Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The top of the hike to Los Hermanos viewpoint of the beautiful beach view of Rio
Photo by Mike Swigunski

BRAZIL

South America

Brazil Travel Information

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Key facts

Capital:

Brasilia

Location:

Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean

Currency:

reals (BRL)

Area:

8,515,770 sq km

Population:

213,445,417 (July 2021 est.)

Languages:

Portuguese (official and most widely spoken language); note - less common languages include Spanish (border areas and schools), German, Italian, Japanese, English, and a large number of minor Amerindian languages

Religion:

Roman Catholic 64.6%, other Catholic 0.4%, Protestant 22.2% (includes Adventist 6.5%, Assembly of God 2.0%, Christian Congregation of Brazil 1.2%, Universal Kingdom of God 1.0%, other Protestant 11.5%), other Christian 0.7%, Spiritist 2.2%, other 1.4%, none 8%, unspecified 0.4% (2010 est.)

TimeZone:

UTC-3

Tel Code:

+55

Weather

Climate in Brazil

Brazil has a diverse climate, varying from tropical in the north to temperate in the south. The north of the country is characterized by high temperatures and high humidity, with a rainy season that runs from December to May. The south of the country has a milder climate, with temperatures ranging from around 20°C (68°F) to 25°C (77°F) and a rainy season that runs from October to April.

Best Time to Visit Brazil

The best time to visit Brazil depends on what you want to experience and where you want to go.

The Dry Season

The dry season, which runs from May to October, is the best time to visit the north of the country, such as the Amazon Rainforest, as the weather is drier, and the animals are easier to spot.

The Rainy Season

The rainy season, which runs from December to May, is a great time to visit the north of the country, such as the Amazon Rainforest, as the water levels are high and the vegetation is lush and green. It's also a good time for bird watching as many migratory birds are in the country.

The Southern Region

The southern region, such as Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo, the best time to visit is during the dry season, which runs from May to October. The weather is pleasant and more comfortable for outdoor activities.

It's worth noting that Brazil is a large country and the weather can vary greatly depending on the region. It's recommended to check the forecast and pack accordingly. Also, Brazil is a tropical country, and it's essential to take precautions and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Transportation

Air travel

Brazil has several international airports, including São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport and Brasília-Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport. These airports receive flights from major cities around the world. From there, domestic flights are available to other destinations within Brazil.

Bus

Bus travel is a popular and affordable option for getting around Brazil, with many long-distance bus companies operating routes between major cities and towns. Bus travel can be comfortable, with options ranging from standard buses to luxury coaches.

Car rental

Car rental is also available in Brazil, and it's a good option for travelers who prefer to have more flexibility and independence during their trip. It's worth noting that traffic in major cities can be heavy and chaotic, so it's recommended to have a GPS or a map and to familiarize yourself with the local traffic laws.

Train

Train travel is not widely available in Brazil, and it's not a popular way of transportation.

Boat

Boat travel is also an option, particularly in the Amazon region, where river boats are used to navigate the rivers and to reach remote areas. It's worth noting that boat travel can be slow and may not be suitable for everyone.

It's worth noting that many of the destinations in Brazil are remote and may not be accessible by road, so air travel may be necessary to reach them.

Accommodation

Luxury Hotels

Brazil offers a wide range of luxury hotel options, such as five-star hotels, resorts, and boutique hotels, which are located in major cities and tourist destinations. These hotels offer amenities such as spas, swimming pools, and fine dining restaurants, making them ideal for those looking for a more upscale and comfortable stay.

Mid-range Hotels

Brazil also has many mid-range hotels available, which offer comfortable accommodation at more affordable prices. These hotels are typically located in cities and tourist destinations and offer amenities such as swimming pools and restaurants. They are ideal for those looking for a comfortable stay without breaking the bank.

Budget Accommodation

Brazil also offers a variety of budget-friendly accommodation options, such as guesthouses, hostels, and budget hotels, which are located in cities and tourist destinations. These accommodations are basic but offer comfortable and clean rooms at affordable prices. They are ideal for backpackers and budget-conscious travelers.

Vacation rentals

Brazil also has a variety of vacation rentals available, such as apartments, condos, and villas, which are located in major cities and tourist destinations. These rentals offer more space and privacy than hotels and can be a great option for families or groups of friends traveling together.

Camping

For those looking for an adventurous and unique way to experience Brazil, camping is an option. Many national parks and nature reserves have designated camping areas. It's worth noting that camping equipment is not always easily available for rent, so it's recommended to bring your own gear.

Money

Money Tips for Travel

  • Research the currency and exchange rates of your destination before you depart.
  • Notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel plans to avoid any potential issues with international transactions.
  • Bring a mix of cash, credit, and debit cards--and possibly a travel money card.
  • Be aware of the fees associated with withdrawing money from ATMs and using credit cards abroad.
  • Make sure to have a backup option for accessing money in case your primary method doesn't work.
  • Consider using a card with no foreign transaction fees.
  • Be aware of the local customs and etiquette when it comes to paying.
  • Keep an eye on the exchange rate throughout your trip and try to make large purchases or withdraw large sums of money when the rate is favorable.
  • NEVER accept currency conversion at ATMs! Always get your home bank to convert at much better rates.
  • Think about getting a Wise or other travel debit card; these can provide much better rates and some free ATM withdrawals.

ATM and Credit Cards

  • Research the availability of ATMs and credit card acceptance at your destination before you depart.
  • Keep your ATM card in a safe place and be mindful of your surroundings when using it.
  • Try to stick to using ATMs that are affiliated with major banks.
  • Keep your credit card information safe and secure, and be aware of potential scams.
  • Make sure your cards have the necessary security features, such as chip and pin.
  • Be aware of the fees associated with withdrawing money from ATMs and using credit cards abroad.

Exchange Rates

  • Research the currency and exchange rates of your destination before you depart.
  • Consider using a card with no foreign transaction fees.
  • Be aware of the local customs and etiquette when it comes to paying.
  • Keep an eye on the exchange rate throughout your trip and try to make large purchases or withdraw large sums of money when the rate is favorable.
  • Be careful of places that may offer to exchange money at rates that seem too good to be true.

Mobile

When traveling, getting mobile access is very important these days. If you are working remotely, wanting to update social media, or need to access your banks SMS authentication messages having a reliable service is a must. At WhereNext we recommend:

eSIM

Services such as those offered by our partner, Airalo, allow you to easily order and install an eSIM for different countries or regions that you are traveling in.

Dual SIM phone

If you have a phone that supports dual SIM's then you can get a SIM on arrival for each country, this is probably better done at a telco store rather than at the airport.

Extend your home plan

Depending on where you live and your mobile service provider you may be able to extend your plan to cover mobile roaming at reasonable rates.

Keep your primary SIM

With the amount of accounts we all have that require two factor authentication via SMS, keeping a constant number for these accounts is a must.

Community

There are several online communities and platforms that you can use to meet people while traveling, both for making new friends or for networking professionally. Some popular options include:

Facebook groups

There are many Facebook groups dedicated to connecting people while traveling, from expat groups and travel communities to groups specific to certain cities or regions of the country. You can search for groups based on your interests or location and connect with others who share similar interests.

Meetup

Meetup is a platform that allows you to find groups of people that share your interests in your local area. There are Meetup groups all around the world, and they cover a wide range of topics, such as language exchange, sports, and cultural activities.

Internations

Internations is a social network for people who live or work abroad. It has a large community of expats and organizes regular events, activities and gatherings that allow members to connect and socialize.

Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is a platform that connects travelers with local hosts, who offer free accommodation and a chance to experience the local culture. It's a great way to meet locals and make friends!

Reddit

Reddit has a large community, and there are several subreddits dedicated to connecting expats and travelers. You can use it to ask questions, get advice, and connect with others who are also living or traveling in the country.

Linkedin

LinkedIn is primarily a professional network, but you can also use it to connect with people who work in the same industry or have similar backgrounds. It can be useful to connect with people before you arrive and establish a few professional contacts to help you get started.

At WhereNext, we use Nomad List as a global community and then research more local ones for our destination. These are just a few examples of online communities you can use to meet people; please suggest any others that you think are appropriate for this destination.

Insurance

Travel insurance can provide financial protection and peace of mind for travellers in the event of unexpected situations or emergencies. It covers a wide range of needs--even some you might not expect!

Medical Coverage

Travel insurance can provide coverage for medical expenses if you become ill or injured while traveling. This can include coverage for doctor visits, hospital stays, and emergency medical transportation. It's also a good idea to ensure that your travel insurance covers COVID-19 related illness and delays!

Trip Cancellation and Interruption

Travel insurance can provide coverage if you need to cancel or interrupt your trip due to unexpected events such as illness, weather, or travel bans. It can also provide coverage if your trip is delayed or if your travel provider goes out of business.

Lost or Stolen Luggage

Travel insurance can provide coverage for lost or stolen luggage, as well as personal items such as passports and electronic devices.

Emergency Assistance and Evacuation

Many travel insurance plans offer emergency assistance services, such as providing information on local hospitals and doctors, assistance with replacing lost or stolen documents, and help with arranging transportation in the event of an emergency. At WhereNext we have partnered with Global Rescue for evacuation services, which are highly recommended if you are undertaking dangerous activities or are travelling to dangerous parts of the world.

Liability coverage

Travel insurance can also provide liability coverage in case you cause an accident or harm someone while you are traveling.

Travel insurance can provide financial protection and peace of mind for travellers in the event of unexpected situations or emergencies. It can help cover the costs of medical expenses, trip cancellations, lost or stolen luggage, and more. It's always a good idea to review the coverage and compare the different options available before making a decision. At WhereNext we both use and have partnered with Safety Wing for general travel insurance.

Entry Requirements

Here are some general travel tips regarding entry requirements that apply across all countries:

Passport

Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival in the country you are visiting. Some countries will not allow you to enter if your passport is set to expire within a certain period of time.

Visa

Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to see if you need a visa. Some countries require a visa for entry, while others do not. Make sure to apply for a visa well in advance of your trip as the process can take several weeks. Check the latest Visa requirements and if necessary get an online Visa with our partner iVisa.

Health Requirements and COVID-19 Rules

Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to see if there are any health requirements for entry. Some countries require vaccinations or proof of medical insurance. Check the latest health requirements and if necessary get an online Visa with our partner iVisa.

Travel Insurance

Consider purchasing travel insurance, especially if you are traveling internationally. Travel insurance can cover you in the event of trip cancellation, medical emergencies, and other unexpected events. Our travel insurance partner is SafetyWing. For dangerous activities and/or countries consider a rescue service like those offered by our partner, Global Rescue.

Customs

Be familiar with the customs and laws of the country you are visiting. Some countries have strict laws regarding drug possession, alcohol consumption, and dress codes.

Currency

Check the currency exchange rate and make sure you have enough local currency for your trip. Some countries may not accept credit cards or travelers cheques, so it is always good to have some cash on hand. At WhereNext we recommend use a Wise debit card, which provides low cost currency conversions and ATM withdrawals.

Research the country

Research about the culture, customs and laws of the country you are visiting. It will help you to understand the place more and also prepare you better for the trip.

Contact Information

Make a copy of your passport and keep it in a separate place from your passport. Also, leave a copy of your itinerary and contact information with a friend or family member at home.

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      Things to Do

      Brazil is a vast and diverse country, known for its vibrant culture, stunning natural landscapes, and world-renowned landmarks. From the bustling metropolis of São Paulo to the tropical beaches of Rio de Janeiro, there is something for everyone in Brazil. Here are the top 10 things to do in Brazil:

      1. Explore the Amazon Rainforest

      The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and is home to an abundance of wildlife. Take a guided tour to explore the rainforest and spot a wide variety of animals and plants.

      2. Visit the Iguazu Falls

      The Iguazu Falls are one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world and are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a boat tour to get a close-up view of the falls and feel the spray of the water on your face.

      3. Visit Rio de Janeiro

      Rio de Janeiro is one of the most vibrant cities in Brazil and is known for its lively culture, stunning beaches, and world-famous landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Take a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views of the city.

      4. Visit Salvador

      Salvador is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is known for its rich history and culture, as well as its stunning colonial architecture. Take a walking tour to explore the city's historical center and visit the Pelourinho neighborhood.

      5. Visit the Pantanal

      The Pantanal is the world's largest tropical wetland and is home to a wide variety of wildlife such as jaguars, monkeys, and hundreds of bird species. Take a guided tour to explore the Pantanal and spot wildlife.

      6. Visit the Brazilian beaches

      Brazil is known for its beautiful beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, and Praia do Forte in Bahia. Take a dip in the ocean, soak up the sun and enjoy the lively beach culture.

      7. Visit the colonial cities

      Brazil has many colonial cities, such as Ouro Preto, Olinda and Paraty, that are known for their stunning colonial architecture and rich history. Take a walking tour to explore the cities and visit the museums and art galleries.

      8. Visit the national parks

      Brazil has many national parks that offer the chance to explore the country's diverse landscapes and spot wildlife. Some of the most popular national parks include Chapada Diamantina, Serra dos Órgãos, and Tijuca National Park.

      9. Visit the festivals

      Brazil is known for its vibrant culture and lively festivals, such as the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, and the Festival of the Sacred Arts in Belo Horizonte. These festivals are a great way to experience Brazilian culture and to see traditional music and dance performances.

      10. Visit the museums and art galleries

      Brazil has many world-class museums and art galleries, such as the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro and the São Paulo Museum of Art. These museums and galleries offer the chance to learn about Brazilian history and culture and to see works by famous Brazilian artists.

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