We spent October 2016 driving more than 1,500 miles (2,414 km) in central Brazil. We started off deep in the Northern Pantanal and ended in Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park north of Brasilia, Brazil’s capital. Here’s our South American road trip driving route for October 2016 in Brazil. Come along on our Brazil road trip and see what we saw through the windshield of our truck in the drive-lapse video at the end of this post.

Oscar Niemeyer's modernist archtecture -Brazilia, Brazil

Modern architecture by Oscar Neimeyer in Brasilia, Brazil.

October 2016 South American Road Trip Driving Route in Brazil

Our road trip driving route for the month of October 2016 began in Porto Jofre at the end of the wildlife-filled Transpantaneira Highway in Brazil’s vast Pantanal region in Mato Grosso state. In the Pantanal we visited Hotel Pantanal Norte, Araras Ecolodge, and Pousada do Rio Mutum searching for (and finding) some of the Pantanal’s famed wildlife including jaguars. 

Following our time in the Pantanal, we drove north to Cuiabá, the state capital. From there we visited Bom Jardim in Nobres to snorkel in its crystal clear, spring-fed rivers followed by a visit to Chapada dos Guimarães National Park with landscapes that some compare to the US Southwest.

From there we headed west toward Brazil’s modernist capital, Brasilia, stopping in the beautiful colonial towns of Goiás and Pirenópolis along the way. In Brasilia, we drove along the city’s Monumental Axis road which is lined with examples of the distinct modernist architecture of famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (see 12:38 in our drive-lapse video at the end of this post).

From Brasilia we headed north to Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park where we ended the month. Below is a map of what our South Ameican road trip in Brazil looked like in the month of October 2016.

And you can see what we saw out there on the road in the drive-lapse video, below, made by our Brinno camera which is attached to our dashboard.

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