Brazil is a wonderful country, Latin American power with a vast territory of abundant nature that can take time to explore completely. Excuses to visit leftovers; Rock in Rio, Soccer World Cup, Rio Carnival… there is always a good excuse.
In this travel guide through Brazil, you will be able to have important information to arrive and move around this exciting destination, with or without a pretext.
Basic data from Brazil
Expect a hot and tropical climate, especially quite humid. Abundant rainfall is to be expected and surely more than one match will be under the rain. The climate is quite unstable, but it is ideal for enjoying the beaches and nature of the country. The advantage is that you need less clothing for this hot weather which translates into lighter luggage.
Cost of life
In recent years Brazil has increased its costs becoming an expensive country if we compare the costs of other countries in the region. Contrary to what many believe, cities like Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro are considered the most expensive in Latin America. During festivities and in tourist areas these costs tend to increase even more (Carnivals for example). In spite of this, Brazil supports a great national production and a high range of prices so it will not be difficult to find options of all kinds and for all pockets. Buying in markets such as local people, comparing prices, and doing searches can give great savings results but also demands time.
Brazil is not the safest place in the world. You have to be aware of other people’s intentions, keep things safe and try to leave your luggage as safely as possible in the lodgings. However, the streets are usually guarded by rather severe police that always has control of the area. It is not difficult to see security with machine-guns and rifles that leave any nearby malefactor thinking more than once before acting. Merge with the local people without showing off too much and you’ll be safe. If you want to insure yourself against loss of documents and money we leave here an important fact to get your insurance at the cheapest price.
Where to stay
During the season of the world as well as in carnivals the lodgings tend to be saturated and raise their prices considerably due to the demand of travelers. You can find camping areas, hostels, hotels with the search engine we provide. Whatever you are looking for you can compare prices, see locations, availability, and descriptions that help you make the best decision.
Important fact: When you get the results of your search put “Sort By Price” and you will be surprised how easy it will be to get better prices than anyone else. We advise you to book well in advance as prices will rise and availability will not be the same during the event.
Metro or bus is the most economical and suggested options. There is a long term card that can help reduce costs. A monthly public transportation card can cost about US$61 while making two taxi trips per day for 15 days you can spend about US$330. On the other hand, renting a car for 15 days can cost about $945.
What to eat
In the street, you can try as a typical dish the codfish cake and is mortadella sandwich. In Sao Paulo, the traditional days for feijoada are Wednesdays and Saturdays. It is a delicious dish that is offered on menus and shared with friends or family in informal meetings and consists of black beans and pork.
Approximate cost per meal for 15 days:
- Luxury Restaurant: $1500
- Business district menu: $330
- Fast food restaurant: $240
- Supermarket food prepared in a hostel: $120
- Some reference costs:
- Coca Cola: $1.87
- 1Lt of Milk: $1.06
- ½ kg chicken $2.69
- 1kg Apples $2.17
- 12 eggs $2.04
How to get to Brazil
The routes offered by Google Maps are updated in Brazil and provide directions from most cities to the interior of Brazil. Ask for directions to find out approximate travel time, distance, and border crossing points. Put “how to get from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro” or “from Lima to Curitiba” and you will see detailed results immediately. It’s the best way, but it’s always worth making sure you have an updated paper map.
Lan, Avianca, Tam, Turkish Airlines are some of the airlines that offer reasonable prices to travel internationally to Brazil. Within Brazil, there are low-cost airlines such as Gol that make local flights between most cities. We recommend using this flight finder.
Brazil undoubtedly offers the best quality buses to travel to South America. But if you make an international section it is more likely that you will travel with local companies from the place of origin. The routes tend to be quite long and tedious so making stops on the way is advisable if you want to add adventure to your trip. It is also advisable to change for a Brazilian bus at the border for the sake of comfort and quality. You can search for buses here, here or here.
The best places in Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
Typical attractions such as the Christ the Redeemer or the famous Sugar Loaf are a must on a visit to Rio. Copacabana is a beach whose reputation precedes it and also a must-see. The mythical Maracaná Stadium, the beautiful Santa Teresa neighborhood, the Botanical Garden, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon should be added to your list as well as the Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro’s main reserve.
Sao Paulo Art Museum
It is considered one of the most important museums in Latin America and is one of the most visited points.
Iguazu National Park
For many, one of the main points from where you can see a wild waterfall in the middle of the jungle. While you can see from the Argentine and Brazilian sides, the second offers a higher and more panoramic view.
A city endowed with nature with beautiful beaches. The particular architecture, its canals, rivers, and bridges will amaze you. Among the most visited beaches are Brasilia, Pina, and Buen Viaje.
If you like caves, waterfalls, trails and outdoor walks, this is the place for you. It is considered one of the favorite places for lovers of outdoor and ecotourism. You can do a variety of activities such as rappel, diving, canopy and others.
One advantage is being close to the Pantanal which allows you to jump into another wonderful place.
Salvador de Bahia
Colonial architecture that recreates a beautiful city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mixture of Africans, Indians, and Europeans, undoubtedly a place worth discovering and experiencing.
Another UNESCO Heritage Site, a beautiful town nestled in front of the sea with colonial and baroque architecture. Hills and streets of stone that create a playful landscape.
A natural spa surrounded by forests, but at the same time offers a hectic nightlife of clubs, bars, and restaurants.
Ruins of San Miguel de las Misiones
Fabulous ruins built in the seventeenth century by the Jesuit missions in the region. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, they lie in the middle of a jungle landscape that makes it look like an Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider movie.
Capital of the Amazon and one of the most prosperous cities of the 20th century during the rubber fever. Its proximity to reserves and jungle spaces makes it ideal for visitors seeking to immerse themselves in the lush jungle.
Capital of the great country planned by the architects Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa, who rescued the diverse ideas of modern architecture of the 20th century giving it such a modern and utopian aspect. Once again, another Unesco heritage within this country. Lovers of architecture could not be less fascinated by its avenues, monuments, and buildings.