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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 Iguazu Falls and lush rainforests cool the senses. Let a discount Brazil tour package from Friendly Planet help you experience it all!

Highlights

  1. Olympic Venues

    Maracanã Stadium, Rio de JaneiroExperience the energy and excitement of the 2016 Olympic Games all over again with a trip to world-renowned Olympic venues. Head to one of the country’s seven soccer stadiums and feel the aura of passionate crowds cheering for their home countries. Feel the sand between your toes as you walk on a beach volleyball court, listening to waves gently crash ashore in the distance. Tour Rio Olympic Arena, where gymnastic history was made, and records were broken. Constructed in 2007, it was also used for the Pan-American Games.

  2. Christ the Redeemer Statue

    Christ the RedeemerThis magnificent statue atop Mount Corcovado is almost as wide as it is tall. The imposing figure rises 98 ft. into the sky and has a wingspan of 92 ft. The platform at its base provides panoramic views of the entire city of Rio de Janeiro and the adjacent waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Ascend the 220 steps to the foot of the statue for an up-close view of its unique Art Deco features. 

  3. Sugarloaf Mountain

    View of Rio from Sugarloaf MountainPicturesquely located on Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Mountain is an iconic Brazilian landmark. It’s not common to have a mountain right on the water AND in the middle of a city, but this striking peak defies the odds. This hill on the harbor offers sweeping views of Rio and stunning views of the blue-green waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Take an exhilarating hike to the top of the mountain, or ascend via a leisurely cable car ride. The mountain was named “Sugarloaf” because its shape resembles a mound of loaf sugar. Its proximity to the city makes it easily accessible, whether you have a few hours or all day.

  4. Iguazu Falls

    Iguazu FallsWitness the breathtaking beauty of 275 waterfalls at the spectacular Iguazu Falls! The Iguazu River forms the border between Argentina and Brazil, while the magnificent waterfalls separate the upper and lower sections of the falls. Granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1984 (Argentinian side) and 1986 (Brazilian side), visitors can experience the power of the falls up close via aerial catwalks. Let refreshing mist envelop you as you gaze in awe at powerful waterfalls spilling over the edge of cliffs into the rushing river below. Iguazu Falls aren’t just a collection of massive cataracts – you can also find more than 2,000 species (including the elusive margay) in the surrounding rainforests.

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 Please see our Entry Requirements page.
Staying Healthy

Malaria

Malaria is present in Brazil. Take precautions against getting mosquito bites. Speak with your doctor about taking a prescription medicine (before, during and after your trip) to prevent malaria.

CDC Malaria guidance: Brazil

Yellow Fever

The CDC recommends Yellow Fever vaccine for all travelers who will visit Yellow Fever Endemic areas of Brazil. Ask your physician for more information.

CDC Guidance by country: Brazil
Find a local vaccination center

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 & Credit Cards

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 while traveling.

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.

Learn more 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? Read up on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Did you know?
  • International futebol (soccer) greats Pelé and Neymar are from Brazil.
  • In 1986, the first international game of beach volleyball was played in Rio de Janeiro.
  • The country has 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the spectacular Iguazu Falls.
  • It is the largest exporter of coffee.

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Santiago, Torres del Paine, a 4-night cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, then El Calafate & Buenos Aires; optional Iguazu Falls extension
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