The largest country in South America, Brazil has a very rich culture and history. Popular tourist destination, it boasts sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and rainforests, but also a unique culture, a music and dance heritage that the rest of the world envies, a world-famous carnival tradition, and endless recreational activities! Whether you are after exhilarating experiences, history discoveries, natural activities or cultural immersion, Brazil will not let you down! We have selected and tested many of these activities and we hope you will have as much fun as we did!
In general, Brazil is not super wheelchair-friendly. The country does aim for a better accessibility, but travellers in a wheelchair might still struggle getting around, using public transport and accessing most buidlings. However, with a bit of planning, and help from professionals with good local knowledge, accessible trips to Brazil are of course possible. City guided tours, visits to the rainforest in a 4X4 vehicle, Rio carnival experience, accessible day trips to Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf mountains… We have selected and tested different accessible activities to make your trip to Brazil possible. An adapted trip to remember!
No vaccinations are officially required when entering Brazil, but protection against yellow fever is strongly recommended.
Public health services are free for foreign tourists but public hospitals in major cities can get crowded. Getting a good travel insurance is recommended.
The area has been classed as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. Malaria, dengue and chikungunya are present. Travelers should avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent against mosquitoes and wearing clothes that cover their body.
The sun can be extremely strong. Travelers should remember to drink plenty of water and avoid long period of sun exposure.
While visiting Brazil, travelers should remain vigilant at all times. It is highly recommended to avoid going into favelas, even as part as an organised tour. It is also best to avoid going to the city beaches after dark. Pickpockets and bag snatching cases are frequent, especially in touristy areas. If threatened, travelers should not resist and hand over their valuables. In general, travellers are recommended to use a hotel safe for their valuables, not to carry a lot of items nor expensive jewelery with them, and if going out with a bag, make sure the strap is over their shoulder.
Travellers entering the country must hold a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months, and a confirmed onward or return ticket. Brazil offers visa exemptions to travellers from South America, European Union, USA, Canada and Japan for visits of less than 90 days. Depending on the passport they hold, travels from other countries might require a visa. Please check the list of countries to verify the entry requirements prior travelling onto http://www.portalconsular.itamaraty.gov.br/vistos.
Due to its large size and varied landscapes, Brazil has many climates. The average annual temperature is 28 degrees in the North and 20 degrees in the South.
The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. English and Spanish are widely spoken and understood.
The electrical current is not standardized in Brazil. It varies between 110V and 220V depending on the location. Both sockets with 2 flat pins and sockets with 3 round pins are used.