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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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24May, 2017

Airlines in Brazil

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Be aware that in both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, a domestic flight may depart from a different airport than the one where your international flight arrived. In Rio de Janeiro, international flights arrive at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, while many domestic flights originate at Santos Dumont Airport or Galeão Airport. Likewise, in São Paulo, international flights arrive at Guarulhos International Airport while many domestic flights originate at Congonhas Airport. Traveling between airports can sometimes take a considerable amount of time on the congested streets. Plan your itinerary […]
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22May, 2017

Weather in Brazil

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Remember that Brazil is a tropical country straddling the Equator but, because of its sheer size, the climate can often vary considerably from north to south even during the same season. Because it lies in the Southern Hemisphere, seasons in Brazil are exactly the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere: winter— June 22 to September 21 spring— September 22 to December 21 summer— December 22 to March 21 autumn— March 22 to June 21 With the exception of traveling to some regions in the south and southeast in the […]
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18May, 2017

Laws & Legal Issues in Brazil

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Even as a visitor and a citizen of another country, when you are in Brazil you are subject to all Brazilian laws. During your travels in Brazil, you may encounter Federal Military Police, Federal Highway Police, Customs Agents, Tax Revenue Agents and other law enforcement agents, and in cities, Civil Police and Traffic Police. Always obey any order any police officer or agent gives you and always show them both courtesy and respect. It doesn’t matter that you may witness others disobeying laws or are cajoled into going along with […]
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16May, 2017

Safety & Security in Brazil

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We asked a experienced Brazilian traveler if he thought traveling in Brazil was dangerous. He responded without hesitation, “only if you do something stupid!” Just as it’s not a good idea to walk around a poor neighborhood in any large North American or European city at night, alone, with your pockets stuffed with cash, wearing a Rolex and an expensive camera slung around your neck, it’s not a good idea to do it in any large Brazilian city either. Think The vast majority of all Brazilians are honest, forthright, hard […]
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14May, 2017

Using Credit & Debit Cards in Brazil

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Using a credit or debit card can be an ideal way to avoid carrying more cash than you require for just incidental expenses. Most hotels, restaurants and stores in Brazil readily accept Visa and Master Card. After you’ve made your purchase (in reais), the charge is sent on to Visa or Master Card. They convert the charge from reais to dollars or the currency of your country at the official exchange rate the day the charge is processed. When you receive your monthly statement, the charge will be listed in […]
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28Apr, 2017

Getting to Brazil

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The major Brazilian airline with international flights to Brazil is TAM. Copa and Gol, Varig, the once proud flagship airline of Brazil, filed for bankruptcy in 2006, was sold and reorganized and now only offers international flights from a few European cities. Other major airlines with international flights to Brazil include Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Canada, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines, KLM, LAN Chile, Lufthansa, South African Airways, SAS, TAP Air Portugal and United Airlines. The major U.S. gateways for flights to […]
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22Apr, 2017

Where to Go in Brazil

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If you are contemplating a trip to Brazil, it could be for any number of reasons. For some, it could be to experience and enjoy the hundreds and hundreds of miles of white sandy beaches. For others, it could be to experience the wonders of the Amazon, the wildlife of the Pantanal, the awesome power of Foz de Iguaçu (Iguaçu Falls) or the historical charm of old cities like Ouro Preto. For still others, it could be to experience the music, cuisine and heritage of Brazil’s 500 year old culture. […]
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7Apr, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ about Florianópolis Brazil

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We have gathered below the most common doubts about Floripa, bringing tips and information to facilitate your research:   What is the best time to visit Florianópolis?   You can visit Florianopolis at any time of the year. In summer (Dec-Feb), when temperatures reach 40ºC, Florianópolis becomes the ideal environment for water sports, hiking, sandboarding, mountain-bike and others. In the autumn (Mar-Mai) the milder temperatures and the smaller movement of tourists make the island the perfect place for those who seek peace and a more intimate atmosphere. The winter brings […]
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6Apr, 2017

Some Common Misconceptions about Brazil & Brazilians Laid to Rest

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Spanish Speaking? Because there are some similarities between Spanish and Portuguese and because both languages originated on the Iberian peninsula and are both Romance languages, many erroneously believe that Portuguese is merely a dialect of Spanish. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Brazilians speak Portuguese and Portuguese is not a dialect of Spanish or any other language, but rather a separate and individual language all its own. See our history of the Portuguese Language for further information. Hispanic? Many people, authors and institutions who should know better refer to […]
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