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Brazil Travel Information

Time zone: Mostly GMT-3 but some regions differ.

Currency: The Brazilian Real (R$). Credit cards are widely accepted.

Electricity: Generally 100 volts but in some areas 220 volts. Twin flat or twin round pin sockets.

Entry Requirements: Canadian citizens require a tourist visa which must be applied for in advance of travel and costs in the region of $236. US citizens also require a tourist visa to be applied for in advance of travel and costs in the region of $270. Passports are required to have adequate unused pages, at least 2 pages are recommended. Passports are also required to have at least 6 months validity following the end date of your trip.

When to travel to Brazil: Brazil is a huge country so there is great variation on when is best to travel for each area. Many tourists visit November to March but this is the wettest time in many areas and also very hot.

Weather: The Amazon is wettest March to May, the southeast is wettest November to March and the northeast coast is wettest May to June. Rio can be chilly June to August, although still pleasant to visit, so for beach weather at that time of year the northeast coast is best.

Festivals: Carnival is the most famous festival and attracts crowds from all over the World. It is however an expensive and busy time to travel but is a great once in a lifetime experience. New Year is also a great celebration in Brazil, particularly along the coast where in many places people dress in white and head to the beach.

Main Attractions: Rio is an obvious and popular place for visitors but Brazil has a lot more to offer. Beautiful beaches are found all along the coast along with charming fishing villages. For wildlife enthusiasts the Amazon and the Pantanal offer some great experiences. A trip to Brazil combines well with visits to Uruguay and Argentina. Read more about places to visit in Brazil.