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Country Facts

Frenzied football matches, head-spinning capoeira displays, sexy samba clubs, tasty cocktails on pristine beaches, wild expeditions into the Amazon rainforest, all-night street dances during Carnaval and the colourful clothes, people and language--Brazil is a heady mix of art, culture, urbanisation and untouched nature. To get under the skin of Brazil, read 'The Alchemist', by Paulo Coelho, watch, 'Cidade de Deus' (City of God) and listen to the guitar sounds of Joao Gilberto.

  • Capital: Brasilia
  • Official Languages: Portuguese
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: Real
  • Time Zone: -3:00 GMT (8½ hrs behind India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0055

When To Go

Best time to visit: All year around. The average temperature in Brazil is 21.5°C. The highest monthly average temperature is 30°C in September and the lowest monthly average is 11°C in June, July.

What To Do

Brazilian cuisine uses ingredients such as casava, sweet manioc, hog plums, pine nuts, yams, peanuts, rice, beans, fish, pork and beef. Vegetarian options can be found in ‘all-you-can-eat or ‘comida por quilo’ or ‘food by the kilo’ type of restaurants, which serve a vast spread of food.

What to eat and drink
  • Caruru: A spread made of okra, onion, dried shrimp and toasted nuts cooked in palm oil
  • Feijoada: A simmered bean-and-meat dish
  • Pão de queijo: Cheese buns
  • Tutu de feijão: A paste of beans and cassava flour
  • Moqueca capixaba: Slow-cooked fish, tomato, onion and garlic topped with cilantro
  • Chouriço: A mildly spicy sausage
  • Acarajé: Fried, mashed brown beans with salt and onions, stuffed with dried shrimp, pepper and tomato sauce
  • Cheese buns, pastéis and coxinha: Finger foods
  • Cuscuz branco: Milled tapioca
  • Brigadeiro: A type of chocolate candy
  • Cachaça: Liquor used in the caipirinha
  • Cafezinho: Espresso shot with lots of sugar and no milk
  • Sucos: Fruit juices

Soccer and carnaval memorabilia, musical instruments, hammocks, clothes, shoes, books, souvenirs, handbags, decorative pieces, jewellery, swimwear, designer wear, antiques, crafts, traditional Bahian outfits, kitsch, weaves, cigars and tobacco, liqueur, a uniquely shaped phonebox.


Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.


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