The jewel of the Americas and fifth-largest country in the world, Brazil is home to almost two hundred million people. The country boasts a culture that merges both its Portuguese and Native American heritage, and is a magnet for ecotourism that ranges from its Atlantic beaches through the unexplored Amazon rainforest to the foothills of the mighty Andes.
Flights to Brazil
The country’s busiest airport is São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU), serving more than 30 million passengers. Those looking for cheap flights to Brazil may have the best luck at GRU. The airport connects both locally and internationally, with flights worldwide to Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas. São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport is your best port of destination if you wish to explore elsewhere in the country.
The Amazon city of Manaus is facilitated by Eduardo Gomes International Airport (MAO), which acts as a vital lifeline, as the city is not connected to the national highway network.
Local flights between aerodromes are common within Brazil, especially if you wish to reach the remote west of the country. All of the international airports offer forwarding flights to local destinations.
Things to do in Brazil
The city of São Paulo is the largest and most populous in Brazil. If you’re visiting for Carnival, this is where you want to be. Colorful costumes, blisteringly hot samba dancing, and raucous music fill the streets.
If your tastes are less wild and more wilderness, visit Chapada Diamantina National Park, located in the east of the country. Flat-top mesas rise tower thousands of feet above the arid pampas of the region. The park is bisected by narrow canyons, swift rivers and gorgeous waterfalls. Speaking of waterfalls, the Iguaçu Falls are a mountain to Niagara Falls' foothills.
Advice for Tourists Visiting Brazil
You’ll need a passport to enter the country, and you should do a little research on the entry requirements. Brazil’s visa policy is a reciprocal visa policy, meaning that whatever restrictions or prices are applied to Brazilian nationals visiting a country are adopted by Brazil for that country's visitors.
Brazil enjoys temperate weather year-round, so any time is a great time to plan a visit. Their summer falls between December and March, but high temperatures vary widely between regions: below the equator they regularly break 100 degrees.
We recommended that you get vaccinations for typhoid and hepatitis A in addition to boosters for your other vaccinations. Access to clean water is an issue outside of the main cities and tourist areas, and you should take care to boil or otherwise sterilize water before drinking it.
Wherever you end up in Brazil, you’ll want a cozy place to lay your head after hours of sightseeing, dancing, or lounging on the beach. Skyscanner’s free hotel price comparison tool is just the ticket for getting great deals on a beautiful room.
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