Travel tips for Brazil

  1. Brazilians are very warm people. Men will typically shake hands and pat on your shoulder. Women may kiss one (or both) cheeks upon meeting/departing so be ready to reciprocate.
  2. Brazil is a paradise for meat lovers. Most restaurants do not offer much (sometimes none) vegetarian choices. But they do offer some exotic fruits and vegetables, so you can certainly stay healthy!
  3. Some handy Portugese phrase

    Hello Alo / Oi
    Good morning Bom dia
    Good afternoon Boa tarde
    Good night Boa noite
    Thanks Obrigado for men, Obrigada for women
    No Thanks Nao Obrigado
    Excuse me Com licenca
    Please to meet you prazer
    Goodbye tchau (pronounced as ciao)
    Please por favor

    Check out English-Portugese phrases or a searchable dictionary.
  4. For Brazilians who claim to know some English, speak slowly and clearly with simple words.
  5. People are very friendly and very much willing to help but language may be a barrier.  Carry your hotel address on a paper as local public mostly speak Portugese. And smile is of course the universal human language.
  6. Withdraw money from the bank at airport. The ATM machines in the city are sparse and sometimes may not accept your ATM card.
  7. Don't miss 4 things: eating @ Churrascaria, drinking coffee, Caipirinha and Guarana.
  8. Hotels have free Internet and breakfast, really cool!
  9. If you are visiting a JUG event, make sure to carry freebies.
  10. Restaurants are open late (read very late or early morning) nights, even on weekdays. For example, we walked into a restaurant at 11:30pm for dinner on a Tuesday night and were not rushed.
  11. Most restaurants in food court offer food by weight.
  12. Offices have a 2 hour lunch time (typically 12-2), wow!
  13. TAM (local airlines) is Star Alliance member, so don't forget to get credits for United Miles and use benefits accordingly.
  14. The seasons in Brazil are completely opposite of those in Northern Hemisphere (which consists of 90% human population).

    Norther Hemisphere Brazil
    Summer Winter
    Fall Spring
    Winter Summer
    Spring Fall
  15. VISA is much more popular in Brazil than American Express. And cash works everywhere!
  16. Football (futebol) is not only a national sport, it's a complete passion here. Brazilians have won the FIFA world cup 5 times and very proud of it. So be aware of some of the popular players: Rivaldo, Roberto, Ronaldo, Rinaldinho, Kaka, Cafu.
And a very important aspect of being in Brazil, have fun!

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Posted by caipirinha on October 09, 2008 at 02:32 PM PDT #

i love brazil man!

Posted by Forex on October 10, 2008 at 12:36 AM PDT #


Posted by 出産祝い on October 19, 2008 at 07:43 PM PDT #

The best options in terms of beaches are around Vitória. The deal is rent a car and take the Highway of the Sun, which along the coast of Espírito Santo. In direction to the north valley, you can visit Itaúnas, an ecological reserve formed by dunes and beaches of rare beauty. There, the tourist can learn a little about nature and preservation of marine turtles on the basis of the Tamar project.

Posted by Sujan P on January 11, 2009 at 08:27 PM PST #

Boa noite
Obrigado for men. :)

Posted by sinema izle on March 18, 2009 at 12:07 AM PDT #

Olá, sou brasileiro e convido a todos a conhecer um pouco mais do meu país!


Abraço a todos

Posted by Fabricio Rocha on July 30, 2010 at 06:45 AM PDT #

Brazil has five subtropical climates and as being 5th largest country, this is all-year round country.

there are five things famous

amazons, cities, falls, beaches, unique animals.

Posted by brazil SIM card on August 31, 2010 at 08:03 PM PDT #

Brazil is one of my favorite destination to have a great time of the life....the idea of visiting it always fills me with excitement as well as with craziness too..

Posted by guest on May 08, 2011 at 09:35 PM PDT #

if you want to buy souvenirs to friends and family, a good choice is capim dourado ( golden grass). It is very beautiful. 100% brazilian and ecofriendly.

Posted by Love Brazil on September 27, 2011 at 11:46 AM PDT #

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