Brazil is the largest and most populated country in Latin America. This makes for a truly diverse landscape of white sandy beaches to vibrant green rainforests. From buzzing cities and authentic towns, vast canyons to towering waterfalls Brazil really has everything to offer. The main language spoken in Brazil is Portuguese though it varies from the Portuguese spoken in Portugal.
When is the best time to go?
Flavia’s, our local host from Rio, advice on when to visit Brazil:
‘Well first of all you need to note that our summer is opposite to your summer. When we have summer, you have winter. Many international travellers will aim to visit during our summer months, but I would advise against that because the average temperature will sit around 40 degrees. I think that this is too hot to do much more than spend time at the beach which would be a shame to miss out on exploring the city.
The best times to come to Rio would be April to June. This is when we have autumn, the days are beautiful and it’s hot but not too hot. Maximum 30 degrees during this period which is still very enjoyable. However, if you do want to experience carnival you will need to come during summer as it takes place on New Years Eve.’
Top 10 Must See Brazil Sites
When thinking of Brazil you immediately think of the large statue of Christ the Redeemer. The art deco statue was built in 1922 and towers over Rio De Janeiro. The statue has since become a symbol of Brazil.
The country is also well known for its colourful carnivals, most notably the Rio Carnival. For the four days the carnival lasts, it attracts over 8 million spectators. The vibrant and friendly atmosphere of the carnivals are a true depiction of local life in this spectacular country.
Blend in with the locals – The media has unfortunately singled out Brazil for its crime. To avoid being targeted, blend in with the locals. This means, no overt tourist attire, including sock and sandals! As well as avoiding carrying around overly pricey items or excessive amounts of money.
Wild Animals – Brazil is home a large diversity of ecosystems. For your own safety, do not touch the wild animals. Wild animals can commonly carry diseases and even a scratch could result in serious illness.
Water – the tap water in Brazil is not safe to drink. Make sure to buy bottled water and stay hydrated during the heat.
Top Things to do
Visiting the vibrant city of Rio De Janeiro? Check out the main attractions & off the beaten track gems our local guide Flavia suggests you need to visit when in town. Sugarloaf & The Christ ‘The sugarloaf and the Christ. Though these are popular attractions they are no tacky at all. If you go […]
Our local host from Rio, Flavia, encourages everyone who visits her home city to be adventurous with their food. Here are a few of the suggestions that she has when choosing what to eat. The Meat ‘Well is Brazilians are famous for our meat, we love it. We have the Churrascaria’s which are traditional style […]
We spoke to our local guide in Rio De Janeiro, Flavia, and asked her about the best day trips you could do from the city. Here is what she had to say: Niterói ‘You should visit a city called Niterói, you can get here by just crossing a bridge. You could take a bus here […]