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  • Background info
  • Landscape Brazil
    Brazil is the biggest country of Latin America with a surface area of over 8 1/2 million square kilometres. With the exception of Ecuador and Chile all other South American countries share a border with ...
  • Population Brazil
    Most of the 175 million Brazilians live along the Atlantic coast. The Amazonian Lowlands are sparsely inhabited. Nevertheless Brazil is one of the most urbanized countries in the world. Of the 10 largest cities in ...
  • Religion Brazil
    Brazilians are predominantly Catholics, but there are several Indian animistic and African religions that continue to survive, such as the ritual of Candomblé. Candomblé is one of the most orthodox sects, which came from Africa ...
  • Culture Brazil
    Europeans behave differently from Brazilians in many ways. In fact the differences are so big you that could write a book about them. The following hints should help you avoid the biggest misunderstandings. Transport In the ...
  • Food and drinks Brazil
    Meals: Brazilian cuisine is one of the best in South America. Breakfast is usually quite elaborate, with coffee, rolls, cake and occasionally, pie. This is accompanied with fresh fruit and juice (“Suco”). People have a ...
  • Tipping Brazil
    Expensive hotels and restaurants often charge 10 per cent for service, middle level restaurants do not. A tip is always welcome; many are dependent on it, because the wages are not enough to get by ...
  • Weather and climate Brazil
    Climate: Brazil has various types of climates because it is such an enormous country. Consequently it is difficult to say which period is best for travelling. In general, the Brazilian winter is from June to ...
  • Practical info
  • Arrival information Brazil
    Take it easy on your first day in Brazil. Recover from the flight and get used to the different climate, culture and country. Let it slowly work its magic on you. The more you can ...
  • Information for people at home Brazil
    Ensure that those at home know in which country you are and how long you are planning to stay away. You may fix a date when you will contact them again. Making telephone calls from ...
  • Electricity Brazil
    Brazil does not have the same voltage everywhere. In Rio de Janeiro the electric mains supply is 100 or 120 volts almost everywhere. Many other cities also have 220 volts. Always check before you put ...
  • Health Brazil
    If you pay sufficient attention to hygiene and skin care during your time in South America, you should not encounter any health problems. Below is some information that we hope will improve your trip. Food and ...
  • Luggage and clothing Brazil
    Brazilians go onto the streets as well dressed as they can afford. They expect the same of foreigners. Take comfortable cotton clothes and some items for more formal occasions. On the way to a beach ...
  • Money Brazil
    The currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real. In November 2013, 1 Euro = 3.1 BRL. (http://www.oanda.com/) There is an extensive network of ATMs in Brazil and most major international credit cards are accepted in hotels ...
  • Photographs Brazil
    Brazil is an exceptionally photogenic country. You can take photographs of almost everything in Brazil, so be sure to take enough films and or memory. Not all Brazilians want to have their picture taken. Offer ...
  • Safety Brazil
    Brazil has a bad reputation when it comes to robbery. If you are assaulted, try not to resist. Report the crime at a police station to authenticate your insurance claim. Not every traveller is robbed. ...
  • Time differences Brazil
    Brazil spreads over four time zones. The eastern segment of the mainland, including Salvador, Rio and Brasilia, follows GMT-3. ...