Brazil's colourful diversity and abundance seem to embody everything that is best in South America. Brazil is home to magnificent cities, exquisite waterfalls, lush rainforests, thousands of miles of pristine white sand beaches and the Amazon flows through its heart! Get inspired to visit Brazil today.
Find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to book a holiday, travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in Brazil.
Whether you want to travel in Brazil, go backpacking, try your hand at capoeira, see Carnival or experience the highlights of the country - we have some incredible experiences to ignite your wanderlust. Get more information about visiting Brazil on our destination guide below:
With One World 365 you can get ideas and inspiration for things to do if you are keen to travel or go backpacking in Brazil. You will be able to find something to match your interest, you can choose between short one day, or one month and longer options. Our travel opportunities are authentic and you will get to travel like a local exploring incredible destinations like Recife, Olinda, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador de Bahia, the Pantanal, Manaus and the Amazon.
Thinking about taking a gap year to Brazil? Experience the magic of this vibrant South American destination for yourself and live, work or travel in places like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Brazil is a huge country with lots to see and do and covers nearly half of South America and with a population of over 190 million people - no wonder they are so good at football! This country has great nightlife, friendly people who have a real passion for football and life.
Just mentioning the name Brazil seems to perk imaginations more so than most other countries. It’s renowned for its natural beauty, exotic ecosystems and diverse culture. It’s also rapidly developing and gaining in popularity as it hosted the 2014 FIFA world cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. But above all, the most important factor to remember when planning on backpacking or travelling around Brazil is: it’s HUGE.
There is a dazzling string of great cities along its coast - the pulse-pounding resort of Rio de Janeiro; sprawling, metropolitan Sao Paulo; and, further north, entrancing canals and bustling piers of Recife. The locals are football crazy, try to engage them in conversation and they will love chatting to you. Try to learn Portuguese phrases to help your experience. If you do not speak Portuguese and would like to see the highlights we highly recommend a gap year experience which includes transport, accommodation and selected meals.
Essential things to do on your gap year in Brazil include seeing:
You will experience the best of Brazilian culture - eat the food, drink the drink & enjoy the music and atmosphere of this country. Be open to trying the local food, it is very tasty and healthy. Options include feijoada, rice and beans, tacacá, acarajé and coconut. There are lots of different gap year programs available to join all year round and you can search options and book a dream experience today.
Brazilian cities are connected to a number of worldwide airports and most international flights arrive into Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. You can also cross the border by land from countries like Argentina or there are also cruises which stop off at ports in the country. Most Nationalities do not need to apply for a tourist visa in advance of arrival and you can stay for up to 90 days.
Brazil has a warm climate, even in winter - July to September, the temperature is usually around 15-25 degrees. During summer - December to January you can expect the temperature to be well in the 30's. The North of the country is a lot warmer than the South and the weather can be unpredictable in places like Sao Paulo. There is no best time to visit this country, every month offers a different experience
A reliable public transport system runs in Brazil but due to the size of the country durations can be long. Distance should never stop you from seeing the best of Brazil though, therefore, we suggest buying multiple flight tickets with one of the local airlines, or an air-pass if you have a set itinerary. Flights are frequent and can be relatively inexpensive if you choose right and book ahead. There is also a relatively cheap bus service which runs throughout the country and stops in most towns and cities. There are different levels of comfort depending on what your budget is.
Brazil is one of the most expensive places you can visit in South America - but this country is worth spending the money to see - you will not regret it. Currently £1 is around 4 Riel ($1 is 3 Riel) and you will find Rio and Sao Paulo the two most expensive cities in terms of accommodation, going out and sightseeing. View our
Visiting Brazil can seem a daunting prospect, if you mention to someone that you are planning to visit they might mention the crime and social issues which you must be aware of. You shouldn't let crime put you off visiting though, remember Brazil is a country with over 200 million people and very few foreigners ever encounter any problems. Our top recommendations to stay safe include:
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