Brazil is the largest country in Latin America, and the fifth-largest country in terms of population. The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics has made Brazil one of the most popular tourist destinations in recent years. If you are visiting Brazil for the first time, you may want to visit Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, which are the most famous cities in Brazil. It’s recommended to choose a flight that arrives in the daytime to help overcome jet lag.
Safety: always use extra caution when you are traveling in an unfamiliar country. The Federal Police of Brazil website has official safety guidelines and tips. Also, check the Brazil travel advisory announcement by the US Department of State to avoid high crime state. If you need help while in Brazil, reach out to the US Embassy in Brazil for advice.
Ground transportation: Uber and Subways are popular transportation options in big cities such as Sao Paulo and Rio. There are bus routes connecting downtown to national parks nearby. Public bus information and operation hours can be found at the RioOniBus website
Stays: Booking.com is the most popular hotel booking website. For more budget-friendly stay options, you can also check Airbnb or Vrbo by Expedia for vacation rentals listed by homeowners. SitioParaAlugar can help you compare prices across different vacation home platforms to find the most suitable stay options for you.
Language and Travel Tips: Portuguese is the official language of the Brazilian people. If you do not speak Portuguese, you can download the Google Translate app ahead of time. It’s also recommended to save the local Google Map offline just in case you lost network connectivity. The step-by-step instructions can be found here.
Visa: If you are a U.S. citizen, a visa is not needed for visiting Brazil. If you lost your passport while in Brazil, visit the US Embassy website for passport service.