Yes there are opportunities to snorkel and dive in Brazil
Yes you can book transfers (on arrival) and extra nights with Shoestring.You can add this on your booking form.
You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. UK passport holders do not need a visa for Brazil at present but please check here if you are unsure. Please check the embassy if you need a visa for Brazil. Make sure you inquire at least a month before departure if you need a visa so you do not run into time problems.
The international access code for Brazil is +55. The outgoing code depends on what network is used (e.g. 0014 for Brasil Telecom), which is followed by the relevant country code. The area code for Brasilia is 61, but the access code to make a call within the country from another area also depends on what network is used (e.g. (014)61 for Brasil Telecom). GSM 900and 1800 mobile phone networks cover the main cities, and phones are available to rent. Internet cafes are widely available. Every town has a central telephone office called a Posto Telefonico, from where long distance calls can be made, and public phone booths are everywhere, operated by phone cards. For cheaper calls, visitors can connect to an operator at home and place a credit card or collect call. Sending mail overseas is expensive, but the postal system is generally reliable.
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveler ( from the same sex when possible ) unless you have booked a single room.
You will stay in comfortable hotels in twin rooms with en-suite facilities.
There are a number of festivals in Brazil, such as Twelfth Day, Carnival, Good Friday, Easter, All Souls' Day and Christmas. There are also a number of national celebrations such as:
April 21st National holiday, Tiradentes
September 7th Independence Day
October 12th Our Lady of Aparecida
November 15th Day of the Proclamation of the Republic.
Every region has its own festivities as well, for instance the name day of the patron saint of the town. Shops and government buildings close on these days. Throughout the year there is always a celebration somewhere. Sooner or later you are certain to stumble across a wildly dancing and celebrating crowd. Look at http www.Ipanema.com/carnival/dates.htm It is not only party time in Rio; the whole country celebrates carnival exuberantly.
The currency in Brazil is the real (BRL), plural reais. There are 100 centavos to the real. The US dollar is also welcome in most tourist establishments. In the main cities foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks or cambios. There is an extensive network of ATMs in Brazil and most major international credit cards are accepted. We would recommend to take with you an amount in cash as well (US Dollars/Euros) which you can change at banks/exchange bureaus locally. It is also possible to pay for excursions in US Dollars. Please remember to take bank notes in a good condition.
What voltage and plugs are in use in Brazil? Please click here to check what voltage and plugs are in use in this country. You could consider taking a universal electric plug.
Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference.
If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.