The fifth largest country on earth, in which all of Europe could fit, is a land full of beauty and longing, carried by the bossa nova and its melancholy lyrics. Brazil is a country of contrasts, in which highly industrialized regions and an indigenous population that seem to have fallen out of time face each other. A symbol of these contrasts is Rio de Janeiro, where the Copacabana is one of the most famous beaches in the world. The crescent-shaped beach, also known as “Little Sea Princess” (Princesinha do Mar), has its golden days from the 1950s and 1960s behind it, but the bohemian fame has remained – like the song “The Girl from Ipanema”.
Travel to the most exciting country in South America on your own
Rio, this is Brazil, but Brazil is not just Rio. The further north you go, the more beautiful the country becomes. Shifting dunes that protrude 20 kilometers into the country, hidden freshwater lakes and of course the huge Amazon basin, which covers almost the entire northern part of the South American continent. There are more than half of the world’s remaining tropical forest and an unimaginable wealth of species. Anyone traveling to Brazil would do well to check the individual stops at home: Which beach? Which route? Group travel or individually arranged? Brazil has an incredible number of tempting opportunities for vacationers. As chaotic as the seemingly inextricable cables on the power poles, breathtakingly beautiful like the rainforest and light as a breeze on the beach, that’s Brazil.
Travel information in brief
In principle, Brazil can be visited all year round. The northern coastal areas are suitable for a trip from July to December, the Amazon region from June to October and the south coast with Rio de Janeiro from December to March. During these times, the prospect of traveling with lots of sunshine and little rain is particularly good. Thanks to the high water temperatures, you can swim in the sea all year round.
Currency / money
The common currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real, or BRL for short. Most of the time, you can pay by credit card in Brazil. However, if you travel to remote regions, it is best to withdraw a suitable amount of money beforehand in a bank branch. In general, care should be taken that no device is installed to copy the card or record the PIN. And: Always keep an eye on the map.
No vaccinations are currently required to enter Brazil. Nevertheless, it is advisable to find out about a yellow fever vaccination: Large parts of the country are yellow fever epidemic areas. In addition, the standard vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, mumps, measles, rubella, influenza, pneumococci, hepatitis A and B and against typhoid are recommended.
Visa / entry
German citizens can stay in Brazil for up to three months without a visa. When entering the country, the passport should be valid for at least six months. For minors with only one parent, special entry regulations apply: Here, the declaration of consent from the other parent is required, certified by a Brazilian consular officer.
Not going to Brazil is like refusing to go to paradise. For us Europeans, the land of superlatives is at the same time a demanding country, full of unusual contrasts, endowed with “a confusing opulence”, as the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig said: “Here, nature has pressed everything into one space in a unique whimsy of waste, what else it spreads over several countries ”.
So it pays to be prepared for Brazil. To think about beforehand which dimensions of this huge country one would like to encounter. There is definitely material for a dream vacation or even several. And it touches. “Brazil”, according to the French sociologist Michel Maffesoli, “embodies the emotional and emotional like few other cultures in the world”. Brazil leaves no one indifferent.