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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for Brazil

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Brazil that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Brazil Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: República Federativa do Brasil
Capital:Brasília
Population:174 million
Telephone Code: 55
Time Zone: GMT+3
Area: 8.547.403sq km
Language(s): Portuguese
Religion: Christian (83% catholic)
Ethnic Groups: natives, portuguese, italians, spanish,germans,africans, arabs,japanese...people from all possible backgrounds
Highest Mountain: Pico da Neblina (3.014 m)in Amazonas State
President/Head of State: President Dilma Rousseffmore

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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São Paulo is the heart of Brazil, in some ways. It's where you probably land when you get here. It's the economical centre of the country. But it's not where you can go to find authentic brazilian culture as you've seen it on TV. You can find Brazil here, but in a cosmopolitan sense. It's New York with better food. It's Paris without the lights. It's great, but it's for people who like urban places. Here you will find the best cusine, a great night life and many cultural and historycal p ... more

Maps

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Here you can include references to maps that are somewhere on the internet. Two conditions apply: they cannot be protected by copyright, (or you have to make sure that we are allowed to use them), and you have to make sure that it is ok if we call them up from here. If that is a problem, you can also send us the image file and we will upload it to our server.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Do yourself a favor and don't take cabs in front tourist sites or the bus station - you might end up getting mugged. Instead, just get a cab that's coming down the road. They'll still try to rip you off once in a while, so make sure the driver turns on the taximeter. They'll try to give you 'special offers' once in a while but you shouldn't settle for that and insist on driver turning on the taximeter.

Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

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Getting there and away

Brazil is easily accessible by air, by car or by bus through its borders.

TAM is today the main Brazilian carrier, since traditional Varig got in financial troubles in the recent years. Varig still flies a few international and national routes, but is no longer a Star Alliance member. TAM has direct flights connecting São Paulo (GRU - Guarulhos Airport) and sometimes Rio de Janeiro (GIG - Galeão Airport) to Paris (CDG), London (LHR), New York (JFK), ... more

Accommodation

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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

Money and Costs

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Currency, Brazil´s currency is called Real. Due to a history of hyperinflation, Brazil has had many currencies over the years, but ever since 1994 inflation is under control and looks like the Real is going to last.
As we have no pegged exchange rate, it varies over time. Right now 1US$= R$2.4 (July/2005) (I am using dots for the fractions, but in Brazil we use commas e.g. 2,7)
Exchanging Money, In most major cities exchanging money is not a problem (US dollars ar ... more

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country www.americantenders.com (L)
useful website.

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

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Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members. www.americantenders.com (L)
useful website.

Photos

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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here.

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Greeting For informal situations most people greet each other with kisses on the cheek. Depending on the region in Brazil, the number of kisses varies. In São Paulo one kiss is enough, in Rio de Janeiro two kisses are the norm and in Minas Gerais you can´t get away with less than three kisses!!!
But if you don´t feel confortable with kissing, you might get away by just waving your hand or shakin hands.
Drinking Drinking is allowed in public, you can drink at the bea ... more

Language and Useful Phrases

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Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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Official Country Website:
http://www.brasil.gov.br

Hitchhiking Brazil:
http://www.digihitch.com/world/South-America/Brazil (L)

Only add really valuable resources here. Also, please ask the webmaster of the site you link here to add a link back to the Hospitality Club. If the link exists, please add (L) behind the URL of the link. www.americantenders.com (L)
useful website.

Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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