There are a lot of breathtaking road trips in the Americas. There is Highway 1 on the U.S. California coast that takes in rugged Big Sur along the Pacific Ocean; there is the Blue Ridge Highway that runs the misty spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia where I lived for five years, and there is the Inter American Highway that goes past soaring and fuming volcanoes and verdant farmlands throughout Central America and Panama.
BR-116 Highway links Fortaleza, in the Ceará State and Jaguarão, in Rio Grande do Sul State, near the border of Uruguay. The road has been renamed by locals as ‘Rodovia da Morte’ (Highway of Death); and with the common fatalities and injuries along the cliff side road, it’s an apt name.
BR-163 is a highway in Brazil, going from Cuiabá, the capital city of Mato Grosso state, to Santarém in the state of Pará. It runs through 1,732km in the heart of the Amazon Basin.
BR-319 is a Brazilian highway with a total length of 857 km, linking the cities of Manaus and Porto Velho on the Região Norte do Brasil. The road, impassable during rainy days because the mud, crosses the States of Amazonas and Rondônia.
Travelers should consider obtaining an Inter-American Driving Permit to carry along with their valid U.S. license if they plan to drive while in Brazil. Such permits can be obtained through AAA or other sources.
SC-439 is the road that crosses the Serra do Corvo Blanco (Road of the White Crow Mountains). This road climbs 1,470 m in 5 kilometers long, of hairpin turns, steep descents and breathtaking cliffs, and with an unforgettable panoramic view.
RJ154 (officially called Estrada Manoel Fernandes Pereira) is an extreme mountain dirt track, with a total length of 32 km, starting in Sumidouro, Brazil. The road finishes in the junction with the road 393 (Rodovia Lúcio Meira), in the municipality of Sapucaia.
The historic Graciosa Road (PR-410) crosses the most preserved stretch of the Atlantic Forest of Brazil and is widely used by people who enjoy the leisure facilities located in six spots distributed along its path.
Morro da Igreja is a peak situated in southern Brazil, in the southeastern state of Santa Catarina, in the Serra Geral, in the municipality of Urubici.
With a total lenght of 19km, RJ 198 is a extreme dirt track road in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, that becomes totally impassable during wet days.
RJ-204 is a Brazilian road, with a total length of 62km which starts asphalted, changes to gravel and finishes as a dirt track. The road starts in the city of São Fidélis and finishes in the junction with RJ-224, near Barra de Itabapoana, a town in the municipality of São Francisco de Itabapoana, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.
RJ-228 is a Brazilian road in Rio de Janeiro state, with a total length of 40km, which links the districts of Conselheiro Josino and Santa Maria de Campos.
RJ150 is a spectacular mountain dirt track, with a total length of 48 km, starting in Nova Friburgo, Brazil. The road finishes in the junction with RJ142 road in the municipality of Sao José de Ribeirao, Bom Jardim zone.
RJ206 is an extreme mountain dirt track, with a total length of 34 km, between the municipalities of São Fidélis and the junction of RJ 198 road in São João do Paraíso.
The highway BA-263, that links the cities of Vitória da Conquista and Ilhéus, crosses the Serra do Marçal.
Rodovia Floriano Rodrigues Pinheiro (official designation SP-123) is a single-lane highway in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.