Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice Brazil

Travel advice

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Formalities

Members of the European Community will receive a 3 months visa upon arrival. Travelers from the U.S.A or Australia should apply for a tourist visa at a Brazilian embassy/consulate outside Brazil before traveling and expect a fee to be charged. Its validity can be extended to 6 months. All you have to do is to present yourself, with your passport, at the federal police office of the town in which you are, fill in a few forms, and pay a small fee.
The solution can also be to leave the country to be issued a new 3 months visa (Americans and Australians will need to get a visa from one of the embassies in any of the adjacent countries before re-entering the Brazilian territory). But the duration of your stay can’t exceed 6 months in the past last 12 months.
An immigration card showing your entrance date is delivered upon entry on the territory. Be careful not to lose it, it is requested upon exit.

Health

Risks:
•Malaria: The risk is omnipresent in the Amazon Basin (the whole Northern region, and therefore, in the neighboring states such as the North of Mato Grosso and the West of the Nordeste). The best is to try to avoid the risks (bite of a mosquito called anopheles) by using mosquito repellant especially right at sunset and/or follow a prophylactic treatment (depending on the length of your stay in the infected area). Check with your doctor.

•Dengue: A type of flu transmitted by mosquitoes in the Nordeste. Apply mosquito repellant regularly on the exposed areas (especially during the warm hours of the day).

•Hygiene and alimentation: The risks can be benign (simple diarrhea) or important (typhoid, dysentery); water from facets is advised against. Choose bottled water or use purifying tablets. Also be aware of unpeeled fruits and vegetables.

•Bilharzias or Schistosomiasis: Check before swimming in fresh water potentially infected.

Vaccinations recommended:
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B.
Yellow fever: strongly recommended for the Amazon Basin, some areas of the Nordeste (Northeast) and the Pantanal. An international vaccination booklet, certifying that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever, is usually mandatory (but controls are rare, or non-existent) to visit these areas and it will be required to enter Brazil from a bordering country (Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Guyana).

Personal pharmacy:
Your usual medicine (bring a copy of your prescription in case you loose your medications);
•aspirin or paracetamol against headaches and aches;
•anti-diarrhea (type lope amide) and an intestinal antiseptic (type nifuroxazid);
•an histaminic against allergies, rashes due to insect bites (type loratadine, dexchlorpheniramin or cetirizine);
•mosquito repellant; a large spectrum antibiotic treatment (see doctor);
•sterile compresses;
• Compresses stériles
•disinfectant;
•cream for burns
•Extra for trekkers:Anti-inflammatory cream; elastic adhesive bandages (type Elastoplast®); different size band-aids; new skin (protection against blisters).

Safety

Your security is our priority.
Some activities like rafting, trekking, excursions in the Amazon require respect of security standards. Specialized guides will accompany us and they will be equipped with quality gear.

Brazil has the reputation of being a dangerous country for tourists but this is an exaggeration. Brazilians themselves are often the victims of violence (brawls among or between favelas, abandoned children, new slaves, Indians, drivers, population the most wealthy). For the tourist, a few precautions and a little good sense are usually enough to avoid trouble. The large urban centers, concentrating the world misery at the same time as hordes of tourists, present the most risks. Furthermore, some places are better suited than others, particularly bus or train stations.

We therefore recommend that you be extremely vigilant during your transfers and stay in town, to ban all exterior signs of wealth, to travel light, to never leave bags or cameras on the ground unattended, use the hotels safes when available, always carry a copy of your important documents (passport, drivers license...).
Carry a copy of your individual insurance policy with the policy number and the contact information in case of need.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Office, 031 (operator) +24 33 71 82 71
Cellular, 031 +24 99 41 35 39 / 24-hours a day and 7 days a week.

Electricity and batteries

The electricity is not standardized, it oscillates between 110 and 220 V. In Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, it is almost always either 110 or 120 V. Most of the sockets are equipped to receive plugs with round or flat double prongs.

Cell phones

Verify with your operator if your phone will work in Brazil.

Comfort

Some of our circuits (Pantanal, Amazon, Lencois-Marahenses, treks) involve at time rusticity and the unreliability of the local conditions. They don’t involve athletic feat but require a good physical condition physique and some capacity to adapt to the environment and the conditions. In any case, comfort remains one of our foremost priorities in our choice of hotels and of the camping sites.
When we state, for some of the nights, “basic comfort”, it is usually in reference to lodging with local host (or in a shelter) where the ground can be dirt or cement, and in which are offered collective dormitories equipped with basic cots (wooded frame + mattress + blankets). We will rarely find showers and 24 hours electricity.
But be assured that our ground team (inhabitants, hosts) will be at your disposal to accommodate you at best they can.

Accommodations

The number of stars indicated in the program (according to the Brazilian classification), in double occupancy with bathroom. Breakfast included except if otherwise mentioned.
The selection is done with your comfort in mind.
In theory, there is a difference between pousada and hotel.
The pousadas, are similar to guesthouses, they are supposed to be a little more familial and warm.
The hotels are in opposition more impersonal.
This nuance is not always true...

Luggage

For convenient traveling, we advise you to “travel light” and to take only what is strictly necessary, and luggage should be as compact as possible (a big suitcase and a smaller bag). The contents may vary according to the season and your itinerary, but you will certainly spend most of your stay in a T-shirt, shorts and sandals. For trekking, it is essential that you limit the weight of your bag to 30 lb, so as not to overload the porters or the mules.

Sites protection

The ecological equilibrium of some of the areas that you will cross is very fragile. The regularity of the tourist flux, even in small groups, can easily and rapidly disturb it. In everyone’s interest, each participant is responsible for the cleanness and the state of the areas crossed or used for camping. The fight against la pollution needs to be of concern to each one.

Vehicles (private transports)

Depending on the group size, we can use a minibus. All the vehicles are covered by assurance.

Drivers

All the drivers we use are professionals. The have a good knowledge of the area and good mechanical competences.

Guides

Bilingual Portuguese and English-except if notified in the program- and knowing the country. Local specialized guides for some areas (Chapada Diamantina / Amazon / Pantanal).

If airport pick up:

A guide or a driver will await you upon arrival with a board with “your name + Terra Brazil".

The spirit of traveling and trip modifications.

Un-foreseeable circumstances (late plane / train, breakdowns, etc.) can occur and are part of traveling.
In function of the weather conditions and the desire of the group, the itinerary can be modified. What we mean by "a la carte travel" is a total flexibility in relation to the circuit established before departure. An eventual decision to change the program will have to be accepted by the group members. Some price changes may occur.

Shopping

Cotton hammocks, lace, precious and semi-precious stones, Brazilian music and its diverse instruments, Indian handicraft (arcs, arrows, baskets, feather hair-dresses, sculptures, pottery…), bikinis constitute various gift ideas.

Gastronomy

The feijoada is omnipresent. It is composed of feijão (black beans), carne do sol (dried meat), rice, cabbage, manioc flour, pork offal and sausage.

Bahianaise cooking consists of a mix of African and Brazilian recipe, based of characteristic ingredients such as coconut milk, ginger, chili, coriander, shrimps and dendé oil.
The most typical plates are the acarajés (balls of peeled red beans, salt, onions, the whole fried in dendé oil) and the moqueca (type of fish stew, shrimps, oysters or crab, with a lot of dendé and coconut milk).

The cachaça is a popular alcohol, acquired by distillation of sugar cane juice, Brazilian equivalent of Caribbean rum. This alcohol serves as the base for the caipirinha, famous cocktail with lemon, crushed ice and sugar.

The fruit juices prepared in front of us are very varied and delicious.

Arts

Brazilians count among the people most musician of the Planet, music being without a doubt the art form plus developed. The Brazilian music, maybe because of its African roots, constitutes a collective act, a celebration, and a party, all impossible to separate from the dance. Les musical genres like the pagode, the samba, the frevo, the forró and the lambada have their own dance.

Comfort

On some of our tours (Pantanal, Amazon, Lençois-Marahenses, treks) rusticity prevails, as well as the unforeseen possibilities of local conditions. This does not imply that the adventures are restricted to the most adventurous, but they generally require good physical condition and the capacity to adapt to circumstances.
In all cases however, comfort is one of our priorities for the choice of hotels or camping sites. Whenever we mention “basic comfort” for accommodation, it generally means lodging at a villager’s house (or at a shelter) where the floor may be dirt or concrete, and where collective bedrooms equipped with basic cots (bedstead + mattress + blankets) are available. You will not find showers and electricity at all times. However, please note that our teams on site (inhabitants, lodging owners) will be at your disposal to receive you in the best possible conditions.

 

Distance between the principal cities (km)

 

Belém

BH*

Brasília

Foz do Iguaçu

Manaus

Porto Alegre

Recife

Rio de Janeiro

SSA**

São Paulo

Aracaju

2079

1578

1652

3089

5215

3296

501

1855

356

2188

Belém

-

2824

2141

3381

5298

3854

2074

3250

2100

2933

Belo Horizonte*

2824

-

741

1508

3951

1712

2061

444

1372

586

Boa Vista

6083

1736

4275

4606

785

5348

6483

5159

5794

4756

Brasília

2141

741

-

1573

3490

2027

2135

1148

1446

1015

Campo Grande

2942

1453

1134

776

3051

1518

3247

1444

2568

1014

Cuiabá

2941

1594

1133

1464

2357

2206

3256

2017

2567

1614

Curitiba

3193

1004

1366

637

4036

711

3078

852

2385

408

Florianópolis

3500

1301

1673

944

4343

476

3375

1144

2682

705

Fortaleza

1610

2528

2200

3846

5763

4242

799

2805

1389

3127

Goiânia

2017

906

209

1374

3291

1847

2332

1338

1643

926

Ilhéus

2370

1112

1271

2397

4739

2800

1131

1315

458

1652

João Pessoa

2161

2171

2245

3682

5808

3889

120

2448

947

2770

Maceió

2173

1854

1928

3365

5491

3572

285

2131

632

2453

Manaus

5298

3951

3490

3821

-

4563

5698

4374

5009

3971

Natal

2108

2348

2422

3859

5985

4066

297

2625

1126

2947

Palmas

1282

1690

973

2298

4141

2747

2058

2124

1454

1776

Porto Alegre

3854

1712

2027

986

4563

-

3779

1553

3090

1109

Porto Seguro

2635

945

1446

2518

4907

2620

1387

1135

734

1471

Porto Velho

4397

3050

2589

2920

901

3662

4712

3473

4023

3070

Recife

2074

2061

2135

3572

5698

3779

-

2338

842

2660

Rio Branco

4931

3584

3123

3454

1445

4196

5243

4007

4457

3604

Rio de Janeiro

3250

444

1148

1472

4374

1553

2338

-

1649

429

Salvador**

2100

1372

1446

2885

5009

3090

842

1649

-

1962

São Luís

806

2738

2157

3418

5335

3891

1573

3015

1599

2970

São Paulo

2933

586

1015

1047

3971

1109

2660

429

1962

-

Teresina

947

2302

1789

3350

5267

3804

1137

2579

1163

2792

Vitória

3108

526

1238

1925

4476

2001

1891

525

1207

882

 

Good season

We advise that you avoid the tourist peaks from December to January, the period of the Carnival and the St. week.
Brazilians, and there are 180 millions of them, are the first tourists visiting their own country. During this period, the tourist destinations – and principally the coast – are swamped.
Hotels and restaurants are full as well as the beaches…
Also, the prices climb and the hotels and pousadas use a system of “pacote”, a flat fee for a set number of nights minimum (for example 5 nights or nothing).





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