Brazil travel has been a favorite among adventure travelers for many years. It truly is one of the most dynamic countries our in the world. Full of energy and life, Brazil offers ancient history, ruins, fantastic culture and great food! Some facts that make Brazil travel unique are that Brazil is home of:
- the world’s biggest forest (the Amazon);
- the world’s biggest tropical coast, with thousands of truly exceptional beaches and resorts;
- the world’s biggest waterfalls (the Iguassu Falls),
- the America’s biggest concentration of animal life (the Pantanal)
- unique cities (Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia) where music, exotic elements and the joy and extravagance of their people are truly remarkable and unique.
Hiking, Canoeing and Exploring the Natural Highlights of Brazil including the Pantanal, the world's larget wetland area, the Amazon, Chapada dos Guimarães and the awe inspiring Iguazu Falls. This moderately active adventure is suitable for a variety of ages and abilities.
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When should I go on my Brazil Tour?
Brazil is basically an all-year round destination. But you should consider some weather particularities and conditionings, namely if you intend to travel to the Pantanal or the Amazon. You shouldn’t forget that Brazil is a very wide country, covering half of South America and different climate zones.
Seasons in Brazil are the reverse of North hemisphere states:
Spring: 22nd September - 21st December
Summer: 22nd December - 21st March
Autumn: 22nd March - 21st June
Winter: 22nd June - 21st September
Brazil is one of the most popular tourist destinations, attracting tourists with different interests, with something to offer for everyone. Depending on the area of interests and purpose, the ideal time to visit Brazil could vary.
Tourists interested in the Carnival would do best to visit in February, which is during their summer. There are multitudes of tourists and youngsters at this time. Tourists who would prefer to avoid the hordes of toursits and holidayers would do well to visit any time between March to April. This is also the best time of the year if you have budget restrictions, becasue airline tickets are much lower at this time of the year, and the beaches are as beautiful and as much fun as at any other time of the year. For tourists with a fascination for history the best time to visit would be June – August, during their winter to avoid the heat. This is when our Brazilian Tapestry Tour departs!
Brazil Events and Festivals
Procession of Bom Jesus dos Navegantes, January 1. Boat processions in Salvador and other towns of the Northeast in honor of Our Lord of the Sailors.
Festival of Kings, January 6. A special Ephiphany celebration at the Lapinha Church in Salvador, Bahia.
Bom Jesus dos Navegantes, second Sunday of January. A four day festival in Penedo, Alagoas, culminating on the second Sunday of January. Celebrated with music, sports, and religious events.
Lavagem do Bonfim, second Thursday after Epiphany. One of the most popular festivals in Salvador, Bahia. In a celebration that has its origins in Candomblé, the steps of the church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim is washed by baianas (women in traditional clothing). The church will be closed—originally (in the 19th century) to protest the Candomblé ritual at the foot of a Catholic church, but now perhaps simply because the huge crowd would overwhelm the small church.
São Lazaro Festival, last Sunday in January. Salvador, Bahia.
Festa de Iemanjá, February 2. Iemanjá is the vain goddess of the sea in the Candomblé faith. Celebrated Salvador.
Carnival week begins in Salvador, the week preceeding Lent. The Carnival celebration in Salvador officially starts on the Thursday six days before Ash Wednesday, and the preparations can be seen long before that. The Mayor of Salvador starts the Carnival festivities by giving the key to the city to the "Fat King" who will be making guest appearances throughout the week. Some stores may be open for a few hours in the morning. Read more below.
Dia de São João, June 24. Saint John's Day. Celebrated all week with traditional foods and forró music.
Brazil and Carnival:
Carnival in Brazil sets the standard for all Carnival pre-Lenten celebrations worldwide. Originally, Carnival was a pagan custom celebrating the arrival of spring. However, Christian culture was loath to relinquish the popular festival and incorporated it into their religious traditions. Brazil Carnival begins four days before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of the Lenten season. During Lent, Christians prepare for Easter Sunday by fasting or foregoing favorite foods and activities (the requirements vary for different Christian denominations). Brazil Carnival is a great way to cut loose and enjoy life before the restrictions of Lent are imposed.
Every Brazilian city chooses its own celebratory traditions such as masquerades, parades, feasts, social gatherings, and dancing. Brazil Carnival is famous for the sexy, rhythmic samba and rumba music and dance forms. Brazil Carnival has many parades, but the most elaborate are specifically designed to showcase plot-driven, themed samba school performances. To fully appreciate the complexity and artistry of the performances, it is helpful to understand the origins of the dance and even partake in samba lessons. Brazil Carnival performance participants delve into their roles with the help of colorful and elaborate costumes. Ateliers work up to eight months in advance making the costumes by hand. Bright parrot colors, feathers, beads, satins and sequins are typical materials used in Brazil Carnival costumes.
Of course, dancing and reveling lends itself to appetite building. The eclectic and collective tastes and flavors of the Brazilian people are reflected in their cuisine. Instead of blending flavors from the native Brazilian Indians, to the Portuguese, African, Italian, German, Syrian, and Lebanese immigrants, favorite dishes are pulled from each culture. Additionally, regional resources dictate what ingredients are used in cooking: In the north, fish and root vegetables are the predominate staples; in the south, dried meat is a frequent ingredient used in cooking.
Common Questions for the Brazil Traveler:
Visas: Most travelers do not need visas; travelers of most nationalities are granted a 90 day tourist visa.
Time: UTC (universal time) minus 2 to 4 hours depending where you are.
Electricity: 110V, 60Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Safety: Brazil is politically stable with no natural enemies and very little terrorist activities. In metropolitan areas, however, petty crime is a fact of life. Foreigners are advised to take precautions. Visitors should not attempt to visit slum areas unless on a guided tour.
Money: The current Brazilian currency is the Real (BRL).
ROW Adventures can assist in these preparation for your trip and would be happy to speak with you about transportation.