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The cities, beaches, waterfalls and Amazon wilds are larger than life. Powdery white sand beaches beckon sunbathers. Rio de Janeiro vibrates with the seductive samba and dizzying shopping, while Iguazu Falls and lush rainforests cool the senses. Let a discount Brazil tour package from Friendly Planet help you experience it all!

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Small Group Tour A Taste of South America
Explore the wonders of South America: urban exploration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina plus two nights at UNESCO World Heritage site Iguazu Falls
from $2699 w/ Flights 10 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Sensational Peru & Iguazu Falls
Colonial Lima, the Inca capital of Cusco & awe-inspiring Machu Picchu; then Brazil for the simply astounding Iguazu Falls
from $3399 w/ Flights 10 days
per person, double occupancy*

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Highlights

  1. Olympic Venues

    Experience the energy and excitement of the 2016 Olympic Games all over again with a trip to world-renowned Olympic venues. Head to one of the country’s 7 soccer stadiums and feel the aura of passionate crowds cheering for their home countries. Feel the sand between your toes as you walk on a beach volleyball court, listening to waves gently crash ashore in the distance. Tour Rio Olympic Arena, where gymnastic history was made and records were broken. Constructed in 2007, it was also used for the Pan American Games.
  2. Christ the Redeemer Statue

    This magnificent statue atop Mount Corcovado is almost as wide as it is tall. The imposing statue rises 98 ft. into the sky and has a wingspan of 92 ft. The platform at its base provides panoramic views of the entire city of Rio de Janeiro and the adjacent waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Ascend the 220 steps to the foot of the statue for an up-close view of its unique, Art Deco features. 
  3. Sugarloaf Mountain

    Picturesquely located on Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Mountain is an iconic Brazilian landmark. It’s not that common to have a mountain right on the water AND in the middle of a city, but this striking peak defies the odds. This hill on the harbor offers sweeping views of Rio and stunning views of the blue-green waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Take an exhilarating hike to the top of the mountain, or ascend via a leisurely cable car ride. The mountain was named “Sugarloaf” because its shape resembles a mound of loaf sugar. Its close proximity to the city makes it easily accessible, whether you have a few hours or all day.
  4. Iguazu Falls

    Witness the breathtaking beauty of 275 waterfalls at the spectacular Iguazu Falls! The Iguazu River forms the border between Argentina and Brazil, while the magnificent waterfalls separate the upper and lower sections of the falls. Granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1984 (Argentinian side) and 1986 (Brazilian side), visitors can experience the power of the falls up close via aerial catwalks. Let refreshing mist envelope you as you gaze in awe at powerful waterfalls spilling over the edge of cliffs into the rushing river below. Iguazu Falls isn’t just a collection of massive cataracts – you can also find more than 2,000 different species (including the elusive margay) in the surrounding rainforests.
  5. Amazon Jungle

    Take a ride on the wild side by trekking through the exotic Amazon! You can find all types of animals, reptiles, and fish, as well as a vast variety of flora and fauna. Breathe in fresh rainforest air as you traverse rugged paths along the Amazon River, listening for the sound of rushing waterfalls. Spot a howler monkey swinging through the trees, letting out loud shrieks as it calls to its mate.

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Brazil? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Brasília
Population: 210.8 million
Currency: Brazilian real (BRL)
Languages: Portuguese
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: AMT (UTC -4)

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days from the time of entry, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date. U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Brazil for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, please see the entry requirements.

Children under age 18 traveling alone, with one parent, or with a third party must have a notarized, written authorization from the absent parent or legal guardian. It must be translated into Portuguese and authenticated by a Brazilian embassy or consulate.

More information about passport, visa & entry requirements.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

A Yellow-fever certificate of vaccination is not required for entry into Brazil, however due to the presence of yellow fever throughout much of Brazil it is highly recommended to obtain a yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days prior to travel. Remember to bring mosquito repellent and lots of sunscreen.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

In Brazil, March thru November are the best months in which to visit due to a drier climate. December through February are rainy, hot, and humid months. July through August are the best time to visit the Amazon, although the climate there is almost always humid and hot.

One of the best times to visit Iguazu Falls is during the rainy season (October to March) when the water flow of the waterfall is significantly increased. The hottest months in Iguazu Falls are October through April with average temperatures in the low 90s during the day and high 60s at night. During the rest of the year, the climate changes slightly based on the hot breezes from the Amazon and cold winds from Patagonia. Winter months are a bit cooler, especially at night.

Tipping

A 10% service charge is usually included in the restaurant bill, but feel free to leave more. Tip a cabdriver no more than 10%. Tip the bellboy, the porter, or the concierge about R$1 per luggage item or for help given.

Money & Credit Cards

Few ATMs provide cash from American Express cards. Travelers may be able to use debit cards in some ATMs located in the "Banco 24 horas" or "Banco do Brasil" (ATM's with Plus, Visa logo). Travelers are encouraged to contact their respective U.S. bank in advance to inquire about ATM fees. Visa is the most commonly accepted card. For safety reasons, use ATMs located inside banks or convenience stores.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.

Shopping

Brazil is famous for its leather goods and shoes. Other items unique to Brazil are coffee, gems, music traditional handcrafts, lace, embroidery, and artifacts from Brazil's indigenous tribes.

Electricity & Power Adapters

127/220 volts. Plugs C & N. You will probably need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Did you know?
  • International futebol (soccer) greats Pelé and Neymar are from Brazil.
  • In 1986, the first international game of beach volleyball was played in Rio de Janeiro.
  • The country has 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the spectacular Iguazu Falls.
  • It is the largest exporter of coffee.

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* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

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