In observance of Labor Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7th.
Meanwhile, you can still book a package, make a payment, or contact us via our website. We'll reopen on Tuesday to help with your travel plans!
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.
U.S. citizens must obtain a Brazil travel visa. For travelers booked on tours with Scheduled Dates, we will send a visa support letter and instructions to obtain your visa through our preferred provider VisaHQ. We will send this via e-mail after you have completed your travel registration form and made your final payment, approximately 60 days prior to departure. Please do not apply for your visa until you receive both the visa support letter and your e-ticket.
Children younger than age 18 traveling alone, with one parent, or with a third party must have a notarized, written authorization from the absent parent or legal guardian. It must be translated into Portuguese and authenticated by a Brazilian embassy or consulate.
A Yellow Fever certificate of vaccination is required for all passengers taking the Sensational South America tour.
In Brazil, March thru November are the best months in which to visit due to a drier climate. December through February are rainy, hot, and humid months. July through August are the best time to visit the Amazon, although the climate there is almost always humid and hot.
One of the best times to visit Iguazu Falls is during the rainy seaon (January to March) when the water flow of the waterfall is significantly increased. The hottest months in Iguazu Falls are October through April. During the rest of the year, the climate changes slightly based on the hot breezes from the Amazon and cold winds from Patagonia. Winter months are a bit cooler, especially at night.
Check out the current weather conditions in Brazil.
In Brazil, the currency is the real. Please review the current exchange rate for the Brazilian real.
Few ATMs provide cash from American Express cards. Travelers may be able to use debit cards in some ATMs located in the "Banco 24 horas" or "Banco do Brasil" (ATM's with Plus, Visa logo). Travelers are encouraged to contact their respective U.S. bank in advance to enquire about ATM fees. Visa is the most commonly accepted card. For safety reasons, use ATMs located inside banks or convenience stores.
A 10% service charge is usually included in the restaurant bill, but feel free to leave more. Tip a cabdriver no more than 10%. Tip the bellboy, the porter, or the concierge about R$1 per luggage item or for help given.
Brazil is famous for its leather goods and shoes. Other items unique to Brazil are coffee, gems, music traditional handcrafts, lace, embroidery, and artifacts from Brazil's indigenous tribes.
110/220 volts. Plugs A & B. C. You will probably need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.
See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.