WHY TO VISIT BRAZIL
Although the name Brazil brings the Carnival and festivals to mind this is far from being its only attractions: Nature is also omnipresent in all its magnificence from idyllic beaches to vast forests.
The overpopulated city of Rio de Janeiro, at the same time a symbol of festive music and the great misery of its favelas (shanty towns), is both hectic and joyful. Visit the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, the Sugar Loaf and its Christ statue, the centre of Rio, the port, and the churches without forgetting one of the various samba schools.
Salvador de Bahia is worth a few days pause: Its historic quarter, superb churches and colonial quarter are all interesting places to visit. Other activities you may consider include a lesson in capoeira and, if you visit in January, assisting with the carnival, less famous but just as festive as that of Rio.
The Iguaçu Falls consist of a series of impressive waterfalls, 275 in all, that form an unforgettable spectacle. The National Park where they can be found also offers various activities connected with the surrounding natural splendour.
From Manaus, Capital of the Amazon, you can take an expedition to discover the Amazon jungle, its rivers and forests. Numerous travel companies offer this opportunity. Take a walk through the old town and discover the market and the Opera House.
WHAT TO SEE IN BRAZIL
WHEN TO GO TO BRAZIL
Best period to visit Brazil is from xxx to xxxx.
The climate is obviously subject to the sheer size of the land: Summer is from September to March in the south with very high temperatures, heavy tropical downfalls can occur at times.
Winter lasts from June to September with warm temperatures.
Approaching the equator, the climate becomes more pleasant in summer with temperatures of around 30°C, a tropical breeze and less humidity.
You can visit the country throughout the year although it is best to avoid Rio between December and February when the atmosphere can be stifling.
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Brazil.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH BRAZIL
by plane, main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON BRAZIL
country entry requirements: European citizens do not require a visa for a visit of less than 3 months, a valid passport will suffice.
health tips & vaccination: If you go into the jungle then get a yellow fever vaccination first. Do not drink tap water.
local currency: Brazilian real
local time zone: GMT-1-4 (-1-5)
mobile phone operators:
WHAT TO DO IN xx
typical food in Brazil
souvenirs from Brazil
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Thank you: Obrigado
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