Top 5 best beaches in Brazil to enjoy this summer

When you think about going to Brazil, you most probably think of visiting at least one beach during your stay. You do not have to spend the whole day there if you are not fond of sunbathing and swimming. However, drinking a beer in the beach bar is recommended. There is nothing more relaxing than listening to the sound of the ocean with a beer in your hand, don’t you think? Eating a cold acai bowl is even better. You have to try it, don’t forget, ok?

 

Now, what beaches do we recommend visiting? Below you will find a description of the 5 best beaches in our opinion. We love all of them and would like you to visit them and share the love as well. 

  • Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

You may be surprised that we have chosen Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro and not the most popular beach in the world – Copacabana. In our opinion, this beach is a bit overrated. Ipanema, on the other hand, is much more intimate and photogenic. The Travel Channel considered it the sexiest beach in the world. There is even a song that you could listen to while spending time on this beach – ‘The girl from Ipanema’ – we are sure you have heard it before.

 

  • Jericoacoara, the coast of Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Ceará

 

It will appeal to lovers of secluded beaches and wild nature. The landscape prevailing in this place is truly desertic. It is on the list of the best beaches in the world, but still remains a small fishing village, which hardly appears on the covers of travel magazines. The whole area has become a National Park, so Brazilians cannot cover it with concrete and roads. If you are looking for a really unique place, you definitely have to visit this beach. Now it is easy to reach as there is an airport, which was opened in 2017. 

  • Praia da Pipa (Pipa Beach), municipality of Tibau do Sul

The waters here are full of dolphins and turtles, so this might be a thing that will encourage you to visit this amazing place. If you want to try surfing or you are a professional surfer, this is a place for you. This charming spot surrounded by cliffs will take your breath away. There is also a lot of hostels and hotels in the area to choose from. It is situated near Natal, so you can visit the city as well. 

  • Itamambuca, Ubatuba

You will find this beach in Ubatuba city. You can reach the city by bus from Rio de Janeiro (5 hours trip). Book the tickets online on Brazil Bus Travel website . If you want to spend a few days there, we recommend renting a house near the beach. Remember that this surf destination is only alive during the day – there is nothing to do there during the night. Don’t worry though, you will be too tired to do anything after your surf lessons. We recommend taking a few classes of surfing in Zecão surf school. Situated in Mata atlantica rainforest, it is full of beautiful plants, trees and birds. You can even spot some turtles there. 

  • Praia de Itacarezinho, Bahia

This perfect beach with palm trees and white soft sand is situated 15 km south of Itacaré city, in the Bahia state. It is a great place to have a long walk as the beach is 3,5 km long. While being in Bahia, you cannot forget to try Acarajé, Muqueca or Bobó de Camarão. Just write those names down and order them while being there – you won’t regret it.

 

Did we inspire you to visit any of those best beaches in Brazil that we have enlisted? Please let us know if you love them as much as we do.

The guide to Manaus Brazil

This time we will visit the gate to the Amazon jungle: Manaus. What an amazing place it is. We recommend visiting this unique city while traveling around Brazil. Below we will give you some tips about what to see while being there. We will also write about where are Manaus Brazil  and a few facts about the history of the city.

Where is Manaus, Brazil?

 

In the north-western part of Brazil, you can find a very interesting place, the capital of Amazonas, which is located at the confluence of two rivers – Solimoes and Negro. We’re talking about Manaus, which is also an international seaport. Located 1500 kilometers from the sea, it impresses with the number of monuments and the characteristic atmosphere. It is worth coming here for a few days.

With more than 2 million people, it is the main city and financial center of the entire Upper Amazon and the beating heart of the region.

A short history of Manaus, Brazil

 

The city was founded in the seventeenth century as a small Portuguese fortress called São José da Barra. In 1832, the name was changed to Manaus, which means “Mother of God”.

The city increased significantly in the nineteenth century – when the rubber trade revived. 

Beautiful palaces were built, luxurious casino games and public houses were opened. Electric light shone earlier than on the streets of London. The opera featured such celebrities as Sarah Bernhardt, Enrico Caruso, and Anna Pawłowa. The wives of rich merchants sent beautiful gowns and clothes by ship to England, lace imported from Lisbon and dresses from Paris.

And suddenly it all ended. The English stole Amazon rubber seeds and transported them to Ceylon, and then to Malaya, where they created competitive plantations. The palaces were deserted and the representative building of one of the finest operas in the world began to be absorbed by the jungle. It was not until the 1960s that the jungle falling into the city center was cleared.

 

What to see in Manaus Brazil

– Teatro Amazonas

 

Teatro Amazonas (or Amazonian Theater) – the most beautiful building in Manaus and a magnificent opera built-in 1884 by rich barons in Brazil under the supervision of an Italian architect Celestial Sacardim with many paintings by another Italian artist Domenico de Angelis.

It’s a real work of art because its steel comes from Great Britain, marble from Italy and furniture from Paris. The great thing is that you can see there decorated ceramic tiles painted like the Brazilian national flag.

– MUSA Museu da Amazonia

 

If you do not want to go to the jungle with the guide but still want to get a feeling of it, visit MUSA. It is a place spread around 100 hectares of the Adolpho Ducke Forest Reserve. You can enjoy the breathtaking view from the 42 meters tower and see a few exhibitions, aquariums, lakes and laboratories of butterflies, snakes, and insects. We strongly recommend visiting this place. You will not regret it.

 

– Museu do Seringal Vila Paraíso

 

If you want to learn a bit about the rubber trade and how it is produced – visit this place. You will go there by boat which is a nice ride. Again – strongly recommended.

– Mercado Adolpho Lisboa

Also called Mercado Municipal is the largest art nouveau market in Manaus. It was created based on the famous Les Halles market in Paris, but it has not lost its Amazonian style.

You can buy almost anything you can imagine here: fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and exotic fruit-based drinks. Mercado Adolpho Lisboa in Manaus is a wonderful place where you can feel the Brazilian loud life and active atmosphere. It is also a place where you can buy food when you are going on a trip on the Amazon river or to the Amazonian jungle.

– Amazonas Jazz Festival

 

If you are a fan of music, especially jazz, you should think about getting to Manaus Brazil in July, when the Jazz Festival is taking place. This event takes place at the Amazonian Theater (Teatro Amazonas), and its first edition took place in 2006. During the festival, various other activities, workshops, and seminars are held.

The Amazonas Jazz Festival usually hosts the best jazz performers from around the world, as well as local bands, so you’ll find a variety of styles here. Concerts are held not only at the Teatro Amazonas, but also at other places in Manaus: the Palace of Justice and Largo de São Sebastião.

–  Encontro das Águas

 

The ‘Meeting of Waters’, known in Portuguese as Encontro das Águas or Encuentro de Los Aguas, is the place where Rio Solimoes and Rio Negro meet. This is a great tourist attraction due to the different temperatures of the water, which make rivers flow for over four miles without mixing. Rio Solimões, mainly due to sand and mud, has the color of coffee, and Rio Negro has a dark, tea-like color. These colors make the ‘Meeting of Waters’ a natural phenomenon that you will not see anywhere else in the world.

– The Amazon river visited by boat

 

The city of Manaus has no road connections to any major city, so if you want to get from here to other cities, you will have to take a plane or a boat. Traveling by boat through the Amazon can be a great tourist attraction, but remember that these trips usually last 3-5 days and end in a different city.

 

Remember to buy a hammock in which you will sleep. You will probably find them without problems in the city of departure. Remember also to buy two ropes (1.5 m each) to attach the hammock. Buy a sleeping bag or a blanket as the nights can be cold.

 

You can also hire a private boat with a tour guide who will drive you around the small villages. This is an amazing experience. Ask around in the city, you will find a lot of offers like that. 

 

Do not forget mosquito repellents (mosquito nets), books, flashlights, cameras, and power banks. You will need the hammock as well and clothes for the cold nights. Ask your guide what things may come in handy and buy them while being in the city.

– Amazon Jungle tour

This adventure is not for everyone. But if you decide to take a tour of the Amazonian jungle, you will surely know the secrets and the lush nature of the Amazonian jungle. Hire a guide. Do not go there on your own! You need some equipment to go there, so make sure that your guide tells you everything that you should take.

As you can see, there are a lot of places to visit in Manaus, Brazil. We are amazed by this place and recommend it to everyone – one in a lifetime experience. 

 

Holiday in November: what to do?

If you are considering spending the holiday in Brazil in November and don’t know if this month is a good time to visit this beautiful country, this article is definitely for you. We have good news for you – the summer is starting here and the low season is still on –  you can benefit from lower prices of flights and accommodation and enjoy the beautiful Brazilian weather. Perfect! Don’t hesitate especially when the weather is poor in your country. Your holiday in Brazil will be unforgettable for sure. 

There’s nothing better than spending a few days on the beach drinking caipirinha and then coming back to your home country just before the Christmas fever. We will leave a few tips about what you could visit during your stay. We love Rio de Janeiro so we will focus on this city. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments section below. 

Rio de Janeiro is always a good idea

 

Visiting Rio de Janeiro in November is a great idea as you will not encounter the crowds and you can enjoy the beaches to the fullest. 

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. It is surrounded by green hills with the monument of the Christ the Redeemer at the top. You will be impressed, we can guarantee you that. It is the second-largest city in Brazil, attracting millions of tourists every year during the world-famous Carnival and New Years Eve. Ipanema and Copacabana beaches are the two most recognizable beaches of Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro itself, there are fifteen beautiful sandy beaches, so you will not get bored. The city will appeal not only to lovers of sunbathing but also nightlife and nature. Speaking about nature – we recommend visiting the botanical garden. 

 

Botanical Garden in Rio de Janeiro

 

If you love nature, there is no better place to spend the holiday in Brazil than in the botanical garden. You can spend the whole day there and you won’t regret it. It was established in 1808 and today it is the largest garden in South America. Admire over 6000 species of plants, including over 900 different varieties of palm trees.

The most famous part of the garden is the Avenue of Royal Palms that is 750 metres long. Strolling through the park, you can admire countless species of colourful birds and … find peace and quiet in the very centre of Rio de Janeiro.

Ipanema beach

Copacabana is amazing, but when we hear the word ‘Ipanema’, we immediately hear the song “Garota de Ipanema” (“The Girl from Ipanema”). That is why we would like you to enjoy the beach and the sun there and listen to the song as well. Do you know what song we are talking about?:

Olha

Que coisa mais linda

Mais cheia de graça

É ela menina

Que vem e que passa…

Just put your towel on the sand, have a swim and read a good book listening to the song. We cannot think of a better way of spending the holiday in Brazil. 

Enjoy the trip to Brasil and if you want to buy bus tickets while being here, just do it by clicking here . It is a very safe website where you can book your bus seats in advance.

What is the capital of Brazil?

The history of Brazil is a bit complicated, just like the history of its three capital cities: Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and currently – Brasília. Today, we will focus on the last one.

Among the vast areas of the Brazilian upland, there is the capital of Brazil, Brasília. Brasília is unique in every aspect. Why? Well, capitals are usually moved to already existing cities. It was not the case with Brasília. It was built especially to move the capital deeper in the country. 

 

Let’s learn more about this interesting city. We will list below everything that you should know before visiting this city. It is worth it.

Capital of Brazil – facts

If you are intrigued already, definitely continue to read the information below. After that – visit Brazil and go to the capital. If you are interested in architecture – you will enjoy it even more.

-how it was built

Placing the capital city far from the coast was done on purpose to develop the inland part of Brazil. The idea of ​​creating the new capital occurred in 1823. The city was founded in a place that was full of lush nature. Impassable terrains hindered the delivery of building materials. That’s why the trucks were turned into airplanes. 

The decision about the grand undertaking was made by President Juscelino Kubitschek. Construction in the heart of Brazil began in 1956. Workers from all corners of Brazil came to take part in the creation of the new capital. The work was completed in 1960 and on April 27 the official inauguration began.

– architectural facts

The plan of the city (Plano Piloto) was the work of the prominent architect Lúcio Costa and the most important buildings were designed by even more famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Costa predicted the city for 500,000 residents, and currently, more than 2 million residents are living in this city.

The shape of the capital is compared to a bird with spread wings or an airplane. It has been designed in such a way that it can grow on the outside. The architecture of the space perfectly combined the natural greenery with soaring buildings.

 

– tourists in Brasília

In vain will you look for old colonial churches or other monuments from the time of slavery which the cities on the coast got us used to. The lovers of modern architecture in the style of Le Corbusier (Niemeyer was his student) will find heaven here. You can visit government administration buildings including the Congress, as well as a futuristic cathedral with glass panels. In honor of the Brasília’s builders who flocked here from all over the country, Monumento aos Candangos was erected, which also belongs to the tourist attractions of the capital.

If you are already in Brazil and you are thinking of visiting the capital of Brazil – we encourage you to do so. You can always just take the bus and go. Buy your bus tickets online here and do not worry about anything. 

Enjoy this unique experience of visiting the city where the harmonious combination of nature and modernity makes Brasília one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

São Paulo Brazil: time, weather and some tips

If you are thinking of going to Brazil and do not know if São Paulo is worth a visit – this article is definitely for you. You will find here the answer to a question – what time is it in São Paulo Brazil?; some information about the culture and of course, we will leave some tips for you.

São Paulo Brazil – concrete jungle?

Some people may be wondering if they want to spend their precious time off in the city of skyscrapers? After all, there are more than 200 buildings that are higher than 100 m. You have to answer this question on your own, however, the time spent in this unique city can be unforgettable. 

The highest building in o Paulo is Mirante do Vale (170 m). Then we have the skyscraper built by Italian immigrants – Edifício Itália (168 m). We also have the so-called replica of the Empire State Building in New York – Edifício do Banespa known as Altino Arantes (161 m). Another building worth mentioning is not that high, but it was designed by Oscar Niemeyer – Edifício Copan (115 m). Edifício Martinelli was the first skyscraper in Brazil that for a long time was the highest building in Latin America. 

At the top of Edifício Itália, there is an Italian restaurant and bar called Terraço Italia from which you can see the view of the whole city. Great place for dinner!

Edifício Copan located in São Paulo downtown

São Paulo Brazil culture

We do not have enough space to write about the cultural offer of this city. It is very diverse. We have mentioned about it in our previous article .

If you like unconventional art – you have the chance to visit a city of colourful murals and graffiti. One of the most interesting for sure is the 52 m high image of the most famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. It was made in 2013 on the entire wall of one of the skyscrapers at Avenida Paulista.

 

We also recommend visiting the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in São Paulo. It is the sixth most-visited cultural institution in Brazil. It is a part of a larger cultural institution with branches in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. What is more, it is among the first hundred most-visited cultural institutions in the world. The building houses a theatre, cinema, exhibition space, auditorium, audiovisual rooms and a charming cafeteria. 

 

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) is one of the most important Brazilian museums. Founded in 1947 by Assis Chateaubriand and Pietro Maria Bardi, it was the first museum in the country devoted to contemporary art. The object is famous not only for its more than 8 thousand exhibits (paintings, sculptures, photographs, etc.) but also for its modern architecture.

What time is it in São Paulo Brazil and weather details

The time zone in the city is UTC/GMT-3. The same as in the capital city of Brazil, Brasília. Depending on what country you are from, the time difference varies.

 

You will find the weather details below:

– The best months in terms of weather in São Paulo are June, July, August, September and October,

– Warm and a bit rainy months are the following: January, February, March, September, October, November and December,

– The rainiest months are January and December.

Our tips

If you are thinking of visiting one than more city during your visit, we recommend travelling by bus and buying your bus tickets in advance. It will save you time and nerves. Travelling by bus in Brazil is very comfortable and cheaper. If you want to find details about it, just read our articles for example here  or here .

You can use websites where you can book your ticket as a foreigner, for example, Brazil Bus Travel . It is a well-known website that specializes in selling bus tickets for foreigners online. When you travel from São Paulo, you have a lot of routes to choose from. You can go to Rio de Janeiro (the journey takes around 4 hours), without having to spend time at the airport.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed reading our article and you have found it informative. As always, if you have additional questions, do not hesitate to leave them below. Have an amazing trip to Brazil.

 

Brazil or Brasil: which is right?

You may have heard that there is a bit of confusion when it comes to the name ‘Brasil’ or ‘Brazil’. It is just one letter that is different, however, it can cause uncertainty about which one is the correct one.

We are here to tell you everything about this difference. We hope that you will find this article interesting.

If you are reading our posts, you already know that the language used in Brazil is the Portuguese language. The name of the country in Portuguese is written with -s, so it is Brasil. It was not so simple in the past. You will read more about it below.

In English, we spell it with -z, so it is Brazil. It varies in different languages. 

The origin of the word Brazil

Where did the country get its name from? Brazil is a shortened version of the ‘land of Brazil’. The country was named after the brazilwood tree ‘pau brasil’. The tree is known for its characteristic colour of the wood. It is reddish and resembles hot ember – in Portuguese ember is called brasa.

The pau brasil is the national tree of Brazil and is really beautiful. It may reach up to 15 metres in height and has amazing yellow flowers.

The tree is also known from the dye that is produced with the use of it – the dye is called Brazilin. It has been used for ages to make paints and inks and of course dye fabrics.

 

The appropriate spelling of the name of the country

 

Actually, until the year 1897, it was not stated anywhere, what is the proper spelling. Both versions were then correct.

The Brazilian Academy of Letters was founded to normalize all the norms on Portuguese orthography. Do you remember the name ‘brasa’ we have told you about?

The academy has decided that the appropriate way to spell the word is ‘brasa’ – not ‘braza’ – so the appropriate way to spell the name of the country is thus ‘Brasil’.

In 1945 both Brazil and Portugal have agreed that this spelling is officially correct.

The name of the country in different languages

We have already told you how is the name of the country spelt in English, however, it is also interesting to know how it is in other languages:

Albanian – Brazil, Brazili

Czech – Brazílie

English – Brazil

Esperanto – Brazilo

French – Brésil

Spanish – Brasil

Latin – Brasilia

German – Brasilien

Polish – Brazylia

Swedish – Brasilien

Turkish – Brezilya

Italian – Brasile 

Those are just a few languages that we have chosen as an example to show you, how the name of the country is spelt in other languages. As you may have noticed the letter -s is used as often as the letter -z in the middle of the name. 

If we have not listed your language – please leave it in the comments section below. Other readers are for sure curious as much as we are about who reads our posts. From what countries do you come from? 

If you plan to visit Brazil, be sure to look for the brazilwood tree. If you love nature, you will love it. It is listed as endangered species. You may try to find it in botanical gardens and of course around Brazil.

 

Where is Brazil located?

In today’s post, we will tell you where is Brazil located. If you want to visit this beautiful country, spend a few minutes to learn some basic facts about it. You will find some information below. 

Where is Brazil on the map?

Brazil is the biggest country in South America when it comes to the area and the number of inhabitants.

The territory of the country takes almost half of the surface of South America and spreads in the middle of the continent.

Brazil borders on the north with Venezuela, Guiana, Surinam, and French Guiana, on the north-west with Colombia, on the west with Bolivia and Peru, on the south-west with Argentina and Paraguay, on the south with Uruguay and the east with the Atlantic Ocean.

A few facts about Brasil

Now you know where is Brazil located so let’s learn more facts about this country:

– Brazil is the biggest country in the world and the only country in America that is Portuguese-speaking;

– The Atlantic coast is 7 491 km long. Several archipelagos belong to Brazil: Fernando de Noronha, Rocas, Saint Peter, and Paul the Islands, Trinidad and Martim Vaz;

– The most important deepwater ports in Brazil are: Santos, Itajaí, Rio Grande, Paranaguá, Rio de Janeiro, Sepetiba, Vitória, Suape, Manaus and São Francisco do Sul;

– the south-eastern area of ​​the Atlantic coast is covered by Mata Atlântica – the Atlantic forest. It is an area of ​​lush forests, in which there are as many as 269 species of mammals – 2/3 species occurring in the Amazon;

– one of the biggest tourist attractions of Brazil is the Iguaçu Falls. It is located on the border between Brazil and Argentina on the Iguaçu River – the left tributary of Parana river;

Brazilian cuisine is diversified regionally. The most known dish in the world is ‘feijoada’ – a stew of beans, beef, and pork. If you are a vegetarian, you will find a version without the meat as well. You have to try it out once you are in Brazil.

The climate in Brazil

Brazil lies in the zone of equatorial, tropical, subtropical and moderate climates.

Climate diversity contributes to the diversity of ecosystems: from the equatorial forests in the north and semi-deserts in the north-east to the coniferous forest in the temperate zone in the south and grassy savannas in the central part of the country.

In the exceptionally humid equatorial climate zone in the Amazon, there is no dry season. There are only periods when the amount of rainfall is slightly lower. The average daily temperature is around 15 Celsius degrees.

Both annual and daily temperature amplitudes are pretty low. In the savannah zone – the further south, the longer the dry season and the shorter the wet season.

The temperate climate of the southern extremities of Brazil is characterized by the occurrence of winters during which the temperature falls below 0°C.

If you know any other facts connected with Brazil, please let us know by leaving a comment below. We hope that we have encouraged you to visit Brazil. 

 

Brazil tour – tips and tricks about when to go and what to take with you

Brazil is a huge country of disproportions and diversity. It is not really a surprise as it is huge and is spread on enormous space.

You normally need a lot of time to really get to know it and this is not the case for many tourists. You can visit the place a few times and you will never get bored.

Below you will find some tips that may be useful when you are considering going to Brazil as a tourist.

Are you thinking of going during the Carnival period or maybe you have heared of Loollapalooza and want to check it out? Sit down comfortably and enjoy the read.

When is the best time to visit Brazil?

If you are European, most probably you will choose to go to Brazil during the winter season in your country. It is of course understandable.

The pick season falls in February so the trip during this time you have to plan in advance. Buy your flight tickets, bus tickets (link to QP) and book the accommodation as soon as possible.

If you do not like mosquitoes, chose to go between June and September.

If you want to visit the North of Brazil, where the Amazon and rainforest are situated, it is best to plan the trip between June and December as it is the dry season. The temperature there is usually around 30 degrees, however, in January and February, it rains heavily.

Northeast and shore of Atlantic Ocean are best to be seen during the European spring and summer – from April to October. It is dry and hot, only on the south end of the coast may get a bit chilly.

If you want to go to the West – that includes the Iguacu Falls – go during the European autumn.

You are thinking of going to the South – Salvador, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro – it is best to go there between October and March.

The Carnival in Brazil takes place around February and March as it is a mobile holiday. The Loollapalooza is in April. Check the exact dates online as they may change a bit every year. 

What to take with you when going to Brazil.

It is best to buy the universal adapter to the power socket – you can buy it at the airport or in every electric shop.

Except for summer clothes, take a few for colder weather. You may need them on the plane, bus or just during cold nights. It is good to take thin trousers and shirts as protection against mosquitoes.

A thin rain jacket may also come in handy. The luggage content really depends on what places you want to visit. While going to the jungle, do not forget to take the flashlight and appropriate clothes.

You may also want to take the mosquito net and a hammock. Wet tissues or hand wash gel may be sometimes the only “shower” that we can take. You may also take the pocket knife to peel the delicious fresh fruit.

Do not forget about the power bank as in some places there is no electricity. 

When going to Brazil for any festival like Loollapalooza or Carnival, do not forget to take crazy and colourful outfits and comfortable shoes.

Think of taking a small purse that you can use while going out. Remember not to take valuable things with you. 

Let’s go to Brazil. 5 things you need to know.

You have decided to go to Brazil and are here to find some tips and tricks about this country?

Good choice – we are here to help everyone who wants to visit our country. Brazil attracts many tourists from all around the world with its natural wonders that will take your breath away.

Just imagine seeing the amazing Iguazu falls or walking in the Amazon jungle. It does not matter if you are a part of an organized trip or you want to prepare everything on your own.

You may be surprised by going only to the Rio de Janeiro carnival and staying for a few months more. Yes, it has happened to many people.

There are a few things that you should remember about before boarding the plane. 

5  ‘tips and tricks’ for your travel be more chili

1.  First of all – necessary documents

If you want to visit Brazil as a tourist, you probably do not need a visa. However, please check it – there are many people visiting our blog from different parts of the world, so we are not able to write about every country. You can check in this link from the Brazilian Embassy. 

Make sure to check it. The migration card that you will receive at the airport is valid for 90 days.

Remember that your passport has to be valid for at least 6 months. Sometimes you may be asked to show your return ticket. 

If you want to go to Brazil, do not forget to buy the medical insurance that will be valid in South America.

We also recommend scanning all your documents and sending them to your mail and someone that you trust (just in case you lose them). 

2. Language

Many people think that the language used among Brazilians is Spanish. However, the language used in Brazil is Portuguese and it is not really similar to Spanish.

If you travel to touristic places, you may use English, but it is not that easy. Just to be on the safe side, just learn the basic words in Portuguese.

This article may be helpful (link – 11. What language is spoken in Brazil). You will feel more confident and the locals will talk to you with pleasure. 

3. Weather

In Brazil, the temperature stays at high levels most of the time. If you are a European and plan to go to Brazil during the winter in your country, be prepared for surprisingly high temperature.

The humidity is also high, so you will need some time to get used to it.

That does not mean that you should take only summer clothes when you are packing.

In the tropical climate, it is common that hot weather during the day turns into cold nights. Be sure to check what are the temperatures in the places that you plan to visit.

You may need warmer clothes on buses or planes when traveling, so do not forget about them. 

4. This is Brazil – people are unique

People in Brazil are very friendly and always willing to talk to you and help you. Sometimes it may be strange for Europeans, but this is just the way we are.

Try to observe everything and notice the beauty of our culture and people. 

5. Vaccinations

As a responsible traveler, always have your vaccination book with you.

Except for having the basic vaccination done, do consider the vaccination for yellow fever.

As you may ‘meet’ a lot of mosquitoes, do not forget to take repellents with you. 

We have listed the most important things to remember about when going to Brazil.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading about our ‘tips and tricks’ and you find them useful. We wish you an amazing journey.

We will be glad to read your thoughts about the article below. If you write any questions, be sure to receive the answer. 

Oh, I’ve almost forgotten, if you intend to travel in Brazil, buy your bus tickets here – it’s better, safer and has the best price for you.

São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro? Choose wisely before going to Brazil

Hot rhythms, unique atmosphere, delicious food and breathtaking views…

we could list the benefits forever and it would all be true.

Brazil is an amazing, tropical country and one of the biggest countries in the world. Its surface takes almost half of South America – it stretches in the center and on the east of the continent.

The biggest city – São Paulo – has more than twelve million inhabitants.

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most known cities in the world.

If you do not have plenty of time to learn how the atmosphere of those two cities is and you just want to focus on one – here you will find some of our travelling tips about those two cities.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is a huge metropolis and a place where the most famous carnival in the world takes place.

During this time of year, millions of tourists and Brazilians come to Rio de Janeiro to dance and party with friends and locals.

The city is also famous for the organisation of the Summer Olympics in 2016.

Rio de Janeiro is full of touristic attractions.

Obviously, one of the must-sees is the statue of the 38 metres high Christ the Redeemer.

It is situated on the Corcovado mountain and we are sure that you know how it looks like.

You cannot visit Rio de Janeiro and not go to the Copacabana Beach.

You can do it on the first day of your visit just to relax after a long flight.

You can just rent an umbrella and sunbed, order a cold and fresh coconut and relax during your lazy day on the beach.

We also recommend visiting the Maracanã football stadium and Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar).

São Paulo

This city is the biggest metropolis in South America.

If you have the chance to see the city from the plane, you only see huge buildings and skyscrapers.

The view is breathtaking also during the night.

People in Brazil say, that you rest in Rio de Janeiro and you work in São Paulo.

You will not find sandy beaches here and during the rush hours, the traffic is insane. However, São Paulo is not only the boring city of corporations, finances and business.

There are more and more places to visit by tourists and people interested in art and culture.

You can attend Fashion Week (SPFW) which is the biggest in Latin America.

You can also drop by the International Book Biennial and Book Fairs.

If you are interested in architecture, art, international music and film festivals – you found your place.

You will not get bored in the city where you can find almost 300 cinemas, 170 theatres, 110 museums and 90 cultural centres.

Do not forget to check the São Paulo weather before coming, as it may change during the year – especially if you do not like the rain too much.

We hope that we helped you to make your decision.

If you have any questions, we are happy to answer below.

Enjoy your stay in Brazil!

 

Oh i’ve almost forgot, if you intend to travel in Brazil, buy your tickets here – it’s better, safer and has the best price for you.