QUICK BRAZIL FACTS
Currency: Brazilian real can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Brazil, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.
Power Points: Brazil uses a 3 circular prong plug, the only other country that uses this plug is South Africa. Obviously I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter.
Official Language: The official language of Brazil is Portuguese.
Health: There are a number of insect-borne, foodborne, waterborne and other infectious diseases and health concerns in Brazil for travellers. I would highly recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination.
Drinking Tap Water: The tap water is generally safe to drink, however, it doesn’t taste very good so most people opt for bottled water.
Visa: Most countries don’t require a visa for short stays, to visit Brazil.
– Feijoada (rich, hearty stew consists of black beans cooked with different cuts of pork, supplemented with tomatoes, cabbage, and carrots).
– Farofa (salty dish made from small pieces of bacon fried with cassava flour).
– Vatapá (thick stew from Bahia, made from shrimp, bread, ground peanuts, coconut milk, palm oil, and a mixture of herbs, eaten with rice and acarajé).
– Acarajé (crispy fritter is made from black-eyed peas, which are mashed with chopped onions and deep-fried).
When to go: For most tourists, the best time to visit Brazil is between December and March. Although there are regional weather differences, most of the country experiences hot, sunny summer. June through September are the cooler winter months, with temperatures and humidity increasing as you travel further north.