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11Jun, 2017

Brazil: Shopping

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Stores and offices are normally open Monday through Friday from 9:00 or 10:00 am to 6:00 pm as well as from 9:00 or 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. Most shoppings (shopping centers/malls) are open until at least 8:00 pm and many until 10:00 pm. Many farmácias (pharmacies) and drogarias (drug stores) are also open on Sundays and some supermercados (supermarkets) in larger cities are open 24 hours. Normal banking hours in Brazil are from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday and most Brazilian cities of any […]
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9Jun, 2017

Brazil: Communications

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Brazil has extensive fixed and cellular telephone systems which will allow you to call anywhere in the world. Almost all hotels have a telephone in the room where you can make local, intercity, interstate or international calls. However, just as with hotels everywhere else, you’ll pay a premium for calls made from your room. Orelhões (literally big ears because they look like that) or public telephones are almost everywhere in Brazil and can be used to make local, intercity, interstate and international calls. They all use telephone cards which are […]
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7Jun, 2017

Brazil: Language

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Many Brazilians in the larger cities—especially those you encounter working at airports, hotels, better restaurants, tour companies, travel agencies, etc.—speak at least some English. Both English and Spanish are taught in many Brazilian schools. However, the farther away you get from the larger cities, the less likely it is that you encounter people who speak English. Remember that the language of Brazil is Portuguese and, in spite of what some think, Portuguese is not a sub dialect of Spanish … or any other language. Portuguese is a separate and distinct […]
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5Jun, 2017

Brazil: Electricity

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Electric current in Brazil varies widely—from 100 to 127 volts or 220 to 240 volts and from 50 to 60Hz—even within the same city, building, apartment or office. Be aware before you plug in any electrical device. Some cities in Brazil only use 220 volts. While many hotels clearly label electrical outlets, others don’t. If you’re in doubt, ask first. Check the power adapters of you laptop, battery chargers and other electric appliances before you go. Many are designed to automatically accommodate input current from 110 to 250 volts while […]
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3Jun, 2017

Brazil: Food & Restaurants

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Most Brazilians eat a “continental” breakfast consisting of fresh fruit and/or juice, bread, butter, requeijão (a spreadable cheese) or cheese and café com leite (coffee with milk). The biggest meal of the day for most Brazilians is almoço (lunch), usually between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Dinner or supper in Brazil is usually (but not always) lighter and can start anywhere from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at night. Arroz and feijão (rice and beans) are basic in Brazil and likely to be found as part of almost any lunch […]
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1Jun, 2017

Brazil: Hotels

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Most Brazilian travel guides use a five star rating for hotels—five stars indicating the best, most luxurious and expensive hotels and one star, the cheap places offering little more than a room and a shower. But this system can sometimes be deceptive and hotels which may have once had a higher rating continue to advertise themselves (and charge) at that rate even though they may have “slipped” considerably. Often, a three star hotel will be just fine as long as it appears to be clean and well looked after. If […]
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30May, 2017

Brazil: Car Rentals

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One piece of advice if you’re thinking about driving in Brazil: don’t. According to recent statistics, Brazil holds the dubious honor of having the third highest number of traffic deaths per 100,000 people of any country in the world, only surpassed by the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. At the opposite end of the spectrum, The United Kingdom (ranked at the 196th position) has 5.6 traffic deaths per 100,000 people per year and Singapore has 5.2. While Brazilians are known the world over as some of the kindest, sweetest, most […]
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28May, 2017

City Taxis, Buses & Subways

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Local taxis are available in most Brazilian cities of any size and most all are metered. Just make sure you always use a legitimate taxi. This is pretty easy if you have your hotel or restaurant hail or call a taxi for you (they know), only use taxis that are lined up at a ponto de taxi (taxi stand) or call a radio taxi service. Taxis from the international airports in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to various locations in the city are usually contracted on the basis of […]
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26May, 2017

Brazil: Intercity Buses

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Bus travel between cities is more economical than flying but also more time consuming. As a very general rule of thumb (when traveling from one city to another on an express bus), you can expect to spend about one hour for every 70 Km (43 miles) traveled. So, a 700 Km (434 mile) bus trip will take around 8½ to 9 or 10 hours at an approximate cost of R$ 140 to R$ 150+. Intercity express buses are comfortable, relatively hassle free and you can often choose between competing companies […]
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