The biggest country in South America, Brazil is bursting with culture. Exotic, friendly, biologically diverse and full of life.
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and the largest country in South America. Home to beaches, rainforests, the annual carnival in Rio, friendly Brazilians and over 100,000 animal species Brazil is one of the most extraordinary destinations in the world. Brazilian food is equally as grand. Beef is one of the most consumed meats and you can go to a traditional Churrascaria to enjoy a good steak. Feijoada is considered a national dish and is made with black beans. The cocktail of choice? Caipirinha!
People head to Brazil to visit Rio the second largest of its cities, home to Christ the Redeemer statue, Maracana Stadium and 80km of beaches. A trip to Brazil isn't complete without a visit to Iguazu falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Of course there's the Amazon, the Pantanal and Sao Paulo that all might be on your to see list too!
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Brazil is the most visited country in South America, with most of its international visitors coming from Argentina, Italy and the USA. The country has 7 world heritage listed sites including the historic town Ouro Preto, Iguacu National Park and the capital Brasilia.
If you're a U.S., Canadian, Australian or New Zealand national you'll need a visa to visit Brazil. If you're a UK or EU passport holders you don't need a visa. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Brazil for the most up to date information.
Getting around Brazil is easy by bus, air or ferry. You should keep in mind that driving a car in Brazil is dangerous and the country has one of the highest death tolls from driving-related accidents in the world. Plus the country is so big that hiring a car can work out to be more expensive than it's worth.
Brazil has high levels of serious and petty crime. Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Recife, Salvador and other large cities the levels of crime are higher so always look after yourself and your belongings when in these places. Don't flash your cash or valuables.
Many South American countries require you to have a Yellow Fever vaccination before entry. You should check the entry requirements for Brazil and all countries are going to by contacting their foreign missions in Australia. For more information about yellow fever, including Australian re-entry requirements, see the Department of Health website.
You can head to Brazil all year round because of its tropical climate. Winter lasts only three months from June to August. From December to February it's summer. Winter it is usually around between 13 and 18 degrees Celsius. Summer it can be up to 40 degrees Celsius.
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