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Brazil : When and where to go?
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Brazil: Climate & Weather
The climate is obviously subject to the sheer size of the land: Summer is from September to March in the south with very high temperatures, heavy tropical downfalls can occur at times.
22°C - 72°F
Brasilia, updated 01:00 GMT
What to do in Brazil
Although the name Brazil brings the Carnival and festivals to mind this is far from being its only attractions: Nature is also omnipresent in all its magnificence from idyllic beaches to vast forests.
The overpopulated city of Rio de Janeiro, at the same time a symbol of festive music and the great misery of its favelas (shanty towns), is both hectic and joyful. Visit the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, the Sugar Loaf and its Christ statue, the centre of Rio, the port, and the churches without forgetting one of the various samba schools.
Salvador de Bahia is worth a few days pause: Its historic quarter, superb churches and colonial quarter are all interesting places to visit. Other activities you may consider include a lesson in capoeira and, if you visit in January, assisting with the carnival, less famous but just as festive as that of Rio.
The Iguaçu Falls consist of a series of impressive waterfalls, 275 in all, that form an unforgettable spectacle. The National Park where they can be found also offers various activities connected with the surrounding natural splendour.
From Manaus, Capital of the Amazon, you can take an expedition to discover the Amazon jungle, its rivers and forests. Numerous travel companies offer this opportunity. Take a walk through the old town and discover the market and the Opera House.
Brazil : The basics
The simplest way to get there is getting a plane that lands in Rio.
European citizens do not require a visa for a visit of less than 3 months, a valid passport will suffice.
The currency in circulation is the Real.
The budget you need to plan for is a little higher in the high season: A double room will cost around €40 and a hearty meal less than €10, even less in restaurants where you pay by weight or the bakers shops where you eat standing by the counter.
Concerning health precautions, be careful with water consumption and protect yourself from mosquitoes. If you go into the jungle then get a yellow fever vaccination first. Be extra vigilant concerning the sun and the risk of sunstroke.
If you wish to travel in the interior of the country then by plane is probably your best choice for long distances, it is reasonably priced too. Buses are also comfortable and frequent.
Souvenir hunters will be spoilt for choice: Hammocks, ceramics, wickerwork, seed necklaces, earthenware figurines, thong sandals (flip-flops), good luck bracelets, bikinis, pareos, semi-precious stones, lace, colourful coverings, sweets, cachaça (local drink similar to rum)...
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