A trip to Brazil is a little more special than a journey in Europe. That’s why it’s very much about controlling the details, so we hope this guide will help you well and give you more knowledge about Brazil before you leave.
We deal with several things including – including clear destinations, how to find the cheapest flights, how to find a hotel, and more.
Cities and Regions – Where is it best to go?
Let’s start by looking at some interesting destinations in Brazil! Brazil is the largest country in South America, so there is plenty to choose from.
Brazil is typically divided into five regions, largely based on state borders and cultural conditions:
The northern region consists primarily of the Amazon and here the native Brazilians.have great influence. Northeast is known for its many festival towns (Recife, Salvador, etc.) and its many delicious beaches. Central West is the area bordering Bolivia and Paraguay – and in addition, it is the capital Brasilia.
The southeastern part is immediately the most interesting purely cultural. Here we find big cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, while there are also ancient settlements from both Portuguese conquerors and native Brazilians.
Finally, we have the southern region, which in many ways reminds us more of Argentina and Uruguay than it reminds of the rest of Brazil. Many German and Polish immigrants took this, and therefore, it is the whiteest region in Brazil purely populated.
Brazil offers a wealth of exciting cities, and it is therefore not easy to choose where to go. All the cities below are good opportunities:
Rio de Janeiro
Immediately Rio de Janeiro is the best tourist destination. The city has lots of culture, excellent beaches and, not least, historical monuments that are worth looking into. Sao Paulo is not too far away (about 400 km), so if you have enough time it may be obvious to visit both of these cities. Sao Paulo also offers many interesting things – it is the most populated city in Brazil and has an excellent culture as it has been influenced by many different cultures.
Sao Paulo has a lot of Italian descendants, which makes it easy to identify Italian culture in the city, but in combination with many other kinds of cultures. Sao Paulo Airport is by far one of the busiest in the world, and it is probably the easiest and cheapest airport to fly to (but there are, of course, exceptions, depending on the season).
The capital Brasilia is also super interesting to visit. It offers an ocean of beautiful and unique buildings that you will not find anywhere else in South America.
The coastal cities of Recife , Fortaleza and Salvador are all in the northeastern region and are famous for their beaches and their festive culture. Here you will find some of Brazil’s most popular carnivores, and they are all a pretty good alternative to Rio de Janeiro, if you’ve already tried it in Rio. These cities are also cheaper to visit than Sao Paulo and Rio, which is said to be a good advantage.
Porto Alegre is the largest city in the south. It is the Brazilian metropolis that has the best standard of living. You probably meet less crime here, and at the same time the weather is a bit more appropriate (it can get very hot north!) To Danes who are not used to the equator.
Manaus is not a typical tourist destination among Europeans, but is in fact one of the clearly most exciting places to visit. It is the largest city in the Amazon state and has a unique culture inspired by the original Brazilians, and not just European and African immigrants. If you want to experience the Amazon rainforest, Manaus is the best place to go to. When you’re in Manaus, it’s super easy to go on adventure tours into the rainforest (take a tour when you arrive).
Flights to Brazil – find the cheapest ones
Finding tickets is very simple, but it’s not always cheap! You have three options:
Use a flight search engine to find your tickets easily and easily
Look around at airline companies and see if they have any special offers
Book the whole trip through a travel agency and think about the price of the trip as a whole, and not just the airline tickets
Expedia is a good flight search engine to use. Simply enter where you fly and where you plan to arrive, and it will automatically come with the best prices. It’s super simple and will probably make you a reasonable price.
The second option is the best. If you look around with different airlines, you will surely find a good price that the search engines have overlooked. Of course, you should look at large global companies that fly from Europe and to Brazil on a regular basis. Good opportunities are:
You always come to an intermediary on a trip to Brazil – at the time of writing there are no direct flights from Denmark, but it is to live with. If you fly with KLM, you only need a stopover in Amsterdam, and if you fly with Lufthansa, you only need a stopover in Frankfurt. To fly with TAP Portugal you must go to Lisbon or Porto first. This can probably be done using Norwegian, KLM or RyanAir. Flying with TAP is, however, somewhat more difficult as it probably requires one more stopover, but at times the price may be the right one.
KLM and Lufthansa are immediately the two best options! Both when it comes to price and comfort.
Information about the flight
Flying to South America takes a good while, making traveling to Brazil a bit difficult. You should expect to spend a good amount of hours on the plane, and at the same time there is time difference to take into account. Brazil, however, is closer to European time than for example. USA and Australia, so if you’ve had long journeys before, you’ll probably not be out of jet lag. The time difference is definitely -3 or -4 depending on which part of Brazil you are visiting. That’s why it’s after all to live with.
Info on visa
Anyone with a Danish passport can travel freely to Brazil and stay there for up to 90 days. The 90-day period can be extended if you apply while you are there. In other words, it’s super easy to travel to Brazil, as you do not have to apply for anything as long as you are just a tourist and have to stay in the country for less than 90 days.
Hotel in Brazil (or other accommodation)
Hotels in Brazil are quite easy to find as long as you stick to the larger cities. All the cities that we mentioned further in this article have a considerable tourism industry and therefore it is never hard to find a nice hotel.
In terms of prices, they are typically slightly lower than in Western European countries. For example, you can find really nice hotels for DKK 500 per person. night – it is also possible to get an even lower price, but on the other hand, compromise on quality.
With Hotels.com you can find today the perfect hotels with Pool in Brazil and enjoy a holiday you’ll never forget.
If you want to save money on the trip, you can choose to stay at a hostel. These are quite common in big cities like Rio and Sao Paulo. They are super cheap and you can safely find nights for $ 100 per person. night at a hostel. Again, we recommend Hotels.com, though there are other pages that are more dedicated to hostels that you can check – for example, Hostelworld.com.
A third option is to find a holiday apartment. It is usually cheaper than finding a hotel, but more expensive than staying at the hostel. Many who travel to Brazil choose to find a holiday apartment, as it gives a better insight into the true Brazilian lifestyle – you feel less like a tourist and more like a local.
On the other hand, it is important to find an apartment with a good location. Here we think you should look for a safe place where crime is limited. When you look at an apartment, it also stands where it is located. This area goes after you and hears what people have to say about it.
Vacation apartments can be found at AirBNB.
The last option is to use Couch Surfing. Here you simply live for free at some locals, but as the name indicates, there are not always quality accommodations. You will most often be assigned a sofa or the like, although sometimes you can be lucky with a private room. On the other hand, it’s a very good way to be social if traveling alone. If you travel more (friends or family) it is advisable to find something else.
In fact, we will always recommend either a hotel or a holiday apartment for families – for safety and comfort, weights must be the highest. For youth traveling together, hostel can be a good option. Hostel is also smart if you travel alone and want to be a bit social. You choose, however, yourself – it’s good to plan your journey on your own!
Preparations before departure
Let’s get a full overview of the preparations that are necessary (or just recommendable) before traveling to Brazil:
You make the decision to go to Brazil
You will find your favorite destination
You book a flight and hotel
You will receive the necessary vaccinations (see next section)
You start learning a little Portuguese (read more down in the article)
You are reviewing weather and safety advice for Brazil
The day before departure comes and you pack your stuff *
Quite simple! This guide covers most of the time.
* good things to bring: sunscreen, sunglasses, cash, appropriate clothes, portuguese dictionary, mobile phone, personal cases
Vaccinations before departure
If you have not been vaccinated in recent years, it should probably be done before traveling to Brazil. The following vaccinations are generally considered necessary:
Officially, there is no requirement for vaccinations when you visit the major cities along the east coast – however, if you visit central areas or enter the Amazonian Council. Here you should be vaccinated against yellow fever and you are probably also recommended to take pills against malaria.
Hepatitis A and diphtheria tetanus are recommended for any stay in Brazil. Hepatitis B and typhoid can be added if you expect to be in Brazil for a month or longer.
In other words, it can be explained as follows:
If you are on a fast holiday (1-4 weeks) in a big city along the east coast (such as Rio, Sao Paulo or Porto Alegre) you only need Hepatitis A and diphtheria-tetanus vaccination. If you have traveled outside Europe over the past couple of years, there is a good chance that you have already been vaccinated against it.
Hepatitis B and typhoid are required if you are going to spend more than 4 weeks in Brazil. This applies regardless of where you are going to the country.
Vaccination against yellow fever is necessary if you travel centrally into the country and not only in major coastal cities. In addition, vaccination is required if you plan to spend more than 9 months in Brazil.
Malaria pills can be considered. However, there are also side effects, and therefore some people choose not to take them. It is not necessary for big city and beach holidays in Brazil (here you can take other reservations), but pills against malaria are probably a good idea if you want to visit more natural areas of the country.
For further explanation (and expert assessment), visit SafeVaccination .
Security in Brazil – 5 tips to avoid problems
Many have asked for the best way to stay safe in Brazil. The country is known for its problems with crime, but while it rarely goes beyond tourists, it is still smart to be prepared. Here you will get 5 quick tips to improve your personal safety while traveling.
1. Stay out of fights and quarrels
You will certainly see some fights and quarrels as you walk the streets of Brazil. Always go after ignoring it. If someone tries to provoke you, let it pass. There is no need to risk anything, as the locals typically can find a little of each, if they start a quarrel. Brazilians are typically very friendly, but always stay out of fights and quarrels if they should occur!
And take special care in the evening and night, where it happens a little more often than a day.
2. Always have picture ID on you
This is relevant wherever you travel. Always have ID on you and like something where there is also a picture. This is necessary if you come across something and should contact the authorities. Passports or driving licenses are usually enough – we recommend having both parts in Brazil.
3. Beware of your belongings
There are many pickpockets in Brazil. Not only in the metropolitan areas, but in fact everywhere, if they can see that you have valuable objects. Therefore, you should always take care of them. It’s smart to store your items in zipper pockets or in a bag that closes well – always make sure you carry a bag if you have it. Do not leave it in some places, and check regularly if your pockets are open.
4. Stick to the right areas
You do not have to go to tourist areas alone, and you do not need to research each area before departure, but be sure to stay away from the poorest areas – also known as favelaer.
Some favelaer is safe enough and used to tourists, but others are not. It is recommended to go into a favela to experience the culture, but do it with a guide or tour. Never go in alone, as it rarely pays off. The chance of theft (and in some cases worse) is too big. However, you can often get good pictures of favelaes from the outside! Especially in Rio de Janeiro, but here it is also far easier to get in touch with them, as they are more used to tourists than most other Brazilian cities.
5. Learn a little Portuguese
A good way to avoid problems is to be able to speak locally. It applies to everything, but especially when it comes to traveling to Brazil. Keep in mind, the brazilians are generally excellent in English in the big cities, but at times it can be very difficult to understand, and here it will be effective if you can express yourself in Portuguese. If you need to make an emergency call (to 192), it is also necessary to have some Portuguese.
If you are planning a trip to Brazil, we recommend that you train your Portuguese in advance. Use between 30-60 minutes a day a few months before departure. Then you should be quite good at it when you arrive. It is also a gesture that many Brazilians will surely appreciate.
There are many guides to learn the “Brazilian version” of Portuguese. Use first and foremost the application / website Duolingo, which works a bit like a game. Duolingo can be used for both mobile and computer. Otherwise, you’ll find plenty of guides on YouTube that can teach you Portuguese. And there are also many other websites and textbooks dedicated to the purpose, so it should never be particularly difficult to find material.
How to check the weather conditions
The Brazilian weather conditions are slightly different from those we are used to in Denmark. Therefore, you always need to prepare yourself. You must choose which clothes to wear, and you should also be aware of the special conditions when you leave.
It can be done via websites like DMI . Here you can search for most major cities in Brazil and get a relatively reliable forecast.
Basically, the warmer the farther north you come as it is closer to the equator. The weather conditions also get more extreme the farther inland you come. The southern part of Brazil is best if you want a fairly temperate climate where it’s not too hot. However, the beaches along the north-east should be said to be excellent – but you will get a good mid-range by visiting a city like Rio de Janeiro.
Many people just choose their destination from the weather, so it may be very relevant to check weather conditions before. However, there is a guarantee that the weather in Brazil is different from what we are used to at home, and therefore it will most likely always be a challenge for Danish travelers to get used to 100% of Brazilian weather. But if you are looking for sun and summer, Brazil is always an excellent opportunity!
This was a (long) guide to traveling in Brazil. Hopefully, you have now become a little smarter in the country and are better off if you plan a trip there.
Brazil is always worth visiting – all year round. And if you have already visited one Brazilian city before, it is undoubtedly worth trying a new one. There can be really a big difference. Cities like Recife and Porto Alegre do not have too much in common, and therefore you can easily experience the wide variations that Brazil offers by visiting the country more than once.
In other words: Brazil is a great country to travel to. If you’ve managed to get through this +3500 word guide, you should be extremely well-placed. We recommend that you bookmark this page – or print it out. That way, you can always come back later and find some information about what you are looking for if you should come to mind something.
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