will soon be visiting the largest country in South America with the greatest
variety of vistas to be seen, traditions to be experienced, and fun to
be had imaginable. To make your departure smooth, we offer the following
Mostly temperate with sea breezes often found along the Coast. Temperatures
from 65 to 85 degrees in most of the country all year around.
Spring and summer sportswear is appropriate for almost every region
and occasion. In addition, comfortable shoes for climbing steps of Corcovado,
a cotton "safari" outfit for the Amazon or Pantanal dining-out
dress or suit for the big city night. Include broad brimmed hat and dark
glasses for hot, sunny days. Whatever you forget is fun to buy in Brazil.
A Visa Is Required for U.S. citizens visiting Brazil and must accompany
a valid passport. If you plan to visit the Brazilian side of the Iguassu
Falls, from the Argentinean side, you need a Brazilian Visa.
consulates phone numbers and e-mail addresses are:
Boston 617.542.4000 firstname.lastname@example.org
,Chicago 312.464.0244 email@example.com
Houston 713.961.3063 firstname.lastname@example.org
Miami 305.285.6200 email@example.com
, New York 917.777.7777 firstname.lastname@example.org
San Francisco 415.981.8170 email@example.com
consulates have a visa application form in their website:
New York http://brazilny.org/index_English.html
We suggest to travelers everywhere that they make a copy of the front
and visa pages of their passport and leave it, along with any valuables
and the bulk of their money in the hotel safe. We remind you that it is
wise to be prudent in Rio just as in any big city.
Take your pictures, do your shopping and return camera and money to your
safety box before going to the beach.
that shopping is FUN in Brazil and you might find an expandable bag handy
for carrying home the souvenirs as well as for ease on overnight excursions.
For convenience sake, carry traveler's checks in small denominations.
Rates in exchange shops to be found in the major shopping malls are better
than at the hotel. We also find American $1 and $5 bills handy for arrival
and departure costs.
None are required for Brazil though your own physician may suggest one
if you are going far into the Amazon. If you enjoy gastronomical treats
but may suffer from the new spices, bring a familiar medication with you.
Yellow fever vaccination is needed to travel between Brazil and Peru or
Tips And Taxes
in most countries, taxes are unavoidable and tips are given on the basis
of the quality of service rendered. The amounts suggested for tips in
this section are a guideline for appropriate tips for average to good
service. Note: It is helpful to carry a small quantity of US $1 bills
for tips and easy change.
A percentage service charge will be added to all room service bills. Bellboys
and maids are generally tipped for their services on the average of $
1.00 per bag porterage and $ 1.00 per room per night of accommodation
as a room tip for the maid.
As a general rule there is a percentage sales tax and a percentage gratuity
added to all restaurant bills. It is customary to leave an additional
tip so that the total percentage of gratuity comes to 15 - 20% for good
to excellent service.
guides and drivers
On group tours, the average tip for a tour guide traveling with the group
is $7.00 to $12.00 per day of travel. When the guide is not traveling
with you the suggested tip is $3.00 to $5.00 per person for full day tours
and $1.00 to $2.00 per person for half-day tours. The driver's tip is
usually half of what is given to the guide. For private car tours, guides
generally receive $5.00 to $7.00 per full day and $3.00 per half day.
On international departures there is an exit tax of $25.00. Airport departure
tax for domestic flight is about $3.00 to $6.00
All taxis should have been licensed by the city. The reading on the meters
corresponds to a chart that indicates the taxi fare in local currency.
This chart is updated as the currency and inflation fluctuates. Taxis
at many hotels and at the airport have higher, set rates than those you
may hail on the streets, they are better and much more reliable. Taxi
cab drivers do not expect a tip.
Items not made in Brazil are much more expensive than elsewhere and often
not available for purchase. Some of these commonly needed items include
film and camera equipment, insect repellent, sunscreen, contact lens solutions
and binoculars. A word to the wise, if you use these items, brings them
to useful information