Brazil Travel Guide
Brazil encompasses around half of South America’s landmass, making it the largest country of the continent. Because it’s so large, it’s not surprising that it is made up of a wide variety of landscapes and experiences.
Wildlife lovers can explore the wetlands and the rainforest while city lovers can wander the streets of Rio. Along with beautiful beaches, one of the world’s best soccer teams, and the world-famous Carnival, Brazil is truly a melting pot, perfect for every kind of traveler.
The minute you land, you will be taken aback by the country of color and life, one of old and new history, and you will never want to leave.
Brazil is one of the few destinations on Earth that is warm year-round. Because of its tropical landscapes, there are several climatic extremes, though none of which are too extreme to deter travelers.
Winter in Brazil lasts from May to September. No matter where in Brazil you are visiting, temperatures won’t drop below 60 F. It’s one of the best times to go sightseeing and hiking in cities like Rio, thanks to plenty of sunshine and cooler temps.
During the spring and summer (November to March), temperatures can get up to 120 F so be sure to stack on a whole lot of sunscreen and prepare for some humidity. Don’t let this deter you, though. Brazil’s famous Carnival takes place around February to early March, and that is not a celebration you want to miss.
What To Expect
Language: The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. You’ll also find that not many people speak English so you’ll want to brush up before you go.
Currency: The official currency of Brazil is the Real (BRL). 1 USD is equivalent to 3.84 BRL.
ATMs & Credit Cards: Credit cards are widely accepted in Brazil. Although many small businesses, cafes, markets, and spots outside of larger cities often don’t take card. ATMs are common in major towns and cities but might be a bit more difficult to track down in the countryside. Many places that do have ATMs will lock them overnight for extra security so don’t plan on using one late in the evening.
Plugs: In Brazil, the power plugs are type N, the standard voltage is 127 / 220 V, and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Brazil has a bad rap for being unsafe and is known for its high crime rates. In general, the scenarios that involve tourists are typically mugging and pickpocketing. Safeguard your belongings, avoid traveling alone if possible, and practice caution at all times and you should be just fine.
Bucket List experiences
Visit Iguazu Falls
Party with the Locals at Carnival
Explore the Amazon
Explore Salvador's Old Town
Visit the “Christ the Redeemer” statue
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