Where to sleep?
Know before you go
Know before you go
Tourist Office of Brazil – 32 Green Street - London W1K 7AT - t 0207 399 9000 – open Mon-Fri 10am-1pm and 2-6pm - www.braziltour.com
Embassy of Brazil – 32 Green Street - London W1K 7AT - t 0207 499 0877 - http://www.brazil.org.uk
Republic of Ireland
Brazil does not operate a tourist office in Ireland, but travellers can consult the website developed by the Ministry of Tourism - www.braziltour.com
Embassy of Brazil – Block 8 - 6th Floor - Harcourt Centre - Charlotte Way - Dublin 2 - t 01 475 6000 - email@example.com
When to go
Brazil is in the southern hemisphere, but given the country’s immensity, the climate varies equally immensely.
Temperatures at Salvador de Bahia are high all year round. From April to August, sudden outbursts of heavy rain give way to blazing sunshine and from September to mid-December the climate is ideal.
Inland, in the Nordeste, the differences are more marked and extreme drought sometimes ends in very heavy rainfall.
At Rio, it is hot and humid from October to January and the sea is 25°C. In winter (June to September), the air is around 25°C and the water 21°C.
At São Paulo and further south at Porto Alegre, it is hot in summertime and cooler in winter.
The Amazon is extremely humid and it is best to go during the “dry” season from June to October when it only rains for a few hours every day.
There is a 3-hour time difference between Brazil (GMT-3) and the United Kingdom and Ireland. So, when it is 12noon in London, it is 9am in Brasilia, depending on the season and when daylight saving time starts and finishes.
Passport and visa
EU nationals are required to hold a passport valid for six months after the date of return. Visas are only necessary if you plan to stay for more than three months.
Foreign motorists must have an international driving licence.
No vaccinations are compulsory. Only those entering Brazil via French Guyana, Bolivia, Columbia, Equator, Peru or Venezuela must be vaccinated against yellow fever.
Mosquitoes can carry dengue fever in large cities and malaria in the Amazon. It is recommended to take anti-malarial treatment, avoid stagnant water and wear long clothing in the evenings.
The sun is very fierce at this latitude and those arriving from the northern hemisphere should be very careful.
Travel insurance is advisable (automatically provided by some bank cards).
The following websites will help you prepare your journey:
www.brazil.org.uk - Brazilian embassy in London website from which you can download an excellent tourist brochure.
www.bbeco.org - Brazilian eco-tourism website (theoretically in English).
www.brazilinsight.com - Travel news by a site run by the official board of tourism.
www.brazilmax.com - Official “hip” guide to Brazil.
www.waytogobrasil.com.br - Official travel portal.
www.survival-international.org - History and news related to Brazil’s Indian population. Essential before going to the Amazon.