Everything in Brazil is on a huge scale! As the 5th largest country on the planet, it is home to the world’s biggest rainforest, the Amazon, the world’s largest area of wetland, the Pantanal, the world’s biggest carnival in Rio and the world’s largest system of waterfalls at Iguassu. What really makes any trip to Brazil, however, is the big hearted Brazilian people. With a wealth of culture and history, a variety of cuisines, an abundance of wildlife, a handful of iconic cities, and so much more to explore, Brazil will have you returning time and time again.
My favourite moment in Brazil was standing atop Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio as the sun began to set and watching the twinkling lights of the city slowly turn on. A real, pinch-me moment!
Begin your adventure in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s irrepressible samba city, or head to the Emerald Coast for the cobblestone colonial town of Paraty or the pristine white sand beaches in Buzios. Take a daring boat ride beneath the thunderous Iguassu Falls, one of nature’s greatest natural wonders and get off the beaten track in the lush island nature reserve of Ilha Grande. Go looking for Jaguar in The Pantanal and experience the mighty Amazon at a secluded jungle lodge. The north of the country has a unique Afro-Brazilian culture and off the coast there is the remote and exclusive paradise island of Fernando do Noronha. For barefoot luxury go to fashionable yet low key Trancoso, a small yet sophisticated beach side village. Whatever your reason for wanting to visit Brazil, our experts will take care of everything and design you the perfect trip from start to finish.
Essential Brazil Travel Information
Best time to go
Brazil is a huge country with many different climatic zones and can be visited all year round. Generally speaking, however, the warmest time of year is November to March with temperatures increasing the further North you go.
The Amazon is hot and humid all year round with little change in temperature. The wettest months in the Amazon are March to May. In the North East of the country May and June are usually the wettest months, but as it is close to the equator the temperature does not vary dramatically year round, remaining hot.
Rio and the South is best visited between December and March with December being the busiest month. Carnival in Rio is usually around February and is another popular time to travel with bookings needing to be made well in advance. Spring time from September to October can also be a nice time to be in Rio.
The Pantanal can be visited most of the year offering something different in each season. Generally, however, it is best visited during the dry season that runs from mid April to October. The best time for spotting Jaguars is between June and August which are the driest months where the animals flock to the rivers to drink. July to September is also a good time for bird watching.
No visas required to enter Brazil as a British national. You will be granted entry on arrival as a tourist for up to 90 days. You may also be asked to provide proof of onward or return travel, details of your accommodation, and proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your stay. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the day of your arrival in Brazil. Make sure you keep your immigration landing card that you fill out on the plane as you will need to present this on departure.
The local currency is the Brazilian Real. ATM’s are common and all major credit and debit cards are accepted.
Mostly 3 hours behind GMT. Within Brazil there are four different time zones and only the southern part of the country observes daylight savings time.
You should confirm with your doctor that all courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain. For Brazil the courses or boosters that are usually advised are diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus. Other vaccines to be considered are Rabies, Typhoid and yellow fever.
There is no yellow fever certificate required for entry to Brazil. There are some areas where there is a risk of yellow fever and the vaccination is only recommended if you are visiting those areas. Please confirm with your doctor according to your medical history.
For the South, Central and North Eastern regions of Brazil malaria is categorised as low to no risk and antimalarial medication is not usually advised. Within the nine states of Amazonia malaria risk is considered high and anti malarial medication is recommended. Please consult with your doctor as to whether you need anti malarial medication for your trip and for what type of medication is best for you.
Disclaimer: All the information we provide here is purely for guidance purposes and we are not medical experts. We always recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor 6-8 weeks before departure who will be able to properly assess your personal medical history, give accurate advice and advise on exactly which immunisations or medical precautions you need to take.
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