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A world of samba, cities and safaris

With vibrant cities, colour and celebration entwined with lush rainforest, majestic mountains, swirling rivers, exotic wildlife and luxury resorts, Brazil is a land of many contrasts and, whatever your travel goals, this vast country will not disappoint.

Overview

Brazil is the largest country in South America and is home to 211 million people. In terms of landmass it is almost as large as the USA which means that additional time, domestic flights and stopovers are necessary to see more of the country. Brazil justifiably boasts 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites so getting around these takes planning. 

Most travellers will be familiar with the traditional site of the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of Corcovado Mountain in Rio as well as the dense rainforest and rivers of the Amazon. But there is so much more to explore and, although Brazil is a good all-year-round destination, the warmest (and most humid) months are November to March across most of the country. Much depends on where you want to travel though: the beaches of southern Brazil have beautiful weather from October to April, timing a visit to the Amazon depends on the water level and April to October is the best time to visit the Pantanal. 

Top Cities Brasilia (capital), Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Natal, Fortaleza, Salvador de Bahia, Manaus, Recife Languages Brazilian Portuguese Currency Brazilian Real Time Zone There are several timezones in Brazil: GMT-3 hours (Brasilia Time or BRT) is used in the central and eastern states, including Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo; GMT-4 hours is used in the Amazon area, GMT-5 hours is used on the west coast and GMT-2 hours is used in several of the islands off the east coast. Brazil does not observe daylight saving time and, therefore, the time difference is one hour extra during British Summer Time. Drinks Imported beer: £2.25/$2.80  Domestic beer: £1.05/$1.30  Water: £0.45/$0.55 

Meals Inexpensive restaurant: £3.00/$3.75  Meal for 2, mid-range, 3-course: £15.15/$19.00  Hostels Hostel prices start from around £10.00/$12.50  Hotels The average price for a hotel in Brazil is about £47.80/$60.00 although there are many excellent offers at lower prices to be had. Of course, a higher price commands more luxury - expect to pay around £240.00/$300.00 for a top hotel by the sea.  Tipping The standard tip is 10% for restaurants (if not included in the bill), bars and nightclubs. For taxis, it is usual to just round up the fare and the standard 10% also applies to tour guides. For porters etc., 1 or 2 Real are appreciated. Don’t forget to tip the hotel concierge if he/she arranges an activity for you. 

Taxi Taxis are a good way to get around the cities and are relatively cheap at £0.45/$0.55 per km. They are the safer option if going out for the evening. In the cities, they will run on meters but outside, you will need to negotiate the fare.  Public transport Bus travel is easy and popular in Brazil. The buses link all the major cities and there is a good long-distance network. There are numerous bus companies so we recommend researching your route beforehand and comparing prices and there are several apps available that simplify this. There are three classes of long-distance buses: the ordinary, the executive (this costs about 25% more but stops less often) and the overnight sleeper. Tickets can be purchased at the bus station or bought online in advance.  There are also buses within the cities and although they are cheap (about £0.50/$0.60), they are not recommended for tourists at night.   The metro is one of the easiest ways of getting around large cities such as Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paolo. Tickets cost from £0.50/$0.60 and travel cards are available.  Ferries are another option in cities such as Rio de Janeiro where you might want to travel to Niteroi for example. There are several services and the cost is approximately £0.75/$0.95.  Due to the size of Brazil, you might opt to take an internal flight to travel around. These can be expensive but there are multi-trip ticket options that make it more economical.  Highlights Many trips will start in Rio de Janeiro and taking a cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain will provide the visitor with breathtaking views of the city. Alternatively, head over to the statue of Christ the Redeemer for a view of Sugar Loaf Mountain or visit colourful Santa Marta, a “favela” or shanty town. Take a stroll along Copacabana beach, visit the numerous cafes and bars, sway to the music and admire the work of the street artists.  Visit Fernando de Noronha to see Baia do Sancho, reputed to be the world’s best beach. This is an eco-island within a marine park and, due to the turtles present, the number of visitors is restricted, which ensures their protection.  Fly from Rio to Iguacu Falls and marvel at the sheer force and beauty of nature. These lie on the border with Argentina so it is possible to also cross to the Argentinian side - this is the best way to get the full experience of the 270 falls which stretch for 3km. On the Brazilian side, there are rainforests and walkways while the Argentinian side provides visitors with the opportunity to cruise the river to Devil’s Throat Canyon.  Taking another flight from Rio to Cuiaba will take you to Pantanal - Brazil’s wildlife capital - and here you can explore the swamps by boat; look out for caimans! Other animals found here include jaguars, capybara, armadillos and anteaters.  Most visitors will head to Brazil to experience the Amazon where guides will be able to point out more wildlife and perhaps even a pink river dolphin. Manaus is a popular city to start a tour that will take you into Jau National Park.  The Chapada Diamantha national park is home to magnificent scenery: trails, valleys, mountains, waterfalls and grasslands - you can even snorkel in the cave pools for a unique experience (look out for one called the Blue Well).[Text Wrapping Break]Other cities to visit include Sao Paolo for a mix of Brazilian and Japanese culture, Salvador de Bahia (a heritage site and Brazil’s first capital) and Brasilia (the new capital and also a heritage site)

Interesting Facts

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the 5th largest in the world. 

The name Brazil comes from the brazilwood tree. 

Brazil shares a border with all South American countries except Ecuador and Chile. 

The Amazon is the 2nd longest river in the world (after the Nile) and during the rainy season, it stretches to 30 miles wide. 

The highest mountain in Brazil is Pico da Neblina (Mist Peak), on the border with Venezuela, at 2,994 metres (9,823 feet) above sea level. It was not discovered until the 1950s because it is almost permanently covered in cloud. 

The Pantanal is the world’s largest seasonal wetland. 

The capital, Brasilia, took just 41 months to build and is designed in the shape of an aeroplane – it became Brazil’s capital in 1960.  

Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of coffee. 

There are more than 4,000 airports in Brazil. 

The national sport is football and Brazil is the only country to have won the World Cup 5 times.