(Last Updated On: October 26, 2018)

Brazil used to be more difficult to visit. While it is very common for countries to not allow visitors into their country without a visa, the means for obtaining a visa to enter Brazil used to be nearly impossible. An expensive, sluggish, interrogation process spanning over the course of months, all handled with snail mail. The visa was, at that point, only given to the traveler the moment before boarding the plane. So if something went wrong, the applicant would not know about it until they were in line to board. This has all changed with the Brazil visa process.

In bringing up Brazil as a potential tourist destination, recognize some misunderstandings people have about the country when they react to the name. “Isn’t it unsafe?” “I heard they’re not friendly,” they might say. Obviously, these have been debunked as myths or misleading assumptions. Certain parts of almost every country on earth are unsafe, and a major role in a successful tourism industry is to steer tourists away from those unsafe parts. On the contrary, It is precisely because of the fact that the tourism industry is so friendly to tourists that tourists are able to stay completely safe in an area they are unfamiliar with. It is also untrue that it is still difficult to obtain a visa in Brazil like it had been in the past; the new Brazil visa application process allows everything to be completed online and ahead of time, delivered to you electronically before your departure date. In actuality, getting to Brazil is easier than ever.

A Brazil E-Visa grants the visitor two years of legal entry into Brazil, during which time they are allowed to re-renter the country as much as they want.

And while Brazil is starting to get the recognition it warrants, the praises are shallow and all refer to the spectacle of the World Cup in one manner or another. The problem with this portrayal of Brazil, while positive, is that is restricts Brazil to Rio de Janeiro and frames the wondrous nature of Brazil like it were something brand new. It is certainly not new. The public is just now beginning to perceive its potential as a spectacular tourist destination. There’s so much more to Brazil than Rio alone, let alone the Rio that held the World Cup Years ago. There are too many reasons to make a case for why Brazil could potentially be the trip of a lifetime.

When the tourism industry – customers, advertisers, journalists, private or public spending projects — spotlight a few places as the most up-and-coming, or best-kept-secret vacation destinations, they tend to miss some of the places that actually fit that criteria. It is easier to call a pre-established tourist destination a well-kept secret even if, ostensibly, there’s no secret about them. In fact, the narrative tends to miss out on a lot of ideal places worth covering for their potential as a travel destination based on the same criteria. What about the largest economy and population in South America could be called a well-kept secret? The problem with its tourism was not that it was a secret; the problem was that access to the country –the way in which they doled out their visas—made it well kept, and well avoided by tourists, who simply picked a destination with a less nail-biting visa process.

The ninth largest country in the world by landmass is the location 2,000 miles of beach, tropical rainforests, mountains, and countless rivers. The historical moments that remain today tell a tragic tale, and much of these stories have left behind in museums, libraries, and preserved architectural structures.

Some of the most popular areas of Rio nightlife include Copacabana, Lapa, Leblon and Estádio do Maracanã. Rio’s dance clubs move at a absurdly rapid vibrations, forcing the accompanying dance to be extremely fast-paced. These nightlife excursions can, and usually do, continue until sunrise the next morning.

In more remote areas, it would be smart to b around someone who speaks Portuguese or be self-efficient enough to not need anything too specific to have to explain to people without sparse use of translation apps. Be sure to do some homework on wherever you’re going. It is very inexpensive to hire personal tour guide to show you around remote areas. If an area is unsafe, they won’t even go there themselves, much less consider taking you with them. So just pick up on simple social queues when asking about areas. Brazilians can be very friendly, so if they react negatively to a question about one specific area, it may be as bad sign.

Just like in the US, in the more sparsely populated areas that also have natural barriers to a clear view of the sky — such as mountains and forests— cell phone data, or even cell phone reception can go in and out. It is recommended to purchase a temporary SIM card so that you can place and receive calls while you’re in the country. These are found at phone booths all over any Brazilian city or town and are pretty affordable. Without one, your communication will restricted to data and WiFi, and only when those are available. If you want to cut costs and stay in the big cities, you may be able to get by without having to get one.

So while some of this may seem rugged, some of it may be extremely enticing to thrill-seekers. Now that the Brazil E-Visa process actually makes travelling to Brazil more efficient, Brazil is becoming even more accessible, but not losing what made it unique in the first place.