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General Information

Capital: Brasília  

Language: Portuguese  

Currency: Real  

Population: 190,732,694  

Area: 8,514,876,599 km²  

National prefix: 55 

 

 

 


Health Information 

No vaccine is required to enter Brazil. However it is recommended that the traveler consult his doctor four to six weeks before the trip to identify if there is a need to take any vaccine or medicine according to his health, vaccination history, area of ​​the country he will visit and planned activities. 


Food 

The food in Brazil is varied, having options for all tastes and being easy to find restaurants serving international cuisine. Each region of the country has its typical dishes, usually fruit of local history and food found. The hostels affiliated with Hostelling International in Brazil offer breakfast and most of them have communal kitchen for guests' use and a restaurant and / or snack bar. In a country so large and with such a complex and unique history, it is difficult to point out the typical dishes of all Brazilians.  

The food of the Brazilian people was influenced by each immigrant who came to the country with their beliefs, habits and culture. 

This blend combined with what was brought to the country and what already existed in Brazilian lands resulted in a gastronomia tasty and pleasant to the most different palates. A typical Brazilian breakfast, that served in any house of a common citizen, usually includes breads, cakes, fruits, cereals, coffee, milk and chocolate.  

At lunch and dinner the highlight is the delicious combination of rice and beans, which accompanies tender meats of cattle, chicken, pork, lamb, fish. Our lands grow vegetables of different kinds to make a fresh salad, which can not be lacking. Another Brazilian passion is flours, usually present at lunches as accompaniment. Including, the flour is certain accompaniment of the feijoada, tasty dish made with beans and cooked pieces of various parts of the pig. 


The masses are also loved by Brazilians, so much so that in several cities there is a pizzeria on every corner. The drinks made in Brazil are a delight, with special mention to the cachaça - drink that goes in the original Caipirinha, typical drink that is not lacking in any bar. The desserts are mouth-watering with chocolates, creams and fruits of all kinds. In addition to all the delicacies already mentioned, it is up to the traveler to discover the typical dishes of each region, each city. In Brazil there is much to be explored, including its flavors! 


Money 

The bills used in Brazil are two, ten, twenty, fifty and one hundred reais. With them, the traveler consumes in Brazil, where other currencies are hardly accepted. It is always advisable to exchange money at authorized exchange offices, hotels or banks. In the country debit and credit cards are widely accepted, mainly Visa and Mastercard. 


Transport 

To travel between the beautiful Brazilian destinations the traveler has several options of means of transportation: airplanes, buses, car and in certain cases, train. In cities there is always how to rent vehicles or use buses, taxis and in the case of cities such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, subway. Some cities and some hostels offer bicycle rental services, a healthier and more eco-friendly way to travel. 


Music, folklore and festivities 

Folklore in Brazil is rich in music, festivals and dances that point to the traditions of each region. Once again diversity shows its importance. The samba itself is proof of this. Samba is a musical style originated in Rio de Janeiro, which came from a mixture of sounds that made the head of the Carioca musicians.  
Curiously, in its origin samba has a lot of European, but has been gaining new tones and batuques throughout the years, falling in the popular taste and becoming Brazilian brand. One of the most popular styles that came from samba was the bossa nova of João Gilberto, immortalized in the world by the songs of Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes. In Bahia there is another version of samba, samba de roda, characterized by elements of Afro-Brazilian culture in music and dance. 
Other representations of remarkable music and dance in the Brazilian Northeast are the traditional frevo, maracatu and baião, and the contemporaries forró and axé. In the interior of the country, catira is a characteristic dance, while fandango, vanerão and various types of gaucho dances are found in the south. When the festivities of the month of June arrive (festivities June, celebrations of the celebrations of saints of Catholicism), the quadrille animates the festivities of all the country. Carnival is another famous and highly anticipated party. Most Brazilians take advantage of the Carnival holiday to travel. In general, those who want to go to some coastal city or go after the most famous celebrations: the parade of the samba schools of São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, follow the electric trios of Salvador or dance frevo with the Olinda dolls.