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What You Need to Know about Brazilian Beach Culture

In Rio de Janeiro and other coastal Brazilian cities, beaches are a huge part of everyday life. So when you tour Brazil, it’s highly probable that you are going to spend at least some of your time at one of Brazil’s many incredible beaches. Beach Cultures Unwritten Rules Brazilian beach culture has plenty of unwritten rules and codes of conduct that the native population naturally know. Here are some helpful tips that will allow you to hit the beach like a native without looking...

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Will My Health Insurance Work When I Tour Brazil?

Most health insurance coverage include some sort of benefits when you travel to Brazil or anywhere else abroad, but you won’t know for sure unless you ask ahead of time. The last thing you want to discover is that you have no health coverage when you become ill or injured while in another country. Before you leave to tour Brazil, reach out to your health insurance company and explain that you plan to travel overseas. Ask about the type of coverage you will have when you are out of the...

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Visit the Best Waterfalls When You Tour Brazil

While Brazil may not be home to South America’s largest waterfall — that honor is held by Venezuela, which is home to the 3,212-foot Kerepakupai-Meru waterfalls — it certainly has some of the continent’s most beautiful natural water formations. When you tour Brazil, there are plenty of scenic waterfalls you can see in every corner of the country. Here are some of the most spectacular: Cascata do Caracol Located in Brazil’s Parque Estadual do Caracol, the Cascata do...

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Learn About Brazilian Culture Before You Tour Brazil

Before you tour Brazil, it’s helpful to understand a little bit about what inspires and motivates the proud people who live there. One cultural clue comes from the flag of Brazil. The current Brazilian flag features the same yellow and green colors that were part of the original flag of the Empire of Brazil. In the center of the flag is a blue orb that contains 27 five-pointed stars and the phrae, “Ordem e Progresso”, which is Portuguese for “Order and Progress”....

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Recycling Popular in Brazil Despite Lack of Official Programs

Brazil is one of the world’s leaders in recycling materials such as paper, aluminum cans, steel cans, tires, plastic and even refrigerators. But unlike the US and other countries, it has very few government-sponsored recycling programs. In fact, only about 6.4% of Brazilian cities have official waste recycling programs in which trucks collect recyclables left at the curb with their trash by residents. The vast majority of recycling in Brazil is performed by waste pickers who earn a living...

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Tour Brazil During Major Holiday Celebrations

You can make your trip to Brazil more festive if you schedule it during one of the country’s major holiday celebrations. People in Brazil like to have fun all the time, but the celebrations go into hyperdrive during national holidays. Most of the biggest holidays take place in the Autumn — which is Springtime in the Northern Hemisphere — but there also are a few big national holidays in the later months of the year. Celebrating Carnival Perhaps Brazil’s biggest and most...

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How to Get Around Town When You Tour Brazil

Brazil’s biggest city, Rio de Janeiro, is a major metropolitan area on par with any of the world’s leading cities. Yet getting around Rio on foot or by taxi is very easy. Some of Rio’s most popular attractions — including Lapa and  Santa Teresa — can easily be reached on foot from the area of the city where most of the most popular hotels are located. Other popular sites –such as Rio’s famous beaches — can be accessed simply by taxi. Hailing a...

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Changing Money When You Tour Brazil

When you tour Brazil, you will have to use Brazilian money to pay for things. While your home nation’s currency can be used for gratuities and in some shops, you probably are going to want to exchange some of it for Brazilian currency before or shortly after your arrival. The unit of currency in Brazil is the real, and the plural is reai. The real can be divided into 100 centavos. The symbol for real is “R$”, which you are likely to see everywhere. Foreign Currency Exchange...

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Accessing the Internet When You Tour Brazil

Many people who tour Brazil for the first time are surprised to learn that Internet access is not as universal as it is in the US and other countries in the Northern Hemisphere. Brazil is fifth largest country in the world when it comes to Internet usage. But the development of WiFi and broadband hasn’t happened as quickly as it has elsewhere. Plus, large swaths of the country are remote areas — such as the enormous Amazon jungle — where Internet service is not...

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Visit Famous Movie Locations When You Tour Brazil

Brazil is a visually stunning country that offers many different types of backgrounds for filmmakers. While the South American nation has a thriving film industry of its own, Brazil’s lush Amazon jungle, provocative white sand beaches, and colorful urban street life lend themselves naturally to the cinema. License to Kill  As you tour Brazil, you are certain to discover places that look familiar to you because you have seen them before on the silver screen. In Rio de Janeiro, the cable...

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