Brazil

Home to the mighty Amazon River, the irrepressible party city of Rio de Janeiro, the world’s greatest carnival and some of the most beautiful beaches on earth, Brazil could be accused of being greedy. Luckily, nothing is wasted in brilliant Brazil where the spirited locals are known for embracing life to the fullest. Thankfully, they are happy to share their magnetic homeland with the rest of us!

Brazil Tours & Travel

Top deals in Brazil

Departing Days Price AUD
7 Nov 2014 Classic Brazil 9 $2270
13 Feb 2015 Rio Carnaval Package Original 6 $2448
13 Feb 2015 Rio Carnaval Package Basix 6 $1525
18 Feb 2015 Rio to Quito via Ushuaia 112 $11569
18 Feb 2015 Rio to Buenos Aires 19 $2275

All our Brazil trips

argentina colourful home

Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged

17 days from
USD $1,800.00
CAD $1,845.00
AUD $1,920.00
EUR €1,335.00
GBP £1,150.00
NZD $2,275.00
ZAR R17,445.00
CHF FR1,645.00

Experience Brazilian beaches, Uruguayan home cooking and vibrant Argentinean culture on this unplugged Buenos Aires to...

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argentina san telmo car

Best of Brazil & Argentina

7 days from
USD $1,863.75
CAD $1,893.75
AUD $1,965.00
EUR €1,327.50
GBP £1,177.50
NZD $2,328.75
ZAR R17,895.00
CHF FR1,638.75

See the very best of Brazil and Argentina on a short adventure from rollicking Rio to stylish Buenos Aires via the...

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Iguaza Falls, Brazil

Chile Argentina & Brazil

14 days from
USD $4,580.00
CAD $4,870.00
AUD $5,050.00
EUR €3,325.00
GBP £3,025.00
NZD $6,000.00
ZAR R46,070.00
CHF FR4,095.00

Visit South America and travel through Chile, Argentina and Brazil on a tour from Santiago in Chile to Rio de Janeiro...

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argentina tango

Best of Argentina & Brazil

7 days from
USD $2,150.00
CAD $2,285.00
AUD $2,375.00
EUR €1,650.00
GBP £1,420.00
NZD $2,815.00
ZAR R21,615.00
CHF FR2,035.00

Experience the best of everything Argentina and Brazil have to offer on this fantastic, fast paced tour of the South...

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Local musicians

Contrasts of South America

19 days from
USD $4,595.00
CAD $4,890.00
AUD $5,080.00
EUR €3,535.00
GBP £3,040.00
NZD $6,020.00
ZAR R46,240.00
CHF FR4,355.00

Travel from the city sights of Lima through to the vibrant beat of Rio via Machu Picchu, the Amazon Jungle, Buenos...

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Carnivale dancer, Rio de Janeiro

Rio Carnaval Package Original

6 days from
USD $2,286.00
CAD $2,547.00
AUD $2,583.00
EUR €1,660.50
GBP £1,359.00
NZD $2,718.00
ZAR R20,673.00
CHF FR1,948.50

Carnival, the famous festival of Rio de Janeiro, is the greatest party on earth! Join the fun with Intrepid and visit...

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Colourful Argentinian village

Road to Rio

29 days from
USD $3,245.00
CAD $3,455.00
AUD $3,590.00
EUR €2,495.00
GBP £2,150.00
NZD $4,255.00
ZAR R32,675.00
CHF FR3,080.00

Uncover the many faces of South America on a tour through Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Cities, beaches and...

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brazil rio jesus statue

Buenos Aires to Rio

19 days from
USD $2,105.00*
CAD $2,207.53*
AUD $2,251.79*
EUR €1,575.98*
GBP £1,346.38*
NZD $2,559.32*
ZAR R20,961.41*
CHF FR1,874.89*

Soak up the sizzling South American sunshine on an escapade through Brazil and Argentina's attractions. Hearts will be...

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brazil cariocas girls

Classic Brazil

9 days from
USD $2,160.00
CAD $2,190.00
AUD $2,270.00
EUR €1,695.00
GBP £1,360.00
NZD $2,695.00
ZAR R20,660.00
CHF FR2,095.00

Journey to South America and make tracks to Brazil. Visit Rio de Janeiro, marvel at Iguazu Falls and tour the Pantanal...

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bolivia salar de uyuni

Unveil South America

48 days from
USD $5,375.00
CAD $5,450.00
AUD $5,660.00
EUR €3,940.00
GBP £3,385.00
NZD $6,695.00
ZAR R51,520.00
CHF FR4,855.00

Visit South America and travel through Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay. Visit Potosi, Salar de Uyuni,...

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Colourful buildings, Buenos Aires

Argentina & Brazil Explorer

8 days from
USD $1,961.25
CAD $1,983.75
AUD $2,062.50
EUR €1,428.75
GBP £1,237.50
NZD $2,445.00
ZAR R18,776.25
CHF FR1,770.00

Experience the best of everything Argentina and Brazil have to offer on this fantastic, fast-paced tour of the South...

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Toucan, Pantanal

Brazil to Cuzco

28 days from
USD $2,656.00*
CAD $2,805.06*
AUD $2,862.25*
EUR €1,976.51*
GBP £1,713.75*
NZD $3,202.69*
ZAR R26,902.70*
CHF FR2,359.39*

Explore South America on a tour from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, through the Amazon Jungle and on to Cuzco, one of Peru’s...

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Iguazu Falls

Rio to Quito via Ushuaia

112 days from
USD $10,357.50*
CAD $10,822.15*
AUD $11,043.45*
EUR €7,769.44*
GBP £6,611.25*
NZD $12,597.19*
ZAR R102,734.82*
CHF FR9,224.72*

Visit South America and travel through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Follow the Inca trail and...

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Colourful frog, Amazon jungle

Brazilian Amazon to Lima

44 days from
USD $4,925.00*
CAD $5,185.93*
AUD $5,035.59*
EUR €3,675.59*
GBP £3,166.38*
NZD $5,957.32*
ZAR R49,535.49*
CHF FR4,375.77*

Travel through the heart of Brazil’s jungle, encountering unusual wildlife, fascinating people and breathtaking scenery...

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argentina colourful home

Rio to Buenos Aires

19 days from
USD $2,053.50*
CAD $2,153.03*
AUD $2,199.29*
EUR €1,540.48*
GBP £1,314.38*
NZD $2,491.82*
ZAR R20,514.91*
CHF FR1,831.89*

This tour captures the zesty culture of two amazing countries in South America. Between Rio and BA, visit Paraty, the...

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Iguazu Falls

Quito to Rio via Ushuaia

112 days from
USD $10,588.00*
CAD $11,060.99*
AUD $11,289.00*
EUR €7,941.54*
GBP £6,758.50*
NZD $12,873.00*
ZAR R105,031.20*
CHF FR9,425.71*

Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Follow the Inca trail,...

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bolivia salt flats big shoes

South American Explorer

83 days from
USD $8,795.00
CAD $8,925.00
AUD $9,270.00
EUR €6,450.00
GBP £5,545.00
NZD $10,990.00
ZAR R84,380.00
CHF FR7,950.00

Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. Visit Machu Picchu...

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brazil_rio_jesus_statue

Lima to Rio

60 days from
USD $6,254.00*
CAD $6,547.27*
AUD $6,681.30*
EUR €4,681.62*
GBP £3,999.50*
NZD $7,589.63*
ZAR R62,284.38*
CHF FR5,563.31*

Go Overland from Lima to Rio with Intrepid Travel. Uncover hidden treasures from Peru to Brazil via Bolivia and...

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Quito, Ecuador

South America Sojourn

36 days from
USD $8,950.00
CAD $9,525.00
AUD $9,895.00
EUR €6,885.00
GBP £5,920.00
NZD $11,730.00
ZAR R90,065.00
CHF FR8,485.00

Spend over five weeks travelling through the delights of South America – from the elegant capital of Ecuador, through...

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Rio de Janeiro

South America Traverse

27 days from
USD $7,230.00
CAD $7,695.00
AUD $7,995.00
EUR €5,560.00
GBP £4,785.00
NZD $9,480.00
ZAR R72,770.00
CHF FR6,855.00

See the best of South America on this comfort trip from Lima to Rio. From the allure of the Amazon and the wonders of...

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Iguazu Falls

South America Circuit

27 days from
USD $7,595.00
CAD $7,695.00
AUD $7,995.00
EUR €5,560.00
GBP £4,785.00
NZD $9,480.00
ZAR R72,770.00
CHF FR6,855.00

See some of South America's big guns on this 3-weeks journey departing from Buenos Aires and visiting Machu Picchu,...

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Ipanema Beach

Rio de Janeiro Stopover

3 days from
USD $595.00
CAD $610.00
AUD $630.00
EUR €440.00
GBP £380.00
NZD $750.00
ZAR R5,735.00
CHF FR540.00

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Brazil trip reviews

Our Brazil trips score an average of 4.1 out of 5 based on 10 reviews in the last year.

Argentina & Brazil Family Adventure, April 2014

Argentina & Brazil Family Adventure, April 2014

Articles on Brazil

Brazil’s big city of fun

Brazil’s big city of fun

Posted on Tue, 20 Nov 2012 by Sue Elliot

"Rio de Janeiro is one big sensory overload and Intrepid's Angela Zuniga felt, smelt and tasted her way around town..."

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Being part of the worlds biggest party

Being part of the worlds biggest party

Posted on Thu, 12 Jul 2012 by Sue Elliot

"It was a sight so out of this world that I'm still getting flashes of the colour and vibrancy of the most amazing four hours of my life..."

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celebrating survival for the deni

celebrating survival for the deni

Posted on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 by Sue Elliot

"After waiting more than 10 years the for Brazilian government to show up and recognise their traditional territory, the Deni asked for help..."

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Meat your match in Brazil

Meat your match in Brazil

Posted on Tue, 31 May 2011 by Sue Elliot

"While Argentinean restaurants offer a traditional service (order your meat from the menu, wait for it, eat... smile), the Brazilians came up with: Rodizio..."

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Transport

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Brazil, you may find yourself travelling by:

Accommodation

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Brazil, you may find yourself staying in a:

About Brazil

At a glance

Trips Available: 22
Capital city: Brasilia (population 1.8 million)
Population: 203 million
Language: Portuguese
Currency: BRL
Time zone: (GMT-03:00) Brasilia
Electricity: Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin) Type C (European 2-pin) Type I (Australian/New Zealand & Chinese/Argentine 2/3-pin)
Dialing code: +55

Best time to visit Brazil

In most parts of Brazil, temperatures range from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius, regardless of the season. The summer months between December and February can be hot and humid, bringing temperatures to the high 30s – perfect weather to enjoy Brazil’s famous beaches. It’s also festival season, so it’s well worth visiting during this time.

Rainfall varies greatly around Brazil so depending on where you’re travelling, you could experience some rain. Around the Pantanal, Manaus and the Amazon basin, expect patches of rain all year round. Rio and the areas around Foz de Iguacu don’t have distinct rainy seasons and are typically drier than some other areas of Brazil.

The south of Brazil experiences extreme seasonal changes, so pack accordingly.

Brazil weather chart

Culture and customs

Happy local kids Rio carnval
Brazilians are universally known for their infectious enthusiasm and lust for life. The wild celebratory atmosphere of Carnaval isn’t a one-off —impromptu street parties, heaving nightclubs and busy dance halls all display the same vibrant energy and passion all year round. Travellers will find that music, dance and good times are all passionately pursued by most Brazilians, regardless of income, gender or age. But it doesn’t stop there. Fun is not limited to the dynamic bars and clubs of the big cities - the natural world is also enjoyed by most Brazilians. With so many spectacular beaches, national parks, mountains and forests, there are plenty of places for Brazilians to enjoy their favourite past times – football, surfing, swimming, hiking, volleyball and capoeira (a Brazilian blend of martial arts and dance). Brazilians are also known for being one of the most open, friendly and affectionate nationalities – personal space isn’t regarded as highly in Brazil as in most other countries, so expect to be hugged and kissed by new and old friends when travelling here.

In contrast to the exuberant, modern life that Brazil's city dwellers live, are the humble, traditional ways of the indigenous tribes that live in the Amazon and surrounds. Despite modern advances, many still live off the land – hunting for wild animals and gathering fruit and berries - although sadly this is rapidly changing due to deforestation and urbanisation. In the face of this, many tribes still cling to their ancient culture through traditional clothing, dance and song.

Eating and drinking

Caipirinha

Intrepid believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savouring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world.

Brazil’s major cities feature a wide range of international cuisine, so it’s possible to eat a western-style breakfast, Mexican for lunch and Italian for dinner, with a few traditional Brazilian snacks in between.

Things to try in Brazil

1. Churrasco

This traditional Brazilian barbecue is a true pleasure for meat eaters. Beef, pork, chicken, duck, lamb and fish are all skewered and cooked to perfection over hot coals, creating a smoky flavour and tender texture.

2. Seafood

Brazil’s coastline is home to a bounty of marine life so when on the coast, be sure to eat seafood while it’s at its freshest. Fried baby octopus, king prawns and fragrant, seafood stew are great options.

3. Feijoada

This stew of beans and beef is Brazil’s national dish, and reflects its rich immigrant history. The flavours and style are a mix of African, Indian and Portuguese food traditions, making it a direct culinary link to Brazil’s past.

4. Caipirinha

This refreshing cocktail made from cachaca (a spirit derived from sugar cane), sugar, crushed ice and lime is the Brazilian national drink, and the perfect accompaniment to a beachside sunset.

5. Fruit

Brazil has plenty of tropical fruits and berries – so for a quick snack, head to the markets and buy fresh bananas, limes, oranges, guava, jackfruit and acai berries.

Geography and environment

Iguazu falls Lizard
Being the fifth largest country in the world, Brazil shares land borders with many other countries including Venezuela, Guyana, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, Suriname and French Guiana. Home to many different landscapes and ecosystems, Brazil’s natural environment is one of the most famous in the world. From the steamy tropical rainforest that surrounds the Amazon River and the swirling torrents of white water at Iguazu Falls, to the stunning beaches, reefs and islands of the coast, Brazil is certainly blessed with the very best of Mother Nature. Home to many of the world's most rare and endangered species, travellers will be able to see the full spectrum of colourful bird life, curious mammals, gigantic snakes and unique marine life.

With such a large population, Brazil’s major cities are busy, crowded and chaotic. It can take some getting used to, but once you’re working with the flow of the Brazilian way of life, you’ll begin to enjoy the pace. With a widening gap between the rich and the poor, housing can vary from large mansions in upscale neighbourhoods and modern apartments right in the heart of the city, to humble tin sheds in the sprawling favelas. In some ways, Brazil’s major cities are full of contrasts but the universal appeal of partying, dancing and drinking seems to cross all cultural and social barriers.

History and government

Local girls in Rio

Early History

Indigenous tribes inhabited Brazil for centuries before the arrival of the first European settlers from Portugal in the 1500s. Colonisation brought agriculture and crop growing to Brazil, resulting in extensive land clearing which dispossessed much of the indigenous population. The growing of sugar cane resulted in an influx of new residents, mainly slaves who brought rich African traditions with them. Remnants of this can still be seen in much of today’s music, dance and food. By the 19th century, coffee had taken the place of sugar as Brazil’s most valuable crop. The increase in coffee production brought a new wave of migrants to Brazil, mainly from Europe, and Brazil’s economy continued to flourish until the military coup of 1889.

Recent History

Brazil’s more recently history has also been characterised by wide spread immigration – especially during and after World War II - with large numbers of Jewish people choosing to flee persecution to live in Brazil, as well as significant numbers of people from the Middle East and other European countries.

In 1989, Brazil held its first democratic election in almost 30 years after decades of military rule. More recently, a stable government has resulted in increased economic prosperity, although many of Brazil’s residents are still impoverished, living well below the poverty line.

Top Picks

Copacabana beach Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil

Top 10 Beach Spots of Brazil

1. Praia do Rosa

The big surf and relaxed vibe of this hip holiday haven in Southern Brazil makes it a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike. Praia do Rosa manages to balance development with tradition - elegant small-scale hotels and eco-lodges provide the perfect place to rest after hiking, whale watching or surfing.

2. Ipanema

The cosmopolitan charms of this world-famous beach make it popular with people from all walks of life. Expect to see enthusiastic travellers, smug millionaires, bohemian artists and indifferent locals all enjoying Ipanema’s magnetic magic.

3. Jericoacoara

Far away from the showy extravagance of Rio lies this secluded spot only accessible by 4x4. Strictly protected from overdevelopment, the slow pace suits the windsurfers and kite surfers who prefer to get their thrills from the ocean's wild tides.

4. Lopes Mendes

This beach, located on the island of Ilha Grande, is considered one of Brazil’s best. The killer combination of fine white sand, great waves and clear, blue water guarantee perfect conditions for swimming, surfing and sun-worshipping.

5. Canoa Quebrada

This mellow hippie haven boasts stunning sand dunes and a deep blue-green sea. Horse riding on the dunes at sunset or cruising the coast on an old fishing boat are great ways to make the most of this picture perfect piece of Brazil.

6. Buzios

Put on the world map by Bridget Bardot back in the 1960s, Buzios is the epitome of Brazilian sophistication. The designer boutiques, glam hotels and cool bars attract the celebrity jet set – but it’s the beautiful bays and beaches that are the true superstars of Buzios.

7. Copacabana

One of the world’s most famous urban beaches, Copacabana, is a top spot to indulge in a bit of people watching. Watch an eclectic mix of people play football, work on their tans and strut their stuff on this busy meeting spot that attracts all walks of life.

8. Praia da Mole

Soft white sand for lazing in the sun and a year-round supply of waves for surfing make this beach in Florianopolis a top pick. Paragliding, wakeboarding and other water sports provide more thrills, while the nearby bars and clubs ensure good times when the sun goes down.

9. Maragogi

Found on the Coral Coast of Brazil, Maragogi’s calm waters offer some respite from the big breaks found on many other Brazilian beaches. Colourful offshore reefs make snorkelling or scuba diving a must for visitors looking for aquatic adventures.

10. Tambaba

One for the free spirits of the world, Brazil’s only official nudist beach is flanked by steep, dramatic cliffs and dotted with swaying coconut palms. Choose to get cheeky and take advantage of lying on Brazil’s only sanctioned nudist beach in all your glory, or keep your kit on and stick to the “non-naturist” side.

Shopping

Buying a hammock

While not the cheapest South American country to travel or shop in, there are plenty of markets and weekend fairs full of interesting antiques, artisan wares and jewellery at low prices. You'll also find modern shopping malls and boutique shops in Brazil’s major cities.

It's also a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

Things to buy in Brazil

1. Precious Stones

Rio is known as the gemstone capital of the world, so make the most of the wide variety of topaz, tourmaline, emerald and aquamarine on offer in markets and shops.

2. Hammocks

Take a piece of holiday relaxation home with you by buying a brightly-coloured hammock at one of Brazil’s open-air markets. Set it up at home to extend the holiday vibe!

Festivals and Events in Brazil

Rio Carnaval

One of the biggest, boldest and brightest events in the world, Rio Carnaval is a time of dancing, drinking and delirium. While the main event is a flurry of music, make up, glitter and feathers, the month-long street parties and other gatherings may be smaller in scale, but are no less fun.

Boi Bumba

Giant puppets with serpentine heads, floats of women dressed in native-inspired costumes, rousing drum orchestras and troupes of frenzied dancers make Boi Bumba an unforgettable extravaganza. Held on the remote island of Parintins, this festival is less frequented by tourists due the isolated location, but is well worth the journey.

FAQs on Brazil

Tipping is up to the individual when travelling in Brazil. It isn’t expected but will be happily received by service workers like taxi drivers and waiters. Restaurants in Brazil add a 10% surcharge, which is included in the bill. Feel free to leave spare change or tip extra if the service is particularly good.
Internet access is widely available in cities and tourist areas like Rio and Sao Paolo, where there are many internet cafes. Internet access is less frequent in rural and remote areas.
You will be able to use your mobile phone in most urban areas of Brazil, although some of the more remote areas may not have network coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Brazil.
Toilets in Brazil will vary depending on what area you are travelling in. Flushable, western-style toilets are common in the cities large hotels, malls and clubs but more modest squat toilets are the standard in rural areas and while camping. Either way, carrying a supply of toilet paper and soap is a good idea, as these aren’t always available in public toilets.
Cup of coffee in a café = 2 BRL
Beer in a bar = 3.5 BRL
Budget meal = 10 BRL
Three course meal in a restaurant = 60 BRL
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Brazil. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water and fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by large shops, hotels and restaurants in Brazil. However, they may not be accepted by smaller vendors such as small family restaurants, market stalls or in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option everywhere in Brazil.
ATMs are found widely throughout Brazil and withdrawing cash shouldn't be problematic in most areas. Some smaller villages and rural areas may not have ATM access, so prepare for this before venturing too far from a city or major town.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 20 Founding of Rio de Janeiro *
Jan 25 Founding of San Paulo *
Feb 9 Carnival
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 21 Tiradentes
May 1 Labour Day
May 30 Corpus Christi
Sep 7 Independence Day
Oct 12 Our Lady Aparecida, Patron St of Brazil
Nov 2 All Souls’ Day
Nov 15 Republic Day
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve
* These holidays are only observed regionally

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Brazil/public-holidays
BRAZIL TOURIST VISA
Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Yes - in advance
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Not required
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
United States: Yes - in advance Brazil visas normally expire within 90 days of being issued. If you are unable to process this visa prior to the starting day of your trip, Quito will be the last opportunity you will have to obtain your visa.

To do this, will you need to arrive in Quito before trip starts, as this process may take up to 8 working days. The Brazilian embassy is located at Avenida Amazonas 1429 (corner with Colon st) floor 9 and 10. Phone (5932) 255 6252, office hours from 9am to 1pm. (except public holidays). In order to process a visa you will need to provide the
following:
a- a passport valid for at least 6 months
b- 1 passport size photo
c- A copy of the itinerary of your trip
(http://tripeditor.intrepidtravel.com/previewTripNotes.php?idTrip=3053)
d- A ticket to exit Brazil
e- A copy of your recent bank statement
f- USD 120 for the visa issue fee (Please note this fee may change at no
notice)
e- A completed visa form
(http://www.embajadadelbrasil.org.ec/imagesFTP/3323.form_visto.doc)

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Brazil Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Brazil

1. Be considerate of Brazil’s customs, traditions, religions and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

8. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

The Intrepid Foundation

The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.

Roupa Suja Project (UMPMRS)

Working to improve the lives of the families living in the favela in the Roupa Suja neighbourhood, through education. Run by local residents, UMPMRS is providing supplementary education for the disadvantaged local children, family support, a women's group and vocational training in a challenged area of Rio.

Image supplied by UMPMRS.

To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
The Accidental President of BrazilFernando Henrique Cardoso
The BrothersMilton Hatoum
The War at the End of the WorldMario Vargas Llosa
The SeamstressFrances De Pontes Peebles
Gabriel, Clove and CinnamonJorge Amado