FAQs

Brazil Information

What is the situation with electricity?

Many hotels will use a mix of European and North American style sockets, so it is advisable to take a multi-adapter with you to charge any electrical items such as camera batteries or mobile/cell phones as plug sockets vary from place to place.

Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo have 110 or 120 Volt 60 cycles alternate current (AC). Salvador and Manaus have 127 Volts. Recife, Brasilia and a number of other cities have 220‐Volt Service.


Safety on holiday in Brazil

Brazil is one of the friendliest countries on earth and it is not a country where you would normally feel threatened, quite the contrary!

There is however a huge difference in wealth between the richest and poorest in the country and therefore crime does exist which can affect you if you are unlucky. The threat of crime is more prevalent in the cities whereas in beach towns and resorts it will feel a million miles away.

There are some simple ways to minimize the risk of being the victim of any sort of crime by using common sense and only carrying with you what you need.

Best advice is to lock your passport, credit cards and airline tickets in the hotel safe and do not take any valuables to the beach, all you need there is your towel and a drink or snack. Leave your expensive watches and jewellery at home.

At night, use taxis, and don’t wander down dark alleyways or on the beach after dark.

Brazilian drivers often run red lights – so even if the lights are in your favour, exercise caution. Local city buses are not recommended and taxis are a much better option, metered and reasonably priced.

One tip is to carry a photocopy of your passport and entry card (this is filled in when you arrive in Brazil). By law, foreigners should always be able to show their passport on demand, but the police accept a photocopy as proof of identity.

Don’t believe all the scare stories you read in the press. Use common sense and be conscious of who is around you when you are out and about and you’ll have a wonderful time.


Travel Questions

When is the best time to visit Brazil?

Due to the sheer size of the Brazil it’s a difficult question to answer and depends on the sights you want to see and the experience you want to have.

February/March is always a great time to visit as it’s carnival and Brazil is at its most vibrant and exciting. At that time of year it’s summer in the south and very hot in areas such as Rio de Janeiro however it’s also much wetter at that time of year.

If you want to see jaguars or other large mammals then then prime months to visit the Pantanal are from June to September however outside of these months the Pantanal is still fabulous.

For watersports enthusiasts then then to the north coast near Fortaleza where fantastic weather is coupled with strong winds from July to January – perfect for kitesurfers or windsurfing.

There’s great whalewatching in the south between June and November while if beer is an interest then head to Blumenau in October for the world’s second largest Oktoberfest.

So in summary, any time is a good time to visit Brazil, but we would say that!

 


Do I need vaccinations?

Vaccination against yellow fever is necessary when visiting the many inland areas in Brazil including the Pantanal and the Amazon.

Malaria Prophylaxis is advised when visiting some areas in the Amazon basin.

Please consult your travel doctor for the latest advice regarding vaccinnations.


What’s the weather like?

Most of Brazil lies south of the Equator. As a result there is very little seasonal variation. The climate is comfortably temperate in most of the country, and refreshing sea breezes often blow along the coast almost all year round. With the temperatures usually ranging from 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 30 degrees Centigrade), casual spring and summer clothes are appropriate for almost every region and occasion.

In Rio, summer runs from December to March with temperatures ranging from 25º C (77º F) to 42º C while winter runs from June to August when temperatures can drop to around 20º C (68ºF) in the day and cool 16º C (60ºF) at night. Luminosity is also very high (sunglasses are advisable).

The north of Brazil remains hot all year round whereas some of the southern cities, such as Curitiba, have been known to experience a light snowfall in June/July.

The season of heavy rains is from December to March in the Amazon, the Pantanal and the Southeast and from May to August in the Northeast.


Do I need a visa?

Brazil’s visa policy is based on reciprocity; therefore citizens of countries that insist upon entry visas for Brazilian citizens will need entry visas.

British citizens currently do not require visas for visits to Brazil (or to any other South American country) however other nationalities may differ, most notably Americans, Canadians and Australians. Check with the Brazilian Consulate in your country.

Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. Take good care of the “ENTRY/EXIT CARD”, which is given to you and must be completed upon entering Brazil. The document has to be checked and stamped by the Federal Police on entering and leaving the country.


What should I pack?

Casual light clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended during the day and in the evening. When dining or going out to a club or a show, the dress is casual chic for women, sports shirts and slacks for men. Jackets and ties are not necessary (with a few exceptions in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo).

Brazilians, even in the major cities, dress casually outside the office. None of the country’s top restaurants insist on collar and tie although the occasional club does. Collar and tie still predominate in formal office and business surroundings in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and most workingwomen wear dresses or skirts. Ladies should remember to pack a jacket or shawl when coming to Brazil as some of the buildings and restaurants can be a little over enthusiastic with the air conditioning.

When packing, keep in mind that cities like Rio and São Paulo are big, fashionable, cosmopolitan cities and not a small tourist resorts. If you forget to bring some item of clothing with you, you will certainly be able to find what you forgot in any of the big shopping centres. If heading further south in South America, remember to pack some warmer clothes, especially during the Southern Hemisphere’s winter months (July/August).


Bespoke Brazil Information

Is Bespoke Brazil a member of ABTA?

No, we are not. ABTA ended its consumer promise in 2006. This means that not all of the travel arrangements that you book through an ABTA member are necessarily protected in case of the financial failure of the travel company.

We have financial protection through the Travel Trust Association which provides a higher level of protection and we also hold an Air Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL).

If you book with Bespoke Brazil your money is 100% financially protected.