Brazil is packed with amazing sights, stunning landscapes and plenty to keep you entertained day or night. Whether you are heading to Brazil for the football or plan on taking a holiday there, here are a few pointers of what you should and shouldnt do.
Do try and see some of the wonders that Brazil has to offer; the lush Amazon rainforest has more wildlife than you could possibly imagine; the impressive Iguazu Falls waterfall or Sugar Loaf Mountain that stands tall over the city of Rio de Janeiro the list is pretty long! Remember that Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world so you should plan ahead to make sure everything on your itinerary is achievable in the time that you have available.
Dont use hand signals like the Im OK as the meaning in Brazil is something very different its quite vulgar.
Do make sure you check the rates with your mobile phone provider before you travel answering your phone and making calls in Brazil is likely to cost you a small fortune.
Dont flash your cash, jewellery, phone or leave bags unattended. Make sure you observe your surroundings and know where you are going. Dont make yourself an easy target for thieves and pickpockets. Make sure you make eye contact with those around you (this is normal in Brazil) and is a safety measure to ensure you dont get targeted by criminals.
Do try the food; there is an abundance of culinary delights to be had including Churrasco (various barbequed meat on skewers), Feijoada (black beans with pieces of beef and pork added to it) and Brigadeiro the best Brazilian desert and a must for chocolate lovers!
Dont be lazy at least try and speak the language (which is Portuguese not Spanish). Even if its hello, goodbye and thank you! Many Brazilians dont speak any English so learning just a few words or having a phrase book handy will help (yes there is a translator app but you really shouldnt be getting your smart phone out all the time!)
Do make sure you have thought about how you will access the internet while you are away or at least check the rates with your mobile provider – and turn off data roaming on your phone! Data using your existing phone plan is likely to result in you being the next bill shock news story.
Dont be impatient. Brazilians operate on their own time so be prepared to wait or get into the holiday spirit and relax. This goes for pretty much everything including flights!
Do always check with your hotel that where you are going is safe, they will be able to inform you of any areas you should avoid and tell you what to look out for.
Brazil is an inspiring country and as long as you follow this advice you will love every minute of your holiday and probably wont want to come home!
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