With the world’s hugest statue of Jesus, the world’s greatest wetlands and the world’s biggest biodiversity, Brazil’s immensity knows no bounds.

Brazil is a country where soccer reins supreme and people have the right to be coffee-snobs. Famous for its silky white coasts and boisterous beach parties, Brazil also has a serious side. In this South American superstate you’ll find landscapes of majestic mountains and roaring formidable waterfalls. The European inflection of Rio de Janeiro will take you back in time as you marvel through the colonial streets, and the splendour of the Pantanal wetlands will take your breath away.

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Brazil travel FAQs

  • Australia: Yes - in advance
  • Belgium: Not required
  • Canada: Yes - in advance
  • Germany: Not required
  • Ireland: Not required
  • Netherlands: Not required
  • New Zealand: Not required
  • South Africa: Not required
  • Switzerland: Not required
  • United Kingdom: Not required
  • United States: Yes - in advance

For more information, contact your local embassy or consulate to find out how to get your visa for Brazil.

Tipping isn’t generally done in Brazil, except in the case of exceptional or surprising services. Most restaurants will include a 10% surcharge on the bill so there’s no need to tip unless you’re particularly dazzled.

Brazil has widely accessible internet coverage, except in remote or rural areas. You’ll have no problem finding WiFi or internet cafes in places like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Mobile phone coverage is good in Brazil, except for some remote and rural areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.

Flush toilets are the norm in urban and suburban areas, but squat toilets are still used in rural and remote parts of the country. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided, so you may like to carry some with you.

  • Cup of coffee in a café = 2 BRL
  • Beer in a bar = 3.5 BRL
  • Budget meal = 10 BRL
  • Three course meal in a restaurant = 60 BRL

Drinking tap water is generally not considered safe in Brazil. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.

Credit cards are widely accepted in big cities, at hotels and restaurants. When purchasing from street markets and small businesses or shopping in rural areas vendors will only accept cash.

Internationally connected ATMs are common in urban Brazil, but outside of large cities and suburban areas, ATMs are less common. If you’re venturing out of major centres, prepare by carrying cash securely with you.

Yes. All Peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For more information on insurance, please go to: http://www.peregrineadventures.com/how-we-can-help/our-services

For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Brazil/public-holidays