Questions about travelling through the country of Brazil, the large Portuguese-speaking country in South America.

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How long does it take to travel by road from Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro?

if any of you people know how long does it take to travel by road (bus/car) from Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro, please tell me. I love travelling on land, and am planning to visit South America Next ...
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What's the best way to get from São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport to the city? [closed]

Edit 3: Define "best" however you see fit. Personally, I prioritize safety/reliability and cost over comfort and time. If you Google the above question, there are a good amount of results: buses, ...
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Communicating in English or basic Portuguese in Brazil

Do Brazilian people understand English? I know basic Portuguese. Would communication be an issue?
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What are the pros and cons of visiting the Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian side or Brazilian side only?

related: Visiting Iguazu waterfalls on both sides We are planning a short weekend trip from the US to the Iguazu Falls, but don't really want to bother with customs and visas for two countries. It is ...
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How to book and use a GOL Brazil Airpass?

I am looking into airpasses for domestic travel in Brazil. As far as I could find out, there only is the GOL airpass in Brazil right now (since TAM seems to have discontinued their airpass). How do ...
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Do taxi drivers in Rio give receipts?

On a cab trip in Rio, for instance from the airport to a hotel, can I pay in cash and ask the driver to give me a receipt (i.e. can I expect that he/she will comply)? Otherwise, would paying by card ...
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Do I have to pay taxes when bringing over R$10k into Brazil?

I know that when entering Brazil with over R$10k (or equivalent), these financial goods need to be declared on a e-DPV. However, it is not clear whether the Receita Federal would tax me on this ...
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What type of power outlets should I expect in hotels in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro? [duplicate]

From my the information I have read on Internet, it seems like Brazil covers a good part of the alphabet when it comes to power outlet types. What type of power outlets should I expect in hotels in ...
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Is 1½ hours enough for a transit at São Paulo (GRU) airport?

I'm flying back from Fortaleza, Brazil to Paris through São Paulo and have 1h 35min transit time in São Paulo airport. I'm wondering if that is enough? I'm an EU citizen and do not require a visa to ...
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Where to find traditional cuica in Rio de Janeiro?

I have a friend traveling in Brazil. He is a fan of Brazilian music, as I am, and asked me if I knew where to find traditional "cuica" to buy. Unfortunatly I don't but maybe someone around knows.
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What can I do around Porto Alegre's airport?

I'll be having a layover at Porto Alegre's airport (Salgado Filho International) by 9:30 a.m. The first bus is at 13:00 p.m., which gives me 4 hours to wait. Is there anything interesting from the ...
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What kind of health cares do I need to have before traveling to Brazil and in Brazil?

Do I need any specific vaccinations or other kind of prophylaxis before traveling to Brazil? In Brazil are there any specific cares I should have? specifically for Dengue? I am going to Rio, but ...
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Brazilian Girlfriends Visa refused - Administrative Review [closed]

MY girlfriend was recently refused her tier 5 charity visa. We are looking at lodging an appeal to see if we can change the decision. Here is the reasons for refusal. It is a conversation between two ...
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Appropriate clothing for Pantanal in Brasil during the dry season

We'll be traveling to the Pantanal in July this year. We'll start our trip in Cuiaba and will be traveling along the Transpantaneira. I think that at this time it will be the dry season. I found ...
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What's the best way to buy Swedish Kronas from Brazil

I'm brazilian and I'll be living abroad at Sweden for two years, starting in August. I need to exchange a reasonable amount of Reais (R$, brazilian currency) to Swedish Kronas. The options I see so ...
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Travelling to Peru, should I include Brazil in my trip? [closed]

I am considering a trip to Peru. There I will visit Cuzco, Iquitos, and of course Lima. I expect to spend 12-14 days there. I am also strongly considering extending my trip up to 20 days or so and ...
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Traveling to Brazil on different passports [duplicate]

I am a new US citizen and need to use my US passport to travel to Brazil since I need to show proof of residency and I no longer have my green card that goes with my Cyprus passport. However, I can ...
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Getting from Lençóis to Morro de São Paulo

I'd like to travel quickly and cheap from Lençóis (in Chapada Diamantina) to Morro de São Paulo. I'm aware that there are night buses from Lençóis to Salvador, where I could take a ferry to Morro de ...
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Traveling to Brazil as a Dual US / South African citizen

I am a dual South African / US citizen, living in the US. I want to travel to Brazil but avoid having to get a visa as I would have to do as a US citizen. As a South African, a visa is not required. ...
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Are 2.5 hours enough for a layover in Rio?

I'm planning a trip to Brazil for this December, and I've already bought the flight to Rio and back. Now I have to book a second flight from Rio to Foz do Iguassu, that should depart as soon as ...
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Where can I eat sushi with chocolate in it?

In 2012, then Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara said (in Japanese) Westerners practicing judo resembles beasts fighting. Internationalized judo has lost its appeal. In Brazil they put ...
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Can I own a French registered car as a non-resident?

I would love to drive through Brazil and Suriname starting from French Guyana. However, renting a car to do this proved to be impossible. There are ferries between France and Suriname and a bridge ...
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Local sightseeing in Sao Paulo on a budget - in a day, solo traveler - is it doable?

I will have a Saturday evening and a full Sunday for local sight-seeing in Sao Paulo. A few characteristics of my 1.5 days available in Sao Paulo being: Solo traveler, will be staying quite close ...
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How To Obtain Argentinian Visa For a Philippine Passport Holder in Brasil

I am currently in Brasil and I have travelled South America for a year using my Philippine passport. My next stop will be Argentina and I'd like to ask if I can obtain an Argentinian visa here in ...
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Budget accomodation in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil?

The Lonely Planet lists two hotels, starting at around 30 euros per night. Hotelscombined.com starts with hotels at around 90 euros per night. Hostels don't appear to exist. Are there any budget ...
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Early Nighttime in Brazil? [closed]

I live in the Midwest in The US. I have been watching the World Cup in Brazil and it seems that a lot of games end at night (after it is dark). The games are played in my time at 1:00 CDT and 3:00 ...
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Can I re-enter Brazil on a tourist visa after student visa expires?

I am a student from the UK, and I will be finishing my semester here in Rio de Janeiro in mid June. My student visa expires on 3rd August, however I intend to leave the country on 17th July in order ...
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Can I enter Brazil on a tourist visa the day it expires?

I'm seeking clarification on this in order to avoid being denied entry. I was given a 90 day tourist visa on February 25th and entered Brazil on it in March. It's valid for multiple entries and I ...
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Is there any mobile app with public transportation routes for Vitória, Brazil?

Google Maps has no knowledge of public transportation in Vitória, Brazil. The city does have a web site with online interactive maps, but I'd much prefer a mobile app (for Android) if it's available, ...
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What is the purpose of the seats in the front of the bus in Vitória, Brazil?

I'm spending some time in Vitória, Brazil, and have been using a bit of the public transportation. The buses, unlike any I've seen in other cities, have an on-board turnstile, where you must pay a ...
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Is it possible to rent a bicycle long-term (a month) in Vitória, Brazil?

I just arrived in Vitória, Brazil, and will be here until the end of May. I don't have a car, and don't want to pay to rent one, but a bicycle would extend my range of mobility significantly. Is ...
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Multiple Entry Brazilian Tourist Visa for Indian Citizen

I had been living in Brazil last year on VITEM IV Multiple Entry Student Visa which has expired as of date. I will be traveling and working in Colombia this year, but have a few friends whom I would ...
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What are the legal implications of exporting a tarantula from Brazil to Mexico?

I'm not sure if this fits on this site or not, since it boils down to a question about animal import/export. As mentioned here, a Mexican friend has requested a rather odd souvenir from Brazil: A ...
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Rio de Janeiro: How to estimate taxi ride prices?

Obviously the safest way from Galeão Airport in Rio de Janeiro to your Hotel in downtown (say) Copacabana should be a licensed taxi. I read about the difference between yellow cabs and fixed-rate ...
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Manual or Automatic transmission: Do rental companies let you choose which type of car you want to rent?

Say I'm a foreigner renting a car in Brazil. What kind of car transmissions are popular in Brazil rental car agencies? Do they let you choose if you ask? I know standard transmission is, well, the ...
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Can I renew my US passport by mail while I'm outside the country?

I'm sure this is a pretty unique situation I've gotten myself into, and it's certainly complicated. I'm not sure what I should be doing. I came to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in May of 2013. I got a ...
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Open spillways at Itaipu Dam

The Itaipu Dam opens the spillways only 10% of the time. People say it is even more impressive to visit the Dam at that times. Is there a schedule somewhere to plan my visit accordingly?
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Dual Colombian and Canadian Citizenship - can I enter Brazil visa-free as a Colombian?

I'm traveling to Brazil in the following weeks. I want to know if I can enter Brazil with my Colombian passport and leave with my Canadian passport. I think with the Colombian passport they give you ...
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How long does it take to cross the border at Iguazu Falls?

So we're going to Iguazu falls for about 3 days. We're taking the overnight bus from Buenos Aires and then leaving from the Brazilian side's airport to Rio. We are trying to decide whether to stay on ...
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How much time should I budget to see Bonito and Pantanal? [closed]

Going to Campo Grande in March and slowly marching onward towards Cusco. I'm working out my itinerary and trying to figure out how many days I should budget for the Mato Grosso del Sur in order to ...
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Is a Brazilian tourist visa tied to specific entry and exit ports and dates?

Brazil requires that US Citizens have flight reservations prior to applying for a tourist visa. Per the suggestions in this question, I have found what I believe to be the most reasonable round-trip, ...
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Holidays in Brazil without Portuguese

I consider a holiday in Brazil, especially Florianópolis. But I can't speak any Portuguese. Can I get around there with English and a little Spanish?
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Why do you need to be Brazilian to buy a discounted Brazilian domestic flight ticket?

Flight tickets in Brazil - at least low cost ones - are only available for holders of a Brazilian CPF (social security number). See also ...
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Drive from Puerto Iguazú to Foz do Iguaçu

Assume that my Argentinian car rental company allows me to drive into Brazil: Is it possible for me to cross the river and drive from Puerto Iguazú to Foz do Iguaçu to see the Brazilian sides of the ...
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Traveling into Brazil from Bolivia by land/bus

I plan on travelling from Bolivia into Western Brazil (Caceres or Cuiaba in Mato Grosso) from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. I have heard that there are a couple of border cities into which to pass over to ...
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Dual Colombian and US Citizenship - can I enter Brazil visa-free as a Colombian?

If I have dual Colombian-US nationality, can I enter Brazil visa-free since they do not require visas for Colombians. Even though they do require visas for US citizens? In others words, do I have to ...
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What kind of 'proof of onward travel' do I need for Brazil? [duplicate]

I recently purchased a one way ticket from Frankfurt, Germany to Salvador, Brazil with low cost carrier Condor. I am a Belgian citizen and don't need a visa for Brazil (or any South American country ...
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Will name change affect Brazilian visa (or passport in general)?

I recently got married. My wife, who will be changing her last name soon, has a Brazilian visa in her American passport from when she went in 2011 and I am under the impression that the visa is good ...
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How to stay in Brazil for 5 months with a (tourist) visa?

I am planning to go to Brazil from 20 Aug - 02 Feb under a tourist visa (three months). My idea was to cross the border to Argentina before the three months are finished, and re-enter Brazil after a ...
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Why is the baggage allowance on flights to/from Brazil more generous?

It seems that it is common that the baggage allowance on flights to Brazil is more generous (both in number of pieces and weight) than to other countries. In fact many airlines, have a specific ...