White car without or with a small chubby antenna:
You will see the blue car in ALL gen 4 coverage. That doesn’t mean that all of Brazil will be covered by the blue car. In fact, the rest of the country should be covered by just a white car.
There are not any bollards, however you will find these signs along most of the larger roads. You will be able to see which region the road is located in, as well as which road you are listed on.
This image shows PR, which stands for the State of Parana, 239 which indicated Parana road 239, and the KM marker 58.
You can see the two letter codes if you zoom out in the Geoguessr map.
The only two letter code that won’t help will be BR. That’s because it indicates a country road, one that goes through multiple states.
There are also these useless signs of the same type which only serve as kilometre markers and don’t show the road number:
Brazil, like most of the Western Hemisphere, uses a yellow divider and white shoulder lines.
The green signs seem to point to towns and villages.
The blue signs seem to point to administrative regions, politicians, or other important information about the region or town. You’ll find the highway signs that point to a hotel or a restaurant in blue as well.
There are also white signs that just carry general information on them. They wont tell you anything about towns, but you will be able to tell that the language is Portuguese.
Warning signs in Brazil have the American yellow diamond-shaped style:
The stop signs in Brazil say PARE, just like in all other South American countries:
The roadside turn warning arrows are either yellow with a black background or black with a yellow background:
Road signs on Brazilian highways can often be magnified and bigger than the usual signs:
However, this is not the case in cities and towns.
These overhanging signs with bent poles are very common in Brazil. They point the way either to the nearest cities and roads, or parts of cities if found in a city:
The backs of all types of official road signs in Brazil are black:
The road sign poles can be black, white, brown or metallic:
In addition to the state roads discussed above, there are also national roads, which have a prefix BR-###. These seemingly don’t follow any road numbering patterns for grouping the numbers together, but do follow some other patterns (see below). They can easily be found when zoomed out on the map, in contrast to the state roads for which you need to zoom in a lot. The most notable of these national roads must be the BR-101 which follows the east coast of the country in its full length from north to south.
More info about the Brazilian road numbering system (written by ed):
Radial Roads – Start with 0 These are the roads that leave Brasilia, in any direction. The lower numbers like BR-010 go North towards Pará and after that the numbers increase as you go clock wise. E.g. BR-020 for Fortaleza, BR-040 to Rio, BR-070 to Mato Grosso. If they are a state road they go from the state capital, like SP-021 (not many states use this method).
Longitudinal Roads – Start with 1. These go South to North, as the famous BR-116, BR-101, BR-153, etc.
Transversal Roads – Start with 2. These go East to West. Like BR-290 or SP-230.
Diagonal Roads – Start with 3. If they end with an even number they go Southeast-Nortwest. If they end in an odd number they go Southwest-Northeast.
Connection Roads. Start with 4. Those roads are mainly used to connect two other roads and are not so common. There will probably be a national or state road junction not so far from your starting point.
Other stuff I noticed myself driving in Brazil: – Road names can often end at one point and have it start again hundreds of km from there. This is usually because the construction didn’t go as the initial planning. – Often signs and even google maps may display the road informal name and not their code. Bellow I made a list of the ones I know and see it often:
Transbrasiliana – BR 153 Regis Bittencourt, Dutra – BR 116 Translitoranea, Mario Covas, Rio-Santos, Litoral-Sul – BR 101 Fernão Dias – BR 381/SP 010
For any other info: Brazil Road Numbering System
Common Brazilian electricity poles have these slim indentations or steps, and sometimes can even have circular holes inside them:
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Brazil has a light grey plate that appears white when blurred:
However, from 2019 on, they changed the design to include this blue bar on the top (the Mercosul plate):
The service vehicle plates (buses, taxis, etc) in Brazil are red:
It is super useful to learn phone numbers in Brazil. Each region has their own area code, and its very easy to find across the country. Even learning the general region of the numbers can change a score from 1000 to 4500+.
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When you do find a number, the (xx) will be the region assigned to the map. In Brazil, Mobile numbers start with any 90 number (91, 92, 93 etc.) and are 9 numbers long. All land lines will be 8 numbers long. That one number can be the difference between guessing the correct area or using a mobile number.
Its also important to notice that the second number in the first two is important. If it ends with a 1, it is the largest city in that state/region. If its a 2, its the second largest. 11 would be Sao Paulo as an example.
Brazil is very easy to recognize due to their reddish-orange soil.
The northeastern part of Brazil can be very dry and have a very light orange soil:
The Paraná pine is a very distinctive-looking tree which grows mostly in the Brazilian states of Paraná and Santa Catarina, but can also be found in Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo, and thus is very useful for pinpointing your location within the country:
The Brazilian state of Espírito Santo and the neighbouring mountainous regions can have a lot of these trees planted by the side of the road as artificial forests:
These forests can be found in other parts of Brazil too.
The area around Belém features oil palm plantations:
Architecture in Brazil can most basically be split into three areas. The northeast, south, and west. Understand that this is a broad overview and sometimes you may find these types of architecture in the other regions of the country too.
Here, a lot of the houses are made out of wood, and can sometimes be raised on stilts. Many of the roofs are metal sheets. There are also a lot red brick houses and some pastel colored houses.
Houses typical of this area have white walls and orange/red tiled roofs which are often of a lower quality. There are some pastel colored houses with poor quality roofs as well, and occasionally some red brick buildings.
Southern Brazil has two main house styles. The first style is white or pastel concrete walls with red or cream colored tiled roofs of a higher quality/well-kept. These are common especially in the region between Sao Paulo state and Rio Grande do Sul state. The second style has solid colored concrete walls (usually blue or green) with dark brown tiled roofs.
The common TV satellite dishes in Brazil are transparent, which can happen in Indonesia and Malaysia too:
Brazil is the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese.
The best tips for distinguishing Portuguese from Spanish are that words in Portuguese often end in “ão”, the consonant pairs “lh” and “nh” which are “ll” and “ñ” in Spanish, and the vowels with a wave or “roof” above them – ã, õ, â, ê, ô and the consonant ç, none of which appear in Spanish.
Brazil is composed of 26 states and the federal district of Brasília:
The state abbreviations appear when zoomed out on the map:
These appear on state highway signs, as well as on various other signs and billboards.
State flags can appear sometimes, but aren’t as useful as the other stuff listed here:
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Entire country is covered by black car:
There are no specific bollards in Argentina, but ocassionaly you might see this sign:
Which means you are on “National Road” (RN = Ruta Nacional):
Or you might see this one on Provincial Roads (RP = Ruta Provincial):
On the map RN = White symbol | RP = Green symbol
Specific to Argentina are the street signs that you find in different cities. Those can be black, blue and green:
Do not confuse this type of street sign with Peru because of the black-white pattern:
Since 1995+ Argentina has white on black license plates with 3 letters followed by 3 digits:
Mobile Numbers in Argentina start with 15, followed by 6, 7 or 8 digits:
Some areas have coverage by white car, some areas by black car:
Road signs are usually painted in black white pattern:
Majority of electricity poles are painted on the bottom, most common color being black:
Mobile Numbers: nine digits for mobile numbers across the country. The first digit is always the number nine: 9xx xxx xxx
Fixed (land) lines:
-seven digits in the Metropolitan Area of Lima and Callao
-six digits in the rest of the country
Only one type of car is available – white car with a stubby antenna:
The most common small round bollard with 2 red rings:
Other types of bollards, which are also common:
Ecuador uses the yellow centreline, also small shoulders are very representative of Ecuadorian roads:
Concrete roads are also common in Ecuador, as well as the double guardrail:
Weird double discontinuous line can also be found:
Ecuador has green road signs with white text on them:
Other variations: Ecuadorian Road Sign Variations
Ecuador uses American yellow diamond-shaped warning signs:
The backs of signs are quite plain, unlike Colombia which has a cross on them:
These yellow arrows are very common on curves, and they have 1 pole holding both plates, unlike in Colombia and Mexico which have 2:
The stop signs in Ecuador say PARE, which is the same for all South American and Carribean countries:
Ecuador has national and provincial highways. The road numbers on the national highways increase from north to south and from east to west. There are primary and secondary national highways. All primary national highways are 2-digit and ending with 0 or 5 depending on whether they are going in an east-west direction or a north-south direction respectively. Their numbers go from E10 to E50. Secondary national highways occupy the other numbers in-between if they are 2-digit, and go from E18 to E69. 3-digit secondary highways’ first 2 digits represent the 2-digit secondary highway they feed into, so E582, for example, feeds into E58, etc. This means that all the road numbers are pretty grouped within different areas in Ecuador, and usually easy to find. More info about the Ecuadorian road numbering system: Ecuador Road Numbering System
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The only 1-digit national highway, E5, is on the Galapagos Islands, but isn’t relevant to the game.
Primary national highways have blue highway shields:
Secondary national highways have green ones:
Common Ecuadorian poles have these indentations or steps on them that are akin to the French poles’. They are less long than the ones on the Brazilian poles, and can thus be differentiated from them:
The poles can also be coloured sometimes on the bottom part:
Private or commercial plate:
Service vehicle plate:
These smooth-barked green trees are very representative of Ecuador:
Regular Spanish alphabet:
Ecuador is divided into 24 provinces, whose names can be often found on signs:
Uruguay uses the black reared google car.
Uruguay has white/yellow bollards.
Uruguay uses white road lines often with a white center line encased with yellow.
Uruguay uses Green signs for locations and yellow for information.
Uruguay often uses white wooden sign posts.
Uruguay uses a street sign style similar to Argentina in a variety of colours.
Uruguay uses concrete poles in a variety of patterns.
The plate you will find currently on Geoguessr coverage for Uruguay is:
However they have a new one which may come into the coverage in future updates.
Landline numbers are 8 digits long and begin with 2 for Montevideo, 4 for elsewhere in the country.
Mobile numbers most commonly begin with 099 followed by another six digits.
Uruguay is rather flat containing a lot of open grassland, interspersed with trees, rocks, and streams.
Uruguay uses the typical Spanish language/alphabet.
The google car in Bolivia has a white back with no antenna.
There are no bollards in Bolivia.
Like most of the rest of the western hemisphere, Bolivia uses yellow center lines and white outside lines. However, it is not uncommon that paved roads will have no painted lines at all.
Like the rest of South America, Bolivian stop signs have “Pare” written on them.
Bolivia is very inconsistent in terms of sign color and format.
The most useful signs are signs indicating town directions, which can be either blue or green.
However, Bolivia can be distinguished through its use of wooden posts on all signs.
License plates in Bolivia are white with blue text.
The plate number is 3 or 4 digits followed by 3 letters.
There are two types of architecture found in Bolivia: colonial and contemporary.
Typical contemporary urban buildings look like this.
Here is an example of typical urban/suburban contemporary housing.
Meanwhile, colonial architecture is mostly found in the form of white-washed walls with tiled roofs.
The single best way of telling apart regions of Bolivia is through landscape and climate.
Lake Titicaca-La Paz-Oruro area:
This area is known as the Altiplano, which is a high-altitude plateau. This area is mostly flat with occasional rolling hills and mountains which can be seen in the distance. It is relatively green, but treeless.
Oruro-Potosi-Chile Border area:
This area is extremely arid. It is barren except for yellow “poofy” grasses littering the landscape. This area can range from flat to mountainous. There are also a few large volcanoes.
This area has a semi-arid or Mediterranean climate. It is mostly covered in bushes or shrubs, but there may be occasional trees. It is hilly or mountainous in terrain.
Vallegrande-Santa Cruz de La Sierra-Villamontes area:
This area is a tropical or semi-tropical area that is hilly or sort of mountainous, with densely covered vegetation – mostly bushes and lowish trees.
The area north and east of Santa Cruz de La Sierra:
This area is extremely flat and tropical. It is mostly covered in open grassland with low trees and shrubs. It can also be swampy.
One crucial thing to mastering Bolivia is to understand where the coverage extends in the country. Bolivia’s coverage is pretty slim so it makes it much easier to figure out the right road or the general area. Here is a map of the coverage:
Bolivia’s official language is spanish.
You can see the back of a white car across all of Chile. There is also a chance to see a Black/white car, although its still mostly white.
These bollards are pretty unique. They have a different front and back (as shown above).
Chile is very unique. Its the only country in South America that uses a white divider line. However, this changes in the Tierra del Fuego, where all lines are yellow (For visibility during snow).
Most signs use a blue background with white text. Its also clearly in Spanish.
The other version of this is the Green sign with white text. These do exist and can be right next to some of the blue signs!
These poles are larger at the base and taper to a point at the top of the pole. It feels like the light itself is barely attached to the top of the pole.
Its important to note that these are not the only one, but this tapered pole is very common. Keep an eye out for it!
Its clear that these plates are generally different from the surrounding countries.
Chile phone numbers are weird. There are no area codes or differences between a landline or mobile numbers. They all will be 8 or 9 digits long, like XXX-XXX-XX or XXX-XXX-XXX.
Chile uses the domain .Cl (CL)
The general look above is from the Tierra del Fuego. Its pretty unique and easy to tell where you are.
This general look is from the North of the Country. The Further north, the more of a desert feel. The further south you go, the greener the area becomes.
Also notice the line colors as this is really important!
Chile uses the Spanish language.
There are two cars that can be found in Colombia – both are mostly blurred. One is black and the the other is white. Whether or not the stubby antenna can be seen is random.
Like most of the Western Hemisphere, the shoulder lines are white while the center divider is yellow.
Colombia has several unique sign features. All sign posts are white and slim compared to other countries. Speed signs are round with a red outside and white inside (like Brazil). However all these signs also have a unique grey cross on the back of them.
License plates in Colombia are yellow and have the municipality name at the bottom.
Taxis and trucks in Colombia have a white side plate on them which is sometimes unblurred, giving away the region/city name.
Based on this, the (8) in 8716700 tells you that its the Boyacá, Tolima, Huila, San Andrés, Meta, Caquetá and the Amazon or the Orinoco departments. The (310) indicates that its a mobile number.
This map shows the first number of each local phone code is directly correlated to a region. Its worth knowing.
The domain in Colombia is .Co
Colombia uses the Spanish language.
Technically, the Falkland Islands are a UK Territory. There is some controversy about whether they should remain apart of the UK.
You can see this flag in a few places.
Due to the proximity of the Falkland Islands to Argentina, there was actually a war fought over who owned the rights to the island in the 80’s. It still is a part of the UK today, yet Argentina still maintains their claim to the island.
In March 2013, the Falkland Islands held a referendum on its political status: 99.8% of votes cast favored remaining a British overseas territory.
There is no Google car here, but there is a Trekker and you can see them sometimes. There is also a few instances of Boat Coverage
There is extremely limited coverage in The Falkland Islands, with all official coverage being on the western island.
The coverage contains 3 places.
The Southern Tip of Carcass Island
A line through the middle of West Point Island
A Bit of Coverage in the middle of New Island
There is a research vessel that can be seen in the waters surrounding every island.
This is the front of the boat that covers points on the western end of Carcass island. Its heading towards the research boat.
This boat is in the eastern enclave of West Point Island. There is a guy with a camera filming you on the back of the boat.
New Island does not have boat coverage.
The Falklands use a similar setup to the UK, having a yellow plate in the back and a white plate in the front. There are a few cases where you can see a vehicle, but its not worth learning them.
The Falklands number set up is only 5 digits long. It is set up like 20XXX-79XXX. However, there are no examples of this on Street view.
These houses are found on New Island, but the architecture is generally the same between all the islands.
There are instances where you can see Penguins. Seeing Penguins isn’t a tell that you are in the Falklands, but if you recognize the grass and the penguins, its a good sign.
Carcass Island has these rocky outcrops. It almost reminds me of the Mediterranean with the rocks poking out of the grass.
West Point and New Island both feel like this. They have this dark, almost black soil. There are also plenty of these grasses scattered about.
The Falklands use the English Language, yet there will not be any examples of this.
This area is technically Binational. It is a Hydro-electric dam that both countries use. We debated adding this country (as well as other “border spills”) and concluded that Paraguay should be added and discussed.
We chose the color orange to stand for Binational. We decided not to include any other “border spills”.
You can find both the short stubby antenna on a white car or no antenna at all.
The side of the Dam with the firehouse is the Brazil side (East), while the side with the electric generators is Paraguay.
Paraguay uses a yellow divider and white shoulders. There did not appear to be a solid yellow line on the island.
There are your typical Western Hemisphere warning signs, as well as what look like European influenced signs. The first sign appears to be related to the dam and the exits.
There are also different colors for the backs of the signs. The Black and Grey appear most commonly, while the blue seems to be saved for signs relating to the dam.
It is really hard to miss the dam. You can end up on top of the dam or on the ground below it. Either way, it is a large structure and cant be missed.
Paraguay uses Spanish, however you can also find Portuguese signs because of the birationality of the dam.