Brazil

Brazil

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Wet. Wild. And wonderful.

Brazil dominates South America. It's the largest country. With the longest coastline. And the most geographical variety. From the warm beaches of Fortaleza, to the hot clubs in Rio, Brazil moves to a beat like no other. Pulsating. Enticing. Revealing. But above all, unforgettable.

Everyone knows Carnaval, but in Brazil, that's just scratching the surface. People travel here from all over the world for windsurfing at Cumbuco Beach. Dune buggy riding in Rio Grande de Norte. And whale watching in Bahia. To explore pre-Columbian villages, Colonial fortresses, and landscapes right out of science fiction. This is a country where you can do as much as you want today, and as little as you want tomorrow. And no one thinks twice about it as long as you're living it up.

You can't go wrong with Rio. From Ipanema to Christ the Redeemer, Rio is famous, and legendary. But with the help of VIVA Travel, you can expand your horizons and embark on adventures beyond what you thought possible. Unexpected and rewarding. A vacation that dominates all others.

Other things to do:

  • Swim the 12 beaches of picturesque Buzios
  • Dip into the fresh water Pintagui lagoon
  • See the historic architecture of Natal
  • Catch a capoeira show in Fortaleza
  • See the red cliffs and labyrinths of Morro Branco
Climate: 

The temperatures range from 72ºF (22ºC) to 100ºF (38ºC). 

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC-03:00

Language: 

Portuguese

Currency: 

Brazilian Real (BRL)

Electricity: 

110-220 volts. Expect the voltage to change as you travel from place to place – bring an adapter just in case. 

Tipping Customs: 

Tipping is not widely expected in Brazil. Often there is a service fee of 10% on your dining bill. 

Safety: 

Some areas can be dangerous, particularly at night. Ask your hotel concierge for local insight. 

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the country. Mobile operators include Claro, Nextel, Oi, Tim and Vivo.

Smoking: 

Smoking is prohibited in public places. 

Travel Documentation: 

US citizens are required to have a valid passport that’s expires six months following arrival date. Two blank pages are required for stamps. 

Airport: 

Guarulhos International Airport (GRU), Presidente Juscelino (BSB), Congonhas Airport (CGH), Galeão International Airport (GIG)

Car Rental: 

Alamo, Hertz, Avis are all available. 

Public Transportation: 

Local bus service is safe and reliable. Taxi rides are reasonably priced and the best option for getting around at night. Metro is widely used.