What You Need to Know When Visiting Brazil
All countries have their embassy in Brasilia and the U.S. also has consulates in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Other helpful facts include:
- The official language of Brazil is Portuguese, but English and Spanish are also spoken.
- Residents of the United States and Canada will need a visa to enter Brazil. It can take as long as 2 weeks to have the visa processed.
- It is best to buy maps for the cities you will be visiting before you go.
- For emergencies, call 190 for the police and 193 for the fire department or ambulance.
- The water in Brazil is normally safe to drink, but it is still best to drink bottled or filtered water.
- It is advisable to use your credit card or an ATM. Most banks might not cash Travelers Checks and most retailers will not take them.
- The voltage in Brazil ranges from 100 to 240 volts and 50-60 Hz with power surges. Their AC outlets are usually three prongs with two round and one flat prongs. Make sure to bring enough electrical adapters for everything you will need to plug in.
Traveling in Brazil
When traveling between cities, there are no long distance trains in Brazil, so your best bet getting between cities is to either fly or take buses.
According to Frommers.com, there are several things to plan for when flying in Brazil. Try to avoid connecting through Sao Paulo, which might be hard to do. If you have to, plan for a 2-3 hour delay. Don’t book overly tight connections and try to travel early in the day as backups build up throughout the day. If you plan to travel a lot, visitors can purchase an air pass with Tam.
Renting a car and driving yourself around is not recommended in the cities where driving has been compared to a competitive sport with few rules.
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The Food of Brazil
Brazilians love their meat and you will find plenty of it at Brazilian restaurants. Grilled beef or meat, known as churrasco, is served in most restaurants. Being a country with many climates, you can also find plenty of fresh fish, pasta, vegetables and fruits.
Staying Safe in Brazil
There is crime in Brazil like anywhere else. When walking around, stay in areas with heavy foot traffic. You only need to take a copy of your passport for ID unless you are buying an airline ticket or large purchases. Use a fanny-pack to carry money and cards and monitor your bank accounts after using an ATM.
If you need the police, Brazil has special tourist police stations that can take special care to help tourists that are bilingual. The U.S. encourages all Americans traveling to Brazil to sign up with the embassy.
The Climate of Brazil
Brazil is a large country with different climates that range from coastal beaches to the Amazon rain forests. Since Brazil is in the southern hemisphere, their seasons are reversed from what they are in the United States, but their winters are much milder, making it a great time to go to the 2016 Summer Olympics or simply a vacation.
In July, coastal cities like Rio de Janeiro have an average high of 67° F (19° C) and an average low temperature of 61° F (16° C) but it can get cooler.
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