Brazil is universally known as the land of sun, sea and samba. The local people love life and this is reflected in their friendly nature and how they welcome foreigners to their land.
Rio de Janeiro is a vibrant, pulsating and inspiringly-beautiful city, famed for its breath-taking setting and home to the world famous Carnivale! The views from Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer stands proudly, arms outstretched and watching over the city are spectacular. Then of course there are the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, where you can observe the fascinating beach culture and sip on a caipirinha, the national cocktail, at one of the many beach-side bars.
To escape the hustle and bustle of Rio, there is the wonderful sea-side town of Buzios, just north of Rio. Here you will find several pristine white sandy beaches and delicious seafood restaurants. Or there is the tropical island paradise of Ilha Grande with some 92 beaches and islands to explore by boat or on foot.
Of course Brazil is not just about beaches, with the Pantanal and Amazon jungle providing some the of the best wildlife viewing in the whole continent.
Did you know?
The famous carnival is celebrated in February or March across the country.
Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world.
The national cocktail is the caipirinha made from Cachaça, a sugar cane spirit.
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. Contact your local Brazilian embassy for details on how to apply for a visa.
The visa fees are currently US$160 for USA citizens, US$45 for Australian citizens and US$75 for Canadian citizens. Please note that these fees are subject to change.
IMPORTANT: Please 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.
For Australian residents only: For assistance in applying for your visa for Brazil, please visit our partner site visalink below:
By using this link you are entitled for a 10% discount off their normal rates!
(Please note that a visa is required for the Iguaçu Falls tour in order to visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Previously a day visa was granted to those visiting the falls, but this is no longer the case and citizens of Australia, the USA and Canada need to apply for a full visa before departure.)
Disclaimer: Whilst Chimu Adventures will assist in every possible way to provide you with accommodation and flight details necessary to obtain your visa, we are not a consular service and it is the sole responsibility of the traveller to obtain the necessary visas before departing Australia either through our partner site visalink, or through the consulate. Travelling without a visa may result in the cancellation of part or the whole of your tour without refund as per terms and conditions which you can view through the link below.
Please do not be alarmed if public and private vehicles (transfers, taxis, buses) do not stop at red lights between the hours of 10pm and 6am. It is not a legal requirement for vehicles to stop at red lights in Brazil during these hours and is in the interests of passenger safety.
Wi-Fi and safety Deposit Box Charges
Please note that some hotels in Brazil, particularly in Rio de Janeiro, charge a small fee for the use of in-room safety deposit boxes and Wi-Fi. Please enquire when you check-in to avoid unexpected charges upon check-out.
English Speaking Staff
There is a general lack of English-speaking staff in service industries throughout Brazil.
Please note that due to heavy traffic and last minute road closures, Rio tour and transfer pick-ups can be subject to delays during Carnival. As a result we schedule pick-up times half an hour to half an hour earlier during Carnival.
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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.
Brazil has a very extensive banking network and ATMs are widely accessible. Most banks have ATM facilities, some of which accept foreign credit and debit cards. The permitted withdrawal amount per card per day is generally R$ 1,000 but this is reduced to R$ 500 after 10pm.
The most popular international credit and debit cards include Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro.
Foreign currency and US dollar traveller’s cheques can be exchanged in foreign exchange offices, banks and also in some travel agencies and hotels. The exchange rate for cash is usually slightly better but exchange fees in general are quite high. To change money you will need your passport.Please note that it can be very difficult to change money at weekends.
LDD, Emergency Numbers, Internet
Country code: + 55
Internet is readily available in Brazil with high speed internet access available in many hotels.
Wi-Fi is also becoming increasingly common in hostels and hotels as well as in some cafes and restaurants but please note that some hotels will charge for Wi-Fi. Most of the larger Brazilian cities have Internet Cafes that offer inexpensive, high speed internet access.
Brazil’s climate varies considerably from tropical in the north to the temperate regions south of the Tropic of Capricorn. Summer in Brazil runs from December to March and winter from June to September. The rainy season occurs at the end of the summer months, with the Pantanal and the Amazon having the most pronounced wet seasons between November and May.
Even during the winter months, the climate across most of Brazil is moderate with temperatures in major cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Sao Paulo averaging 13-18°C (55-65°F). In the summer months the weather is hot and extremely humid everywhere south of Rio and along the coastline north of Rio, with temperatures in the high 30’s to low 40’s (°C).
In the Amazon, temperatures in the high 30’s (°C) are common year round. Further south, around São Paulo and parts of Minas Gerais, winter temperatures can fall as low as 5°–8°C. In the southern states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, snowfalls do occur in winter, although the snow is only every light.
Brazilian cuisine varies greatly from region to region but fresh meat and fish play an important role in the diet.
In Rio de Janeiro and the south-east feijoada is a typical dish. Originally produced by Brazilian slaves, it has now been turned into a delicacy. The dish is a stew that consists mainly of beans and meat, simmered with herbs and spices. Another important food is manioc, the most important food in all of Brazil and used in the preparation of many dishes.
The cuisine and cooking methods are notably different in the north and Amazon, reflecting the Amerindian heritage. Fish is very important and is the base for stews and soups. One extremely popular dish is pato no tucupi - roasted duck marinated in lemon juice, oil and garlic and topped with a sauce made from manioc juice extracts and jambu leaves.
Other typical dishes include:
Coxinha – A thigh-shaped chicken croquette.
Brazilian Empanadas – Pastry pies, usually with prawns or chicken.
Churrasco – Brazilian barbeque, with grilled chicken, beef and lamb.
Moqueca Capixaba – Tomato and fish stew prepared in a clay pot.
Guava Ice Cream
Cuscuz Branco – Similar to couscous, but prepared with coconut milk and sugar and served as a dessert.
The national alcohol of Brazil is cachaça which is distilled from sugar cane and the national cocktail is Caiprihinia made from cachaça, lime juice, sugar and ice.
The official language in Brazil is Portuguese but it does differ slightly from the Portuguese spoken in Portugal mainly due to pronunciation differences. Whereas the European Portuguese sounds quite rough, Brazilian Portuguese is very nasal and as a result appears softer.
The number of Brazilians that speak English is very low.
City map - Copacabana, Rio De Janeiro
City map - São Paulo
City map - Manaus
City map - Greater Manaus
City Map- Foz do Iguaçu