Everything in Brazil is bigger, brighter and bolder – from the waterfalls and jungles to the parties and beaches – it’s no wonder the party never stops.
Brazilians are famous for their zest for life, and for good reason. Actually, for many reasons. For one, their country is loaded with incredible natural attractions – the critter-filled Amazon, roaring Iguazu Falls and jungle-topped mountains where you can feel on top of the world (just ask Christ Redeemer). Then there’s Brazil’s infectious music – from samba and bossa nova to Afro-Brazilian beats – and street parties are an option just about everywhere you go. Finally, there’s the thriving beaches, where you can play football until the sun dips low behind Corcovado. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up a caipriniha and join the fun.
Brazil travel highlights
Stretching nearly three kilometres through dense rainforest, these cascading falls – surrounded by rainbows, exotic wildlife and butterflies – just might be the most magical place on earth.
If paradise were in Brazil, it would be Paraty. Laid-back and oozing with charm, stroll white-washed cobblestone streets and hike in jungled mountains.
Rio de Janeiro
Whether you’re sipping caipirinhas on Copacabana, hiking Sugarloaf Mountain, or snapping pics on the world’s most famous staircase (Escadaria Selaron), Rio is loaded with good times.
Previously a pirate’s lair, leper colony and prison, today this tropical getaway is famous for its postcard-worthy scenery, beaches and snorkelling.
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Transport in Brazil
Why hail a plain old cab when you could ride a cable car or jump on a boat? Half the fun of travel is experiencing a destination just like the locals – including how they get around. Wherever possible, Geckos Adventures uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport. This way we can reduce our environmental impact, support local operators and have a great time.
Boat: Whether you’re cruising the island-studded bay of Paraty or through Ilha Grande’s Green and Blue Lagoons, some of Brazil’s best views can only be accessed by boat.
Cable Car: Why should rock climbers have Sugarloaf Mountain’s incredible views all to themselves? Attempt to capture the amazing scenery with your camera as the cable car does all the work for you.
Brazil travel FAQs
Australia: Yes – in advance
Belgium: No – not required
Canada: Yes – in advance
Germany: No – not required
Ireland: No – not required
Netherlands: No – not required
New Zealand: No – not required
South Africa: No – not required
Switzerland: No – not required
United Kingdom: No – not required
USA: Yes – in advance
Visitors from most countries do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days in Brazil, though Australia, Canada and the United States are notable exceptions. The fee, length and processing time varies depending on nationality, though it’s generally a good idea to give yourself at least a month to ensure your visa is processed in time. Contact your local Brazilian embassy or consulate for more information.
Keep in mind, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months following your date of arrival in Brazil and have a couple of blank pages for stamps.
Tipping is optional in Brazil. It isn’t expected but will happily be received by service workers like taxi drivers and beach vendors. Most restaurants add a 10% surcharge to the bill. Feel free to leave spare change on top of that if the service has been particularly good.
Internet is easy to access at internet cafes and hotels in large cities and tourist areas but is limited in rural and remote areas.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Brazil’s urban areas, but may not be available in rural and remote parts. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.
Western-style flushable toilets are common in cities, larger hotels and tourist areas, whereas squat toilets are the norm in rural areas. Either way, always carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer, as they are always not provided.
Cup of coffee = USD 0.65
Bottle of local beer = USD 1
Simple meal from a beach vendor = USD 4.50 – 6.50
Sit-down dinner at a mid-range restaurant = USD 13 - 25
Drinking tap water isn’t recommended in Brazil. Remember to avoid drinks with ice and to peel fruit before eating it. Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Your leader or hotel can tell you where to find filtered water.
Credit cards are usually accepted by modern hotels, large retailers and tourist sites but are less commonly accepted by smaller shops, cafes and market stalls in rural areas. Always carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.
ATMs are widely available in larger cities but are less common in small villages or rural areas. Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Geckos are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1: New Year’s Day
Feb 27-Mar 2: Carnival
April 14: Good Friday
April 21: Tiradentes
May 1: Labour Day
Sept 7: Independence Day
Oct 12: Our Lady of Aparecida
Nov 2: All Soul’s Day
Nov 15: Republic Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day
For a current list of public holidays in Brazil go to:https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/south-america/brazil/public-holidays/
Brazil is a welcoming destination for LGBTQI-travellers. There is no law against homosexuality, and the country tends to be more tolerant than anywhere else in South America. Rio is considered the gay capital of Latin America, though Sao Paulo and Salvador have lively gay scenes as well. That being said, discretion is still advised in smaller towns, which tend to be more conservative.
No vaccines are required in order to enter Brazil but some are recommended for protection against disease. Visit your doctor or travel clinic for advice and make sure to schedule vaccinations 4-6 weeks before your departure date, as some require time to become effective.
1. Hepatitis A (transmitted through contaminated water)
2. Typhoid (transmitted through contaminated water)
3. Yellow Fever (transmitted through mosquitoes) Yellow fever is a risk in certain parts of Brazil. Talk to your doctor or travel clinic about your travel plans to see if this vaccine is right for you. Your home country may require proof of yellow fever vaccination on your return from Brazil.
Malaria, yellow fever and Zika are all mosquito-transmitted diseases found in certain parts of Brazil. Zika can also be transmitted through sexual exposure. Since Zika has been tied to serious birth defects, pregnant women are advised to not travel to Brazil. You can protect yourself by wearing light coloured clothing, using a good bug repellent and taking anti-malaria medication. Talk to your doctor or travel clinic about your travel plans to determine what medication is right for you.