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Best Places to Visit

The capital of Brazil, Brasilia, is often overlooked by travellers but is certainly a gem worth exploring. An architectural masterpiece, Brasilia was primarily designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dom Bosco"s dream of a utopian and futurist city can certainly be seen in the unusual and endearing buildings that compliment Brasilia"s landscape.

Perhaps the country's most famous city, Rio de Janeiro is also one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the country. Boasting gorgeous beaches, historical landmarks like Sugarloaf Mountain and a lively nightlife, this Brazilian city has lots of charm and should not be missed by those on Brazil holidays.

The most cosmopolitan of all Brazilian cities, Sao Paulo is home to a wide range of different cultures, nationalities and ethnicities. This city is also one of the richest. That said, Sao Paulo is a fascinating place and the diversity of its residents offers visitors a host of exploration and adventure - don't be afraid to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle, as many residents will be happy to talk to you at length.

Situated on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest, Manaus serves not only as the region's commercial hub but as one of the country's best cultural centres, making it an excellent place to take a trip for an authentic taste of Brazilian life. From stunning examples of 16th-century colonial architecture to one of the most famous opera houses in the country, Manaus is the place to go for those wanting to take in Brazil's history and art.

Florianopolis is a lesser known destination but is definitely worth a visit. This city is a delightful balance between modern metropolis and colonial settlement. Tourists can enjoy the perfect beaches and trendy cafés while admiring the colonial fortresses and quaint side street craft markets. Throughout the country, the towns and cities each have their own unique personality, but also provide plenty of ways to experience traditional Brazil as it is known on the world stage. Visit any of the main communities and you are assured of a memorable experience with plenty of cultural activities and photo opportunities.

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Need to know

Language

The official language of Brazil is Portuguese, which is spoken all over the country. English is not prolifically spoken, even in the tourism and business industries, with many taxi drivers struggling to understand English-speaking foreigners. Spanish-speaking tourists should fare well as the language is close enough to Portuguese for Brazilian locals to understand. This is the only location in South America where Portuguese is dominant - throughout the rest of the continent, Spanish is more likely to be heard.

Currency

Brazil's official currency is the Brazilian real, which is divided into 100 centavos. Most credit cards are accepted by hotels, restaurants and stores, with Visa being the most popular. ATMs are widely available throughout all regions of the country. Currency can be made exchanged at all banks, travel agents, hotels and cambios (exchange offices). Travel currency cards are a good option for security, convenience and economy too, as they can often be used without incurring the kind of foreign exchange fees that you would pay on your debit or credit card.

Visas

Visas are required by nationals of all countries except nationals of those countries which have been granted an exemption, including citizens of the United Kingdom. United Kingdom nationals are permitted to enter the country without a visa for a period not exceeding 90 days. All travellers to the country need to be in possession of a passport which is valid for at least six months from entering the country. Leave a few days, or maybe up to a week before your documents' expiration dates to allow for the risk of delays to your departure when returning to the UK.

Climate

Brazil's climate is temperate year-round. The country doesn't experience extreme temperatures, with both summer and winter remaining relatively mild. Summer spans December through to February and coincides with Brazilian school holidays and the Carnaval. During this period, temperatures rise to highs of 30°C in the north and up to 35°C in the south. Winter is at its peak in June and August, but the mercury tends not to drop lower than 15°C.

Main Airports

The largest international airport in the country is São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport. This airport receives traffic from all over the world, including from North America, Europe and the Emirates. From here, connections can be made to other airports in the country, including Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport and Brasilia International Airport.

Flight Options

Travellers to Brazil will find a great selection of national airlines and main carriers flying into São Paulo-Guarulhos and Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airports from London-Heathrow. The average time of a direct flight between London and Sao Paulo is about 12 hours.

Travel Advice

There aren't many low-budget airlines which make the trip from London, but tourists can look out for seasonal deals. High season runs from December through to March, with prices escalating especially during February when the annual Carnaval takes place. This is also when the crowds are at their peak. The best time to go is after Carnaval or during the winter period between August and November. Book well in advance for the best fares, or at the last minute for bargain deals.

Other Transport Options

It is possible to take a bus into the country from one of its neighbours, which is ideal if you are travelling around South America. The main routes are from the capitals of Buenos Aires, Asunción, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile to Brazil's busiest city, Sao Paulo. Such journeys can take up to a few days.

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Feiten

  1. Brazilië is het op vier na grootste land van de wereld en het grootste in Zuid- en Latijns-Amerika. Het is ook het enige land in Noord- en Zuid-Amerika waar Portugees wordt gesproken, en het grootste land ter wereld waar deze taal wordt gebruikt.
  2. De landoppervlakte van Brazilië beslaat bijna de helft van het Zuid-Amerikaanse continent en het grenst aan elk ander land op het continent, behalve Chili en Ecuador. Het nationale dier is de jaguar.
  3. Naast alle andere 'grootste van de wereld'-titels, heeft Brazilië ook de grootste Rooms-katholieke bevolking van de wereld.

Feiten

  1. Brazilië is het op vier na grootste land van de wereld en het grootste in Zuid- en Latijns-Amerika. Het is ook het enige land in Noord- en Zuid-Amerika waar Portugees wordt gesproken, en het grootste land ter wereld waar deze taal wordt gebruikt.
  2. De landoppervlakte van Brazilië beslaat bijna de helft van het Zuid-Amerikaanse continent en het grenst aan elk ander land op het continent, behalve Chili en Ecuador. Het nationale dier is de jaguar.
  3. Naast alle andere 'grootste van de wereld'-titels, heeft Brazilië ook de grootste Rooms-katholieke bevolking van de wereld.

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