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.
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.
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
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!