Brazil Travel Tips

Here are some Brazil travel tips that I have jotted down which I have pulled out of my travel journal from spending over a month and a half in Brazil.

Visit the Christ the Redeemer Statue

A visit to the Christ the Redeemer statue will not only give you the chance to see one of the most iconic statue's in the entire World. But you will also have the chance to get an absolutely fantastic view of the entire city. You will be able to see both World famous beaches - Copacobana and Ipanema, Sugar loaf mountain and the Wold famous Marcana Football stadium.

Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio

Take a tour or go to see a football game at the Maracana

The Marcana stadium was made World famous during the 1950 Football World Cup. The final was held here between Uruguay and Brazil, two football crazy nations. After an enthralling game Uruguay ran away as surprise winners over the host nation. It is still written into football history as the crowd for this game was around 200, 000 people.

Maracana Stadium
Maracana Stadium

A tour of the stadium will be readily available and you will take a tour of the 'two-tiered, circular' stadium. The walk down the tunnel onto the pitch is great, with iconic figures painted on to the wall.

Try Acai with granola on the scorching beach

This Brazil travel tip might sound a bit strange but you must try it. Forget ice cream.... Acai with granola sprinkled on to is such a refreshing drink. It's tangy, soft taste mixed with the crunch of granola is amazing and when it is in the form of something similar to a thick slush puppy it is great for cooling down on the 35°C beaches.

Huge acai bowl, Florianopolis, Brazil
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Plan your backpacking trip around Carnival

This Brazil travel tip is a bit obvious, but if you can get to Brazil for Carnival then do it! As you will have seen from the Carnival in Brazil section, it is a great spectacle.

The biggest spectacle is arguably in Rio de Janeiro. The electric atmosphere, the party time culture and the pure happiness and joy that spreads through the city is incredible. You know that you are experiencing something unique and amazing at the same time. And the effort and organisation that is put in to the event is astounding.

1, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
travel blog photo's source is TravelPod page: Beautiful Rio

This Brazil travel tip really is a must!

You must visit Ilha Grande

I hadn't heard of Ilha Grande before I arrived in Brazil, but all fellow backpackers who had been recommended it whole heartedly.

It is a picturesque island just off the south Coast of Brazil. It is a tropical paradise with bright blue seas that are backed by lush, tropical fauna. This is the most beautiful, tropical and unspoilt place I have ever been. I am also a beach lover and there are an abundance of stunners here.

Bay in ilha Grande
Ilha Grande

Travel by bus in luxury

A bit of a strange Brazil travel tip but travelling by bus here feels like luxury compared to most of the long distance buses you will find here in the UK. The seats are wide and recline to a great position so that you can sleep.

Travel in Comfort on Brazil buses
Travel in comfort on Brazil buses

On one journey we were even woken up mid way on a 12 hour ride so that we could be ushered into a hall where we were given a 2 course meal, which was included in the price of the ticket. It was a lovely surprise!

Safety in the big cities

Safety in Brazil is often talked about. For me it is quite simple... If you wouldn't walk down a dark alley in your own city, why would you do it in a Brazilian city?

From experience, the Brazilian people are very friendly and there is absolutely nothing to be concerned about. However, as with every country in the World there is crime and the cities are where the majority happens.

For some good information visit Foreign and Commonwealth Office for Brazil website that has some great up-to-date information about the current situation in the country.

Be aware of fake money

Fake money is a big problem in Brazil. With all notes you must check them to ensure that the one you have been given is genuine. See our Brazil money exchange section for some important advice.

100 Real Note
100 Real Note

Must visit Iguacu Falls

You final Brazil travel tip is an obvious one. You simply must visit Iguacu falls or Foz Do Iguacu. As one of the new 7 wonders of the World, you'd be crazy not to pay these immense natural waterfalls a quick visit.

Iguazu Falls
iguazu Falls

The sheer power and natural beauty of the falls is fantastic and its ease of access from Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo makes it simple for you to get there.