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Yes not many Brazilians speak the English language especially outside Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. Try to learn as much Portuguese as you can before visiting there. You can also take the help of translator apps, phrasebooks and Youtube to learn basic stuff in Portuguese. English is not widely spoken except in some touristy areas. Don't expect bus or ...


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They started to migrate to a new system 2 years ago, most of the drivers give you a receipt if you ask for it. And yes, most of the cabs accept credit / debit card. Just in case, If you gonna take it from the Airport, when you take your bag and go to the main hall, you gonna see a hugeeeeee line, this line is for the cabs.. I would mind to check before ...


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There are a lot of musical instruments shops at Rua da Carioca, downtown. You can find a cuíca there. Also, downtown is certainly a destination for tourists, so he's probably going there anyway. For example, Casa Oliveira de Música is located at Rua da Carioca and in their website they claim to sell cuícas among many other percussion instruments.


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I am living in Brazil (Rio Grande do Norte) and I can tell you from experience that tourist staff will not be able to understand anything beyond the most basic phrases unless this is a specialty of your hotel or resort. You'll probably be able to get " Cardapio em ingles" (english menu) at almost anywhere though, with the items numbered and more or less ...


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Bolivian Visa for Indian Citizens As an Indian citizen you need a visa to Enter Bolivia. When you arrive by plane to La Paz you can get a visa on arrival for a fee (~100USD at the time of writing). Quoting from the linked website: National India (IN) /Destination Bolivia (BO) Bolivia (BO) [...] Visa required, except for ...


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In 2009, in an act of stupidity, corruption and bad faith, the brazilian governament created a new standard that's different from all other countries in the world: This image shows the brazillian standard at the bottom and the number of countries (países, in red) that use each other standard. That said, it is still very common to find the american ...


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With regards to before you go - it depends where you are from, where in the country you are going and what you are concerned about. The UK Foreign Office provides advice here. http://www.nathnac.org/ds/c_pages/country_page_BR.htm It draws attention to: Yellow Fever Diptheria Hepatitis A Rabies Teatnus Tuberculosis Typhoid Malaria Altitiude ...


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Step-by-step to request visa card to travel to USA: Source in portuguese: Correio Brasiliense USA embassy in Brazil: USA embassy in Brazil The tourist must fill out the new online DS-160 to apply for a visa at the following address: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/. Data must be entered in English, with photo, and the applicant chooses where do the ...


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I assume you arrive at Guarulhos, which is the main international airport of Sao Paulo. It's quite time consuming to get from Guarulhos to downtown Sao Paulo, so, if your hotel is close to the airport, you should think twice about venturing into town. That said, a taxi will set you back about 150R$, currently about 40USD, while public transport, which will ...


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Yes, Brazil requires visa applicants from the US to visit the consulate in person. They explicitly state that they do not accept applications by mail. No visa applications will be accepted by mail. When you finish filling out the electronic visa application form, print the application receipt, glue your picture on it, sign on the appropriate field ...


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English is hardly spoken in Brazil. Your hotel receptionist in Rio may well speak English, but very few others will. Even in Ipanema -- one of the most popular parts of Rio for international tourists --English is not spoken.


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There are two things to mind, the shape of the plug and the voltage. Frequency sometimes matters for clocks and analog devices but less so with modern ones. The standard US plus is two flat prongs and optionally a rounded one for ground. This looks like the one shown top-left on your photo. Carefully read the specification on your device, those which ...


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I just recently visited both and they are quite different. The Argentinian side is much bigger with many viewpoints on the falls including 3 or 4 pleasant trails that can easily fill a day. The Brazillian side is beautiful too, I wouldn't say it's less beautiful as some say it's more intense and concentrated in one main area and you feel the strength of ...


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To not rush, and to be able to really take in the spectacle, you should consider taking a large part of a day to visit Iguazu Falls, on either side. With this, I'm saying that you shouldn't try to visit both sides on the same day. But, visiting the falls on the other side is very easy. You can take one of the many regular public busses that travel between ...


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I'm Brazilian. Only 24% of the Brazilians who lives in Brazil speaks English. It is and this a issue. However Brazilians people usually help people a lot. They normally will try understand your. Doesn't matter with language do you speak. They will try help you specially the waiters, salesperson, taxi drivers. I recommend to you learn some of basics words ...


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We just had a problem leaving London Heathrow. The AlItalia check-in would not allow us to leave without a ticket which showed we were leaving Brazil, even though we had a flight booked out of Peru within the three month period. It meant we had to buy a plane ticket out of Brazil before we checked in.


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Most of the information provided below can be found on Brazilian Health Ministry website, in the section for Traveler's Health. I recommend to read it, as it is a credible source of information for traveler's coming to Brazil. Brazil does not require the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis for entry into the country. About Dengue (and ...


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Pantanal Temperature Excursion You are right in saying that July falls in the Pantanal dry season: the Pantanal has two seasons: a wet season from roughly October to March, and a dry season from April to September. Nevertheless you should keep in mind that dry does not necessary mean warm. Indeed there are various websites warning that nights in the ...


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From the Salgado Filho International you can get on the "Trenssurb" ( a kind of underground ) to Mercado. Mercado is the name of the station of the Old Town of Porto Alegre. I believe this is the best option to do a small trip like that. Some option to visit there: Mercado Publico Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana Praça da Matriz Praça da Alfândega Paço ...


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If you bought it on one ticket then yes, it is sufficient time or it would not have been sold to you (alright perhaps I am an optimist!). Your luggage will be through-checked to CDG, if on one ticket. (If it is on two tickets it should still be possible to arrange for it to be through-checked and to pick up your GRU-CDG boarding pass at FOR. However I would ...


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Just outside the airport there is Monumento ao Laçador. 9 min by car from the airport there is the football stadium Arena do Grêmio. 15 min you get to Park Farroupilha and 20 min you get to the historic downtown, Saint Peter Theater and the Metropolitan Cathedral.


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To get enough money to cover your immediate needs, see When traveling to a country with a different currency, how should you take your money?. TL;DR: Get a debit card with low fees, withdraw from ATM. For larger amounts, open a local Swedish bank account, then use an online currency broker: you transfer R$ to their Brazilian account, they convert the money ...


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I couldn't find a resource that clearly stated you should (or shouldn't) pay any taxes on it, but reading the instrução normativa (art 6º, §4º) published by the Receita Federal about tax treatment applicable to traveller goods it seems that taxes should be paid only if you bring goods above the US$500 limit, but not cash. It seems you must only fill the ...


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A taxi from Guarulhos is not very reasonably priced, in my opinion. I'm not sure about from Guarulhos, but to Guarulhos from Vila Mariana can be 50 USD, depending on the time of day. There are private shuttle busses that cost about 30 reais (10 USD or so) that take you to either the Tiete or Barra Funda bus terminal. There are a few sales offices for these ...


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It takes about 40 hours by bus. that's according to the schedule of omnilneas I would recommend to break the journey into several pieces, there are lots of things to see on the way.


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That's a VERY general question. That said, the short answer is: You'll have a hard time in Brazil if you only speak English. Many middle class Brazilians understand basic English, and plenty working in the tourist industry understand some English, but you'll have a difficult time communicating when traveling in Brazil. (I live in Brazil and speak some ...


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According to GOL website, "The Brazil Airpass must only be sold and ticketed outside Brazil", then, I assume that they just sell it by travel agents. Anyway, here is the source, you can find more info: http://www.voegol.com.br/en-us/agencias/Paginas/airpasses.aspx Email: contatcus@golnaweb.com.br About TAM, have you checked this website? ...


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Previous answer from Afetter is right. I did enter Brasil with over R$10K and didn't pay any taxes. You have to fill the eDPV and declare it to the customs officer of the Receita showing the printed form (after the passport checking by the Policia Federal). They will count the money. If you don't declare the money and they find it, then it will be ...


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I flew Amsterdam-Rio last year, it landed more or less on time, maybe 20 minutes late, but there was an incredibly huge queue at the passport control, that took slightly over an hour. In case your flight is also an hour late, you'd miss the connection, and the flights to Iguassu are more expensive in the last minute. I really wouldn't recommend that ...


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For Philippine passport holders, it is possible to get a visa for Argentina while in Brazil. I did this before and it can be expedited same day process. People in the Argentina embassy in Brasilia were very helpful.



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