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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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‘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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