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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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Disclaimer: I haven't stayed in either of those hotels. However I slept in love hotels, so the answer to your question "Are these kinds of hotels acceptable for regular tourists, who just need a place to sleep", is Yes. There are a few things, however, to keep in mind: With love hotels, you are much more likely to get a windowless room. If this is a ...


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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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The website of the Brazilian Consulate in NYC states: Brazil also has visa waiver agreements with certain countries. For the visa waivers listed below to be in effect, the foreign traveler must bear a passport issued by the country with which Brazil has a visa waiver agreement. In addition to that, the foreign passport must be valid for at least 6 months ...


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This is how we did it today: From the Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) bus station a bus of the travel company "Crucero del Norte" goes directly to the Waterfall Park on the Brazilian side. This bus leaves every 2 hours. The last bus going back again starts at 5 pm. The ride took about 45 minutes. The bus departs from the same place where it arrives. You can pay ...


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If you do a search with the terms sushi com chocolate (sushi with chocolate) you will find plenty of recepies. Nevertheless, it's certainly not a trend, I have ate sweet sushi before but I had never heard of norimaki with chocolate before. It's really common to find sweet temakis ("sweet kones") for dessert, I wouldn't be surprised to find one with ...


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I have not been to Brazil myself yet, but this is on my list, so here is what my research thus far has found. As hippietrail pointed out, the Carnaval in Rio (and in Sao Paulo) has grown to be a huge event that requires a purpose-built stadium in each city. These Carnavals are put on as big mega-parades by Samba Schools and are nowadays meant to be seen ...


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The yellow fever vaccination is recommended but not mandatory (in portuguese) for now: Viajantes internacionais O Brasil não exige o Certificado Internacional de Vacinação ou Profilaxia para entrada no país. a free translation: International Travelers: Brazil does not requires the internacional vaccination certificate when you arrive in ...


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Generally the burden is on you to prove onward travel. Whether that be air or land. Some case examples: I flew into Canada, and was going to bus to the USA. I had to prove I had a bus ticket to leave I flew into Argentina, with the intention of busing around South America. I had a return ticket to the UK. This was fortunate, as it at least showed I ...


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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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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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There is a bus station in Puerto Iguazu and buses leave every hour or so for the Argentinian side of the falls and were fairly cheap. You have to pay an entrance fee for the park and can get optional boat tours of the river below the falls and above them. I did both and it was worth it. The Argentinian side has walkways and bridges that take you right out ...


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I managed to get around just fine when I moved there. English is more widely spoken in the larger cities than in smaller towns. Spanish is spoken some near the western borders. But in any case, a large smile and gestures along with using a phrase book will get you a very long way.


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Yes, there is a ferry there. It runs from Manaus to Careiro da Várzea. Here's a street view of the other end: The Amazonas government appears to operate a scheduled ferry service between 5 am and 8 pm daily which can carry vehicles. The trip takes 1h20m. This is in addition to private ferries and boats, some of which do not carry vehicles. It doesn't ...


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This appears to be an error, and this itinerary doesn't make any sense. Calafia Airlines does not fly to California or to Brazil (or anywhere outside of Mexico), and one of the flight numbers that come up on kiwi.com, A7 251, doesn't seem to match with any real flights. There's no way it takes 22 hours to fly from California or Mexico to Brazil, as the ...


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Yes, this is allowed for EU passport holders depending on how long you spend outside of Brazil in between visits, and how long your visits last. Exception: this regulation does not apply to citizens of Croatia, Portugal, Poland, United Kingdom and Ireland. As seen on their website Brazil allows: The 90-day period begins on the date of first entry and ...


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the outlets don't vary between regions in the country, but a new standard has been "invented" pissing everybody off because it's unique to Brazil, not seen in any other country...very clever! So if you go to a newer property or if it's been recently renovated, you see a deep outlet that looks like this: Photo thanks to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. If ...


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I'll answer my own question after staying in Rio and doing the trekking. This trail is completly safe in all sense. There are police controls in the first part of the trail (the Pista Cláudio Coutinho) and in the upper part (the cable-car station). In reality, all the area is a militar settlement, so I doubt that anybody try to attack you there. In 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 32kgs ...


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The airline IS responsible for checking your visa before boarding, however that responsibility is for the good of the Brazilian government, NOT for the good of the passenger. By not correctly carrying out this check, the airline will likely be fined by the Brazilian government. However, the airline has ZERO responsibility to the customer to check the visa. ...


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No. Some people can find that weird and some can argue it's not appropriate to do personal hygiene in the kitchen but that's no different in Europe or North America IMHO. Just talk it with your roomate and maybe you can reach an agreement. I can guess the need can arise in a small apartment with lots more people than bathrooms. If your room mate continues to ...


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You are in the country legally and have the licence required to hire /drive the car - I can't see any problem. Immigration does not care about your driving and the car hire company does not care about your immigration status. The police may be interested in both but you have the paperwork for each.


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That seems to be a general misconception; you are not travelling 'on a passport', you are travelling as 'a person'. All historic events, overstays, visa, crimes, etc. are recorded for the person, not for the passport; the passport is just a tool to identify you as a person. In other words, you don't get to start over by getting a new passport. As a ...


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I'm Brazilian and I live in Rio, and I can tell you from first-hand experience. Buses do work on New Year, but if you plan on taking a bus to either go to the most crowded spots, or to leave from them after the fireworks, keep in mind it will be slow. Painfully slow. Anyone going to Copacabana beach after 5~6pm of Dec. 31 will experience traffic jams and ...


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OK, December 31st is not a public holiday in Brazil but January 1st is. The Wikipedia article on Rio de Janeiro states in the public transport section that buses run 24 hours, but the metro runs a Sunday service on public holidays (new years day happens to be a Sunday next year anyway) Rest of week metro service: 5am - 12am Sunday metro service: 7am - 11pm ...


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First of all, an airline is not required to check anybody in. By purchasing a ticket, you have entered into an agreement with a private company, and assented to all the terms of their Contract of Carriage. Written into every airline's CoC will be a clause allowing them to deny you passage under various conditions. You may be entitled to be rebooked for a ...


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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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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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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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