Europeans are typically not required to hold a visa to go to Brazil as long as if it is for a 90-day trip. But make sure you check the Brazilian Consulate in the UK website first to avoid making travel arrangements on outdated information.
How’s the climate in Brazil?
Summers are hot in Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro, temperatures can reach up to 40°C (104°F) while in Sao Paulo it gets up to 35°C (95°F). The Summer months are from December through March.
In Brazilian Winter months, from June to September, expect different temperatures in different regions. The Southeast gets a little cold. In Rio, you might experience days reaching 18°C (65°F) and around 12°C (55°F) in Sao Paulo.
If you traveling further South, the average should be around 16°C (60°F). But be ready to face temperatures as low as 4°C (39°F) too.
What language do they speak in Brazil?
The official language in Brazil is Portuguese.
If you speak Spanish though, you might do it just fine in Brazil. That’s because both languages are kind of similar. When I say, kind of, I really mean kind of. Don’t assume Brazilians speak fluent Spanish. But they sure will do their best to help foreigners out by speaking Portuñol (Portuguese & Spanish mix).
What’s Brazil’s currency?
The currency in Brazil is Brazilian Real, code R$.
It is divided into one hundred cents.
The banknotes are 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.
With 1 US Dollar, you get about 3,20 Brazilian Reais today.
How to get around in Brazil?
Major cities like Rio or Sao Paulo are somewhat easy to get around using public transit.
Arriving internationally in Rio at Galeao Airport, you have a few options to getting in the city. There is a premium city bus that goes to the Southside passing through downtown Rio. And there’s also a BRT – Bus Rapid Transit connecting Galeao Airport to the subway.
City buses tend not to be the safest option.
Taxi is available but this is the least affordable alternative.
Although Uber is allowed in Rio, you might find it easier to ask for one when flying domestically at Santos Dumont Airport. This is due to a designated waiting area for Uber riders at Santos Dumont. There isn’t such an area at Galeao, which makes it harder to get an Uber sometimes.
Arriving from Guarulhos, Sao Paulo International Airport, there’s also no direct subway connection to the city. Like in Rio, you need to ride a bus from the airport to the nearest subway station. However, in Sao Paulo, there are 12 subway lines, and therefore, a lot more stations throughout the greater city area.
Big cities in Brazil come with heavy traffic. And when you live in a place like this, having to deal with traffic everyday can be a stressful experience. With that being said, be ready to find drivers who like to tailgate and use the horn a lot. Watch out when approximating a stop sign. Brazilians tend to not make a full stop, despite the law saying it’s mandatory. And when they see a yellow light, they usually speed up, instead of slowing down.
If I could give one piece of advice, it’d be: try to only rent a car while in Brazil if you are visiting multiple cities AND if you’re going to smaller cities, like Curitiba and Florianópolis, or if you’re in Rio and would like to explore Recreio’s beaches.