While Brazil is a major metropolitan city, its infrastructure is not necessarily user-friendly. However, this does not mean your trip needs to be stressful. With a little pre-planning, you never have to stray from that vacation feeling.
PREPARE YOUR DOCUMENTS FOR BRAZIL TRAVEL
Obtain a Tourist Visa
To enter Brazil, many countries require a Brazilian tourist visa in addition to your passport. This can be easily obtained from a Brazilian Consulate in your home country. I have made a simple how-to-get your Brazilian Tourist Visa video, highlighting the process. It is best to start planning for your visa 2-3 months before departure. However, I have had many clients book last-minute trips and hire a visa expediting service who handled their process quickly and efficiently.
Mark your Credit Cards / ATM Cards
It is best to contact your credit and debit card companies prior to departure, to alert them of your dates of international travel. Many banks now allow you to prepare for your trip directly online. Brazil has mainly domestic banks, with ATMs that give even the locals difficulty. If your cards are marked, this will help eliminate issues receiving local currency.
Planning a Trip to Brazil Can Be Simple!
PACKING YOUR BAGS FOR BRAZIL
Check the Weather
Brazil is the same size as the continental U.S., which means the weather varies greatly! This does not mean that winter brings snow, but it does mean that temperatures can be cool. In some states you will need a jacket, scarf and warm socks, so properly prepare for where you are traveling to. Additionally, remember that Brazil a tropical country, so it is likely it will rain at least once during your trip. Last but not least, remember that Brazil is in the Southern hemisphere, so the seasons are the opposite of Europe/the States (ie: January is summertime and July is winter).
Most people either overpack for Brazil or have no idea how to prepare for Brazil. For example: Rio de Janeiro’s beach scene is very different from that of L.A.’s Santa Monica or Sydney’s Bondi. I have seen many guests bring heavy towels unnecessary for beach use instead of a beach sarong. Or they arrive with a suitcase full of jeans and electronic equipment, and end up lugging around extra weight for nothing. For a complete checklist on what to bring with you to Rio de Janeiro, please click here.
BRAZIL HOTELS AND AIRPORT TRANSFER
Find Good Accommodation
While I am a big proponent of embracing spontaneity while traveling, it is best to pre-book accommodation. In Brazil, there are not “good neighborhoods” and “bad neighborhoods”. There are better and worse neighborhoods, but there are “good” and “bad” streets. To be more exact, this means that each street has a different culture and safety. Within the same neighborhood, from one block to the next, the streets can vary greatly. If you need a little local expertise, you can contact the Bromelia Travel Concierge. We offer a FREE 20 minute phone consultation to answer any of your questions or concerns about travel to Rio de Janeiro.
Know your Airport of Arrival / Arrange Pick-up
Many cities in Brazil have multiple airports and are often large distances apart. São Paulo, for example, has 4 airports. Rio de Janeiro has 2. Public Transport to/from the airport is often meager and can add a couple hours onto your already long journey. Private drivers are much more affordable in Brazil then other countries. Contact your accommodation to make arrangements with a secure transfer on your behalf. If in Rio, we can help arrange a Private, Secure, English Speaking Driver to be happily waiting for you at arrivals.
Brazil can be a very easy and extremely rewarding trip. When prepared for correctly, your experience will leave you feeling alive. Welcome to Brazil!