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What You Should Know More About Brazil

  • Travel advice

    • Crime rate in Brazil is pretty high. Pickpocketing is very common there. Keep your purse, luggage and other things safe.

    • Always keep the nearest police station’s emergency number on speed dial. 911 is the emergency number for police, ambulance and fire department.

    • Never use credit card or debit card for payment in the gas stations, taxis and other such places. You might become a prey to hacking.

    • Never flash too much cash in public. Do not carry costly cameras, laptops, mobile phones and other gadgets while you go out. You might lose them to the criminals.

    • You might require a few vaccinations before travelling to some parts of Brazil. Find out what they are before going there. Prevention is always better than cure.

    • Never eat street food in Brazil as they are of an extremely low quality. Always try having bottled mineral water.

    • Brazilians are friendly and out-spoken. But never disrespect them or their culture. Remember that you have visited their place and they are more in number.

    • If required, never go to the government hospitals. Prefer the private clinics.

    • Never speak about racism in public there.

    • Never pretend to be a tourist in the public places and markets as you may end up paying higher for a cheap thing.

    • Never try to bribe anybody.

    • A few countries need not have a visa to enter Brazil. Find out if your country is in the list.

    • Always carry your passport while going out as you might be required to show an identity proof.

  • Drinking law

    Officially, you are allowed to consume alcohol in Brazil only if you are 18 or more. As you are a tourist, don’t risk yourself buying and consuming alcohol if you are younger.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Rio de Janeiro

    This beach city is the second largest city in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is known to have its own style of living and a tourist friendly culture. The most attractive spot to see in Rio is the statue of Jesus with open hands, called Christ-the Redeemer, atop Corcovado hill. The harbour of Brazil is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The harbour looks captivating because of its shape and the presence of Corcovado and Tijuca hill. The things you must see in Rio are:

    • Corcovado hill- the best thing to see there is the statue of Jesus Christ.

    • Copacabana Beach-pay a visit to this beach for the New Year’s party and you won’t forget it ever for sure.

    • Maracana Stadium- this is a beautiful stadium and the largest in entire South Africa. Recently, a lot of events of the Rio Olympics 2016 were organised there.

    • Sugar-loaf Mountain- this mountain is a must visit during the sunset. The view is truly captivating.

    • Morro da Ucra & Pao de Acucar- almost 600 million years old, these mountains are truly beautiful. Their structure is mesmerizing and these mountains are a home to a large variety of wildlife. You will be taken there by Bondinho- a car attached to an aerial cable. On the top, there are markets where you can spend a good time.

    • Annual carnival held during the easter.

    • Arpoador Beach- the sunset there is lovely and enchanting. Encounter the sun drowning in the ocean with an orange light all over.

    • The other places you would love to visit are:

    Jardim Botanico- a botanical garden

    Parque Lage- a beautiful park

    Instituto Moreira Salles- a great museum of Brazilian art and culture

    Museu de Arte Contemporanea Niteroi- a museum of contemporary art

    Monasteiro Sao Bento- an excellent monastery

    Ipenama- a beautiful beach

    Jockey Clube Brasileiro- a beautiful race course


    Brasilia

    Often people consider Rio de Janeiro as the capital of Brazil, but it’s Brasilia. This is a beautifully planned city with all the advanced amenities. The places you must see in Brasilia are:

    • Paranoa Lake- a beautiful lake with a spectacular bridge over it.

    • Parque Olhos D’Agua- a lush green park

    • Poco Azul- a charming waterfall

    • Brasilia National Park- a spot for animal lovers


    Sao Paulo

    Often called Sampa, this is the largest, most populated and the richest city in Brazil. You will be stunned seeing the skyscrapers. The places you just can’t afford to miss in Sao Paulo are:

    • Avenida Paulista- the main centre of the city

    • Rio Pinheiros River

    • Banespa Tower- view point to get a panoramic view of the city

    • Ciclovia

    • Ciclofaixa de Lazer



    Salvador
    This is a city with great examples of architecture. This ancient city is not as crowded as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The things you must see in Salvador are:
    • Terreiro de Jesus

    • Praca da se

    • Largo do Pelourinho

    • Mercado Modelo

    • Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra

    • Solar do Unhao

    • Elevator Lacerda


    Recife

    Often referred to as Brazilian Venice, this is truly a beautiful city on several bridge-linked islands. You will simply fall in love with the spectacular beaches. The places you can’t afford o miss are:

    • Brasilia Teimosa Beach

    • Pina Beach

    • Boa Viagem Beach

    • Madre de Deus Church

    • Nossa Senhora do Camro Church

    • Abolition Museum

    • Casa- Museu Gikberto Freyre Museum

    • Benfica Cultural Centre


    Manaus

    This is a beautiful city near the Amazon. There you will see two rivers of different colour meet and form the Amazon River. The places you should pay a visit in this city are:

    • Marcado Municipal- the main ma rket of Manaus.

    • Opera House- to see opera shows.

    • Encontro das aguas- the place where the rivers meet

    • Rio Negro Palace

    • Natural Science Museum

    • Ponta Negra Beach

    • Paricatuba Waterfall


    Porto Alegre

    This is a developed city with spectacular skyscrapers and is one of the most visited cities in Brazil. Let’s see which places you can’t afford to miss:

    • Monumento aos Acorianos

    • Usina do Gasometro

    • Fundacao Ibere Camargo

    • Museu de Ciencias

    • Parque Marhina

    • Parque Germania

    The other cities you should visit are Fortaleza, and Florianopolis.


  • What you will like there?

    Natural beauty

    Brazil is rich in natural beauty. The great Amazon River and Amazon Forest are the main attractions of Brazil. The flora and fauna of the place is diverse, attracting tourists. About 2 million insects, 3000 species of fishes, and innumerable species of wild animals have inhabited the Amazon forest.


    Soccer culture

    Almost every person of Brazil plays soccer. Everybody is very passionate about soccer, which has resulted in a great football team with marvellous players. The other sports played in Brazil are volley ball, charter, Jiu-Jitsu, etc.


    Food and drinks

    The cuisine of Brazil is mouth-watering. You must try Brazil’s National dish feijoada which has a lot of vegetables, beans, and meat in it. The other delicious dishes are coxinha, empada, Pao-de-queijo, and some extraordinary range of sea foods.


    Locals

    The locals of Brazil are out-spoken, friendly and truly passionate about sports, music and dance. Be good to them to get the best hospitality. They live a laid-back lifestyle with a lot of festivals round the year. Respect their culture as they are pretty stubborn about it. Never speak about racism there as you might get into trouble.


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  • When is the best time to visit Brazil?

    The best time to visit Brazil depends a lot on where you are going. Brazil has a tropical climate however the temperature rarely crosses 40 degrees. The southern states of São Paulo and Rio receives heavy rainfall from November to March. The southeast states of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo experiences a distinct winter in the months of June to September. T

    • The best time to visit Brazil is from April to June and August to October when the weather is pleasantly warm throughout Brazil.
    • You can consider visiting in February to take part in the spectacular Rio Carnival.

  • How to reach Brazil?

    The best way to reach Brazil is by air. Brazil has two major international airports, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo which connects Brazil to all the major cities in the world. The Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro and Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport in São Paulo receives regular flights from Airlines across the world and also connects rests of the cities in Brazil. Several airlines including Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Indigo, British Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, and SWISS Airlines fly connecting flights to Brazil from major Indian Cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai.

  • Do I need a visa for Brazil? How does one get a Brazil visa?

    Yes, you need a tourist visa for your visit to Brazil. One needs to fill up the Visa application form online and submit it to the Brazilian Embassy in New Delhi or Mumbai along with necessary documents. The list of documents include two recent passport size photographs, a passport with a validity of 6 months beyond return date and at least 2 blank pages, Income Tax Return, Bank statement indicating proof of sufficient funds for your stay in Brazil, flight tickets and hotel bookings showing entry and exit dates and leave letter from Employer/ School/Institution. A Brazilian Visa application takes 10-15 days to process and is valid for a stay of 90 days in Brazil. A tourist visa to Brazil costs you INR 6,400.

  • What is the currency of Brazil and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The Brazilian Real (BRL) is the official currency of Brazil. You can exchange your currency at Airport desks, ATMs, Banks and the hotel you are staying at. Make sure you research about the mid-market rate to get the correct exchange value of your money. Airport desks and hotels offer poor exchange rates and charges high fees. Consider using an ATM that offers a more economical rate on your currency. Find out ATMs of local banks having a partnership with your home bank to get the best deals on your exchange. The ATMs are located in almost all towns and cities but be aware because most of them are located behind lockable doors and they close around midnight for safety.

  • What are the things to do in Brazil?

    Brazil has umpteen number of things to do. View this carefully curated list of things to do in Brazil  brought to you by Thrillophilia.

    • Visit Rio de Janeiro to see the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer
    • Explore the caves of Gruta Do Lago Azul: The Blue Lake Grotto that is littered with prehistoric animal bones, Bonito
    • Stay in Tarzan Rooms and tree-houses In the middle of Brazil’s Amazonian rain forest at Ariau Towers, Manacapuru
    • Stroll around the beautiful public park of Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro.
    • Witness the Glowing Termite Mounds of Emas National Park in alto Paraíso de Goiás.
    • See gigantic waterlilies at Victoria Amazonica in Chaves.
    • Swim in deep blue pools of water in the middle of a faux desert of Lençóis Maranhenses Dunes at Santo Amaro do Maranhão.
    • See a spacecraft shaped water tower Nave Espacial de Varginha at Virginia.
    • Go surfing in Amazon River, world’s largest river, São Domingos do Capim
  • What is the local food of Brazil? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Brazil has a unique culture and an equally unique cuisine developed from European, indigenous and African influences. The main food of Brazil includes rice, black beans, and manioc. Here is a list of 20 essential dishes of brazil and the best places to taste this food.

    • Coxinha in São Paulo
    • Acarajé in Bahia
    • Moqueca in  Espírito Santo
    • Cachaça in Rio de Janeiro
    • Brigadeiro in São Paulo
    • Açaí bowl in Rio de Janeiro
    • Pão de queijo in Rio de Janeiro
    • Moqueca de Camarão in Natal
    • Pastel in Rio de Janeiro
    • Empadas in mostly all the snack bars, bars and restaurants in Brazil.
    • Quindim in Bahia
    • Feijoada in Rio de Janeiro

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Brazil?

    Brazil has an extensive air network and flying domestically is considered one of the most preferred and affordable options than taking a long-distance bus. A Brazil Pass helps you travel across various cities of Brazil easily.

    The major cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo have excellent metro system. In fact, the metro system of Rio de Janeiro was expanded for 2016 Olympic games making it more efficient. The best way to travel, however, remains taxis. Taxis in Brazil are cheap and easily available. They are reasonably priced and also takes you around at night. Most Brazilians take local bus service to work. Buses are one of the best ways to get around a city in Brazil. They are more frequent and operates on a comprehensive network of routes.

  • Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Brazil?

    Yes, some vaccinations are recommended before you travel to Brazil. Brazil is home to a diverse ecosystem making it a home for mosquitoes and diseases spread by them. Chances of mosquito borne diseases like Malaria and Dengue are high. Malaria Medication is necessary if you are planning a trip to Brazil. A yellow fever vaccination is mandatory if you are travelling to Brazil. Also Zika Virus has been spreading widely in Brazil. The following list shows the vaccinations recommended before you travel to Brazil.

    • Tetanus
    • Diphtheria
    • Pertussis
    • Hepatitis A
    • Typhoid (Hep B if required)

  • What is the local language in Brazil and which are the most commonly used greetings? (mention at least 4) (Hello, Thank you, Good morning/night, What is the price of ____?, How far is _____?)

    The local language of Brazil is Portuguese and Spanish however, the official language still remains Portuguese. Take a look at this list of some of the most commonly used greetings to communicate better with the locals.

     

    Hello- Olá (oh-la)

    Thank you- Obrigado for men and Obrigada for women

    Good Morning- bom dia

    Good Night- Boa noite

    What is the price of__? - qual é o preço de

    How far is__?- quão longe é

  • Which are the best shopping places in Brazil and what are they famous for?

    Below mentioned are the best shopping places:

     

    • Ipanema Hippie Fair famous for local arts and crafts, hand made dresses in funky fabrics, vintage shades, souvenirs.
    • Barra da Tijuca famous for high street fashion stores and chic boutiques.
    • Feira Do Rio Antigo in Lapa famous for folk art, antiques, vintage accessories, handmade fashion, food and vinyl records.
      Lenny at Ipanema famous for one pieces, beachwear and super stylish beachwear.
    • La vereda handicrafts in Santa Teresa and Lapa famous for Hand Painted clay figurines by Pernambuco artists, delicate sterling silver jewelry, tapestries and minas ceramics.
    • Copacabana Beachfront market famous for keepsakes, replica christ statues, Brazil Soccer t-shirts and ‘I have been to Brazil’ tees.
    • Chocolate Q in Ipanema famous for dark chocolate products wrapped in colourful illustration of Brazilian wildlife.
    • Mercado Central in Belo Horizonte famous for delicious local produce.
    • Araribá Cultura Indígena in Alter Do Chão famous for museum quality masks, ceremonial costumes representing communities throughout the Amazon basin.  
    • Parceria Carioca in Gávea famous for jewelry, accessories and clothes by local designers.
  • Which are the most beautiful beaches in Brazil?

    Brazil is home to some of the most exotic beaches in the world. Take a look at some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil.

    • Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco
    • Pipa Beach, Tibau do Sul
    • Canoa Quebrada, Aracati
    • Ponta Negra, Natal
    • Maresias, São Sebastião
    • Porto da Barra Beach, Salvador
    • Boa Viagem, Pernambuco
    • Genipabu, Natal
    • Redinha beach, Natal
    • Praia de Iracema, Fortaleza
    • Ponta Verde, Maceió
    • Barequeçaba, São Sebastião
    • Itapirubá, Santa Catarina
    • Itacarezinho Beach, Itacaré
    • Guarita Beach, Rio Grande do Sul.
    • Praia do Cassino,  Rio Grande do Sul.

  • What are the most popular water sports in Brazil?

    The pristine water, perfect wind pattern and excellent coastal climate of Brazil offers some of the most popular water sports. Discover some of the top water sports of Brazil.

    • Scuba Diving in Rio de Janeiro
    • Kayaking Adventure in Paraty.
    • Rafting Tour in Casimiro de Abreu
    • White Water Rafting in Rio de Janeiro
    • Beach Trek and Snorkeling Tour in Paraty
    • Parasailing & Paragliding in Ninho das Aguias
    • Jet Ski Tour in Rio de Janeiro
    • Stand up paddle boarding in Tijuca Island
    • Ocean Canoeing in Rio de Janeiro
    • Snorkeling in Bonito
    • Flyboarding in Rio de Janeiro
    • Abseiling and diving in Bonito

  • How is the nightlife in Brazil and what places can i experience it at its best?

    With abundant and lively nightclubs, Brazilians surely knows how to party. From Rio de Janeiro's new year celebrations to copacabana’s hipster happenings, the downtown party districts of Brazil have undergone a massive transformation from seedy nocturnal hangouts to every clubber’s dream destinations.

    • To experience the best nightlife in Brazil, one can hop to the cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. From Samba dance, the famous caipirinhas and live performances to great music, the nightclubs and bars in Rio and Paulo offers it all.
    • The planetarium at Gavea institution offers smart clubbing options, with an unlikely setting of clubbing and dining in a planetarium. With a variety of choices like Electro sounds in Copacabana and hipster happenings in Botafogo, Lapa still remains any party enthusiast’s first stop in Brazil.
  • Where can I enjoy wildlife safaris in Brazil?

    The Amazon Rainforest is home to 605 species of Brazil’s astounding wildlife. Go for a wildlife safari amidst the dense rainforests, mighty rivers and wild wetlands to experience the best of Brazil. Pantanal forms world’s largest tropical wetland and it is famous for Jaguar sightings. The glistening blue caves and crystal clear waters of Bonito thrives with shoals of tropical fish and offers excellent opportunities to spot  toucans and alligators. Alos Manaus is a major departing point if you wish to visit the wilderness of Amazon forest. Brazil’s ecosystem can be found around the Iguaçu Falls and Rio de Janeiro. Alta floresta is also a popular ecotourism destination.

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Brazil

    Tips for travel

     

    • Although Brazil has a warm tropical climate, all the four regions of Brazil experiences distinct climate throughout the year. The environment and climate changes quite dramatically and gets very cold in some parts at night. It is advisable you carry some warm clothes along with you.

     

    • A 10% service charge is usually included in your bill at restaurants and eateries, so you need not give a tip.

     

    • English is not very widely spoken. The most spoken languages are Portuguese and Spanish. Make sure you pick up common phrases so that you can communicate easily with the locals.

     

    • If you catch a bus in Rio make sure you notify the driver or pull a chain above the window. The bus does not stop automatically.

     

    • Brazil is full of mosquitoes and the current Zika epidemic has only made it worse. Protect yourself by covering up and wearing a bug spray or mosquito repellent cream.

     

    • Avoid smoking pot or doing drugs. The laws in Brazil are strict and it can land you in serious trouble.

     

    • Carry a copy of your passport and driver’s license with you all the time.

     

    • Don’t be flashy about your jewelry and expensive items to avoid getting robbed.

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