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B Brazil is the fifth largest country in terms of both size and population. It is about 19 times the size of Sweden and has approximately 208.5 million inhabitants. Brazil covers nearly half of South America and borders on all South American countries except Chile and Ecuador. Amazon Jungle covers more than half the land area. Brazilian coast is about 8,000 km long and has more than 2000 beaches.

Below you will find basic facts and information for your journey in Brazil. Everything from suggestions on the best time of year for your trip to information about Brazilian history and culture, which gives you an idea of ​​the country you will be visiting and to be well prepared.

We at Sierra Tours often get questions from our travelers; When is it best to go to Brazil and Rio De Janeiro?

- The question we get often and it is very difficult to answer. The best with Rio De Janeiro is that you can travel all year round and it happens intresting things all the time. For this reason, it is up to you or anyone to choose the time that suits you the best. To make it easier for you, we have written a small list of what is good to know.

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About Brazil

Brazil is South America’s largest country (by both population and geographical size) as well as one of its most diverse and fascinating. It is filled to the brim with intriguing people, plants and animals as well as liberal doses of history, religion, culture and sporting greatness. The most densely populated citys of Brazil are located in the south-central regions, which include major urban conglomerates like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Climate and environment

Most of the country has a tropical climate, except the south. The Equator cuts through northern Brazil where the temperature is around 30 ° all year round. The best time to travel to the Amazon is from May to January. The water level is at its highest in May and lowest in November driest month. Brazil's beaches attract sun and sea all year round Ubatuba, located on the Tropic of Capricorn, has a pleasant climate of 25-30 degrees year round. In the summer, from December to March, the warmest and the humidity is highest. That's when most rain, often heavy afternoon showers. During the winter, from June to August, it is a drier heat, like a good Swedish summer. Night temperature can then go down to 14-15 degrees. It is safest to travel to the Pantanal during the dry season, which occurs between mid-April to late September.

Passports and Visas

Nordic citizens can travel to Bolivia and stay for 90 days without a visa. Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months at the date of the return trip and contains 2 unstamped pages. The passport must not be cracked or broken somewhere.


Remember to have a comprehensive travel and medical insurance and the necessary vaccinations. Also note any immunization requirements when traveling from US or EU to another country. Dengue fever, hepatitis A, malaria and yellow fever are present in different parts of Brazil.

Do not drink tap water, buy water in bottles. Avoid ice cubes in drinks and other beverages. Eat well-cooked and cooked food. Please bring your family medicine. Do not forget to bring your any prescription medication. For acclimatization, avoid physical activity on the first day and avoid alcoholic beverages. Eat light meals and drink plenty of water. Contact your doctor about any medication for altitude sickness. In larger cities there is access to private health care to European standard.


When traveling to Brazil you should know that the country has strict customs regulations on archaeological and historical objects, and these must not be taken out of the country. Drug smuggling severely punished. You must have your eyes open at the airport so that no one put anything in your luggage before departure. Pickpockets are common in crowds. If someone is suspicious pleasant or assertive can be a pickpocket. Never leave your bag from you. Changing money at a bank or at a casa de cambio - an exchange office.

Currency and exchange

The Brazilian currency is the real (BRL). Banknotes are available in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 reales. Most easiest is to use cards, VISA or MasterCard, withdraw money from ATMs available in all cities. You can take out with foreign cards at banks Bradesco (maximum amount 800 R $) and HSBC (maximum amount 1000 R $) and Banco do Brasil (maximum amount 1000 R $). There are exchange offices at airports to switch USD or Euro.

Food and drinks

The Brazilian home cooking is rice and beans, to which one eats chicken, meat or fish. The Brazilian national dish called feijoada. It is a rich stew that the African slaves ate, but which has become helgmat. The main ingredients are black beans, sausage and beef and pork. In the original recipe, it should be with the pig's tongue, feet and twist! Served with rice and toasted manioc flour (farofa). In restaurants, hot dishes usually intended for two people, but the Brazilian portions are generous, so they usually sufficient for three.

The Brazilian beer is very good and the most famous brands are Brahma and Bohemia.

Water should not be drunk unless boiled or sterilised first. Even filtered water in more remote areas should be avoided and bottled water should be drunk instead. Pasteurised milk and cheese is available in towns and is generally considered safe to consume. Milk outside of urban areas is unpasteurised and should be boiled; travellers should also be wary of products that could have been made with unpasteurised milk, such as ice cream. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.


Brazilian stones, such as amethyst and rose quartz, and jewelry and other items made of these. Crafts of wood and bamboo and other natural materials. Colorful hammocks. Please ask the local guide for the purchase and shopping.

Receipt of air tickets

We will send your itinerary as soon as the flight is booked. Here you can see how the itinerary will look like. We use electronic tickets, which you will printing before your trip. At the same time, you get a e-mail letter with more information about the trip, including a phone number so that you can always get in touch with one of us on SIERRA TOURS, even outside office hours.

Upgrade flight seats

Today, many airlines are upgrading reserved tickets for seats with extra space and comfort, including Economy Comfort, KLM and the Premium Voyageur Air France. We can not upgrade to these seats, but it can often doing yourself through the airline's website. We're not reserve seats with extra benplats, such as those at the emergency exit in flight. If you need extra space, we recommend that you check in at the airport as early as possible on the date of departure and ask for help there.

Transfers to and from airports

Upon arrival at various airports in Bolivia you will be picked up by our local representative who will stand at the arrival hall with a sign with your name on it. Upon departure to your next trip we will assist you to the airport. You will know when you are going to be collected at the hotel.


Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Remember to bring documentation regarding travel / medical insurance.

Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US or EU.

Other information
  • Local time: Brazil has Swedish time minus 7 hours. When the time is 12:00 on the day of Sweden's 5 in the morning in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Electricity: Brazil uses 220-230 volts. You need an adapter that can be purchased on the technical-shop anywhere. At the hotel portion can borrow adapter.
  • Luggage: We use many different airlines to your travel destination, therefore it can vary how much and how many kilos you can bring in both checked and carry-on baggage. See details on your ticket or contact us if you have questions. It happens occasionally checked luggage goes astray. Unpack therefore essential medicines with a certificate from your doctor in your hand luggage. The same applies for you personal property and valuables.
  • Tipping: Sometimes include bars and restaurants, automatic 10% gratuity to the bill. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers.
  • Language: Portuguese is the official language. There are also about 220 Indian languages.
  • Travel Insurance: Check what your insurance or your insurance card cover when traveling to Brazil. It is recommended to have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance in Brazil.
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