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I travelled through Brazil (and Argentina) recently with a few friends. The trip was spectacular. It's was my second trip with Chimu after an amazing adventure in Peru a few years earlier - Darren
It’s that time of year! The eyes of the world are converging on Brazil as the Rio Carnival springs to life yet again. Our Insider’s Guide to the Rio Carnival outlines the ins and outs of this visual spectacular. What is the Rio Carnival? Just as the rest of the world starts to recover from end-of-year celebrations, Brazil – and …READ MORE
Brazil’s Pantanal region would have to be one of the most underrated destinations on earth. The world’s largest wetlands, home to an intoxicating collection of rare and precious animals, is South America’s premier wildlife spotting destination, thanks to its distinctive lack of thick vegetation, the one primary characteristic of the Amazon rainforest. Out here, animals are not just everywhere but …READ MORE
Brazil is the largest country in South America and is made up of many cultures, all of which have their own cooking techniques and individual flavour combinations. This mix of eclectic influences come together to create the exiting and robust dishes traditionally served throughout this lively nation. From tantalising small bites and deliciously devious deserts, to hearty mains and mouth-watering …READ MORE
Jericoacoara, known locally as Jeri is a small beach town that lies in the north east of Brazil. Fortaleza is the closest gateway city so most people arrive from there with a journey that can take anything from 4 to 6 hours. As the roads leading in to Jericoacoara are all sand and pass through the dunes, passengers travelling by bus must switch …READ MORE
Porto de Galinhas translated as Port of chickens is located 1 hour south of Recife in the north of Brazil. Once a small fishing village, it’s now become an important tourist destination in that region. Stroll around Porto de Galinhas The town itself remains pedestrianized which makes it very pleasant to stroll around day or night and is full of restaurants and …READ MORE
Scored yourself an early-bird ticket to the most fantabulous party of the year? Lucky you! Read on for a guide to the Olympics in Brazil, includes schedule, travel tips and more! The Brazil Olympics are set to light Brazil on fire this year, a country that’s still basking in the limelight spearheaded by the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Much as …READ MORE
“Is it safe to travel to Brazil?” This is a common question we field regularly here at Chimu, especially in the lead up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The games promise to be a huge success (most notably the Football World Cup) and the eyes of the world once again turn to Brazil. At the time of writing, …READ MORE
In South America the usual fizzy drink international brands like Coke and Pepsi are certainly very strong, but in many countries there are other local players who pack some serious punch against the multinationals. In Peru Inka Cola has always outsold Coke, to the point that Coke eventually had to buy Inka Cola. If you can’t beat them, join them. …READ MORE
Brazil’s first capital and still considered Brazil’s “capital of happiness” – Salvador is a fantastic mix of history and relaxation. On my first day I strolled along the Barra district, with its magnificent beaches and historical buildings such as the imposing Barra Lighthouse which dates back to the 16th century.READ MORE
We boarded the Amazon Clipper form a small pier outside Manaus. The boat was small but had a great communal feel. It was to be our home for the next three days as we left the metropolis that was Manaus and set off into the labyrinth of waterways on the Rio Negro and Amazon rivers.READ MORE
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What does sustainable tourism and ecotourism mean? It basically means conscientious and responsible travel and amounts to conserving the environments you travel through, respecting the local communities that you visit and minimising your impact on the natural environment. Brazil’s Amazon Brazil is home to 60% of the Amazon Rainforest, one of the most popular ecotourism destinations in the world, one …READ MORE
Early History of Brazil As with many South American countries, the history of Brazil begins with indigenous people, and dates back over 10,000 years. The first inhabitants of Brazil were native indigenous “Indians” (“indios’’ in Portuguese) who lived mainly on the coast and alongside rivers in tribes. But very little is known about the history of Brazil before the arrival …READ MORE
The weather in Brazil varies considerably from tropical in the north to temperate in the regions south of the Tropic of Capricorn. It tends to be hot and dry in the arid interior of the country, changing to humid in the tropical rainforests of the Amazon. There are in fact 5 sub-types of climate in Brazil – equatorial, semi-arid, highland …READ MORE
For me an important part of travel is to sample the local cuisine and eat at restaurants where the locals eat. It’s usually a good indication of good food if the eatery is full of locals. Brazilian cuisine varies greatly from region to region but fresh meat and fish play an important role in the diet. Root vegetables such as …READ MORE
Brazil is considered to have the greatest biodiversity of any country in the world. It holds the largest tract of unspoilt rainforest on Earth and accounts for 60% of the Amazon Rainforest. Brazil is home to hummingbirds, toucans, parrots, macaws, waterfowl and birds of prey. Amongst the mammals you can find capybaras, sloths, monkeys, anteaters, pumas, jaguars, armadillos, otters and …READ MORE
Brazil is one of the most multi-racial nations in the world resulting in a diverse, colourful and unique culture that reflects the ethnic and cultural mixing of indigenous people with Europeans and Africans. Brazil is a melting pot of nationalities that resulted from Portuguese colonisation, European immigration and slavery and led to its complex and fascinating culture. Population of Brazil …READ MORE
Brazil is a year round destination, but due to the vast size of Brazil and resulting differences in climate across the country, the best time to visit will depend on where you are planning on visiting for your Brazil travel and the activities that you plan to include on your Brazil tour. Generally speaking, the warmest months across Brazil are from …READ MORE
The unit of currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real (BRL). Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, the only Portuguese-speaking country in South America.
Brazil’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic with Brazil boasting more Roman Catholics than any other country in the world.
The level of fitness needed will depend on the Brazil tour that you choose to take in terms of places to be visited and the types of activities to be included on your itinerary. Hiking and trekking are not activities that are generally associated with Brazil although most Brazil tours that include the Amazon and/or Pantanal do include guided walks, when conditions may be hot and humid. Altitude is not a problem in Brazil as only a fraction of the country lies above 1,200 metres.
Most South American countries have now recognized that tourism plays an important part in their economies and governments have taken great steps in the last few years to change South America’s poor security image. Security has been an issue in Brazil for many years, but there is a strong police presence in the major tourist areas of Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and in coastal areas most frequently visited by tourists. To minimise security risks we recommend the following: - do not show any outward signs of wealth or wear expensive jewellery - keep your valuables in your hotel in safety deposit boxes (you may be charged a small fee for the use of in-room safety deposit boxes in some Brazilian hotels) - keep any valuables that you must carry with you hidden, as pickpockets can be present in crowded areas and around tourist areas - use only taxis with official identification - avoid going on your own to remote areas where tourists would not be expected to go - always keep your day pack and camera close to you and never leave them unattended There has been a huge effort in recent years to clean up many of the favela areas (shanty towns) and as a result of social programs, gang activity in these areas has been drastically reduced. Some of the favelas are now open to tourists and becoming popular inclusions on a Brazil tour. Drugs are an issue in parts of Brazil. Acute poverty, access to drugs and a party reputation all lead to Rio de Janeiro being a hotspot for drug activity. Activity is at its highest around party events such as Carnival and New Year’s Eve. In the Amazon region, mosquito-borne illnesses can be prevalent. In areas such as Manaus, most tourist areas are considered “safe” but we do advise that you take precautions such as using mosquito repellent and wearing long sleeves and trousers. In the Rio Negro section of the Amazon River, the black waters of the river are highly acidic and mosquitos are rare.
A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Brazil for citizens of the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, European Union and South Africa. However, for citizens of Australia, the United States and Canada a pre-arranged visa is required and can be applied for within 90 days of entering the country. The first arrival in Brazil must take place within 90 days from the date the visa was issued. Please contact your local Brazilian embassy for details on how to apply for a visa and allow a minimum of 6 weeks for the visa to be processed by the Brazilian consulate. For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.
You could spend anything from a few days to several weeks or even months on your Brazil travels, depending on whether you plan to explore the entire country or just focus on one experience such as the Pantanal or an Amazon adventure or maybe join in the Carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro or Salvador. Chimu Adventures offers itineraries to suit every time frame.
Our Brazil tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners and buying a few souvenirs at local markets, we suggest a budget of 35-45 USD per day per person.
For some states of Brazil (generally in or around the Amazon Rainforest), it is compulsory for all travellers to have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever. It is also compulsory for all travellers to have had a vaccination against Yellow Fever if entering Brazil through the following South American countries: - Bolivia - Colombia - Ecuador - French Guiana - Guyana - Peru - Suriname - Venezuela We recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through. As a general guide we recommend the following: - Yellow Fever - Especially for jungle areas - Hepatitis - Both A and B (twinrix) - Typhoid - Diphtheria - Cholera - Rabies - Tetanus The risk of malaria is present throughout the year in parts of Brazil, in particular in the Amazon. Malaria precautions are essential. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin and, when necessary, sleeping under a mosquito net.
In Brazil the standard voltage is 110V or 220V and standard frequency is 60Hz. Power sockets are of types A, B and C but outlets are often a combination of types A and C, and can accept either plug. Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/
What you need to pack will depend on when and where you plan on travelling and on the activities that you plan to include whilst on your Brazil tour. The following should act as a useful checklist of essential items: • Passport, photocopy of passport & spare passport photos • Travel Insurance documents • Air tickets and itinerary • Foreign Currency (US$) and/or debit/credit cards, traveller’s cheques • Money belt • Small daypack • Basic first aid kit • High UVA sun block • Sunglasses & sunhat • Mosquito spray & insect repellent • Comfortable walking shoes/boots • Sandals • Long sleeve tops and trousers • Light-weight clothing • Warm clothing (depending on itinerary and time of year) • Camera with spare battery and memory cards • Security code padlock • Adaptor • Small torch If your Brazil travel is to include the Amazon, the climate is hot and humid year round but it can be surprisingly cool at night. Most of the time light clothes such as shorts, T-shirts and sandals are suitable, but for hikes in the forest we recommend long sleeved shirts, long trousers, light rain jacket, good supportive footwear such as trainers or hiking boots and items such as small torch or flash light, binoculars, water and personal effects. Additional Amazon items: • Light rain jacket or rain poncho • Swim suit • Binoculars • Lightweight towel • Dry sack for camera • Water bottle