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Travel Advice for Brazil


There are five climatic regions in Brazil: equatorial, tropical, semi-arid, highland tropical and subtropical. Cities such as Brasilia, on the plateau, have a mild climate with temperatures averaging 19°C (66°F). Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Natal and Salvador on the coast have warmer climates and high humidity. Rio, for example, has an average temperature of around 26°C (80°F), which will climb to over 38°C (100°F) during the summer months. In the southern Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre and Curitiba, the subtropical climate is similar to parts of the US and Europe, with frosts occurring in the winter months (July to August) when temperatures can fall below freezing. Summers are hot, however.

The Amazon is hot and humid year-round. Nevertheless, temperatures rarely rise above 32°C (90°F). The region has two seasons: a rainy season (December to May) and dry season (June to November) often called ‘summer’ by the locals. The humidity is higher in the rainy season, building up over the course of the day to produce a heavy downfall most every afternoon. Even then, however, mornings and early afternoons can be clear and sunny.

Rio de Janeiro

The climate of this vibrant city is tropical. It tends to rain
the most from November through April (Brazilian Summer).
During the summer months maximum high temperature will range between 34-38ºC (89- 100ºF) with peak humidity levels around January and February.
During the winter months (May through October) maximum high temperature will average 20ºC (70ºF).
The peak season in Rio de Janeiro is usually during the summer (November to March), however it is also the warmest and the rainiest season as well as the most expensive time to travel

Northeast Brazil (Bahia, Recife & Fortaleza)

The coast of Northeast Brazil stretches 3,000 km (1,900 miles) and although the northern part tends to be wetter, the entire region is known for its agreeable weather literally all year long. The humidity is lower than in the Amazon region and the constant breeze blowing from the Atlantic Ocean makes the area a paradise for a beach vacation.
Temperature will range between 28-31ºC (80-90ºF) throughout the year. However, rainfall may be 2 or 3 times more during March - August, reaching a peak of 20cm (11 inches) or rain during June. The most popular time is definitely from December through March; fun, music festivals and nightlife are at their peak.

Foz do Iguazu

Foz is not too far from the Equator making it a tropical area. This means that the weather is mostly accessible year-round. Although the temperatures do change, the most important question is about rainy and dry seasons.
From December through February the longer and heavier rains occur, but this makes the falls more impressive with greater volume. Of course the rainy seasons means you just might experience cloudy skies. The hottest time of the year occurs during the summer months running from December through March. These higher temperatures bring more humidity. The high temperatures will be around 32°C (90°F). This is the best time to go if you want to get into the falls and get wet. Driving the boats into the falls is exhilarating and provides visitors with a sense of the power of the falls.
April through most of June represents the dry season. This means that you have a good chance of seeing the falls under blue skies. Although water levels could be lower, the weather creates a great environment. If the levels get to low, the falls may lose their mystique and majestic nature. Less humidity will follow the cooler temperatures that come with the winter months of June, July and August.
However, it is important to note that this is a tropical destination and it can rain any time of the day or year.

Amazon Region (Manaus)

The weather at the Brazilian rainforest is usually hot and humid throughout the year with very small changes in the temperatures. The average temperature in the tropics is between 28-31ºC (80-90ºF). However, the high humidity may be bothersome to people unaccustomed hot and humid weather. There is no true dry season in the Amazon basin,
as the rainfall varies substantially. Cold weather is very rare and only occasionally in the most southern part of the Amazon.
Excessively high temperatures are virtually nonexistent, as temperatures above 37ºC (100 ºF) are truly rare. Only the humidity can be unpleasant to some people.
Manaus is very representative of the climate patterns of the Amazon. The rainiest months are December through May where you may expect up to 2 or 3 times more rain than the rest of the year.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Brazil varies depending on the region and your preferences. Generally, Brazil's peak tourist season is during the summer months of December to March, which is ideal for beach destinations and the Amazon rainforest. However, popular places can be crowded. For specific regions, consider visiting Rio de Janeiro and Southeast Brazil in the shoulder seasons of April to June and September to November. The dry season from June to November is recommended for the Amazon rainforest. Northeast Brazil is best visited from September to March, while the Pantanal and Central-West Brazil are ideal from May to October for wildlife watching. Southern Brazil experiences four seasons, with December to March as summer and July to September as winter. Consider your weather and crowd preferences when deciding the best time to visit.


  • The official currency of Brazil is the Brazilian Real (R$).
  • It is recommended to carry some USD cash for the initial days of your trip, including smaller denominations like 1 USD bills, which can be used for tips at restaurants, for drivers, or at luxury hotels where assistance with luggage is provided.
  • USD and Euros can be easily exchanged at banks and exchange offices known as 'cambios' located on main streets.
  • When it comes to exchanging currency, it's important to note that airport exchange rates are typically less favorable.
  • Hotels often offer money exchange services, although their rates may be better than the airport, they are usually not as competitive as  'cambios'.
  • ATMs are widely available throughout Brazil, including in small towns.
  • Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, and you can use your cards for transactions at various establishments.
  • It's worth noting that some ATMs may have limited operating hours or impose restrictions on withdrawal amounts.
  • For late-night withdrawals, it's advisable to use ATMs located in airports, malls, or gas stations, as they tend to have better availability.


  • Tipping is customary in Latin America and is based on satisfaction with the service provided.
  • Porters in hotels and airports typically appreciate a tip of 1 US dollar for handling 1 piece of luggage.
  • Most restaurants in Brazil do not include service charges. Leaving a tip of 10% or some loose change indicates satisfaction with the service.
  • Taxi drivers in Brazil are generally not tipped, as the fare is usually negotiated upfront. However, rounding up the agreed price to show appreciation for exceptional service is optional.
  • When taking tours, it is common to tip the guide and/or driver if they provided good service. A reasonable amount to tip per person is around 10 US dollars per day.

Top Restaurant Recommendations

Rio Janeiro

  • Oteque $$$$ - Ethical tasting menu of contemporary cuisine
  • Oro $$$ - Wood-fired Carioca cuisine
  • Marius Degustare $$$ - Organic meat & seafood
  • Fogo de Chão (Botafogo) $$$ - Rodizio
  • Cais do Oriente $$ - Brazilian, seafood
  • Casa Camolese $$ - Brewpub, pizza
  • Confitería Colombo $$ - Century-old coffeehouse

Foz de Iguazu

  • Bendito $$$ - International grill, wine bar
  • Quinta da Oliva $$ - Pizza, meats & pasta
  • Pátio Pomare $ - Healthy snacks & dishes


Countries on this official list marked with a '1' under the 'VIVIS/VISIT' column (see page 2), will require a visitor's visa for entry.


  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over nine months old arriving from infectious regions such as Angola, Bolivia, Cameroon, Ecuador, French Guyana, Gambia, Colombia, Guinea, Peru, Kenya, Panama, Mali, Venezuela, Nigeria, Sudan, and Zaire.
  • Vaccination is strongly recommended for those planning to visit rural areas like the Amazon, Pantanal, Brasilia, or Minas Gerais.
  • Yellow fever vaccination should be administered at least 10 days before travel to allow for sufficient protection against the infection.
  • Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever, and Tetanus vaccinations are commonly recommended for most travelers.
  • Malaria prophylaxis should be considered for those traveling to the Amazon or Pantanal regions, in addition to yellow fever. Consult a doctor for the latest information on anti-malarial medication.
  • Brazil has advanced medical care, but medical costs are high, so having medical insurance is strongly recommended.

e-SIM Cards

Brazil's main mobile network operators (the so called Big Four) are:

  • Vivo (Telefónica Brasil)
  • TIM Brasil
  • Claro Brazil

These operators have started deploying 5G networks primarily in major cities like Brasília and São Paulo.

Each provider offers prepaid SIM card packages that can be purchased at their official stores, authorized resellers, and kiosks in major cities. However, it's important to note that in Brazil, you typically require a CPF number (Cadastro de Pessoa Física)  listed on a Brazilian ID card to buy a prepaid SIM card.

That being said, some main operators may be able to sell you a prepaid SIM card without a CPF number if you provide your passport number instead, but this option is generally only available at their physical stores. Resellers, such as kiosks, are unlikely to offer this option.

If you are in a rush and your device supports e-SIM, you can visit the user-friendly website

They provide step-by-step instructions on how to purchase and activate an e-SIM card and use Vivo as the operator for their services in Brazil.

Time zone

Acre Time = GMT-5, Amazon Time = GMT-4, Brasília Time = GMT-3, Fernando de Noronha Time = GMT-2


Rio de Janeiro has relatively cheaper taxi fares compared to other Brazilian cities, but they are still not very cheap compared to other Latin American countries.

There are two types of taxi services in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Yellow Taxis: These are legal taxis with a blue stripe on the side, readily available day and night. They can be hailed from the street. Ensure that the taxi has a functioning meter, and the driver starts it at the beginning of the journey. The driver's license should also be displayed.
  • Radio Taxis (Taxi Especial): Generally blue, white, or green in color, these taxis can be arranged by calling their radio center. They charge a fixed rate regardless of the time or traffic, preventing drivers from overcharging (price is non-negotiable). Radio Taxis are more expensive than yellow taxis but offer reliability, especially for precise pick-up times. Their vehicles are usually newer and equipped with air conditioning.

Other recommended taxi-hailing apps that you can make use of are Uber and Cabify.


  • Standard voltage in Brazil: 127/220 V.
  • Standard frequency: 60 Hz.
  • Power sockets used in Brazil are type N.
  • If your country's standard voltage is within the range of 220V-240V (e.g., UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia), you will need a power converter in Brazil.
  • To confirm compatibility, check the label on your appliance. If it states 'INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz,' it can be used in all countries worldwide.

Altitude Sickness

Due to the fact that most of Brazil's popular tourist destinations lie well below 2000 meters above sea level, there is no risk of altitude sickness while visiting the country.

Top Restaurant Recommendations

Rio Janeiro

  • Oteque $$$$ - Ethical tasting menu of contemporary cuisine
  • Oro $$$ - Wood-fired Carioca cuisine
  • Marius Degustare $$$ - Organic meat & seafood
  • Fogo de Chão (Botafogo) $$$ - Rodizio
  • Cais do Oriente $$ - Brazilian, seafood
  • Casa Camolese $$ - Brewpub, pizza
  • Confitería Colombo $$ - Century-old coffeehouse

Foz de Iguazu

  • Bendito $$$ - International grill, wine bar
  • Quinta da Oliva $$ - Pizza, meats & pasta
  • Pátio Pomare $ - Healthy snacks & dishes

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