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Brazil at a Glance

Big, beautiful Brazil is bursting with so much to see and do it would be impossible to experience it all in one trip. Highlight a region or activity for your trip and come back again to re-immerse yourself in this vibrant and exciting place. 

Brazil's seacoasts have warm, southern Atlantic waters, cool rock formations, wide sandy beaches and good surfing waves. Head to the beach for all the relaxation you want as well as a glimpse of Brazil's pink dolphins and sea turtles making their way though the ocean waters. 

The Amazon is a wild place filled with plants, animals, birds and change. Visit the flooded rain forest by boat, or pad through the underbrush on trails in drier areas. Parrots, toucans, monkeys and hundreds of other animals scurry and scatter in the canopy. Below you, slugs and snails ooze, poison frogs dart and strange insects blend in to the forest. 

Brazil's cities Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro bustle with activity, markets, museums, restaurants and dance floors. Come at Carnival time and be ready to shake your hips and dance all night long. 

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Popular Places
  • Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro
  • Sao Paulo Sao Paulo
  • Salvador da Bahia Salvador da Bahia
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
  • Major Airport Sao Paulo International Airport
  • Major Airport Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American tourists need to acquire a tourist visa from the Brazilian Consulate before entering the country. A valid passport and additional fees will be required. Upon entrance, tourists must fill out and keep an immigration form. Protect this form as you would your passport because you need it to leave the country as well. Residents of all nationalities can learn more by contacting a Brazilian consular office. American citizens can do additional research on the U.S State Department website. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather Brazil lies in the equatorial zone and is warm. Nighttime temperatures will drop precipitously, however, and it is wise to have warm clothes to put on at higher elevations. 

Safety Concerns Muggings, purse snatching and robberies occur in Brazil. Only carry what money you need for your trip out each day and keep your wallet completely out of sight. Phones, cameras and I-pods are hot items so consider leaving those at home or keeping them discretely on your person. Leave valuables such as your passport in the hotel safe. 

Health Concerns Vaccinations are required to enter Brazil. Check with your doctor as early as you can about vaccination schedules and the international certificate of vaccination that you will need to enter the country. Visitors must purify their water using a purifier or boiling it for 1-3 minute to kill bacteria and parasites. 

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