Brazil FAQ

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When is the best time to travel to Brazil?

The best time to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, Sao Paulo, and Salvador, is October to April. Iguazu Falls has a tropical climate and can be visited year-round. For the Amazon, the best time to travel is during the low water season, which runs from June to November. And, for the Pantanal, the best to to travel is during the low water season as well, which runs from April to October. The best time for spotting Jaguars in the Pantanal is during the two driest months of September and October.

What are the best places to visit in Brazil?

The best places to visit in Brazil are Iguazu Falls, Manaus & the Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo, and the Pantanal. For more information on this topic, you can read our blog post.

What are the time zones in Brazil?

There are four time zones in Brazil (Fernando de Noronha time UTC-2, Brasilia time UTC-3, Amazon time UTC-4, and Acre time UTC-5). There are no daylight savings time changes. Eastern Standard Time in the US, for example, is either UTC-5 or UTC-4, depending upon daylight savings time.

How long is the flight from Miami to Rio de Janeiro?

The flight from Miami to Rio de Janeiro takes 8 hours and 25 minutes.

How do I plan a trip to Brazil?

The best way to plan a trip to Brazil is to tell us what trip you want, when you want to travel, the number of passengers, and where you want to depart from. For an existing trip, you can either call us or complete the “Get Pricing Now” form on the itinerary page. If you want a personalized tour, you can either call us, email us, or complete the “Contact Us” form on our website.

Do you have flexible departure dates?

Yes. Our clients choose their own departure dates, unless there is a cruise involved. In that case, we defer to the departure date of the ship.

Are meals included?

All meals are listed on each itinerary as (B,L,D Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner). Breakfast is included daily. The other meals are either included or not, depending upon the itinerary.

Is airfare included?

We do not include airfare in the cost of our tours. We do, however, quote it for you and you can purchase it through us if you like. The cost of our airfare is usually the same or lower than what you can purchase yourself.

What are the passport/visa requirements for American and other citizens traveling to Brazil?

U.S., Australian, British, and Canadian citizens require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry, an onward or return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Brazilian embassy in their country before traveling.

What vaccinations are required for travel to Brazil?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website provides recommended and/or required vaccinations for each country. For Brazil, it recommends that you should be up-to-date with routine shots such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and that you get your yearly flu shot. It also recommends that you get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Typhoid, and Hepatitis B, depending upon your travel plans. Since rabies can be found in bats and other mammals in Brazil, rabies vaccine is recommended if you will be involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put you at risk for animal bites, such as adventure travel and caving. The CDC recommends yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling to the entire states of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasília), Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: Bahia, Paraná, Piauí, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and São Paulo. It recommends yellow fever vaccination for travelers visiting Iguazu Falls. Vaccination is not recommended for travelers who are visiting the cities of Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and São Paulo. You should see a health-care provider at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect.

There is a relatively low risk of malaria for travel to the states of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Maranhaõ, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, and Tocantins. It is also present in urban areas, including, cities such as Belem, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Maraba, Porto Velho, and Santarem. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling.

Do you recommend Travel Insurance?

Yes, we recommend travel insurance and strongly believe that you should be protected in the event that something unforeseen happens either before or during your trip. We work with Allianz Travel Insurance, AIG (Travel Guard Travel Insurance), and Travelex Insurance Services. **A Travelex plan can provide coverage for trip cancellation if you or a traveling companion test positive for coronavirus and must physically quarantine as a result, as certified by a physician.

Can I use my cell phone?

You will need to check with your cell phone carrier prior to traveling, since every carrier is different.

What are the standard wall currents and electrical socket shapes in Brazil?

Voltage: 127/220 V; Frequency: 60 HZ; Plugs: Type A (Flat blade attachment plug), Type B (Flat blades with round grounding pin), Type C (European 2-pin), and Type I (two flat oblique blades that form an inverted V and a grounding blade). Travelers will require a voltage converter for 110-volt devices and plug adapters.

When is Independence Day celebrated in Brazil?

Independence Day is celebrated on September 7.

What is the main language?

The main language in Brazil is Portuguese.

What is the main religion?

The main religion in Brazil is Catholicism.

What are the flight times from Rio de Janeiro to other parts of the country?

From To Travel Time
Rio de Janeiro (GIG) Sao Paulo (GRU) 50 Minutes
  Brasilia (BSB) 1 Hour 43 Minutes
  Iguazu (IGU) 1 Hour 59 Minutes
  Salvador (SSA) 2 Hours
  Cuiaba (CGB) 2 Hour 45 Minutes
  Manaus (MAO) 3 Hours 55 Minutes

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