Brazil: The Rhythmic Heartbeat of South America
In Brazil, the rhythmic heartbeat of South America,
is where the music of life sways in a samba rhythm and the spirit of 'alegria' (joy) dyes everything in its jubilant hues.
Breathtaking landscapes that stretch from dazzling beaches to vast rainforests, vibrant cities that pulse with energy, and a culture that dances with passion and warmth—Brazil is an explosion of life.
Revel in the iconic Rio de Janeiro—where Christ the Redeemer overlooks golden beaches and playful samba notes fill the air. Venture into the pulsating metropolis of São Paulo, the heart of Brazil's art, gastronomy, and nightlife. Be mesmerized by the thunderous symphony of Iguazu Falls and sail through the winding rivers of the Amazon rainforest, the planet's living lung.
But beyond its tangible riches, Brazil's true magic lies in its people, whose infectious zest for life is beautifully reflected in the country's numerous festivals, most notably, the world-renowned Rio Carnival.
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Citizens from the EU, the U.S., Canada, Australia, and many other countries can enter Brazil for up to 90 days without a visa.
The official currency is the Brazilian Real (BRL).
The official language is Portuguese. English and Spanish are understood in tourist areas and large cities.
Internet and Communication
Wi-Fi is widely available in urban areas. The main telecommunications providers, such as Vivo, TIM, Claro, and Oi, offer prepaid SIM cards.
Brazilians are warm and friendly. They often greet with a kiss on the cheek and use a lot of physical contact during conversations. Casual wear is acceptable in most places, but Brazilians take pride in dressing well.
Don't miss out on feijoada, a black bean stew with pork, or acarajé, a deep-fried ball of black-eyed pea dough filled with vatapá and shrimp.
Buses and flights connect most cities. Taxis and ride-hailing apps are common in urban areas. Traffic can be heavy in large cities, and driving standards vary.
Health and Safety
Take regular precautions against petty crime. The Zika virus and dengue fever are present; take preventative measures against mosquito bites. Vaccination against yellow fever may be recommended for certain areas.
Brazil: Last but not least
The trick to immersing in the Brazilian spirit is to let go and join in the festivities. Whether it's samba dancing at a local "roda de samba" or cheering for a team at a football match, participation is the best way to experience Brazil. And, a foodie's trick: explore the "comida de rua" or street food culture for a taste of authentic Brazil—it's a feast for the senses.