BRAZIL

DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Brazil in a way like no other. From the drumbeats of Carnival, to the jungle song of the Amazon, Brazil exudes an intoxicating rhythm. It’s the largest country in Latin America, where some of the world’s best beaches meet lofty mountains, churning waterfalls and the mighty Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Brazil’s biodiversity is unrivalled, and there are few other places where you can spot such a collection of rare species, including pink dolphins, sea turtles, howler monkeys, and the coatis and toucans of the hand-planted Tijuca rainforest. The fun-loving Brazilians are equally diverse and a Brazil holiday with Trafalgar takes you deep into their spirited culture. Learn to dance the Samba, eat at a traditional churrascaria, and meet the locals of a hillside favela in Rio de Janeiro. From riding a cable car to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, or climbing Corcovado Mountain to see the wondrous Christ the Redeemer, we’ll take you on an exhilarating Brazilian adventure. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

"I love watching our guests find their rhythm in Brazil. Learn how to dance the samba, move to the drumbeats of Carnival, or listen to the jungle song of the Amazon."

Travel Director

Brazil  at a

glance

Currency

Brazilian real

Winter avg temp

26°C

Summer avg temp

23°C

Time Zone

GMT +3

Capital City

Brasilia

Language

Portuguese

Good Morning

Bom Dia

Good evening

Boa noite

From the drumbeats of Carnival, to the jungle song of the Amazon, Brazil exudes an intoxicating rhythm. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and discover one of the world's most biodiverse countries, along with Christ the Redeemer, towering Sugarloaf Mountain and Rio de Janeiro's hillside favelas.

Our top 3 things to do in Brazil

Our Brazil tour packages soak up the monumental sights of Sugarloaf Mountain, and also delve deeper into Brazilian culture with visits to a churrascaria, Samba school and a hillside favela.

Visit a traditional Brazilian churrascaria

We’ll take you on a journey through Brazilian culture, with a visit to a churrascaria, a traditional Brazilian barbecue where meat is cooked in churrasco style. We’ll have churrascaria dinners while enjoying folkloric performances of Samba and Tango, and we’ll even learn how to make the perfect caipirinha.

See how the country prepares for the annual Rio Carnival

When you join our Brazil group tours, you’ll dive into culture with a visit to a local Samba school. Discover how the school prepares for the pageantry of the annual Rio Carnival, see the colourful costumes and feel the rhythms of Samba as you experience an exciting dance lesson.

Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car

Board a cable car and take to the clouds, as you glide up Sugarloaf Mountain. This monumental mountain is one of the most famous peaks of Rio de Janeiro, towering 396 metres over the harbour, and you’ll make it to the top for spectacular views over the bay and city.

Best museums in Brazil

See the country’s top museums on our Brazil holiday tours, from a collection of Brazilian art to a digital insight into the future.

Museum of Tomorrow (Museu do Amanhã)

Housed in an incredible futuristic building, the Museum of Tomorrow shares a glimpse of life in the future. The museum displays digital ideas rather than objects, and predicts the future based on social, environmental and economic factors. You can spend hours exploring interactive experiments and exhibitions on a sustainable future.

Museum of Modern Art

Located in Sao Paulo, the Museum of Modern Art (MASP) has one of the best collections of European art in Latin America, with artworks by Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Botticelli, Picasso and Renoir. The museum building is also a fantastic piece of architecture, perched on large pillars.

Rio Art Museum

The Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) tells the history of Rio de Janeiro through art. You’ll find traditional and contemporary Brazilian works of art, including paintings, photographs and sculptures. The museum is housed in a striking building, with a wavy roof canopy that appears to float above the building.

Best food in Brazil

Our group tours in Brazil will introduce you to the delicious Brazilian cuisine, from deep-fried chicken croquettes to sweet desserts sprinkled with chocolate and coconut.

Brigadeiro

The Brigadeiro is a popular Brazilian dessert made from a mix of condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter, shaped into small balls and showered in chocolate sprinkles. It’s named after Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, a Brazilian war hero, and can be found in bakeries across the country.

Beijinho de Coco

The coconut version of the brigadeiro, Beijinho de Coco are one of the most favourite desserts in Brazil. They’re made from condensed milk, coconut milk, butter, covered with sugar or grated coconut. They’re a classic treat at birthday parties and you can find them in bakeries all over Brazil.

Coxinhas

Coxinhas are the quintessential snack of Brazil. These beloved deep-fried treats are made from breaded and fried dough filled with potato and chicken, and shaped in a triangular cone. You can find these everywhere, from street stalls to lavish restaurants.

Portuguese phrasebook

Unlike the majority of Latin America, the official language of Brazil is Portuguese. Learning a few phrases is always appreciated and will help you connect with the locals.

An adaptor plug

Voltage in Wales is 230V and the sockets are of Type G, with standard British 3-pin plugs.

A pair of sunglasses

Summer or winter, a pair of sunglasses is essential. If visiting in the colder months, the reflection of the sun on the white snow will give your eyes a surprising strain.

Swimsuit

Brazil is famed for its golden coastline and has some of the world’s best beaches. Pack a swimsuit to soak up the sun and the dazzling waters.

Versatile shoes

You’ll need to pack shoes that can take you from exploring hillside favelas and traversing jungles, to dancing the Samba in Rio de Janeiro.

What to pack for Brazil

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

Road Trip Adventures

Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to Brazil Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Brazil and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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