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‘Will My Smart Phone Work When I Tour Brazil?’

Many people who tour Brazil from other countries discover once they arrive there that their smart phones don’t work. That’s because the Brazilian mobile network is set up a little differently than it is in other countries. Nationalized Telecommunications The mobile network is run by an agency called Anantel, which actually is an acronym for  National Telecommunications Agency. While some foreign smart phones may work in Brazil, those that aren’t aligned with some Anantel...

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Tour Brazil by Water to See the Country’s Wild Side

One of the best ways to tour Brazil is by water. Booking a yacht charter in Brazil offers a view of the South American nation’s wild side from a unique perspective. Hiring your own charter yacht is one of the best ways to experience Brazil. The seas off the nation’s coast are almost always calm, there’s plenty of sunshine all year round, and the ocean breeze is calm and constant. Where to Visit Brazil has nearly 5,000 miles of coastline, so there are plenty of places to visit...

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Golf Quickly Becoming Brazil’s Second Biggest Sports Passion

Brazil is known as a soccer-crazed nation, but golf is quickly becoming a very popular sport. While it was once exclusively for the super rich, there are now are many more golf courses than ever before so it is being taken up by people of all ages and from every type of background. Currently, there are more than 30 golf courses in Brazil, including one that recently opened that was designed by Jack Nicklaus and backed by Donald Trump. And new golf courses are opening every month as supply tries...

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How to Get the Best Deal on Flights to Brazil

Flying to Brazil from the United States or Europe is never an inexpensive proposition. The journey is simply too long to qualify for the kind of “bargain buys” you can often find on domestic flights. There’s also no high season or low season for frugal travelers to exploit. Brazil is always a popular destination, so there’s little incentive for international air carriers to put tickets on sale. Still, with a little persistence and some insider’s know-how, you can...

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What You Need to Know about Brazil’s Most Popular Sports

One of the best ways to get the full cultural experience during your visit to Brazil is to attend a sporting event. Brazilians are passionate about sports, so being in a crowded stadium of crazed fans is exciting, fun and also educational. Soccer is King As home to the most recent FIFA World Cup tournament, most of the world knows by now that Brazilians are crazy about soccer, or as it is known in Brazil, football. There are 13.2 million officially registered football players in Brazil, and...

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‘Can I Use US Dollars in Brazil?’

Some visitors that tour Brazil are surprised to learn that Brazil has its own currency and that they can’t use their US dollars there. The Brazilian currency is called the Real, which is pronounced “hay-al” in the singular. The plural is Reals, which is pronounced “hay-ice” The dollar is not legal tender in Brazil, although you can use it for tipping or for buying items at some tourist locations. Prices marked in R$ are in Reals. Prices marked in $, US$, U$, or USD...

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Cristo Redentor, Brazil’s Most Famous Landmark

When most outsiders think of Brazil, one of the first images that comes to mind is the Cristo Redentor, or the statue of Christ the Redeemer that sits atop Corcovado looking down over Rio de Janeiro. The statue, which was unveiled in 1931, is Brazil’s most famous landmark and is a must-see for anybody visiting seeking to tour Brazil. A Stunning Sight  Cristo Redentor is the largest art deco statue in the world. It is 130 feet tall and its outstretched arms reach 98 feet across. The...

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Tips for Traveling the Amazon by Riverboat

The Amazon River is the world’s second-longest river (after the Nile), but it is one of the most wondrous and exotic places on Earth. The river winds through the Brazilian rain forest, where it is a vital part of the natural ecosystem. The best way to visit the Amazonian rain forest is by riverboat. There are many different trips of various lengths you can take. But to get the complete riverboat experience, the optimal length is probably three days. Any more than that, and there’s...

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Be Enchanted by the Rhythmic Sounds of Brazil

Music is an enormous part of everyday life in Brazil. And it is an art form that anybody can immediately understand, regardless of their native language. The music of Brazil is one of the most exciting discoveries for many visitors, whether it is the upbeat forro they hear playing from a taxi’s radio soon after they first arrive to the traditional lure of the samba beat that drifts out of an afternoon jam session at a local bar. From the moment you arrive in Brazil, you will be charmed by...

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‘Do I Need to Tip When I Visit Brazil?’

One thing people visiting a foreign country for the first time always wonder about is whether or not to tip the people who help serve them during their trip. In Brazil, tipping is generally not expected. But it is certainly always appreciated, especially if you have received some sort of special, non-standard service. The best advice would be that if you can afford to tip, the people receiving your tip will be extremely grateful. Tipping in Restaurants In most restaurants in Brazil, a service...

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