Passports and tourist visas are required for entry into Brazil from the US and Canada. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
The official language of Brazil is Portuguese, though English, Spanish and Italian are also spoken widely.
The Brazilian real is the official currency of Brazil.
Climate & Beaches
Rio de Janeiro has a tropical savanna climate and experiences heavy rainfall from December to March. Temperatures are fairly consistent throughout the year, with a range from 73 degrees F to 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
Beach-going is practically a way of life in Rio de Janeiro, so as one would guess, there’s and there’s quite an impressive assortment of them to choose from. Of course, a trip to Rio isn’t complete without a stop at Ipanema or Copacabana beaches, where people-watching is a competitive (and fun!) sport. There are also a number of more secluded beaches, like Prainha and Arpoador Beach, which are known for great surf conditions.
Activities & Attractions
Start with an aerial tour of Rio de Janeiro. Whether you hike Sugarloaf Mountain or take a helicopter ride over Christ the Redeemer, this city is impressive and grand from above. Rio is world-famous for its beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema, which are the see-and-be-seen hotspots of Brazil. Within the city there are a number of stunning theatres, museums, and monasteries to explore filled with cultural treasures. The city is also known for its open-air cafes, so enjoy the great weather and sip a caipirinha, a mojito-styled local drink. For sports enthusiasts, stroll by some of the venues from the 2016 Summer Olympics!