Brazil travel guide

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
Grab a Caipirinha, put on your best dancing shoes and learn all about Brazil in our handy Brazil travel guide – find out the best places to go, things to see and do,  Brazil travelling information, some helpful phrases, the dos and don’ts, how to get around, plus a load more about Brazil tourism so you can make the most out of your trip!

Unforgettable Brazil.  Get along to one of the magnificent year-round beaches, visit the pounding Iguaçu Falls, trek through the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, or for those who like to party, Carnival is a must.  Rio de Janeiro and Salvador are the best places to join the mayhem, when samba-filled parties erupt through the streets, and revellers dance and celebrate for days on end.  The locals are a pretty good-looking lot too, which is always nice.

Brazil fast facts


Languages spoken
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil.
Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese and English are also spoken, but are less common.

Name: Real
Code: BRL
Symbol: R$

The electrical current in parts of Brazil is 127V, such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, while in other parts like Recife and Brasilia are 220V.  Check with your accommodation if you’re unsure.  Most electrical appliances in Brazil use a two round-pinned socket.

Time zones
There are four different time zones in Brazil:
Brazil standard time (GMT – 3) is used for most of Brazil.
Brazil time +1 (GMT –2) is used on a few islands on the east coast of Brazil
Brazil time –1 (GMT – 4) is used in Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Rondonia, Roraima and since mid-2008, Acre.

Country dialling code

Measurements and weights

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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