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Quick Facts

💰Currency Brazilian Real (R$)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = R$5.1
💬Language Portuguese
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Brasília
👥Population 211 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs A, B, C, I
🕑Time Brasília Time (UTC-03:00)
🍽️Must-Try Feijoada, Pão de Queijo, Brigadeiro, Moqueca, Coxinha

Backpacker Budget: US$36 (R$ 184)

Hostel Dorm US$15 (R$ 77)
Takeaway Meal US$5 (R$ 26)
Public transport US$2 (R$ 10)
Long-distance bus US$15 (R$ 77)
Entrance Fee US$10 (R$ 51)
Beer US$2 (R$ 10)

When to go?

January - March High season, hot and humid weather
April - June Low season, cooler temperatures
July - September High season, dry weather
October - December Low season, warmer temperatures

What's unique?

Welcome to Brazil, a country of breathtaking beauty and vibrant culture. With its vast Amazon rainforest, stunning beaches, lively cities, and passionate people, Brazil offers an unparalleled travel experience.

One of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, Brazil is home to the iconic Amazon rainforest which covers roughly 60% of its territory. Exploring this natural wonder is like stepping into another world filled with exotic wildlife, lush vegetation, and winding rivers. From thrilling jungle treks to peaceful boat rides along the Amazon River, adventure awaits around every corner.

Beyond nature's splendor lies a rich cultural tapestry that reflects Brazil's diverse heritage. Dance your way through Rio de Janeiro's colorful Carnival festivities or immerse yourself in Bahia's Afro-Brazilian traditions. Marvel at the architectural wonders of Brasília and explore the historic streets of Salvador da Bahia.

Brazil is also renowned for its love affair with soccer (or futebol as locals call it). The country has produced legendary players like Pelé and Ronaldinho and boasts some of the most passionate fans in the world. Joining a match at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro or Morumbi Stadium in São Paulo is an unforgettable experience.

Whether you're seeking adventure in nature or embracing Brazilian culture and hospitality, Brazil will captivate your senses from start to finish.

Colonial houses in Olinda
Colonial houses in Olinda

Must-Sees of Brazil
(10 days)

  1. 1
    Rio de Janeiro

    Visit the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoy the stunning views from Sugarloaf Mountain. Explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema.

  2. 2
    Iguazu Falls

    Marvel at the breathtaking display of powerful waterfalls, and take a boat ride to experience the cascades up close.

  3. 3

    Immerse yourself in the vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture, explore the historic Pelourinho district, and savor local cuisine.

  4. 4

    Embark on an Amazon River cruise, encounter unique wildlife, and experience the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest.

  5. 5

    Go on a thrilling wildlife safari in one of the world's largest tropical wetlands, spot jaguars, anacondas, and capybaras, and enjoy birdwatching.

Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls

Fun Fact

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


What are some popular tourist destinations in Brazil?

Some popular tourist destinations in Brazil are Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Brasília, and the Amazon Rainforest.

Is it safe to travel to Brazil?

Brazil is a diverse and beautiful country, but it's important to be aware of safety precautions. While many areas are safe for tourists, there are some regions with higher crime rates. Stay alert, especially in crowded areas, and avoid displaying valuables. Use licensed taxis or reliable transportation services. Research your destinations and follow any travel advisories. Don't assume all touristy areas are safe, especially in big cities like Rio crime is common even in parts of the cities considered safe.

What are some essential phrases in Portuguese?

Some essential phrases in Portuguese are 'Obrigado/a' (Thank you), 'Por favor' (Please), 'Com licença' (Excuse me), and 'Bom dia' (Good morning).

What is the best way to get around in Brazil?

In major cities, public transportation like buses and metros are common. Taxis and ride-hailing services are also available. For longer distances, domestic flights are popular.

Travel Tips

  • Money Cards are accepted at most places
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge no fees
  • Free ATMs Bradesco
  • Do try the local cuisine, it is an important part of the culture.
  • Do participate in samba or capoeira activities, they are traditional Brazilian dances.
  • Don't wear revealing clothing in religious or conservative locations.
  • Don't drink tap water, it is safer to stick to bottled water.
  • Don't expect everyone to speak English, try to learn a few basic phrases in Portuguese.
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