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Brazil travel guide

Destination inspiration for lively & vibrant Brazil

Brazil is the country of Carnival, Copacabana and an amazing culture. Venture to one of the magnificent year-round beaches, visit the pounding Iguassu Falls, trek through the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, or for those who like to party, Rio Carnival is a must.  Grab a Caipirinha and let the cosmopolitan atmosphere, tropical landscapes, beach lifestyle and pulsating nightlife enchant you. Read our handy Brazil travel guide for more info.

Brazil Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Brazil is Portugese.

Brazil currency

Currency

Name: Brazilian real

Code: BRL

Symbol: R$

100BRL is approx $40

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Time Zone

Time Zone: Amazon Time Zone (UTC-04:00) Fernando de Noronha Time Zone (UTC-02:00) and Brasilia Time (UTC-03:00)

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Top places to visit and things to do in Brazil

Beautiful beaches, active tours in the jungle, lazing about in a bungalow... which floats your boat? We've rounded up the best places to visit in Brazil.
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Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is a large sprawling city of 11 million, and the tourist attractions are spread out.  Enjoy the art and the shops while the sun is shining and soak up the rich culture, food and bars by night.  Laze by the lakes in Ibirapuera Park where you can even borrow books from the unique Bosque de Leitura (Reading Woods).  Another highlight is the Snake Farm where you can see snakes, scorpions, and spiders from around the world. 
Brasilia
Brasilia
The planned city of Brasilia was built in only four years and was designed to impress.  Houses along the wings of the airplane shaped city all look out onto park and wide boulevards lead to the centre.  Take the time to check out the modernist architecture such as the Square of the Three Powers, the Palace of Justice and Brasilia Cathedral. 
Salvador
Salvador
Give in to the charms of Salvador, the old colonial capital built on a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Todos os Santos Bay.  The beaches in the bay are calm with long stretches of sand, while the Atlantic beaches are good for surfing.  The tourist epicentre is Pelourinho, the ‘city within a city’, with cobblestone streets, churches and brightly-painted buildings as well as bars, restaurants and other attractions. 
São Luis
São Luis
São Luis is one of the liveliest and most photogenic urban areas of Brazil, offering great beaches, delicious seafood and a thriving live music scene.  If you’re into reggae you’ll be right at home in Sao Luis as there are regular live outdoor performances and weekend parties.  Wednesday’s have also been established as a big reggae night. 

Brazil costs

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Beers

The typical cost of a domestic beer in Brazil is 6R$ (approx $2.40) and imported beer is about 12R$ (approx $4.80) on average.

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Meals

The cost of a meal in Brazil is roughly 20R$ (approx $8), or grab some street food, like Picanha (barbecued meat) for a good, cheap meal.

Taxi Ride

Looking to catch a cab? A normal taxi tariff starts at around 5R$ (approx $2), with an extra 2.70R$ for every km (approx $1).

Transport

Transportation in Brazil is pretty cheap, with a one-way ticket on public transport only costing you 3.80R$ (approx $1.50).

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Hostels

Looking for a cheap stay? Hostels in Brazil can cost you between 24R$ and 61.80R$ a night (approx $9.60-$25).

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Hotels

You can stay in a range of accommodation options in Brazil, from budget to high end - you can get a midrange hotel room from 160R$ (approx $64).

How to get to Brazil

Travelling from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo takes around 17-19 hours - Rio's airport is located 20km north of the city, Brasilia Airport is located 12km south of the city, and Sao Paulo Airport is located 25km northeast of the city, so you'll need to sort out some transport. Check out our cheap flights to Brazil now! Remember you can even lay-by your flight for $99!
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Adventures and experiences in Brazil

Brazil is a vast country so getting the most out of your trip requires careful planning. Alternatively take a look at some of our amazing tours and volunteering projects and let the details be taken care of for you.
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In Search of Iguassu | 17 Days
Discover the best that Brazil and Argentina have to offer on this fantastic 17-day adventure. Feel the spray of Iguassu Falls, soak up the sun on the paradise island of Ilha Grande, get your samba on in Rio and explore cosmopolitan Sao Paulo.
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Brazil & Amazon Explorer | 25 Days
This 25 day tour with Dragoman from Rio to Cuzco and back, is the ultimate road trip! From the Twelve Prophets to the Northern Pantanal wetlands and a 3-night stay deep in the Amazon - you'll be fully immersed in this exciting region.
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Wonders of Brazil | 13 Days
Minimise travelling times and make the most of your time at some of Brazil's best destinations. Flying from Sao Paul to Iguassu and from Campo Grande to Rio means more freedom to explore the waterfalls, beaches and wildlife on offers. Throw in some cacaha and you've got yourself a sizzler.
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Brazil weather and climate

The Brazilian climate can vary greatly from region to region. The coastal cities of Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Salvador are hot and sticky for most of the year while plateau cities such as Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte are milder. Rainy seasons occur from January to April in the north, April to July in the northeast and November to March in the Rio and São Paulo areas.
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When is the best time to go to Brazil?

If you’re headed to Brazil for Carnival then February is the time to be there.  You definitely won’t be alone though so prepare for the crowds.  If you’re keen to get away from the hordes visit in March or April, you’ll find the beaches are still amazing.  History buffs will find the weather in Brazil best between June and August to avoid the heat.
 

Brazil visa requirements for Australian citizens

Brazil doesn't currently have any working holiday agreements with other countries but the tourist visa is valid for up to 3 months and grants multiple entries - find out more here. Although Brazil doesn't have working holiday visas, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. If you fancy joining the party, why not try your hand at assisting with Carnival preparation in Rio? There’s also the option of renovating favellas, rarely seen by travellers, or the opportunity to do community work with AIDS and HIV children. Check out our Latin America volunteer programs here. If volunteering isn't your thing, why not embark on a student exchange program in Brazil? Or while you're holidaying in Brazil why not learn their local language, Portugese? 

What vaccinations do I need in Brazil?

If you have visited or transited one of the following countries in the last three months you’ll need to be vaccinated against yellow fever, and be able to provide an international certificate of vaccination: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Kenia, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela.

In addition, a yellow fever vaccination is compulsory for all travellers visiting the following Brazilian states: Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Distrito Federal, Goiás, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, Tocantins.

A yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travellers visiting the following Brazilian states: Bahia, Espírito Santo, Paraná, Piauí, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, São Paulo.

How safe is it to travel in Brazil?

As in any city you should be sensible and streetwise to ensure a trouble-free visit, and Brazil's are no exception. Avoid taking valuables or carrying large amounts of cash with you and make use of hotel safes. Be aware of your bags when you’re out, and your pocket, as pick pocketing still occurs. Watch the street kids in Rio de Janeiro in particular, they’re cute and look innocent but they’re some of the most elusive pick pocketers. Don't, under any circumstances leave any of your belongings on the beach in Rio while you go for a swim!

If you’re single you’re likely to hook up at one of the clubs – but beware of taking anyone back to your hotel, it is the easiest way to become a victim of theft or violence.  And of course, don’t leave your drink unattended!

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