Sunday, November 19, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Travel Guide to Brazil – A Visitors Guide to Brazil

Planning to travel to Brazil? Brazil is one of the most tolerant and vibrant South American countries and its famed beaches and Carnaval attract millions of tourists every year. The Amazon rainforest beckons outdoor enthusiasts while Rio de Janeiro offers teeming life of a different sort.

Brazil
Capital
Brasília is the current capital of Brazil. The city of Salvador, called the "first capital of Brazil," was the seat of the Portuguese colonial administration for over 200 years.
207 MILLION People
Brazil is famous for its sexy Copacabana and Ipanema beaches as well as its enormous Carnival, featuring parade floats, costumes, samba music and dance.
Main Airport
Antonio Carlos Jobim International
Rio de Janeiro–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, popularly known by its original name Galeão International Airport, is the main airport serving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
When to Go
Best Time
  • Spring: ~24°C (75°F)
    September - October
  • Summer: ~40°C (104°F)
    November - March
  • Autumn: ~31°C (88°F)
    April - May
  • Winter: ~17°C (63°F)
    June - August
Currency
R$
Reais
10 Fun Facts
  • • Brazil is self-sufficient in energy.
  • • The name Brazil comes from a tree named brazilwood.
  • • Brazil has won the football (soccer) World Cup a record 5 times
  • • There are 13 cities with more than one million people in Brazil.
  • • Brazil is the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese.
  • • Samba music, developed in Brazil in the 1800’s, is still tremendously popular.
  • • Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world by both land area and population.
  • • The Amazon River is the second longest river in the world & the largest river by volume.
  • • Virtually every Brazilian city has a soccer stadium because they are crazy about soccer.
  • • Brazil has the fifth largest population in the world estimated to be over 200 million people.
Basic Phrases
Portuguese
  • Hello
    Olá
  • Goodbye
    Tchau
  • Please
    Por favor

  • Thank You
    Obrigado
  • English
    Inglês
Food and Drinks
  • Barbecued meat
  • Moqueca
  • Cachaça
  • Brigadeiros
  • Pão de queijo
  • Guaraná Antarctica
  • Agua de coco
  • Caldo de cana or garapa
What to Tip
  • 10%
    Waitstaff
  • 10%
    Bartenders
  • None
    Taxi Drivers
  • 10%
    Porters per bag
  • 10%
    Tour Guides

Brazil is famous for its sexy Copacabana and Ipanema beaches as well as its enormous Carnival, featuring parade floats, costumes, samba music and dance. The population of Brazil is approximately 207 million people. Brazil's currency is the Reais.

Brasília is the current capital of Brazil. The city of Salvador, called the "first capital of Brazil," was the seat of the Portuguese colonial administration for over 200 years.

The main airport serving Brazil is Antonio Carlos Jobim International. It was named for its location near Galleon Beach, where the galleon Padre Eterno was built in 1663.

Brazil experiences four seasons.

  • Spring: September - October. Average temperature is ~24°C (75°F).
  • Summer: November - March. Average temperature is ~40°C (104°F).
  • Autumn: April - May. Average temperature is ~31°C (88°F).
  • Winter: June - August. Average temperature is ~17°C (63°F).

Visitors will want to be sure they don’t miss these top tourism attractions in Brazil.

Here are some interesting and fun facts you may not know about Brazil.

  • Brazil is self-sufficient in energy.
  • The name Brazil comes from a tree named brazilwood.
  • Brazil has won the football (soccer) World Cup a record 5 times
  • There are 13 cities with more than one million people in Brazil.
  • Brazil is the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese.
  • Samba music, developed in Brazil in the 1800’s, is still tremendously popular.
  • Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world by both land area and population.
  • The Amazon River is the second longest river in the world & the largest river by volume.
  • Virtually every Brazilian city has a soccer stadium because they are crazy about soccer.
  • Brazil has the fifth largest population in the world estimated to be over 200 million people.

Don't leave your electronics at home. Here are the best Brazilian travel apps you'll want to download to your iPhone or Android device before your visit.

For a real Brazil experience, you need to try these iconic foods and drinks. Some are traditional Brazilian dishes while others have been "borrowed" from immigrants and neighbors.

  • Barbecued meat
  • Moqueca
  • Cachaça
  • Brigadeiros
  • Pão de queijo
  • Guaraná Antarctica
  • Agua de coco
  • Caldo de cana or garapa

Work off that amazing food, enjoy the great outdoors, or just try something new. These favorite Brazilian activities let you get out and enjoy the country the way the locals do.

Every country has its own ideas of who should be tipped and how much. Nobody wants to overtip or, worse, be considered a rude guest. Here’s what to tip in Brazil.

  • Waitstaff – 10%
  • Bartenders – 10%
  • Taxi Drivers – None
  • Porters per bag – 10%
  • Tour Guides – 10%

From casual comfort to luxury accommodations, Brazil has plenty of great hotel choices for you to relax and unwind.

  • Hotel das Cataratas – Overlooking Iguaçu Falls, this upscale hotel in Iguaçu National Park is 14 km from Foz do Iguaçu International Airport.
  • Insólito Boutique Hotel – Overlooking a sheltered bay on the Búzios Peninsula, this artsy boutique hotel is a 2 minute walk from Praia da Ferradura beach & 2.5 km from Armação dos Búzios center.
  • Casa do Amarelindo – A 14-minute walk from Mercado Modelo (market), this upmarket hotel in a colorful 1868 building is set on a cobblestone street.
  • JW Hotel Rio de Janeiro – In a contemporary tower, across the street from Copacabana Beach, this ho- tel is 6 km from both Sugarloaf Mountain &Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.
  • Aram Yamí Hotel – Occupying a narrow Colonial-era building, this elegant boutique hotel is a 2-minute walk from a bus stop and 1 km from Fun- dação Casa de Jorge Amado.
  • Hilton Barra – This upscale hotel is a 4-minute walk from a bus stop, 1.5 km from Maria Lenk Aquatic Center and 3.2 km from Citibank Hall.

Brazil's history of Portuguese colonialism creates a unique culture in what is still a Latin American country. Far less conservative and inhibited than its neighbors, Brazil is destination for hedonists and adventurers from around the world.


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