Brazil, land of the samba, football, and beaches. It is a country of rivers, lakes and mountains, and also a land of music, folklore and food. Brazil isn’t just Carnival; it is a country where people like to celebrate all year round.
If you are looking for ecological adventures, the north of Brazil offers the amazon region which is the world’s largest biological reserve, and one-third of the planet’s living species. There are jungle lodges which accommodate tourists, offering comfort and security.
The northeast offers a continuous summer climate and the continent’s most beautiful beaches. They range are from Maranhao to Canoa Quebrada Beach, in Ceara, through to Genipabu and its sand dunes, in Rio Grande do Norte
Here you will find a contrast with the newborna and the timeless. Brasilia, the nation’s Capital, with its bold architectural style, and on the other hand, the Pantanal of Mato Grosso, a virtual ecological sanctuary, where tourists may see alligators, birdlife, deer, snakes and other wildlife.
The southeast holds Brazil’s urban face, where Rio de Janeiro, holds the luxuriant greenery contrasting with thousands of modern buidings. The city brings together one of the country’s busiest night and cultural lives, and the world’s best know carnival. The state also has stunning beaches in Angra dos Reis, Buzios and Cabo Frio.
The south offers the European flavour, as a result of migration of many Germans, Italians and Polish settlers. The south also offers the stunning Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls.
São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador
Pico da Neblina (Mist Peak), 3,014 m
Roman Catholic (73.6%), Protestant (15.4%) Other (11.0%)
Most shops in Brazil are open from 9.00 am & 6.30 pm / 7.00 pm weekdays and 9.00 am & 1.00 pm Saturdays.
Brazil lies within the tropics so temperatures rarely dip below 20 degrees, apart from in the southern regions which are more temperate. The climate in arid interior is hot and dry and the tropical rainforests of the Amazon are humid and sticky.
Public telephones accept cartões telefônicos (telephone cards), which can be obtained from newspaper kiosks. Mobile coverage is generally very good. Coverage is provided with a number of mobile phone carriers.
Brazil’s vast coastline is fringed with sandy beaches and island getaways, while buzzing Rio de Janeiro and stylish São Paulo offer nightlife and culture galore. You could spend months hopping from one sun-baked beach to the next including the many offshore islands or the sand dunes of Natal. This enormous country offers many inland attractions. From steamboat rides and wildlife safaris in the Amazon Basin to the Iguaçu Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Surpassing even the Amazon for its flora and fauna is the Pantanal, the biggest wetlands in the world. During the dry season, thousands of caiman rub shoulders with capybara at the shrunken waterholes. In the Northeast, where Brazil’s African roots are strongest, is Salvador, famous for its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can sample spicy cuisine, become lost in passionate music and dance and be swept up the Afro-Brazilian spiritual traditions. The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (R$). Cash and travellers cheques are easily exchanged at hotels, banks and travel agencies. In Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, the current is almost exclusively 110 or 120 volts, 60 cycles AC. Salvador, Manaus have 127 volt service. The most common current is 110v/220v, 60Hz/50Hz. The plug has 2 round pins or 2 round pins with ground receptacle as used in Europe. To obtain information contact Camping Club do Brazil Rua Senador Dantas. 75, 29 andar Centro, Rio de Janerio. Telephone: (5521) 210 3171
Taxis are plentiful in Brazil. Regular metered taxis may be hailed on the street. Chauffeur driven or self driven rental cars are available at all major airports and in most larger cities. Buses are the most popular means of transportation and mostly used for urban and interurban trips. Rio de Janerio and Sao Paolo have rapid, comfortable and efficient subways systems.