How large is Brazil?

The fifth largest country in the world with more than 3.3 million square miles, Brazil is larger than the continental US.   You wouldn’t be able to even scratch the surface of the United States in a two-week trip so consider breaking Brazil down by regions, and focusing on one or two that have compatible weather during the time of year you plan to visit. Back to top

What language is spoken in Brazil?

Portuguese is the National Language and learning some key words and phrases goes a long way.  Refer to the chart below for some examples. Many people will also understand Spanish.  On a Wildland Adventure, all of your lead guides will be bilingual and fluent English speakers. Back to top

How long does it take to get to Brazil?

12 hours from the west coast and 8-9 hours from East Coast hubs. Back to top

Do I need a Visa to travel to Brazil?

US citizens need a Passport Valid for 6 months beyond your dates of travel and a Brazilian Tourist Visa that must be obtained in advance within 3 months prior to your travel dates. The easiest way to secure your Visa is to use a Processing Agency like Generations Visa Service in Washington DC.  Wildland Adventures will send you Generations Visa Brazil Form after you register for your trip.   The following documents are required to obtain your Brazil Tourist Visa.

  1. Signed Passports with one totally blank Visa page, valid for 6 months beyond the dates of travel
  2. 2 recent passport photos each (2x2) on white glossy finish
  3. One printed, completed and signed Visa application form per person, found here:  (click on ‘Visa Request’ on the left of the screen, fill out on line and print out)
  4. Copy of travel itinerary showing your names and flight information
  5. Copy of second form of government ID such as Driver’s License for proof of residence
  6. Payment via check or money order (No credit cards)

Visas ARE NOT available upon arrival for US citizens. If you are not an American Citizen traveling with a United States Passport, be sure to check your country’s requirements for entering Brazil. Back to top

How do I get to/around Brazil?

 Being such a large country, Brazil has several international airports.  Currently, carriers from the United States serve the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Salvador de Bahia and Manaus (from Miami only via TAM or United).  One within Brazil, it is easiest to travel between regions by plane whenever possible.  TAM (recently purchased by LAN) and GOL are the primary air carriers. Back to top

When is the best time to travel?

Seasonal rainfall and heat/humidity play a major role in determining when the best time is to visit Brazil’s different regions.  Please see our Seasons and Climate section for more details on what to expect during your travels. Back to top

Is Brazil Safe for Travel?

With common sense and caution, yes, Brazil is safe for tourists, especially outside of the large cities. Rio de Janeiro has received bad press in the past for gang violence, particularly within the poorer areas of the city, known as favelas.  However, the past few years have been witness to great efforts to improve safety and promote tourism to Brazil and Rio, especially with the coming of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Don’t go out at night alone, don’t flash your valuables, use official taxis and avoid less desirable areas, unless on a special tour accompanied by a local guide. Back to top

Where should I go and how long do I need to book in advance?

I want to experience Carvanal! Carnaval is celebrated throughout Brazil but the largest party is in Rio de Janeiro which begins on the Friday night before Ash Wednesday and culminates on ‘Fat Tuesday’, the last day to indulge before the Catholic Lenten season of abstinence begins. Masquerade balls and parties are held throughout the weekend but the main event is the colorful, splashy Samba parade through the Sambadromo where the top Samba Schools throughout the country compete for the best performance over two days of passionate music, dance, song, drumming and singing.  This should not be missed and tickets must be reserved well in advance.  Nearly every hotel in Rio will offer a Carnaval package requiring a 3 or 4-night stay.  It is important to know that prices are higher than average during this popular time of year and making reservations and trip arrangements 6-4 months in advance is recommended. Back to top

Can I drink the water in Brazil?

Most tap water throughout Brazil is treated and safe to drink.  However, even Brazilians don’t care for the taste and bottled or filtered water is available at most hotels, lodges and restaurants.  Public areas such as airports usually have water fountains providing filtered water. Tap water is certainly safe to use for teeth brushing or washing throughout the country unless specifically advised otherwise. Back to top

What kind of food will I eat?

The abundance of exotic fruits and vegetables from the Amazon, thousands of miles of coastlines and rivers rich with fish and seafood, a taste for high quality beef and the fiery, spicy flavors of West Africa all combine to weave a diverse culinary tapestry within Brazil which varies from region to region.  Taking a cooking class or visiting a food market is a good way to explore some of the diverse foods grown in Brazil, including many fruits and fish you’ve probably never seen or heard of before.  Typical dishes include Moqueca (Brazilian Fish Stew) and Acarajé (Black-eyed Pea and Shrimp Fritters) in Bahia, Feijoada, a pork and black bean stew considered to be Brazil’s national dish and skewers of perfectly grilled beef, pork, lamb and more served tableside at traditional Churrascarias, or Brazilian steak houses.  Vegetarians will find no shortage of seafood, rice and vegetable dishes and special dietary requests can easily be catered to with advance notice. Back to top

Is Brazil a good destination for families?

Yes!! Young explorers will delight in the exotic wildlife found in the Pantanal and Amazon, zipping around the base of Iguassu Falls in a jet boat and in learning about the colorful Orixas of Candomble, the Afro-Brazilian religion practiced in Bahia. Music is a huge part of life in Brazil and Wildland Adventures can arrange visits to Samba Schools during the off season or tickets to drumming and Capoeira performances.  Coastal beach retreats welcome families with a variety of activities such as kayaking, snorkeling and learning to surf. Or, consider Bonito in the Pantanal, a freshwater wonderland of clear lakes, rivers and caves where you can snorkel amid schools of brightly colored tropical fish.  Back to top

What sorts of immunizations do I need to travel to Brazil?

Brazil is a tropical country so the Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended for travelers visiting the Pantanal, Amazon and Iguassu Falls. Effective antimalarial drugs are suggested for travelers to the Pantanal and Amazon.  For a complete list of recommended vaccinations and medical concerns for travel to Brazil, click this link to visit the CDC websiteBack to top

"How to say it in Portuguese"

 Thank you
 Obrigado (a)
 No, thank you  Não, obrigado (a)
 Por favor
 Sorry  Desculpe!
 Excuse me, please
 Com licença
 What is that?
 O que é isso?
Can you tell me ___?
 Pode me dizer ...?
Can I have ____?
 Pode me dar ...?
 Where is the ___?
 Onde está o (a) ...?
 Can you help me?
 Poderia me ajudar?
 I don't understand
 Não compreendo
 Do you speak ___?
 O (A) senhor (a) fala ....?
 I don't know
 Não sei
 Please, speak more slowly
 Por favor, fale mais devagar
 I've lost my way
 Eu me perdi
 May I use your phone?
 Posso usar seu telefone?
 How much is it?
 Quanto custa?