From the jungle calls of the Amazon to the thong-clad crowds of Copacabana beach, Brazil is an intoxicating mix of the big, the bold and the beautiful, perennially one of the world’s favourite destinations. It’s also one of the largest countries on the planet, with an awesome array of treasures to match. Its vast coastline is fringed with soft sands and island getaways; the Amazon Basin teems with an unrivalled mass of flora and fauna; and the wetlands of the Pantanal, the largest on Earth, support a staggering diversity of wildlife.
At a glance
Full Name: Federative Republic of Brazil
Capital City: Brasília
Area: 8,514,877 sq km (3,287,597 sq miles)
Time Zone: BRT (UTC−2 to −4)
Languages: Portuguese and 180 indigenous languages
Religion: The dominant religion is Roman Catholicism followed by Protestantism.
Currency: Real (R$) (BRL)
Country Dialling Code: +55
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Be dazzled by the precious gems of Minas Gerais, Browse the romantic backstreets of Paraty, Costa Verde islands and beaches, Samba in the cobbled streets of Olinda, Discover the eco-treasures of Diamantina National Park, Explore Manaus, gateway to the Amazon, Explore the blissful beaches of the North, Explore the historic missions of Rio Grande do Sul, Get the vibes of Salvador da Bahia, Go diving off Fernando de Noronha, Go hang gliding over Rio, Have a ball at Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival. Hit the cultural hotspots of São Paulo, Join the non-stop party in Rio de Janeiro, Samba in the cobbled streets of Olinda, See a football match at the Maracanã, Soak up the spray of mighty Iguaçu Falls, Wildlife watch in the Pantanal, Wonder at Brazil’s stunning capital, Brasília
Did you know
There is a town in Brazil that powers its streetlights by having convicts pedal bicycles attached to generators.
The Brazilian passport is the most sought after passport in the black market due to the ethnic and culturally mixed make-up of Brazilian society.
The name Brazil comes from a tree called Brazilwood.
The longest traffic jam in the world took place in Brazil.
The Rio de Janeiro carnival is often called “the world’s biggest party.”
A prison in the northwestern Brazil started using geese as an extra layer of security in 2011.
Best time to go
Low Season (May-Sep)
Aside from July, which is a school-holiday month, you’ll find lower prices and mild temperatures in the south. July to September are good months to visit the Amazon or Pantanal.
Shoulder (Apr & Oct)
The weather is warm and dry along the coast, though it can be chilly in the south. Prices and crowds are average, though Easter week draws crowds and high prices.
High Season (Dec-Mar)
Brazil’s high season coincides with the northern-hemisphere winter. It’s a hot, festive time – expect higher prices and minimum stays (typically four nights) during Carnaval.
Rio Carnival (February)
Billabong Rio Pro Surfing Contest (May)
Festas Juninas celebrations (June)
Parintins Folklore Festival (June)
Reveillon in Rio (December)
São Paulo Carnival (May)
Money & Costs
Real/Reais (BRL; symbol R$) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of R$100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Foreign currencies can be exchanged in shops with signs showing “Cambio”.
1 AED =0.86 R$
Brazil tourist visa is required for citizens of United Arab Emirates. Passport MUST contain two blank visa pages side by side for the visa to be issued.
Brazil Embassy in Abu Dhabi
Madinat Zayed Street 5 Villa 3, Tel : +971-2632-0606, Website : www.abudhabi.itamaraty.gov.br
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