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Capital - Brasilia


Currency - Brazilian Real (BRL)


Official Language - Portuguese. Spanish is understood. English limited to main hotels and tourist areas.


Religion - Roman Catholic 74%, Protestant 15%, Spiritualist 1%, Other 7%.


Electricity - 110V/60Hz or 220V/60Hz (North American or European plug)


Business Hours - Government offices are usually open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, except holidays. Store hours vary according to the city and even the area of the city in which they are located. Having said that, stores usually open at 9 am and close at 6 pm or as late as 8 pm, Monday through Friday. Closing hours may vary on Saturday. In some cities, a few stores may remain open 24 hours (Rio and Sao Paulo, for instance, have bookstores, supermarkets and convenience stores open 24 hours). Stores usually close on Sunday.


Malls usually open at 10 am and close later than other stores, at 10 pm. Malls may open late and close early on Sunday, depending on the city (from noon through 8-10 pm, approximately).

Banks are open weekdays between 10 am and 4 pm in most cities.


Tipping - Tip is only 10% of the total service amount and is usually included in the bill.


Time Zone - The Brazilian territory is located West of the Greenwich Meridian. Brazil has 4 time zones, ranging from minus-2-hours in relation to Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) up to minus-5-hours. The official time zone for Brazil (where the federal capital of Brasilia, Rio and Sao Paulo are located) is minus-3-hours. In relation to the U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST), the official time is ahead by plus-2-hours (not considering daylight saving time in the U.S. or in Brazil).


Passports - Travelers from the United States (citizens and/or residents) must pay $100 US Dollars for a mandatory entry visa obtained at their nearest Brazil Consulate.


Emergencies - In case of any emergency, dial Police: 190, Fire: 193, Ambulance: 192


The numbers below are for the specialized tourist police in the major cities: Tourist Police Location phone numbers:

Rio de Janeiro (21) 511-5112 or 511-5767Sao Paulo (11) 214-0209


Salvador (71) 322-7155 or 322-1188


Water - The quality of tap water may vary from place to place (from contaminated, saline or soaked with chlorine to plain drinkable) and Brazilians themselves usually prefer to have it filtered. Because many travelers have tender digestive tracts, we recommend playing it safe and sticking to bottled drinks as much as possible. Avoid ice in all drinks.


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If traveling is your passion, Brazil is your destination. Brazil will take your breath away.


For the sporty, the adventurous, the curious. For children, teenagers and adults. For couples, families and friends. For all kinds of people, all the time.


Brazil tourist attractions go from the mountain ranges Gauchos (with cold and great European influence, where one can visit towns almost frozen in time, as in the Medieval Europe) to the Amazonian forest, that presents the biggest biodiversity of the planet.


The most heavily populated and economically advanced part of the country is the Southeast, where - Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte - form a triangle from which the economy pivots.


All three cities are worth visiting in their own right, although Rio, one of the world's most spectacular cities, stands above the rest of the lot.


It is here where the world's most popular party Carnaval takes place. In the heart of Rio, its soul displays well among its churches, buildings and monuments but more so in its beaches and clinging hillsides of exclusive beauty.


Typical tours in Rio are visits to the Corcovado Hill and the Sugar Loaf. From here also, you may wish to explore full day options to Petropolis or nearby tropical islands.


A roundtrip flight to the spectacular Iguazu Falls (at the northernmost point where Brazil and Argentina meet) is a must considering that it is one of the great natural wonders of South America.


Brasilia is the country's space-age capital, built from nothing in the late 1950s and still developing today, it is the gateway to a vast interior, the Mato Grosso. This is where the mighty Pantanal swampland, the richest wildlife reserve on the continent shades into the Amazon. With its mosaic of jungle, rivers, savanna and marshland, the Amazon also contains two major cities - Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon itself, and Manaus, some 1600km upstream.






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