When to go:
You can enjoy diving Brazil year-round. While the summer months of December through to February are the most popular for travelling, the dive season runs year round in most regions.
When to Get the Best Deals:
The best deals are usually outside the peak season. Visit during March through to November if you are looking for a good deal.
What to Pack:
2/3 or 5 mm wetsuit may be needed, insect repellent, sunscreen, water shoes or hiking shoes for trips into the forest or on the beaches, and lightweight material clothing is recommended. Most PADI Dive Shops offer full gear hire if needed. Major cities such as Rio and Sao Paulo have nice restaurants and bars, so a nicer outfit or two is also recommended.
As a vast country, water temperature varies however the average sea temperature for the south east of the country is around 25°C / 77°F with increases and decreases in winter and summer months.
For the South East and Rio the annual minimum temperature is 21 °C (70 °F), the average annual maximum temperature is 27 °C (81 °F).
Brazilian Real (BRL) is the official currency.
Valid passport; Visas do vary widely and some countries are exempt for tourist visits less than 90 days. Check with your local immigration office for visa requirements.
This should be included in your airfare, but check with your travel agent or airline.
Yellow Fever vaccination is required in some instances. Contact your local doctor regarding what is necessary.
What to Eat:
Brazilian cuisine is an amazing fusion of mainly European, African and Indigenous influences reflecting this country’s history and multicultural population. The food will vary greatly, depending what part of Brazil you are in. Feijoada is considered by many as Brazil’s national dish and is a bean stew mixed with a range of slow cooked meats. Brazilian BBQ is also popular, served with the national side of rice and black beans. Snacks which should be sampled include Coxinha (chicken croquette), Pao de Queijo (cheese bread) and Bridgardeiro (chocolate).
What to Drink:
Juices are popular throughout Brazil and the Açai juice is a national favorite. Original, Skol and Brahma are all local beers that can be sampled at the many bars and restaurants while you are travelling in Brazil. Cachaça is a liquor made from sugarcane juice and is the key ingredient of the world famous Caipirinha.
You will be spoilt for top side treasures. Ipanema Beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ Statue are all must-visit locations in Rio. In Sao Paulo features include Paulista Avenue, Ibirapuera Park and Vila Madalena. A trip to Salvador or the Amazon will showcase the amazing culture of this vast country.
Customs and Culture:
A strong Portuguese as well as European, African and Indigenous influences can be seen throughout Brazilian culture. This varies significantly depending on which region of Brazil you are visiting.
Carnival is the world famous event that falls in either February or March each year all over Brazil including Rio and Salvador. Festa Junina (June Party), Rio’s New Year’s Celebrations and the Brazilian F1 are other popular events. The upcoming 2014 Football World Cup and 2016 Olympics are also major events for Brazil.
Electricity and Internet:
120 and 240 volts are in use. Outlets are usually both flat (North American) and round (European) plugs.
Drink the water?
Filtered or bottled water is recommended in most regions.
Portuguese is the official language. English and Spanish are also spoken in many popular tourist regions.