This page provides information about Tourism in Brazil for foreign visitors.
PLACES TO VISIT:
Rio de Janeiro (recently nominated as Unesco World Heritage Site) | Sao Paulo (Business and Culture) | Minas Gerais (Gold Trail) | Foz do Iguaçu (Waterfalls) | Nordeste (Natal, Salvador, Fortaleza, for beaches and folklore)
Other places: Curitiba (Green and Eco-friendly city)| Serra Gaucha (amazing landscapes) | Pantanal – Bonito (lagoons, birds and nature adventures) | Chapada Diamantina (site 1)
Best Hotels – “Roteiros do Charme” (Charming Tours – http://www.roteirosdecharme.com.br/?lang=2)
Rio de Janeiro: http://ipanema.com/contents.htm#top
São Paulo: http://www.cidadedesaopaulo.com/sp/en
The rainy season in Brazil runs from November until March in the south and south east , which includes Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. And from April until July in the north east of the country (“Nordeste”). Summer are rainy and hot, a typical weather of tropical area.
Central areas like Brasilia and Pantanal have low humidity season in Winter (July and August).
DOCUMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS:
According reciprocity agreements, European visitors does not need a Visa to enter Brazil, as long as visitors stays by maximum 90 days.
US and Canadian visitors need a Visa, obtained at Consulates. Immigration in Brazil is usually smooth, but may have queue lines.
High tax is the main reason why prices for general goods are higher in Brazil.
Consumer guide (english)
Food is not pricey, considering large amounts of meat (veal), chicken and fish available.
On daily basis, Brazilians will eat meat, salad, rice and beans.
But cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have a wide range of international restaurants, such as arabian, chinese, japanese, italian and regional food.
Main cities have large malls with a food court. Lovers of Fast food will find traditional chains like McDonalds, Burger King and similar places.
US Travel Bureau: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1072.html#crime
Airports in Brazil follow international regulations against Terrorist threats. There are several itens prohibited in airplanes, much like US TSA requirements and prohibitions, incluing sharp objects and liquids.
It’s expected delays at Immigration entrance, even if Visa is not required.
Yellow Fever: usually in places with dense forest cover, in inner parts of Brazil. Recommended vaccines for visitors of following States: Amazonas, Rondonia, Pará, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul.
About Diseases in Brazil: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/brazil.htm
Visitors cannot bring: meat, vegetables, guns and ammunition
FAQ english by Federal Revenue Bureau: http://www.receita.fazenda.gov.br/principal/ingles/faq.htm
The country does not have trains like Rail Europe and Amtrak. Visitors must rely on Bus and Car trips, usually quite expensive.
Car rental is not cheap neither, but it can be convenient if you are visiting different States or Cities. Most roads are paved and have good mantainence. There are highway fees that must be paid in cash.
Airports: some cities offer public transportation from airport to city. But locals prefer take a cab.
Although most States offers assistance for travellers, with bilingual guides, visitors must buy travel guide books, like Frommers and Time Out, or even hire guide services.
Living cost in Rio and São Paulo are among highest in the world. For visitors, it usually translates in food and transport expenses.
LA Times cites: “According to the 2012 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey published last week by Mercer, a global consulting firm, Sao Paulo is the world’s 12th-most expensive city for expatriates, followed by Rio at 13. London is 25 and New York City, the highest-ranking U.S. location on the list, is 33. Los Angeles lags behind at 68.” (source)
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