Brazil: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Praia de Copacabana no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (Copacabana Beach at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Praia de Copacabana no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (Copacabana Beach at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

In order for you to make the most of your vacation, you need to do a little bit of research about the country you are visiting, and of course, prepare yourself. The same is applicable for Brazil. It is not uncommon for first timers to become thoroughly confused and lost during their first trips to Brazil.

Therefore, to make things easier for you, we have compiled a small things of all the essentials that you need to know before you embark on your trip to Brazil.

 

5 Things you must know before visiting Brazil

1. Narrow down the places you need to visit:

  • Brazil may not be the largest country in the world, but it has thousands of things to offer to its visitors. There are literally hundreds of things in this country that demand to be seen, heard, tasted and smelled. Therefore, try to devote at least one week to this trip, because Brazil cannot be explored in two days. In order to not lose track, you can ask around and even contact the Brazil Tourism Board as to which essential places you should visit during your stay. Thus, you will be exposed to the best during your short stay.

 

2. Brush up on Your Spanish:

  • The majority of people in Brazil do not speak English, and this includes hotel staff, drivers and the locals. Therefore, it is important to know at least the basics of Spanish if you wish to communicate with anyone in this country. If you don’t have that sort of time on your hands, simply buy a translation book or hire a guide.

3. Don’t rent a car:

  • You might think that renting a car is the best way to travel, but that’s not it. Most of the Brazilian roads consist of small roads, which can be tons of traffic. Add that to the pricey gas, the parking cost and you will end up paying insane amounts of money. Instead, make use of the really well established bus routes in Brazil. For the in city travels, you can always rent a bike.

4. Dig Out Your Dancing Shoes:

  • Now, all of Brazil isvery big on dancing, especially to salsa or samba music. No matter which neighborhood, no matter at what age, Brazilians love to dance. In fact, there are a large number of clubs and bars scattered across the entire country, which play live local music as well as special samba bars. Your trip is incomplete without at least one visit to a samba bar.

5. Be safe:

  • one of the major problems, which also came up as an important concern in the discussion of the 2016 Olympics, is the high crime rate in Brazil. The local slums are called favelas, and almost 6% of the entire population of Brazil lives there. More often than not, there are cases of homicides, police brutalities, robberies and so. Add that to the drug problems, and you have an unsafe, especially for tourists, place. Therefore, remember to ask about the places you should avoid, especially at night.

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