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As someone who travelled a lot and stayed in many hostels let me say I also saw similar behaviour in many places, not only hostels but also on buses and at tourist sites. This is not limited to South America, but also happens in South East Asia and India. When speaking to Israelis who travel alone and are usually a little bit older they confirmed my ...


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I spent a few months in Brazil, I didn't speak any Portuguese and my Spanish is not that good either. So it didn't help me understanding people, but it helped a little reading signs, and they could almost always understand my basic Spanish. Can I get around there with English and a little Spanish? It really depends on where you are going and how deep you ...


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According to TripAdvisor it's rare to get automatic transmissions in Brazil, or that when the companies do have them, they're regularly more expensive. Your best bet is to contact the company before you get to Brazil (from comments of yours on other questions I gather you've booked through Modiva), and find out if you can reserve one. I suspect they'll be ...


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In the past, it was fairly common to do "border runs" - when your 90 days were up as a backpacker, you'd exit the country for a few hours, and come right back in. I met many people doing this in most South American countries. In the past, the common way would be to do a border run. Head over from Foz Iguazu to Iguazu, spend the day checking out the falls, ...


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There is an entire tourism section on the government site for the dam. On the matter of the spillways, it says (emphasis mine): Watch the spillway in action between the months of December and February when the steel floodgates are open during the rainy season. The opening of the spillway does not follow a preset schedule. It is directly linked to the ...


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When you are traveling inter-state the buses usually have better amenities than most cheaper airlines, water/tv/ac/etc. And yes, they are safe to go anywhere. I have traveled from Pernambuco in the Northeast to Bahia and Rio Grande do Norte multiple times, including travels inside of the Pernambuco state. They could look something like this: ...


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Based on the discussions on similar forums the burden of proof of onward travel is on you and whether or not to accept something as proof of onward travel would be entirely in the discretion of the Immigration officer when you arrive. Now if you are concerned about whether or not your ticket from Santiago to Auckland is sufficient proof of onward travel you ...


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A tourist in Brazil can stay for a maximum of 90 consecutive days, extendable to 180 days every one year by issuing a request at the Federal Police Department (DPF). That's not automatic; you must go to the nearest Federal Police office and fill a form and pay a fee (currently R$ 67.00 or US$ 30.70). Be prepared to present them the usual information you need ...


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Source: Rio de Janeiro City Hall web site. Convetional Taxis: Ride starts at R$ 4.80. Price 1 - R$1.95/km (from Monday to Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Price 2 - R$ 2.34/km (from Monday to Saturday, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and, Sunday and Holidays all day) For each hour stationary - R$ 24.57 (this is a reference value). ...


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This information is not true. There are no restrictions on foreigners buying tickets in Brazilian airline companies. I can assure you that, at least in the two largest companies (TAM and GOL), any foreigner can buy tickets including low cost. The only thing you need to do is change the country configuration to your counry (U.S. i presume) and buy your ...


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The official answer appears to be NO. I e-mailed the Brazilian Consulate in Houston, and this was their (ambiguous) response: Dear Sir/Madam, Tourist visa applications require the presentation of the itinerary. Please contact this office once you have certain plans. You don't have to present a purchased plane ticket. A round trip ...


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I am not sure what are you worried about renewing your passport at a US Embassy. If you're married to a Brazilian national you should have a method of staying in the country legally, which is irrelevant for this question but you should have availed yourself of it. If your passport is less then 15 years old and have not been damaged in any way you can ...


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I lived in Copacabana. There are 3 options: Individual-operated cabs - yellow cabs which doesn't have a company name written on its side. Don't take those, they can be dangerous. Company-operated cabs - companies that are allowed to get people from the airport. The company name will be stamped in the car. There will probably be a line of people in the ...


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If you take the buses in the cities' bus stations, you probably will not have problems concerning the quality of them. As for the safety regarding thieves and speeding buses, thefts sometimes occurs in interstate buses but are not really common. Speeding drives on the other hand are quite common. Also, if you do decide to go by bus, consider that the ...


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Evidently it's a ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil) regulation. From KLM's website: For tickets whose itinerary originates in Brazil (for both the outbound and inbound journeys), the Civil Aviation Authority Agency (ANAC) determines that for each adult passenger, the free bagagge allowance consists of 2 pieces* of max. weight of ...


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EDIT I recently contacted the Brazilian Consulate in Houston to ask about the itinerary requirement for entering Brazil if I will be entering by bus, and this is what they told me: Dear Sir/Madam, Please contact the Brazilian Consulate closest to your entry port to Brazil. Since you do not have a rountrip ticket we cannot process your visa ...


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Short answer: most likely you'll be able to use your devices in most places, but, just in case, bring a simple US-Europe power adapter like this: Long answer: Brazil had always used both US and European power plug standards, but since 2011 ISO 60906-1 is the only acceptable one, i.e. now it's not allowed to sell the old plugs/sockets in stores. So you ...


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You can use any of our passport to enter a country. But you will need to leave the country with the same passport you entered it with. Is there a proper reason you want to leave Brazil on your Canadian passport? Keep in mind that even if you leave Brazil on your Colombian passport, you can still enter whatever country you are heading to on your Canadian ...


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If you travel from USA to Brazil, you will need both passports - the US one to leave the USA (source) and the Colombian one to enter Brazil. Certainly you will have to show the airline your Colombian passport to proof that you're allowed to enter Brazil. The only thing you must keep in mind about dual citizenship is that, if you go to Brazil on your ...


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Yes, she will need a new visa. From the Brazilian Consulate General in San Francisco: _25. I got married and changed my name on my new passport, but my visa, which has not expired, is still on my old one. Do I need a new visa or can I just travel bringing along the two passports? The name on the visa has to match with the one on the valid passport. ...


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Next to travel.se I am also a big fan of Operabase. The userinterface might not be up to current standards, but they seem quite complete in their listings. as expected they do list the Teatro Amazonica. Tickets seems to be available through online booking, or purchase tickets to events specifically at the Teatro Amazonas


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I am from Brazil and I will try to help you. According to "Departamento Estadual de Trânsito de São Paulo" (Sao Paulo State Transit Department), here what they say about foreigner citizen driving in Brazil: Portuguese: "Ao ingressar no país, o condutor estrangeiro poderá dirigir com a Carteira de Habilitação do país de origem (desde que dentro do seu ...


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I am not Brazilian, and I successfully created a car rental reservation with Movida (http://www.movida.com.br/) to rent a car for 3 days during the World Cup. It was cheaper than going thru a service like Kayak or Priceline, etc. You pay in Brazilian Reales, it cost me about 220 BRL. Brazilian company websites are kinda of mess in the UI/globalization ...


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I've never been to Brazil, but I will be there for the World Cup. I have found http://www.buscaonibus.com.br/ to be a pretty good resource to find bus routes and booking fares on the major bus companies. Flying right now, as of March 2014, is getting pretty expensive (even on domestic/low-cost airlines) and since the cheaper seats have been taken. Unless ...


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I suspect you've already been on your trip and, if so, had a great time. I've done the trip a few times before and its probably my favourite place for wildlife. You can see lots of animals and sights without a guide - travelling along the transpantaneira in a rental car, for example. Pantanal Lodges are still worthwhile since they'll have access to some ...


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The majority of international airlines sell return tickets for a price similar to that of one-way tickets (see the Wikipedia article on the subject), so you wouldn't lose any money by buying a return ticket initially. For example, a flight from London to Rio costs $886 when purchased both-ways and $1117 when purchased one way, saving you $231 and lots of ...


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As long as you have a valid passport and you are allowed to enter into Brazil from Argentina, yes, you can do that. When I went to the Iguazu waterfalls I was staying in a Hotel in Brazil, but I spent a couple of days on the Brazilian side and a couple of days on the Argentinian side. I passed the border a couple of times per day without any issue. Just ...


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RometoRio shows a route for both bus and train. Several, in fact. Each varies by price, and time, for obvious reasons, and it's shown alongside some flight prices as well, if that's a possible consideration. The bus option looks brutal, however, as they're only finding one that goes via Argentina(!), taking 3 days. The train, on the other hand looks more ...


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I don't know about Brazil specifically but generally speaking there is no reason this should be a problem even if these things are rarely defined explicitly anywhere. In practice, if you are asked about other nationalities (which would be unusual except perhaps if the border guard notices that you are traveling from/to the US without a visa), lying sounds ...



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