About Brazil

Source: Embratur – Visit Brasil

Brazil is the largest country in Latin America, spreading across almost half of the continent. It is the fifth largest country in the world after Canada, the Russian Federation, China and the United States. The Atlantic Ocean extends along the country’s entire eastern coast, providing 7,367 km of coastline.

The official language of Brazil is Portuguese.

The mixture of races has made Brazil a culturally rich and at the same time unique country. This miscegenation began with the Indian, the African and the Portuguese, but soon after, immigrants from around the world began to arrive: Europeans, Asians, Jews and Arabs. The result is a happy people, who greets visitors with a smile, a people one can only find in Brazil.

According to surveys carried out with foreign tourists who visited the country, 97.2% intend to return soon; 56.5% had their expectations completely satisfied; and, for 31.7%, it exceeded their expectations in every way. As you can see, those who come to Brazil become fans on their first visit!!

Where to visit in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Fernando de Noronha, Bonito, Amazon Forest, Pantanal, Minas Gerais.

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Sancho Beach at Fernando de Noronha


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Scuba Diving at Fernando de Noronha

Useful Information for travellers:

Visas and Passports
Tourists and visitors from Mercosul countries do not need to present passports, only ID cards. Visitors from other countries must present a passport that is valid for the next six months, for some nationalities (like americans) a visa is required, see more on Visas and necessary documentation, access: www.mre.gov.br or www.braziltour.com.

Electricity Voltage
Electricity voltages vary from one state to another. Check the voltage before connecting any electrical appliance to an outlet.

Car Rental
All the well know car rental firms have counters at the country’s main airports and in the main urban centers. Tourists may also book cars through their travel agencies and internet.

Taxis
The tourist may opt to take an ordinary taxi easily found in the streets or through radio taxi services. It is recommended that accredited taxi services at the airports and at points nearby the main hotels be given priority. It is not usual in Brazil to tip a taxi driver although it is common to round off the amount and let the driver keep the change as a gratuity.

Tips
Most bars and restaurants include a service charge of 10% in the Bill. It is usual to leave a little extra if the service has been satisfactory. When no service charge has been included then a tip of 10% to 15% is the general rule.

Currency
The Brazilian currency unit is the Real ($R). Dollars and Travelers Checks can easily be changed in hotels, banks or travel agencies. Most establishments accept credit cards.

Communications
To make an international call, dial: 00 + operator code* + country code + area code (if there is one) + telephone number. For reverse charge international calls dial 0800 7032111.

Operators:
Brasil Telecom 14
Embratel 21
CTBC 34
GVT 25
Intelig 23
Telefónica 15
Telemar 31

Climate
The climate is predominantly tropical with some variation according to the region. The average annual temperature in the north is 28º C and 22º C in the south. Warm temperatures occur from september to april, and mild/cold temperatures from may to august.

Time Zones
Because of its continental dimensions Brazil has 4 time zones. The official time is Brasília time and it corresponds to 3 hours less than GMT. From September to February the clocks are put forward one hour in most Brazilian States.

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