Frequently asked questions about Brazil

What is the best time to travel?

Brazil is good to travel to all the year round. December to February is the high season for tourists; during these months the Brazilians also have their holidays. In the tourist areas prices increase markedly in this period.

What are the best festivals and when do they take place?

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  It is not only party time in Rio; the whole country celebrates carnival exuberantly.

Can I pre-book transfers and extra nights?

Yes you can book transfers (on arrival) and extra nights with Shoestring.You can add this on your booking form.

What about my passport?

You need a passport that is valid at least 6 months at the date of departure. You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel.

Do I need a visa?

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.

Do I need vaccinations or malaria tablets?

Please click here for questions regarding vaccinations or malaria tablets for this country and contact after your local practitioner or a specialized health centre and make an appointment to get your shots and pills. Please make sure that you allow at least six weeks for a full program. People who already have had a few shots might do with two weeks. You are responsible for having the right protection when going on tour.

What is the recommended currency for Brazil?

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 kind of clothing and other stuff is practical to take?

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 such as Copacabana or Ipanema a Brazilian wears as little as possible. Girls and women wear a bikini over the minikini and a colourful shawl around the hips, which is used as a towel later and sandals on their feet. No one goes topless. The gentlemen stick to swimming trunks with a pair of shorts over them. Valuables such as watches and money are left at home. Beachwear here is certainly not typical for the rest of the country. Brazil is a tropical country, so take thin clothing. For the evenings a high-necked T-shirt with long sleeves or a thin cotton turtleneck sweater as protection against mosquitoes .In the Southern hemisphere’s winter months, nights can be chilly and in Curitiba and Sao Paulo even get cold. We advise you to bring some warm clothes as well. It is better not to take too much luggage. Any clothing you may need, you can buy cheaply when you are there anyway.

What kind of luggage should I take?

We suggest you take: sunglasses, suntan lotion, insect repellent, toiletries, towel, first-aid kit, head covering, photo- or film equipment and sufficient film, extra batteries, pocket torch, pocket-knife (don’t put this in your hand luggage!), piece of rope/clothesline, alarm clock (which you can wind up or one which runs on batteries), writing materials, books, valid passport, enough cash (euros/dollars), copies of your passport and travel insurance, airplane tickets, travel insurance card including the emergency number; diary with important addresses, travel book. Also, perhaps: toilet paper, tampons, small reading lamp, universal plug and adapter. You can consider taking a mosquito net but hanging it up can be awkward in most hotels. Preferably you will pack all this in an overnight bag or rucksack, not a hard suitcase, because the latter is difficult to transport. A small backpack or shoulder bag is useful for daily hand luggage. Secure your banknotes and other small valuables.

What is the situation with electricity?

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.

Which travel guides and maps?

If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.

In what kind of accommodation do we sleep?

You will stay in comfortable hotels in twin rooms with en-suite facilities.

How is accommodation arranged if I book alone?

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.

Do I need a sleeping mat or sleeping bag?

This will not be necessary

Do they cater for vegetarians in Brazil?

Vegetarians will not have a problem in Brazil, there is ample choice.

What kind of transportation is used?

We travel through Brazil using many modes of transport. You will fly to Foz do Iguaçu;,catch a train to Morettes,travel by boat to Ilha Bela and the rest of the transport will be in private minibuses or public buses.

Is Brazil dangerous?

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. On the contrary, most visitors never come to any harm at all. You will find that you will feel very much at ease in Brazil, with its friendly population. But you do have to be extra watchful in the big cities (especially Rio de Janeiro) and it is better to take a few precautions. Make copies of important travel documents such as your passport, airline tickets, insurance, numbers of traveller’s cheques, (store these away from the originals) and take extra passport photos for possible formalities. Money and important papers are best not carried in a handbag. Wear them on your body, for instance in pockets on the inside of your clothing or in a money belt beneath your clothes, and make use of safe-deposit boxes as often as possible in hotels.

What local customs do I need to keep in mind?

In large cities you will undoubtedly be approached by beggars. They will ask you for money, soap or pens, sometimes sweets. Some beggars will mention the amount they expect from you. By giving them money you will not solve their problems. It is more likely that they will become dependent on this kind of income
Music plays a large role in the lives of Brazilians. Wherever you go, you will find people singing, making music and dancing. The most popular rhythm is the samba
Always remember that you are a guest in a country where other conventions are observed. They are not deviant, you are the one that is different.

Are there opportunities to snorkel or dive?

Yes there are opportunities to snorkel and dive in Brazil

Are there opportunities to swim?

There will be many opportunities to swim so be sure not to forget your swimming costume

What are other activities and sports I could do ?

There are untold activities that you can do in the various areas of Brazil, here are a few examples: Snorkeling,diving,kayaking,mountain biking,abseiling etc…

How are the communictaions in Brazil?

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.

What is the time difference?

Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference.


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