Brazil officially the Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 km (4,655 mi). It borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile and occupies 47.3 percent of the continent of South America.
Brazil, stretches from the Amazon Basin in the north to vineyards and massive Iguacu Falls in the south. Rio de Janeiro, symbolized by its 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mt. Corcovado, is famed for its busy Copacabana and Ipanema beaches as well as its enormous, raucous Carnival festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba.
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Brazil is 8 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India
Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, English.
Temperature Chart –
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Flying is the best way to cover large distances in a short time. You’ll spend less time travelling and more time on the ground savouring Brazil. Major international Airlines that fly from India to Brazil are KLM Airline, American Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, Emirates, Air India Airlines.
Drive: If you are in Brazil for less than 6 months your national driver's license is valid, however we recommend getting an International Driving Permit just to avoid confusion and annoyances. Some hire companies will incorrectly demand an IDP, while police have been known to target tourists without an international license and threaten huge fines in the hopes of scoring a bribe.
Some roads in Brazil have tolls attached so check and plan accordingly. Most tolls can be anywhere R$1.50 to R$20.00 and priced based on vehicle type and other criteria.
Buses: Brazil's coach services aren't quite as smooth running or reliable as those in Chile or Argentina but they will get you there eventually. The huge distances put a strain on the vehicles and breakdowns are not uncommon, however if you choose one of the larger companies replacement buses are usually not far off. The distance may take a heavier toll on you personally, with some trips stretching well over 40 hours. Although the buses will stop for food and drink, some of the stops are at very odd hours and you may sleep through them. Don't rely on finding anything of real nutritional value; bring water and snacks on the coach with you. Brazil's truck stop diners are nothing to write home about.
Train: The metro is one of the easiest ways to get around major cities like Rio and São Paulo. Fares are around R$3.50 - R$3.80. If you plan to use the metro often, there are rechargable travel cards you can purchase. The metros are generally cleaner and safer than travelling by local bus. However, the metros do not operate at night (unless it's Rio Carnivale) so you will need to make alternative arrangements. Be aware of discount tickets on the street, they are likely to be fakes. Always purchase from a metro station ticket booth or machine. As always, when traveling on the metro make sure that you keep watch of your belongings at all times, especially during peak hours when metro carriages are packed full.
Taxis: There is no shortage of taxis in most Brazilian cities and they are a cheap way of getting around (providing you don't get stuck in traffic). Taxis are also a safe option if you are planning to have a night out in the city however always make sure you get into a licensed taxi. It's advised to phone for a taxi or pick one up at a taxi stop rather than hailing one off the street. In the cities, taxis will run on a metered price per kilo metre whereas if you are out of town a bit further, you will need to negotiate a price with the driver. A good tip to make sure you don't get ripped off on the fare is to ask your hotel or local tourist information office what an approximate fare would be and when you get in the taxi, show the driver on a map where you want to go.
Bicycle: Riding a bicycle on the streets of Brazil means competing with drivers who only seem to respect other vehicles larger than their own. There is no such thing as “Stay Alive at 1.5m” in Brazil. Using a bicycle as a mode of transport anywhere besides the beachfront sidewalks is not recommended.
Public Transport: Most large cities in Brazil are equipped with extensive road networks with buses being the main and most accessible form of public transport for Brazilians. Where available, taking the subway is a viable option to avoid intense traffic. Taxis are more expensive, but safer to use during night times.
Climate- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Annual Weather Averages. February is the hottest month in Rio de Janeiro with an average temperature of 81°F (27°C) and the coldest is July at 70°F (21°C) with the most daily sunshine hours at 7 in August. The wettest month is December with an average of 169mm of rain.
Cuisine- In Brazil there are many Indian restaurant where one can eat. Some of them are MTR Restaurant, The Curry Culture.
Accomodation– It has boutique hotels and backpackers, luxury resorts. You can expect friendly service and the best standards in whichever budget range you choose. Some of the best properties to stay in are Best Western Premier Maceió Hotel , Go Inn Curitiba, ibis Styles Curitiba Santa Felicidade, Ramada Encore Sao Paulo Tiradentes, Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro.
1. CHAPADA DIAMANTINA
This national park has some of Brazil’s most stunning hiking trails, following valleys and mountains, traversing grasslands and passing 280m-high waterfalls with the chance to cool off in a crystal clear river afterwards. Snorkel or rappel into underground cave pools, or try mountain biking. There are colonial houses to stay in, as well as local homestays for a more cultural experience of the region.
2. COSTA VERDE
In the effort to tick off Brazil’s big names, many delights are overlooked – including the Green Coast, just west of Rio. The name is a clue to the verdant mountains and emerald waters of this 280km coast. The mountains plunge into the ocean, tropical islands dot the waters, and fishing villages dot the winding coastal road, which offers dramatic bay views.
3. FERNANDO DE NORONHA
This pristine little eco-island is a well kept secret. Its remoteness – 350km off the coast – has helped protect this marine reserve and sea turtle hatching grounds; just 400 visitors are allowed onto the island at any time. The beaches are astonishingly beautiful – even by Brazilian standards – and the conservation “tax” levied on tourists ensures this paradise is protected for the future.
4. IGUAÇU FALLS
Straddling the Argentina-Brazil border, the mighty Iguaçu Falls stretch 3km and tower higher than Niagara. There are actually over 270 falls, and you’ll need to border-hop for the full experience. The Brazilian side has rainforest walks and catwalks above the cascades, while Argentina allows you to cruise upriver on a zodiac – navigating rapids to reach the Devil’s Throat Canyon.
5. NORTHERN AMAZON
The vast Amazonian city of Manaus is the leaping off point for tours into the northern region of this rainforest, including the waterfall, wildlife and pristine jungle environment of Jaú National Park. Take a cruise past tropical archipelagos, see the meeting of the waters and look out for pink river dolphins and giant otters. Bruce Parry wannabes can canoe out to Yanomami and Tukano villages.
6. THE PANTANAL
The Pantanal is the world’s largest seasonal wetland, and Brazil’s wildlife capital. Almost 700 species of birds can be found here, along with 80 mammals – and the lack of jungle means they can be easily spotted. Take night treks, canoe rides and horseback hacks – and see capybaras, anacondas, monkeys and hyacinth macaws. Porto Jofre is also the best place in the world to see habituated jaguars.
Laid-back Paraty is a beachside colonial town with bohemian markets, fresh seafood restaurants and plenty of charm. If that doesn’t sound tranquil enough – its cobbled streets are closed to cars, and this popular holiday retreat has lured artists and writers from Brazil and worldwide. You can also take a boat cruise around the bay or soak up the sun on one of several nearby beaches.
8. RIO DE JANEIRO
Possibly the most dramatically-situated city on the planet, Rio offers pretty much everything you could want in one place – awesome views, white-sand bays, tropical islands, buzzing nightlife, dance and drumming classes – all to the intoxicating beat of samba and bossa nova, with the lilting melodies of Brazilian Portuguese. Aside from the famed sights, the Botanical Garden is also well worth a visit.
9. SÃO PAULO
Latin America’s fastest growing metropolis has a population of 19 million and is an epic sprawl of skyscrapers. This is a great place to discover modern Brazilian culture, as well as, surprisingly, Japanese – São Paulo has the most Japanese residents outside Japan. The sushi’s excellent! Check out the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Exhibition Centre, and pick up souvenirs in the authentic indigenous craft shops.
10. SOUTHERN AMAZON
While many of the Amazon’s thousands of species remain shyly concealed in the dense vegetation, a good guide will still be able to point out several of the 550 bird species and seven monkey species. Even if you don’t see the howler monkeys, you’re sure to hear them! Strange capybaras – giant rodents – graze on the riverbanks, and the crescendo of sounds of the world’s largest jungle is utterly captivating.
11. THE MARAU PENINSULA
Creeping out between sweeping Camamu Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the Marau Peninsula is not one of Brazil’s best-known sights – but it is not easily forgotten. Its Atlantic forest, mangrove-lined coastline and idyllic beaches are home to fishing communities, organic farms, ecolodges and rustic cabanas – slow down to the local pace of life and swim, snorkel, walk a nature trail and… relax.
DAY 01: Arrive Brazil
Welcome to Brazil! On arrival at the airport there will be customs and immigration procedure. After immigration collect the baggage meet our representative at information counter and get transferred to the hotel, Welcome to the Hotel. Hotel check in 14:00 hrs and Check Out is 11:00 hrs. You will try for early check into Hotel, but we cannot guarantee it. In that time you are free for leisure and go for breakfast and shopping. After Hotel check in take rest. After that you will go for Explore neighborhoods of Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana. Night: Dinner out. Then attend a samba school class (this is only possible on Saturdays). Hotel in Rio in Leblon
After breakfast, chilled out day, it’s time to do some sightseeing. Take the train up Corcovado mountain to visit Brazil’s most iconic landmark, Christ the Redeemer, before heading back down for lunch at the elegant Parque Lage, a restaurant and art school inside a reformed mansion surrounded by the dense, colorful flora of the Tijuca forest. In the evening, take the cable car up to the Sugarloaf mountain to watch the sun perform an incredible light show at sunset before finishing the evening with beers and prawn pastels at Bar Urca. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
After breakfast, Spend the morning visiting the city center to take in the colonial architecture and bustling atmosphere before heading to the port area to visit the Museum of Tomorrow and the largest street mural in the world, painted by Eduardo Kobra. In the afternoon, go to Santa Teresa, Rio’s creative hub, to check out art studios, boutique shops, and quirky restaurants and bars. For lunch, eat traditional Brazilian food at Bar do Mineiro and wash down with one of their flawless caipirinhas. Later in the evening, go to Mama Shelter for more drinks before finishing the evening with authentic samba at Mercado das Pulgas. Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast It’s time to get out of the city for a couple of days and enjoy the island life. Head to Angra dos Reis or Conceição and take the boat over to Ilha Grande, one of Rio’s most picturesque retreats. To get the times of the buses from Rio de Janeiro to the port as well as the times for the buses, take a look here. When you arrive on the island, take the short hike through the forest until it opens out at Lopes Mendes beach, one of the most dazzling beaches in Brazil, and spend a lazy day there. Head back before it gets dark and enjoy an evening of chilled caipirinhas and seafood at one of the beachside restaurants. Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast Ilha Grande—the big island—has plenty to explore and one of its main appeals is the many hikes there. For a hike with an extraordinary view over Ilha Grande, head to Pico do Papagaio, a peak of about 1,000 metres in height and takes about eight hours to reach the top yet the panoramic views make it worthwhile. Some parts are steep, so for inexperienced or solo hikers it’s best to hire a guide from the village. If Pico do Papagaio sounds like too big a challenge, then there are many other smaller and gentler hikes too. Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 06 | Depart from Brazil
Good times need never end!! As you get ready for the airport and your flight back home.
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