Brazil: Cycling - Mountain Biking

The world's largest country in the tropics

For some excellent mountain trails, head inland from Salvador to the Chapada Diamantina. These highlands (with fantastic rock structures) look very similar to the landscape in the American Southwest. Apart from some great biking and hiking trails, there's also waterfalls and natural waterslides here. The Chapada Diamantina are truly spectacular. riding all the way from the most remote mountain region in the State to the beautiful south of Santa Catarina Island, in Florianopolis. In rural areas in Brazil the bicycle is a common means of transport. This does not mean that cyclists are usually respected by cars, trucks, or bus drivers. But you may find good roads with little traffic outside the cities. It is also easy to get a lift by a pickup or to have the bike transported by a bus. Cycling is not very stimulated in big cities. Two exceptions are Rio de Janeiro and Recife where there are cycle tracks along the beaches. There are a lot of bicyclers groups that have meeting sometimes on the week to walk on cities and make travels.