Brazil Travel: Know Before You Go

There are a few things you should know before planning a trip to Brazil.

I thought traveling to Brazil would be as simple as booking an airfare and getting on a plane. I quickly realized there is much more to it than meets the eye. Here are four things you should know before planning a trip to Brazil.

1. Astronomical Airfares

Expect to pay a pretty penny for your flights into Brazil. In fact, it could set you back more than a grand, depending on where you’re flying in from and the time of year. I got an amazing deal on a cruise, which was great since I had to spend every extra dime I saved on a high-priced airfare. The worst part? It’s three flights and 30 hours of flight time each way.

2. Difficult Documentation

You will need a visa to travel to Brazil. And it, too, will come at great expense and a lot of legwork. In addition to your passport, you’ll need to provide a bank statement, tax information, a letter of employment, photos, proof of your travel itinerary, a letter to the embassy, and more. It took me several weeks to gather all of the information. You’ll need to either send your package directly to the embassy or hire a third-party to do it for you. While there is even more expense involved in hiring a third-party, it’s well worth it. The company will vet all of your information to be sure it’s accurate and handle all the details on your behalf. With courier and processing fees, you could may more than $200.

3. Expensive Excursions

If you’re planning to take tours or cruise ship shore excursions in Brazil, they won’t come cheap. Many day trips cost significantly upwards of $100. Half-day trips come in a bit lower, but really comprehensive tours can even cost more than $300 depending on the area.

4. Seasons Change

Brazil is located in the southern hemisphere. And while this may seem obvious to most, it’s easy to forget that the seasons are reversed for those of us from North America or Europe. So , if you’re hoping to take advantage of the summer months, you’ll want to head to Brazil in January or February. This is actually ideal if you’re from the northern hemisphere and looking for a winter escape.

Do you have other advice for people traveling to Brazil? Share your ideas with the Wanderlust Wayfarer Facebook group.

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