Driving in Brazil: Things to Know

If you have a plan of visiting Brazil, a car rental to take road trips can be a good option. Here are the most necessary things that you need to know before starting your journey.

Brazil is the size of a continent so it’s not always easy to take part in transportation there. However, this country has some cities and beaches that are more easily accessed by car than by airplane or train. Of course, driving in another country with different regulations always has its challenges, and driving in Brazil is not an exception. So it is very useful if you are planning on visiting a city or historic town nearby.

The requirements to be able to drive in Brazil

If you want to drive in Brazil legally, you must be 18 years old or older and have a driver’s license. If you are a foreigner, you can drive in Brazil with your home country’s license and your valid passport.

The requirements for a car rental in Brazil

If you want to rent a car in Brazil, you must be at least 21 years old, have a valid and original driver’s license held for at least 24 months and a valid passport. You will need to present a personal credit card for the security deposit, too.

What side of the road to drive in Brazil?

Like in the US, drivers ride on the right side of the road in Brazil.

How about the speed limits in Brazil?

In Brazil, speed limits are displayed in the metric system: km/h (kilometers per hour), not mph (miles per hour). In general, cities will have a speed limit of 40km/h to 60km/h, highways will go from 60km/h, and around suburban areas to 100 or 110km/h.

Gas stations work in Brazil

There is no self-service gas station in Brazil. There is always someone who is going to help you with that and commonly, you will pay directly to this person.

How Can I Eat Like A Local In Brazil? (part 2)

Afternoon

People tend to eat rice, beans, fish, or meat and a selection of vegetables and salads. Lunch is followed by a straightforward dessert like pudim (like a flan) as well as almost always by one shot of espresso with a lot of sugar. Plus, it is common to have a specific shot of caipirinha before beginning lunch, just to increase their appetite.

Business lunches are considered a significant part of building client relationships. These ones are often far longer than one hour without any time pressure as well as with the intent of creating one friendly and relaxed environment. Commonly, an important meeting takes place at 10:30 a.m. or so., followed by one business lunch. A popular place to have one business lunch is at one churrascaria (i.e., Brazilian steakhouse with all-you-can-eat things) where the waiters serve a couple of cuts of meat on skewers other than the diverse and extensive salad bar. At lunch, people òten chat informally about life, football, travel, and culture; business comes later.

Some eating etiquettes are present in Brazil. At the dinner or lunch table, it is polite to wait until others have been served before beginning to eat. Food like bread should be eaten with one napkin — Brazilians do not usually touch food with their hands. Also, when a fork and knife cannot do the job, they use a napkin instead. Smoking at the table while enjoying food is one big no-no.

Brazilians often snack later in the day at around 3 p.m. as well as again at 6 p.m. on their way home from work. Some of the typical snacks are packets of milk biscuits and cereal bars. Other popular snacks should be salgadinhos that are savory pastries as well as pieces of bread like cheese slices of bread.

How Can I Eat Like A Local In Brazil? (part 1)

Drinking and eating in Brazil are considered as much great socializing activities as these are necessities. Rice, beans and other foods are Brazilian staples as well as being consumed just about every day. The food routine each day includes three primary meals as well as snacks in between, with dinner and lunch regarded as the time for socializing, relaxing and appreciating wholesome, traditional dishes.

Morning

Café da manhã (also, breakfast, morning coffee), is considered the day’s most practical meal in the country. It is often eaten between 6.00 and 8.00 in the morning, based on what time work or school begins. Breakfast is considered crucial here, but it is one meal of pure necessity instead of one social event. The essential drink is coffee that is often savored either black with a lot of sugar, as one pingado (strong with milk) or média that is half heated-up milk, half coffee. For people who do not love coffee, chocolate powder and dairy are natural not only for adults but also for kids, or fruit juices, particularly guave or orange.

The most typical food is French bread (also, pão francês) toasted with butter and, in some cases, eaten with ham and white cheese. Other breakfast choices include one simple, unfrosted orange or granola, corn cake, or cheese bread (also, pão de queijo). Breakfast is consumed at home before they leave for school or work, or sometimes at the local padaria’s counter.

Afternoon

It is among the most important meals of their day regarding relaxing and socializing. About 1 p.m or midday., hoards of employees leave the office as well as enjoying 60-minute long lunch while chatting about just about anything casually. One of the most popular venues for lunch is the per-kilo restaurant which serves a wide range of food options.

Some tips to keep in mind when traveling in Brazil

There are many young people who love the type of travel not only to save costs but also to have more opportunities to explore and experience the natural scenery, culture and people in new lands.

In recent years, backpackers tend to want to travel abroad. This is a very interesting experience, but before you go, you should carefully study the country you are going to and prepare very carefully. The following article will share the Brazilian backpacking experience for those who love the country and people of the charming Flama dances.

Choose a time to travel to Brazil

Due to being located in the southern hemisphere, summer in Brazil will be around December to April, winter in May to November. The average temperature of Brazil is about 25 degrees quite pleasant, so you will not be too hard to Choose a time to travel to Brazil.

However, when traveling in Brazil you should also note a few points:

– In the summer, there are days when the temperature can be up to 40 degrees.

– February is the peak time for tourism in Brazil because this is when many Carnaval street festivals take place, ticket prices and hotels will increase dramatically, to save costs, you should avoid February.

Getting prepared before traveling to Brazil

– One of the best travel experiences in Brazil is that you should apply for a visa before leaving for at least 3 weeks.

– Hotel reservation: As a developed tourism country, hotels and motels in Brazil are very popular, but you should still book in advance to save money and take the initiative when visiting an unfamiliar country.

– Luggage: Full but neat luggage will help you move easily. The average temperature in Brazil is 25 degrees so you only need to wear simple clothes, preferably comfortable clothes. Remember to bring all necessary medicine, identification, personal belongings.

Brazil travel experience

Brazil is known as a tourist paradise – saying so is not exaggerating when you can once immerse yourself in the bustling, jubilant festival here, meet active, cheerful Brazilian people, visit these scenic spots, long-lying hotspots on the beach, etc.

Some general information

Brazilian full name is the Brazilian federal republic. Brazil’s official capital is Brazilia. The largest city is Sao Paulo. Geographical position is the largest country in South America and has a common border with every South American country except Chile and Ecuador, divided into two regions: Brazil’s highland and Brazil’s Amazon River in the North.

Being a Portuguese colony within 3 centuries, the language, culture, architecture and cultural life are mainly influenced by the country of Portugal. This is the only Portuguese-speaking country in America, so it has turned this language into one of its own national characteristics. The Brazilian is mainly Christian. It is also the country with the largest Christian community in the world. In addition, as a multiracial country with many cultural colors, Brazil is also influenced by many other peoples.

Native Americans have an influence on Brazilian vocabulary and cuisine, while African-American blacks, who were brought to Brazil as slaves before, have an important influence in music and dance moves of this country. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the influx of immigrants from Italy, Germany, Spain, Japan, the Middle East came to Brazil and established large communities living together in cities, creating background of different unique imprints and focus mainly in southern Brazil.

When should you travel to Brazil?

The average temperature in Brazil is about 25 degrees Celsius, quite pleasant, high humidity. However, in the hot summer, the temperature may rise to 40 degrees C. Because of the southern hemisphere, the seasons will be opposite to the northern hemisphere – the summer will fall in December – April and winter in May -November.

Overview of Brazilian tourism

Brasil is where many tourists have come and fell in love. Only with the airplane is you able to discover a beautiful country that has many attractions.

The official name of this country is the Federal Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in South America. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world in terms of area and population with more than 190 million people. Brasil is the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas and the largest in the world.

Brazil is bordered by 11 South American countries and territories including bordering Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana to the north, Colombia to the northwest, Bolivia to Peru to the west and Argentina and Paraguay to the southwest and south is Uruguay. East of Brazil is a coastline of about 7,491 km adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Brazilian territory includes many islands such as Fernando de Noronha, Saint Peter, Rocas Atoll and Paul Rocks, and Trindade and Martim Vaz. Brazil is adjacent to all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile.

Brasília is the capital of Brazil, founded in 1960, is the unique young capital city built in the 20th century and has been certified by the UNESCO as a human cultural heritage in 1987.

The Federal Republic of Brazil is the fifth largest South American country in the world (8,5 million km2), the world’s fifth largest population (nearly 190 million) and adjacent to almost All countries and regions in South America. The Amazon Forest is home to many unique plants and animals in Brazil.

Brasília, Brazil

Brasília is the capital of Brazil, founded in 1960, is the unique young capital city built in the 20th century and has been certified by the UNESCO as a human cultural heritage in 1987.

The city is built according to a model of an airplane, a flying bird: North-South body, East-West wing with a series of unique architectural works, famous in the world such as Planalto palace, Alvorada palace, supreme court, Parliament house, Itamaraty palace (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Kubicheck bridge, etc.

Above is some information about Brazil and its capital. Hope you now can easily visit Brazil by yourself.

5 must-visit places when traveling to Brazil

Each region along Brazil has its own unique landscape, creating a common diversity in the overall nature of this place. Below are five must-visit places when you come to Brazil.

City of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil’s most vibrant cities. Thanks to its characteristic tropical climate, it is famous for its long white sand beaches, diverse vegetation in the Tijuca National Park, the hills around Guanabara Bay, etc. Especially, the famous Christ the Redeemer statue is considered a symbol of this city. This statue was built between 1922 and 1931, designed according to Art Deco school with a height of 30m, placed on a pedestal 8m high, the armrest of the statue is 28m and weighs 635 tons.

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is a diverse city with more than 100 different ethnic groups living together and is the cradle of culture and cuisine of Samba. Every year, there are about 90,000 large and small events in many fields including art, business, fashion, etc. In which, the most famous is the Sao Paulo Art Festival or the Masquerade Festival, Week Sao Paulo fashion, March parade for Jesus, etc.

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Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto city was once a colonial town founded in the late 17th century. It has a well-preserved Portuguese colonial architecture. Modern buildings that want to build must adhere to standards to maintain the city’s history.

Salvador

Salvador is a seaside city and the capital of Bahia state. The atmosphere is always lively with music stages and bustling beaches. It also has quiet, enclosed bays suitable for swimming, diving, and sailing; or bays full of wind and strong waves, which are ideal for surfers.

Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha is a beautiful archipelago located off the northeast coast of Brazil. It is famous for pristine beaches, green nature, and wildlife. Traveling to Brazil, do not forget to visit this archipelago so you can immerse yourself in the clear blue water and participate in scuba diving activities to watch the ocean world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to go when traveling in Brazil?

There are many young people who love road trips, not only to save costs but also to have more opportunities to discover for themselves, experience the natural, cultural and human scenery in new lands.

The following article will share the experience for those who love Brazilian trips and the people of the glamorous Flama dances.

Places to go to Brazil

Tourist destinations spread across Brazil, but travelers should not ignore the following places:

Ouro Preto

This is an old town built in the late seventeenth century with Portuguese colonial architecture, the churches are decorated with gold.

Teatro Amazonas Theater

The theater has an extremely unique architecture, the dome is paved by 36,000 ceramic tiles and decorated in the colors of the Brazilian flag.

Fernando de Noronha Islands

There are many pristine beaches, rich and diverse ecosystems.

Olinda Historical Center

This is an old city located on the Northeast coast – Brazil. There are not only ancient buildings but also rich cuisine.

Salvador Beach

This beach is not only very beautiful but also has many traditional festivals happening all year round.

Rio City

This city is extremely popular by Carnaval festivals attract millions of participants. There is also a famous redemptorist statue on top of the 700m-high Corcovada mountain.

Amazon River

This will be an extremely interesting destination for those who love to explore nature.

Some notes when traveling to Brazil

Brazilians are very open, kissing strangers is a custom often seen in this country.

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Unique Brazilian street food, remember to enjoy the following dishes: Coxinhas, Brigadeiro, Churrasco Grill, Kibe Spicy Beef Cake, Bauru Sandwich, fruit juices.

You should not use the bus in Brazil because it is usually not on time, instead, you can rent a car to drive or see the Kombi.

Hopefully the above Brazilian experience will help you have the best preparation before coming to the country of football and the special Carneval festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Rio de Janeiro – the ancient capital of Brazil

From the airport to the city center you can use a taxi or subway. For convenience, you should use the subway. Because traffic jams in Rio de Janeiro are very serious, taxi prices are expensive, while the subway system is very safe, clean and fast. Especially, the fare for a round trip is very cheap, about 3.2 reais (about 2$).

In addition, when traveling to tourist attractions and famous places in Rio de Janeiro, you can use buses, bicycles, motorbikes, long-distance taxis or kombi (a small truck). And best of all, for a destination near the city center, you should ride a bicycle, in Rio de Janeiro there are more than 60 bike rental stations so you don’t have to worry about where to rent a bike. As for remote destinations, it is recommended to use kombi, because of the bus, because the kombi move faster but cost as the same bus.

Experience booking and renting hotel rooms when traveling to Rio de Janeiro

One of Rio de Janeiro’s travel experiences, cheap, economical and safe Brazil is to book a hotel as soon as possible. Also, if you first travel to Rio de Janeiro, you should book online or contact a travel agent to ask them to book a room for you.
Depending on the needs, financial conditions and travel schedules you choose for yourself a hotel, motel as you like. If you have a lot of luxury, you can choose from 4 – 5 star luxury hotels such as Novotel Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont, Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro, Belmond Copacabana Palace … It has beautiful architecture, also near the beach, high-class swimming pool, modern facilities, attractive resort services, … will definitely help you have a relaxing moment and interesting experiences when traveling.

If you have a moderate budget, then mid-range 2 – 3 star hotels are a great suggestion for you. These hotels usually cost between 100-200$ / night. All are fully equipped and th resort services, serving free breakfast, including single, double and collective rooms for you to choose from. In particular, there are a number of hotels near the sea and primeval forests, … suitable for you to experience both forest and sea tourism in Rio de Janeiro. Some of the high rated mid-range hotels: Arpoador Inn Hotel, Angrense Hotel, Hotel Fazenda Sitio Nosso Paraíso ….

Above are the experiences and advice on travel, sightseeing, exploring Rio de Janeiro, cheap, self-sufficient, convenient and fun in Brazil.

Everything about Brazilian culture you haven’t known

– Cultural communication

Despite the strong influence of European culture, the Brazilians have a more warm and sincere behavior. When meeting each other apart from handshakes, people can easily touch their shoulders, hug and kiss each other’s cheeks. However, when they were strangers, they only rewarded and shook hands lightly.

– Vocative

People often use the name to call. For older people with high power, “Senhor” will be added to the name. They always appreciate friendliness, fun and rarely express different opinions when disagreeing, and rarely argue.
– Going out eating

Brazilians can invite to eat when they first meet, the owners and guests will sit facing each other and toasts. The expression of unrestrained drinking when new to meals is often not appreciated.

The Brazilian style also has a common characteristic of Westerners, when they meet each other, always make sure they are on time. Despite being invited, equal money sharing is the best when going out together, avoiding paying money for the meal will make Brazilian friends have a wrong view of you.

If you meet on the street, you should not call out loud, but just wave your hand. The gestures like “OK” by hand are considered rude in Brazil, while the gesture of holding hands and giving thumbs up between the point finger and the ring finger is said to be good luck. This is a strange thing and it should be noted when done in Brazil if you don’t want to be considered rude.

– Costume culture

Brazilian national costumes are quite colorful and usually only present during festivals. In everyday life Brazilians dress in casual clothes, sometimes quite cool because the weather here is very hot. But in the work clothes are very discreet, upholding politeness.

– Giving gifts

When you meet for the first time, you should not give gifts, then, if you want them to do something for you, you can give gifts. The gifts just need to express the intention, the desire to please will be more appropriate.