Brazil

The cities, beaches, waterfalls and Amazon wilds are larger than life, Powdery white sand beaches beckon sunbathers. Rio de Janeiro vibrates with the seductive samba and dizzying shopping, while the Iguazu Falls and lush rainforests cool the senses. Let a discount Brazil tour package from Friendly Planet help you experience it all!

Tours & Packages to Brazil

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Sensational South America
Colonial Lima, the Inca capital of Cusco & awe-inspiring Machu Picchu; then Brazil for the simply astounding Iguazu Falls; optional extension to Rio
closed
11 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Brazil? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Brasília
Population:  207.7 million
Currency: Brazilian real (BRL)
Languages: Portuguese
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: AMT (UTC -4)

Weather

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.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid at the time of entry, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date.

U.S. passport holders must have a visa for entry into Brazil, obtained prior to arrival. Applications must be submitted in person by the applicant at a Brazilian consulate, or online through a fee-based visa service such as our preferred provider VisaHQ. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will send a visa support letter and e-ticket for U.S. passport holders to obtain your visa through VisaHQ, after you have completed your registration form and made your final payment, approximately 60 days prior to departure. Please apply for your visa only after receiving this letter and your e-ticket.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements.

Children under 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.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

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.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

A Yellow-fever certificate of vaccination is now required for all passengers taking the Sensational South America tour program. Remember to bring mosquito repellant and lots of sunscreen.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

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.

Tipping

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are ATMs available in Brazil?

    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.
  2. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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Rave Reviews

Meena and I immensely enjoyed the tour, guide and the company of many friends. The hotel accommodations and the meals were superb. The Lake Crossings to Argentina and the Iguassu Falls were spectacular views. We plan to take China and Egypt tours with Friendly Planet soon. We have been talking to many of our friends to join us in 2008 vacation adventure with Friendly Planet, who makes exciting excellent arrangements, worry-free. Looking forward to the companionship and friendship during our 2008 vacation.

Ram & Meena Ramachandran, Richmond, Virginia