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Why You Should Be Planning a Trip to Brazil

Why You Should Be Planning a Trip to Brazil

This massive country has so much to offer and has somehow managed to fly under the radar for far too long. Between sleeping in the Amazon canopy, working with local communities, trail running with monkeys, experiencing the Pantaneiro (cowboy) lifestyle in the wetlands, spelunking into caves, snorkeling in crystal clear rivers, admiring vibrant street art over a few cold cervejas with locals in the hip urban centers and trekking through ancient mountains and small villages lost in time, Brazil is one of our favorite destinations. Whether you travel to Brazil in search of adventures, wildlife or culture, there is a region to appeal to every interest!

View from the prop plane about the Anavilhanas ArchipelagoInviting waterfalls in BonitoMeet Elias, one of the few craftsmen still skilled in the art of rubber

Tree canopy climbing in the Amazon

Where to go?

Snorkeling in BonitoSunset in Corumba, PantanalCervejas in Rio's Santa Teresa neighborhood  Travel Tips:

  • Travel with an open mind: Brazil is roughly the same size as the continental US and is extremely varied in its local cultures, landscapes, traditions and customs.
  • Safety: in urban centers, just like in any large city, use common sense and good judgment. You can bring your camera, iPhone, etc with you (I ran by myself every morning alongside Copacabana beach when I was in Rio, iPod in hand, and felt 100% safe); don’t call unnecessary attention to yourself and don’t wander into areas of the city that are obviously not soliciting an outsider’s presence.
  • Money: Where some countries in South America will accept US dollars as payment, in most Brazilian restaurants, shops, markets and bars they will only accept Brazilian Reals. Credit Cards are widely accepted and another option for payment.
  • Tipping: Dollars are happily and readily accepted as tip (due to the favorable exchange rate currently).
  • Uber: Just like in the US, is a great way to get around in Brazil when in larger cities and going out at night.
  • Know your facts: Though Spanish is spoken in most of the rest of South America, Portuguese is the official language spoken in Brazil.

Brazil and Zika: Is it safe to travel to affected regions?

Until more is known, and out of an abundance of caution, CDC recommends special precautions only for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant: Pregnant women in any trimester or women trying to become pregnant should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who do travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor or other healthcare provider first.

Wildland Adventures urges all passengers to travel sensibly, and to take preventive measures against mosquito bites, as one naturally does when traveling in the tropics. 30% or higher deet-based mosquito repellant is a great meseasure to combat mosquitos. I, also use ExOfficio's BugsAway clothing while in the field. Even if Zika is generally mild, no one wants to become ill on holiday. Any passenger who is pregnant or think they may become pregnant during or prior to their trip should contact their doctor and potentially reconsider their trip in accordance with CDC/WHO advice.

Find out more about Brazil in our blog:

- Manaus: Gateway to the Amazon & Unlikely Cultural Center

- Enchanted by Adventure in the Brazilian Amazon

- Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 1)

- Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 2)

- Five Hidden Gem Treks in South America

Want to plan your summer escape to Brazil? Give us a call at 800-345-4453.

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