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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!

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Small Group Tour A Taste of South America
Explore the wonders of South America: urban exploration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina plus two nights at UNESCO World Heritage site Iguazu Falls
from $2699 w/ Flights 11 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Small Group Tour Sensational Peru & Iguazu Falls (Formerly Sensational South America)
Colonial Lima, the Inca capital of Cusco & awe-inspiring Machu Picchu; then Brazil for the simply astounding Iguazu Falls
from $3199 w/ Flights 11 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Fast Facts

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

Overview

Capital: Brasília
Population: 210.8 million
Currency: Brazilian real (BRL)
Languages: Portuguese
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: AMT (UTC -4)

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days from the time of entry, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date. As of June 17, 2019 U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Brazil for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? 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.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

A Yellow-fever certificate of vaccination is not required for entry into Brazil, however due to the presence of yellow fever throughout much of Brazil it is highly recommended to obtain a yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days prior to travel. Remember to bring mosquito repellent and lots of sunscreen.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

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 season (October to March) when the water flow of the waterfall is significantly increased. The hottest months in Iguazu Falls are October through April with average temperatures in the low 90s during the day and high 60s at night. 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.

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.

Money

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 inquire about ATM fees. Visa is the most commonly accepted card. For safety reasons, use ATMs located inside banks or convenience stores.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

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.

Electricity & Power Adapters

127/220 volts. Plugs C & N. 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.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

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