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Discover Brazil: Travel Guide

Last Updated: April 2020


Brazil is the largest country in South America and home to the illustrious Amazon Rainforest.  Its white-sand beaches, vibrant big cities, and tropical islands attract visitors from across the globe.  Nature enthusiasts and city dwellers alike will find their ideal vacation in Brazil.


Christ Redeemer statue, Brazil

Best Places to Visit in Brazil

  • Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana beach
  • São Paulo: Vibrant nightlife and finest art museums and galleries
  • Fernando de Noronha: Ecological sanctuary with incredible beaches and wildlife
  • Iguaçu Falls: World’s largest waterfalls with hundreds of cascades
  • Chapada Diamantina National Park: Flat topped mountains with deep canyons
  • Pantanal: Largest wetland in the world


Flat topped mountains towering over lush green valley in Chapada Diamantina National Park


Do I need a Visa for Brazil?

American and British citizens do not need visas to enter Brazil. Visitors just need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from entry into the country. You must also present a valid return flight ticket respecting the legal duration of the stay (90 days). Australian citizens do need a visa to enter the country, which they can apply for online.


Vaccines for Brazil

When traveling to Brazil, check that you are vaccinated against diphtheria, polio, and tetanus. Other vaccinations are recommended such as hepatitis A and B, Typhoid and Rabies. To travel to many Brazilian states, you must have an up-to-date yellow fever vaccine. This vaccine is not compulsory in all states but is still necessary for all areas where the risk exists.


aerial photography of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Portuguese is the official and most widely spoken language in Brazil. It is also possible to meet people who also speak Spanish, the second language of the continent and studied in school by many Brazilians. Only 3% of the population speaks English, so be prepared with a phrasebook and memorize some useful terms and phrases in Portuguese.


Time Zones

This vast country is covered by 4 time zones. Depending on your destination, the time difference will not be the same across the country. In the major cities of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasilia, the time is one hour ahead of New York. Be aware that Brazil does not observe daylight saving time.

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