Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, almost as large as Europe, Brazil may require some time to travel around in. But it has a great deal to offer visitors, from the Amazon jungle and Pantanal wildlife to the beautiful beaches of Bahia and the amazing city of Rio De Janeiro.
When to visit Brazil
Because of Brazil’s huge size, there is a lot of regional variation in climate. Tropical rainfalls can occur all year around. Don’t let these rainfalls affect your holiday.
The southern part of Brazil
The climate in the southern part of the country vary a lot. The best time of year to visit these parts is in the Brazil summertime. In the winter (June-August) it rains a lot. It gets cold with frost and sometimes even snow.
The nothern part of Brazil
Along the coast it’s hot pretty much year round. Most Brazilians have vacation between December and February. During that time of year it might be more difficult booking hotels and the prices usually go up.
Getting to Brazil
When you travel to Brazil from the rest of the world you’ll often arrive at the major international airports in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Recife or Manaus.
Rio de Janeiro-Galeão
Airport Code: GIG
Address: Infraero-Empresa Brasileira de Infra-Estrurura Aeroportuaria, 21942-900, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone: (0)21 3398 4526vor 2155
» Rio de Janeiro-Galeão website
São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport
Airport Code: GRU
Address: Infraero, PO Box 3061, Guarulhos, São Paulo 07141-970, Brazil
Phone: (0)11 6445 2945
» São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport website
Airport connection to and from Rio de Janeiro-Galeão
Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Airport is situated 12.5 miles north of Rio de Janeiro. The easiest way to get into town is by bus or taxi. As a tourist it’s recommended to buy prepaid taxi vouchers at the Rio de Janeiro State Tourism Authority desk.
Airport connection to and from São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport
São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport is situated 15.5 miles northeast of São Paulo. The best way to get to the city is by prepaid taxi. But you can also go by bus or shuttle bus.
Getting around Brazil
Brazil is an enormous country and you got to keep an eye on distances if you don’t have lots of time to travel. The biggest airline in the country is TAM which is the Brazilian brand of LATAM Airlines Group. There are also some low price airlines with really great deals:
Getting around by bus might be time consuming, but good value. The bus companies got low prices and great service running all over the country.
Driving in Brazil can be very dangerous, especially night time when lots of drivers do not bother to use their headlights.
In larger cities like Rio and Sao Paulo you’re allowed (and even recommended) to not stop at red lights after 10 pm in the evening of security reasons.
Stores are in general open weekdays between 9AM-6PM, Saturdays between 9AM-1PM. Times may be different in smaller towns and different regions.
Bank hours are weekdays between 10AM-4.30PM. Some banks close early on Fridays.
In Brazil gratuity are expected! In some places the gratuity already included in the bill (about 10%).
If gratuity is not included in the bill, it is good practice to give about 10%. The staff at the restaurants often have a real low salary and welcome tip.
Even street vendors expect tip.
Most nationalities (for exampla Australia, Canada and the USA) need to apply for visas, which are required.
All visitors are required to present a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry.
In the big cities of Brazil you should be very careful. Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro has always been known for high crime rate. The government and police works a lot to make these cities safer places to stay. But still you should be aware that there are lot of criminality in cities. Do not walk around flashing expensive jewels, cameras and other values. The best thing to do is leave your nice handbag at home. Bring a plastic bag to carry the thing you absolutely need. If you visit the beach, be precautious of your belongings and do not leave anything unattended. There’s lots of poor people in town and they can get desperate.
But if you travel around in smaller cities and on the countryside, it’s often quite safe. Ask people at the place where you’re staying if you don’t know how the situation is.
Salvador, capital of Bahia, Brazil
Manaus in the heart of Amazonas, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro from above
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