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Brazil covers nearly half of the continent and has a population of about 200 million.

White sandy beaches, Copacabana, pure joie de vivre, Samba, carnival and beautiful people – that’s Brazil. Not to forget the numerous cultural attractions and stunning sceneries that can be encountered throughout the vast country.

In short, Brazil is definitely worth the trip. Fantastic beaches, beautiful coasts, the Amazon, the by far biggest river in the world, the Iguazú Waterfalls, the rainforest or the magnificent and diverse flora and fauna form the splendid nature of the country.

 

The cities also offer a great deal of attractions and invite you to exciting discovery trips. Hike up the sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sun at the Copacabana, explore the Old Town of Ouro Preto or Parati which is under a preservation order. You can learn about the history of sugar trade in an historic ambience of Salvador de Bahia or visit one of the numerous national parks. There are endless things waiting for you to discover!

Here are some of the most important and special highlights:

 

1. Rio de Janeiro (Christ Redeemer Statue, Copacabana)

 

The coastal town Rio de Janeiro is a must for every journey through Brazil.

Justifiably, the city is also called “Ciudade Maravilhosa” (English: Marvelous City) by locals. Rio de Janeiro, where the famous Sugarloaf Mountain Pão de Açúcar is located, is known for its white beaches extending along the Guanabara Bay (Baía de Guanabara), its impressive buildings and constructions as well as Brazilians’ joie de vivre which can – as the whole world knows – especially be experienced during the carnival period.

The Sugarloaf Mountain as well as the Christ Redeemer Statue located at the peak of the 30m high Corcovado mountain are Rio de Janeiro’s famous landmarks. You will also find a chapel on the 8m high pedestal. You can walk through the Centro, the old city center which offers you a picturesque scenery for every occasion, or visit the cathedral, the botanical gardens, and enjoy an exhibition at the beautiful Paço Imperial/Imperial Palace or try the most different delicacies in the cultural quarter Ipanema.

The Maracana Stadium is also very worth seeing even if you are not a football fan. Football is part of the Brazilian life – if you ever experienced a sold out match you will understand very well. Comprising up to 200.000 seats the stadium, also known as Mario Filho, is among the largest in the world where the Football World Cup 2014 and the Summer Olympics 2016 will take place.

 

2. Parati

 

The small town Parati is famous for its beautiful Old Town which has been almost entirely preserved for centuries. Cobbled streets, white-painted little houses with colorfully and creatively decorated windows invite you to a long exploring trip through the little port city which is embedded between the rain forest, national parks and a number of little islands. If you walk through this fascinating city you will notice the peace, calmness and happiness the inhabitants exude in this historical setting as if time has never past. We recommend that you plan a longer stay due to the great deal of possibilities that offer the surroundings. It is entirely up to you what you choose for the trip – you can visit the closely located Serra de Bocaina National Park and its waterfalls and coastal forest or the beautiful island world Baia da Ilha Grande on a dive trip.

 

3. Iguaçu Falls

 

On the border between Argentina and Brazil, one of the most famous natural spectacles can be observed: the Iguazu Falls. With a width of 2.700m the huge river Iguazu tumbles down over 82m – an impressive scenery. From the Brazilian side you can enjoy almost all the waterfalls plunge in a U-form into the Garganta del Diabo, also known as the Devil’s Throat. The waterfalls are part of both Iguazu National Parks which have been declared UNESCO world cultural heritage due to the unique rainforest. Its flora and fauna can hardly be found anywhere in the world, because this kind of an Atlantic rainforest is hard to be encountered.

 

4. The Amazon

 

The Amazon region, which owes its name to the worldwide biggest Amazon River, is a fascinating nature reserve. Besides the unique, incredibly diverse and unfortunately, also increasingly endangered flora and fauna, you will find liana forests as well as dry, swamp and mangrove forests. Large savannas, swamp regions and palm groves are also part of this region which is home to almost endless animal species. There are estimated to be up to 10 million animal species in the Amazon region which is more than in any other part of the world. With a little bit of luck capybaras, dolphins, manatees, alligators and even jaguars can be observed in this region. In addition, they are innumerable bird, reptile and fish species. It is strongly recommended that you visit the nature treasury of the planet on a boat trip to Manaus where you can easily combine your discovery trip in the rainforest with a sightseeing tour through the capital of the federal state Amazonas. You should not miss out on any of the museums, the botanical garden or the Amazon Theatre which is under monumental protection and also the hallmark of Manaus. In general, you can surely say that the Amazon region is a place for anyone – from nature lovers to adventurous people who want to get to know the country and its people.

 

5. Salvador da Bahia

 

The long white sandy beaches are not the only attraction of the northeast of the country, but also precious cities like Salvador de Bahia, the capital of the federal state Bahias which is divided into Salvador and Bahia. The Afro-Brazilian influence contributes to the charm and uniqueness of the city which is reflected especially in the colorful carnival – the highlight of the city. These kinds of festivals as well as ceremonial dances are practiced even today by a great deal of inhabitants which are mostly descendants of slaves brought to Brazil. Let yourself get carried away by the Brazilian rhythms, music and pure joie de vivre.

If you rather prefer a calm, peaceful time: Salvador de Bahia is especially known for its African cuisine. We strongly recommend that you try some delicious Brazilian coffee in the Old Town Pelourinho or at the port Ciudad Baixa.

Take a walk along the huge avenues and boulevards and discover some of Salvador’s attractions: 76 precious churches, like the golden-lighted São Francisco, the Basilica Cathedral and Our Lady of Rosário dos Pretos Church. Explore Salvador and its historical setting and Ciudad Alta, the Old Town of Bahia, in which colonial constructions from the 16th and 17th century can be encountered.

Location:

The presidential Republic of Brazil is located in the east of South America and covers nearly half of the continent. It borders every South American country, except for Chile and Ecuador. In the east, it has a long coastline on the Atlantic.

 

Capital:

Brasilia with a population of 450 000

 

Important cities:

Rio de Janeiro, Salvador do Bahia, Manaus, Belo Horizonte, Belém, Porto Allegre

 

National language:

Portuguese (97%)

 

Climate:

For the most part, the climate in Brazil is tropical. However, it varies from dry in the arid interior to moderate in the south, to hot tropical rainforests in the Amazon jungle to endless beaches with bathing temperatures on the Atlantic coast throughout the year.

The rainy season is from November to April with regional differences.

 

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Entry requirements for German citizens:

German citizens do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days as tourists.

The passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months when entering.

 

Vaccinations/Health:

Compulsory vaccinations: none

Recommended vaccinations: standard vaccinations, hepatitis A, yellow fever for trips to infected regions, possibly hepatitis B, typhus and rabies.

Malaria: There is a high risk of infection in the provinces Roraima, Acre and Rondonia; a low risk in Parà, Mato Grosso, Tocantins, Maranhao, Amazon, Amapà and in the outskirts of the cities Boa Vista, Porto Velho, Cruzeiro do Sul, Maraba, Macapà, Manaus, Rio Branco and Santarém.

We recommend that you take mosquito repellents and medication for malaria treatment with you.

 

IT’S YOUR TRIP does not assume any liability for the up-to-dateness and completeness of the climate information, as well as the health and entry requirements stated above. 

Final binding information about entry requirements can only be obtained at the embassies and consulates of the respective countries, just as any information about health requirements can be obtained at the local public health departments.

Related links can be found under Useful Wepages at this page.

 

 

 

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