Brazil is one of the largest and most amazing countries in the world. Every year, millions of tourists choose to visit this extraordinary place, but you have to be well prepared if you want to enjoy your Brazilian holiday without mishap.
First of all, you have to be aware of the required travel documents. Travel Visa Pro can help you with that, especially if you are in a need of a visa. Of course, for a spectacular travel experience it is not enough just to possess the right papers but also to have knowledge of which situations to avoid during your stay. This article will guide you through the basic rules you need to follow when visiting Brazil.
10 Tips to Follow When Visiting Brazil
1 – Protect yourself
It’s good to start with the basics: protecting your body with the right creams and products and take the necessary vaccines. You do not want to have sunburn or a million mosquito bites for example.
2 – Be careful with street food and drinks
For the sake of your health, it is also always good to be careful with street food and drinks, especially mixed seafood which can be hard to identify. And it might be a good idea to avoid cheap wine or unknown alcoholic drinks.
Do not accept unidentified drinks because they might not just make you ill but also get you into serious trouble, if used by unscrupulous people.
3 – Watch your belongings
It’s best to avoid wearing valuables where others can see them. This is applicable to items such as cameras, jewelry, credit cards and cash. It is particularly valid when you are at the beach, where you should never leave your belongings unattended.
4 – Withdraw money before 10:00 PM
Be aware that you can’t withdraw money from ATM’s after 10:00 PM, as they’re closed because of local regulations. Also, if it is possible, use ATM’s in safe spaces like your hotel and in brightly lit areas.
5 – Take official taxis and use service from reliable guides
On the streets, do not accept services from unmarked street taxis and city guides. And you may want to avoid the favelas because it can be very dangerous, unless you’re taking a favela tour with a guide.
It is important that you know which routes you want to use when traveling, as getting help in English is not always easy and can lead you in the wrong direction.
6 – Be careful when making new friends
Brazilians are very friendly, but be careful when making new friends whilst enjoying the Brazilian nightlife or accepting a private invitation from a stranger.
Also, as a tourist, it is always a good idea to not wander the streets alone after dark.
7 – Be patient
Brazil is a crowded country where patience is an asset. It’s better not to be impatient or try to hurry things, as locals like to take their time.
8 – Portuguese is the official language
It is also important to remember that Portuguese is spoken in Brazil and not Spanish (and it’s not called Brazilian). Additionally, do not use the OK hand gesture because it means something pretty rude.
9 – Be cultural sensitive
Brazil is highly multicultural with several ethnic groups, so you have to be very sensitive when speaking about racial, religious or cultural issues. Do not attempt to guess people’s cultural backgrounds based on their looks.
10 – Pack adequately
Brazil is a huge country with several different climate areas. Therefore, you must also consider which parts of the country you are planning to visit, and when, in order to pack the right clothing and shoes. You want to avoid freezing in the mountains or getting sunstroke on a beach.
Every traveller knows that part of the fun and joy of a foreign holiday is the fact that there could be challenges and even danger.
The most important thing is to take care of your health and safety and it is essential to be culturally aware.
Brazil is wonderful but can be dangerous if you don’t pay attention to these tips.
If you are alert and take the necessary precautions before and during your trip, you can have a great time in Brazil.
Safe travels and have fun in Brazil!
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