Brazil Travel Tips

Climate/Clothing: The weather in Brazil is temperate to hot year round. Bring casual, lightweight clothing that can be layered. Sunscreen and a hat are advisable. Bring insect repellent if you plan on a visit to the rainforest.

Language: The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. Some English is spoken in the major cities.

Passports and Visas: Brazil: Passport and visa required.

Currency: The currency of Brazil is the Real. U.S. currency can be exchanged at banks, exchanges and hotels.

Tipping: Brazil: Most services get tipped a mandatory 10, often included in the bill. If a waiter is friendly and helpful, you may like to give more. Because of Brazils high unemployment rate, services that may seem superfluous are customarily tipped. Parking assistants are the most notable as they receive no wages, but petrol-station attendants, shoe shiners and barbers are also frequently tipped. Taxi drivers are an exception: most people round the price up, but a tip is not expected.

Electricity: Brazils voltage is 110, however some hotels operate on 220.

*Note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Shopping: Shops are open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Brazil has a rich array of native crafts from Afro-Brazilian textiles to Bahian pottery and delicate lace tablecloths.

Health Precautions: No vaccinations are required to enter Brazil. However, it may be advisable to get inoculated against yellow fever, malaria and typhoid. Be sure to consult your doctor before your trip, especially if you are planning to go up the Amazon River. Drink only bottled water and do not eat raw fruits and vegetables.

*To prevent Montezumas Revenge, avoid the tap water, including raw fruits and vegetables washed in tap water. Your stomach may still become upset due to the change in diet. Bring anti-diarrhea medicine just in case.

*For the latest overseas travel health information, call the Center for Disease Controls travelers hotline at 404-332-4559. Or visit their web site at

Conservation/Code of Conduct: Handshaking is customary on meeting and taking one&rsquos leave, and normal European courtesies are observed. Frequent offers of coffee and tea are customary. Flowers are acceptable as a gift on arrival or following a visit for a meal. A souvenir from the visitor&rsquos home country will be well received as a gift of appreciation. Casual wear is normal, particularly during hot weather. In nightclubs smart-casual (eg blazer, no tie) is acceptable. For more formal occasions the mode of dress will be indicated on invitations. Smoking is acceptable unless notified otherwise. The Catholic Church is highly respected in the community, something which should be kept in mind by the visitor.

Luggage: Right Travel tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person, plus carry-on bag. Additional baggage will be subject to handling charges of up to $100 per piece.

As Right Travel will not be responsible for loss or damage to luggage and personal belongings, you MUST report any loss or damage immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your insurance provider. If you luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form MUST be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. See for important Baggage Information for U.S. Travelers.

Departure Tax: None (Included in ticket price)


Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance as additional security in the case of cancellation or interruption of travel plans, lost or damaged luggage, travel delays, illness, or accident. Keep all boarding passes, ticket copies and receipts for expenses paid during your trip if it later becomes necessary to file a claim.

Brazil Local Emergency Phone # general emergency: 911

Holidays: Public Holidays

  • Jan 1 New Year&rsquos Day
  • Jan 20 *Founding of Rio de Janeiro
  • Jan 25 *Founding of São Paulo
  • Feb 18-19 Carnival
  • Apr 6 Good Friday
  • Apr 21 Tiradentes
  • May 1 St of Brazil
  • May 26 Corpus Christi
  • Sep 7 Independence Day
  • Oct 12 Our Lady Aparecida, Patron St of Brazil.
  • Nov 2 All Soul&rsquos Day
  • Nov 15 Republic Day
  • Dec 24 Christmas Eve (half day)
  • Dec 25 Christmas Day
  • Dec 31 New Year&rsquos Eve (half day)
  • Carnival Dates 2008: Feb 3, 4

*Note: These holidays are not official public holidays, but are widely observed. Other holidays, in addition to the above, may be marked locally. 

Driving: Brazil has 1,940,400km (1,202,800 miles) of roads. Traffic drives on the right.