Among the best places to drive in Brazil is the Transpantaneira, which runs through the state of Mato Grosso. Winding through meadows and swampland, it's unrivalled as a route from which to spot wildlife, with monkeys, jaguars and alligators all present in the area. Meanwhile, the Serra do Rio do Rastro Road, snaking through the mountains of Santa Catarina, provides what are perhaps the most dramatic views in the country, sometimes reaching an altitude where you can find snow.
Approaching Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's largest city, driving across the Rio-Niterói Bridge is a must. It offers clear, expansive views of the city and the famous mountains overlooking it, with the statue of Christ. If you've already spent time in the crowded city streets, it feels wonderful to drive out over the clear blue water.
The quality of Brazil's roads is very good, among the best in South America, but in cities such as Rio de Janeiro, there are not enough roads to cope with the traffic, so visitors may prefer to do most of their driving in rural areas. Animals wandering onto the road can be a problem in both contexts, so drivers need to watch their speed and exercise caution. Many people prefer to avoid driving at night.
When you arrange car rental in Brazil, you should discuss where you plan to go and make sure you have a suitable vehicle. Outside the cities, the standard speed limit is 110kph (68mph).
This is a wonderful country for long drives, so make the most of it!