BEST TRAVEL TIME
In principle, Brazil can be visited at any time of the year, but there are large regional differences in climate. In the vicinity of the equator, the climate is the most constant (tropical).
The main tourist season for domestic and foreign tourists is between December and early March, the Brazilian summer months. The temperature in Rio de Janeiro then rises to more than 40 degrees. From March to November, the climate is more comfortable, but still warm with average temperatures of about 30 degrees per day and about 20 degrees at night. In addition, July is the main travel period.
In low season (spring and autumn), most resorts are quieter and cheaper. In the north-east of the country, the climate is also tropical. In the south and south-east, it is cooler and drier. During the Brazilian summer, it is warmer throughout the country; in the northeast and Amazon region, rainy season, it is stuffy and raining more. During the Brazilian winter, from June to September, the weather is pleasant in the northeast, while it can be very cold to the south and south-east. (Low temperatures of 10-15 degrees are possible.)
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Contact the Brazilian Consulate Genereal or Embassady in your country for Visa informations.
No vaccination is required to enter Brazil, but vaccination is recommended for diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, hepatitis A and yellow fever, depending on the destination and duration. In all cases, your local institute will advise you to take an emergency medication for malaria. If you wish to travel to other countries, you must also inquire about the regulations. Plan before your trip if you need to refresh your vaccines!
MONEY AND CREDIT CARDS
The Brazilian currency is called Real (Plural: Reais, R $), 1 Real equals 100 Centavos.
In order to get money at the ATM, a bank card with the Maestro / Cirrus symbol is usually sufficient. Otherwise, you can even pay the smallest amounts with a credit card. The most common are Visa and Mastercard. In remote areas with no Internet connection, eg. on the Amazon, you sometimes have to pay in cash. For pocket money, especially immediately after arrival, it may be good to take small notes in US dollars. In the country, it is always worth keeping a little change.
CELLULAR TELEPHONE AND INTERNET
In cities and tourist places, there is almost everywhere a Wi-Fi reception. The best way to do this is to use Skype or WhatsApp. Roaming costs can be very high. At Claro, Oi, TIM or Vivo, you can buy prepaid cards for your mobile phone, but be careful: networks are regulated in a federal state so you can pay high roaming costs once you change state !
The voltage in Brazil is sometimes 110 volts, sometimes 220 volts. There are often sockets for both voltages, but if you want to be safe, you only have to bring devices (razor, hairdryer, etc.) switching button for both voltages, Brazil uses N-type plugs. An adapter is required.
In restaurants, the bill usually shows 10% for service. (If not, the invoice is: "gorjeta não incluída"). Tipping is not expected, but you should round up the total amount. Many hotels charge tax rates of 5 to 15%. Reasonable for room staff and luggage carriers: about R $ 5. In the taxi: meter.
Tap water is not drinkable. But you can use it without hesitation to brush your teeth. To drink, you should only drink bottled drinks, filtered or boiled water and no ice.
IMPORTANT ADDRESS - YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATION
Brazil Insider Incentives & Tourism EIRELI
Avenida Pasteur 110 – 7th floor – Botafogo
CEP 22290-240 Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Phoone +55 21 3983-3814