready for camping in Brazil, let alone driving, insofar as safety, practical issues and language are concerned… on saying that, we drove from Rio to Argentina and back with very little Portuguese and no real idea what we were doing or where we were going. Turned out great, one heck of a fantastic road trip… but would’ve been even better if we’d done the trip in a motor home.
So thanks to that comment I started doing some research… if I haven’t already talked you out of this madness, this is what I found.
Itu Trailers – Camper Rental in Brazil with depot in Itu – SP : rental of Trailers commercial and tourist, including Motor Homes.
Castelo Trailer Camping e Nautica - Motor Home Rental in Brazil with depot in Bairro Pinhal, Ligação Jundiaí / Itu
Mineiro Tours – RV Rental in Brazil with depot in Ribeirão Preto – SP
Rody Trailer – Camper Rental in Brazil with depot in Itu – Rody Trailers
Motor Trailer - Motor homes for sale who may do hire, email your needs. I recommend opening these links in chrome for a reasonable translation.
Motor Homes Worldwide - Nothing listed in Brazil but lots of rentals in Argentina, crossing borders maybe problematic with a rental.
Seems a good list of options at first glance but most of these advertise huge motor homes for 8/12 people and come with a driver (sounds expensive!), nothing for smaller parties. Smaller vans seem only available for sale, but I could be wrong. I would suggest you email each company with your requirements and see what replies you get.
As a word of caution there is a Brazilian Blogger, Edu, on Universo dos Viajantes … he is a dedicated camper who has visited a lot of the world including most of Brazil in a motor home… Edu has tried to build a network of motor home rental options and from reading his blog appears to have failed in his quest, but he seems happy to help where he can, as you will notice from the comments on his posts.
Quick Tip: if you do any searching, aluguel (means rent) + motor-home (used more than camper-van) and try google.com.br for Brazilian sites.
Hiring a motor home for World Cup maybe possible but will not be a cheap option, if its a cheap your looking for then stick to traditional tent camping and either public transport or a hire car.
So if you still fancy camping and against all odds you manage to hire a motor home you’ll need somewhere to park to sleep and whilst there are frequent petrol stations that have excellent facilities, with showers and restaurants, you’ll probably be looking more for a traditional camp site. You can rent chalets or tents at some sites for an all inclusive price.
The Brazilian camping club is a good place to start… You’ll find information on campsites and what to expect. Some of the larger campsites in Brazil offer the same facilities you’d find in Europe or the USA - showers, toilets, café, bars and parking etc.
On Web Camping you can sign their guest book and get updates on camping offers.
Quest Connect offers detailed advice on campsites they have stayed on throughout South America, really great tips.
I found a great link for a list of all the Brazilian National Parks which could prove helpful … even more important an ATM locator link, something I personally struggle with is getting any ATM to accept my UK card.
There is of course our campsite, in rural Saquarema, we don’t have any facilities for hook-ups but we have plenty of space (having problems with the website but should be up soon…).