Brazil is the largest country both in South America and the Latin American region. It is also the only Portuguese-speaking nation in all of America (both North and South). When one thinks of Brazil, it’s easy to instantly imagine the famous 130ft tall statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro and the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina.
The country hosts several carnivals and festivals throughout the year but the most famous has to be the Rio Carnival. This carnival alone attracts a whopping two million people per day and about half a million foreigners during the celebrations held on day 4. It is this vibrant, celebratory and friendly nature of the locals that keeps visitors coming back for more. Of course, as with any foreign destination, it is always best to go prepared. Take a look through our Brazil Travel Blog for some important tips for your visit to this energetic and scenic country. Our Brazil Travel Blog posts also detail various attractions and the best things to do and see while you are here.
Brazil Travel Blog Tips:
- Blending in with the locals – You may have heard a lot of news about various forms of crime in Brazil. Like every other country in the world, Brazil has its fair share of issues but there are ways in which you can protect yourself. Firstly, when you arrive, head straight for your hotel and get some rest. You do not want to go wondering around while you are suffering from jet-lag. Avoid carrying around expensive items and hanging your camera around your neck. Try to dress like the locals (black socks with sneakers are dead giveaway that you are a tourist). Only carry small amounts of money around with you at a time and keep change handy in your pockets so you don’t flash your cash every time you pay bus fare.
- Avoid touching wild animals – Wild animals carry various kinds of diseases, such as rabies, and a simple scratch from a bat, for example, can have devastating effects.
- Insurance and vaccines – Every time you set off for a foreign destination, you should always make sure that you have comprehensive medical coverage just in case. It’s better to be safe than sorry! Ensure that all of your vaccines are up to date and go for booster shots before your trip. Such vaccines include the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, the polio vaccine and your yearly flu shot. The local CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that you also get your Heptatitis A and Typhoid shots. Both can be contracted by consuming contaminated water or food. Other potential risks include Cholera, Dengue and Malaria.
- Tap water – The tap water in Brazil is not safe to drink. It can be purified by boiling vigorously for one minute or, at higher altitudes, for three minutes. Alternatively, iodine can be used to purify the water but must be done strictly according to instructions
- Sun protection – The midday sun in Brazil is particularly strong and you should either avoid being outdoors at such hours or at least use the right sun protection products including UV protective eye wear.