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Brazil travel guide

Brazil is hot on the travel bucket list this year as this truly is this country's time to shine! From the pulse-pounding street life of Rio to the depths of the Amazon, the idyllic shores of Ilha Grande to the vibrancy of Salvador, Brazil rewards travelers with an incredible mix of culture, wildlife, chillout vibes and cosmopolitan beats. Experience the best of Brazil in all its glory, and let STA Travel help you plan your adventure!
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Official language: Portuguese
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Name: Brazilian real
Code: BRL
Symbol: R$
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Amazon Time (UTC-04:00)
​Brasilia Time (UTC-03:00)
Fernando de Noronha
Time (UTC-02:00)
 
Street view of the Pelourinho Neighborhood in the center of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil

Highlights of Brazil

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Top places to visit in Brazil

Beautiful beaches, active tours in the jungle, lazing about in a bungalow... which floats your boat? We've rounded up the best places to visit in Brazil.
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Rio de Janeiro

Multicultural, beautiful, tropical, colourful, warm and fun loving - Rio de Janeiro is this and so much more. The tropical beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema are great for sunbathing, water sports or even just people-watching, it's home to Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the exciting Rio Carnival. Rio De Janeiro is not boring, that's for sure.
street view of the Sao Paulo city in Brazil

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is a large sprawling city of 11 million, and the tourist attractions are spread out.  Enjoy the art and the shops while the sun is shining and soak up the rich culture, food and bars by night.  Laze by the lakes in Ibirapuera Park where you can even borrow books from the unique Bosque de Leitura (Reading Woods).  Another highlight is the Snake Farm where you can see snakes, scorpions, and spiders from around the world.
aerial view of the Eixo Monumental in Brazil

Brasilia

The planned city of Brasilia was built in only four years and was designed to impress.  Houses along the wings of the airplane shaped city all look out onto park and wide boulevards lead to the center.  Take the time to check out the modernist architecture such as the Square of the Three Powers, the Palace of Justice and Brasilia Cathedral.
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São Luis

São Luis is one of the liveliest and most photogenic urban areas of Brazil, offering great beaches, delicious seafood and a thriving live music scene.  If you’re into reggae you’ll be right at home in Sao Luis as there are regular live outdoor performances and weekend parties.  Wednesday’s have also been established as a big reggae night.
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Florianopolis

Over one hundred beaches grace the coast of Florianopolis.  Head to Praia Mole in summer for a touch of Ibiza, when international dance-music DJs play outdoor sets.  Praia Joaquina is a great place for sand boarding, as the dunes reach speed-gathering heights behind the pretty beach.  Or try Praia Brava, a great spot for surfing.
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Brazil Adventure Tours

aerial view of the statue of Christ on Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro

In Search of Iguassu | 17 Days

Discover the best that Brazil and Argentina have to offer on this fantastic 17-day adventure. Feel the spray of Iguassu Falls, soak up the sun on the paradise island of Ilha Grande, get your samba on in Rio and explore cosmopolitan Sao Paulo.
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Brazil & Argentina on a Shoestring | 11 Days

Experience the treasures of Argentina and Brazil in this jam-packed trip. From tango in Buenos Aires to sun and surf in Rio, explore two of the continent's most vibrant capitals. Marvel at the majesty of Iguassu Falls and chill out on beautiful beaches with caipirinhas.
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Wonders of Brazil | 13 Days

Minimize travelling times and make the most of your time at some of Brazil's best destinations. Flying from Sao Paul to Iguassu and from Campo Grande to Rio means more freedom to explore the waterfalls, beaches and wildlife on offers. Throw in some cacaha and you've got yourself a sizzler.

Do I need a visa for Brazil?

No. U.S. citizens are able to visit for up to 90 days from the date of entry without a visa, and visitors can request to extend that stay to 180 days within a 12-month period.  For the most up to date information, we would suggest speaking to an Embassy.

What is the best way of getting around Brazil?

Brazil has a great bus system which is cheap and comfy – avoid high seat numbers to keep away from the toilets on long distance journeys, you can thank us later! You can use air taxis though these often stop several times and so are not best for anyone scared of flying! Renting a car is an option too but you need to be aware that road quality is not the best in all parts of the country and there are a lot of very speedy drivers!

What vaccinations do I need for Brazil?

There are no required vaccinations to enter Brazil, but we recommend Hepatitis A and B, antimalarial tablets, typhoid and rabies depending on the area and activities you have planned. We advise that you take out comprehensive travel insurance for your stay, practice strict mosquito bite avoidance at all times and seek pre-travel health advice from your provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel.

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