Brazil Travel Guide
In this, quick read, Brazil Travel Guide page, we'll discuss some important things you need to know before your trip to Brazil. Starting on June 17, 2019, U.S. citizens can travel to Brazil without the previously required 10-year tourist visa, only a valid U.S. passport is needed nowadays to enter the country of Carnival, caipirinhas, and coffee.
U.S. citizens can stay in Brazil for 90 days from the date of their first entry and request an extension to 180 days within a 12-month period. It is important to note that you (can't) exchange your USD dollars at Brazilian banks. In Brazil, currency exchange is brokered through independent agents throughout major tourist cities.
Go to XE.com for currency exchange rates.
Need your Brazil tourist visa expedited to you in a hurry? Click here for a rush visa. Tap here to get more Brazil tourist visa info or to begin the process to obtain your Brazil tourist visa. Tap here to contact your local Brazilian consulate. Besides clothing and personal effects, tourists entering Brazil may bring in one of each of the following items: iPhones, iPads, iPods, DVD players, laptop/tablet computers, movie, and still cameras. Brazil employs strict import duty taxes.
Duties are collected for, computers, electronics, and designer clothing and cologne. In most cases, if you are caught with more than the allotted number of these products you’ll be charged the applicable tariff/duty tax.
The Brazilian government also has a very strict non-compliance policy related to illegal drugs entering the country. Marijuana is NOT legal in Brazil. We recommend international trip cancellation insurance for all of our clients.
In Brazil, you’ll notice public ATMs around town on the streets (don’t use them) especially during Carnival. These ATMs may have skimmers (a card reader placed over the ATM card slot) that allow thieves to steal your account info.
Brazilian Food & Drinks
Each region of Brazil – depending on its indigenous culture, which European group colonized it, nearness to rivers or the ocean, annual rain and soil conditions - developed its own very diverse cuisine to their arrival. This cuisine from Bahia dates back to slavery when the masters saved the leftovers from the previous day’s meal to give to their slaves.
You'll see baianas de acarajé (ah-kara-JEH) everywhere, usually dressed in white selling their Brazilian delicacies, making their offering Bahia's own version of fast-food. An acarajé is basically a deep-fried "bread" made from mashed beans from which the skins have been removed (reputedly feijão fradinho -black-eyed peas -but in reality almost always the less expensive brown beans). In West Africa these are called acara; "acarajé" in Yoruba is "to eat acara".
The other ubiquitous food here in Bahia is moqueca (moo-KEH-ka), a stew usually both cooked and served in a large clay bowl and consisting principally of some kind of seafood (or combination thereof), dendé and coconut milk (along with a panoply of other ingredients in accordance with regional styles and the cook's personal preferences. Bobó (bo-BO) is moqueca thickened with aipim (manioc). Sometimes the dendé is left out of these dishes to lower calories.
Churrascarias aka barbecue houses can be found throughout Brazil. The barbecue meats in Brazil are much different than the barbecue meats that we eat in the US. Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of beef and they prepare an array of meats grilled over open flamed pits filled with a variety of textured wood to add a smoked flavor to their meats.
The national drink is Cachaça, made from crushed sugar cane, which is the basis of the popular Caipirinha. However, the Caipirinha is Brazil's favorite and a must-try for all foreigners. Be sure to try one; you'll be happy that you did.
Although 90 percent of Brazil is within the tropics, more than 60 percent of the population lives in areas where altitude, sea winds, or polar fronts moderate the temperature. Salvador Bahia, for example, has an average temperature of around 26°C (80°F) which will climb into the high 30s-low 40s (over 100°F) during the summer months. Rio's weather is similar to Los Angeles California. However, Rio's summers are a bit warmer with frequent warm tropical rain. Brazil's sexy coastline rocks!
The seasons in Brazil are opposite seasons in North America.
(Spring) Sep 22-Dec-21 (Summer) Dec 22-Mar 21 (Fall) Mar 22-Jun 21 (Winter) Jun 22-Sep-21