IMPORTANT CHANGE **
U.S. CITIZENS RETURNING FROM ANY INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION
DECEMBER 31, 2006 AND AFTER:
Effective December 31, 2006, a valid passport will be required for persons
of all ages returning by air or sea from any international destination.
State issued birth certificates with government issued I.D. will no longer
be an acceptable form of proof of citizenship.
No passport should be expiring within six months period of your return
Geting Ready for your Trip
Be updated with new travel doccuments rules.
To avoid unknown schedule changes or flight cancellations, please
reconfirm flight schedule times with the airline 72 HOURS BEFORE YOUR
CHECK-IN 3 HOURS BEFORE
scheduled departure time.
Read about the lungage,healty, currency, culture, gastronomy,
weather,local custumes, safety, where to saty and what to do at the place
you choose to travel. Getting to know a litle be the place your go to
visit, will give you more confidence and will help you enjoy better.
Traveling with kids make sure you choose destinations where they will also
When you arrive at your destination, we recommend that you take a special
airport taxi(fixed rate to your destinations). Before leaving the airport,
make sure to ask the taxi driver what the fixed rate will be. If you
choose to use a regular taxi instead of an airport taxi, also make sure to
ask the taxi driver what the rate will be.
The departure tax always vary. When you purchase your airplane ticket,
make sure to check if the round trip taxes are included in the price of
the ticket. If the tax is not included in the price of the ticket, you
must pay the tax when you check in at the airport. You may pay the tax in
local currrency or U.S. dollars.
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, and it is spoken all over
the country. English is widely spoken in capital cities and major hotels.
All cities in Brazil are equipped with Direct Dial Service, which allows
you to make local and international calls. Cellular phones are also a good
option in Brazil. WiFi available in most airports and hotels
International direct call: 00 + country code + area code + phone number
International operator: 000111
Domestic direct call: 9 + area code + phone number *
*(a recorded message asks you to identify yourself and the city you are
calling from after the beep)
Shops and services are generally open from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Monday
through Friday, and from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Saturdays.
Banks are open from 10:00 A.M. to 4.30 P.M. Monday through Friday.
Automatic machines (ATMs) are available 24 hours a day. Check for those
that accept international credit cards.
Malls are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.
Service station hours vary, but on busy streets they stay open 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. Top
The Real (R$) is the monetary unit of Brazil. Current exchanges rates are
published daily in local newspapers. There are many exchange offices in
airports and malls in major cities. You can even change your dollars in
your hotel. Top
There are five climatic regions in Brazil: equatorial, tropical,
semi-arid, highland tropical, and subtropical. The average temperature is
82ï¿½ Fahrenheit in the north and 68ï¿½ Fahrenheit in the south.
The current weather conditions in Brazil can be found at:
The electrical current is not standardized in Brazil. In Rio and Sao
Paulo it is either 110 or 120 volts, 60 cycles AC. In Manaus and Salvador
it is 127 volts. In Recife and Brasilia it is 220 volts.
Some hotels will provide adapters if required. If you will be using
electronics (such as a phone charger, computer, or hair dryer), you should
bring your own adapter. Top
The metric system is used throughout Brazil, except in some rural areas
where traditional units of measurement are used. Temperature is measured
ï¿½ F = ((C – 32) x 5) / 9
ï¿½ C = ((F ï¿½ 9) / 5) + 32 1 US gallon = 3.79 l
1 liter = 0.26 gallons .
1 mile = 1.61 km..
1 kilometer = 0.62 miles
1 imperial gallon = 4.55 l..
1 liter = 0.22 gallons .
1 yard = 0.92 meters
1 meter = 1.09 yds………..1 pound = 0.45 kg………1 kilogram = 2.22 lb
1 foot = 0.3 meters……….1 meter = 3.28’…………. 1 ounce = 28.35 g
1 gram = 0.035 oz ……….1 inch = 2.54 cm…………1 centimeter = 0.39″
Tipping is welcomed and expected. Most restaurants include a 10% gratuity
on the bill. It is customary to tip taxi drivers 10% of the fare.
Airport and hotel porters should receive the equivalent of $1.00 (USD) per
bag (2 Reals)
The mainstay of the Brazilian diet is rice and beans. These generally
accompany beef, chicken, fish, vegetables, and salads. Steak is a
national passion. In large cities, you can find a variety of
international cuisines. More rural settings boast mostly regional
cuisines. The South is famous for its barbecues; the Northeast is renowned
for its spicy seafood dishes. ACARAJE in Bahia is especially famous for
its spicy seafood. Brazil has an abundance of and a variety of passion
fruits, some of which are unique to the country. Try them all!
Delicious, freshly squeezed fruit juices are very popular in Brazil.
Brazil is especially renowned for its coffee: Brazilians like it very hot,
very strong, very sweet, and very often!
Popular alcoholic drinks are ice-cold beer and cachaca (sugarcane
alcohol). Cachaca is used to make one of Brazilï¿½s most famous alcoholic
beverages: caipirinha. Caipirinha is a mixture of crushed ice, sugar,
lemon, and cachaca. It is a delicious drink, impossible not to try!