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Why visit? From cruising the remote waters of the Amazon in Brazil’s north to celebrating the world’s greatest carnival in bustling Rio or sipping caipirinhas at Copacabana beach, a Brazil tour offers a diversity that is second to none.

The most popular starting point for travellers from the US visiting Brazil is Rio de Janeiro, the country’s second largest city. Exploring Rio is one of the highlights of any Brazil or Latin America tour with popular attractions including visits to Sugar Loaf Mountain from where you can enjoy the best views over Rio’s spectacular natural settings, its lush green mountains, endless hills and valleys lined with some world-famous stretches of white beach including Ipanema and Copacabana beach.

Far away from the busy streets of Rio, for an insight into the country’s rich biodiversity, a Brazil tour could introduce you to the diverse ecosystems of the Amazon Rainforest or the Pantanal where you may encounter species such as toucans, pink dolphins and jaguars.

If you want to explore Brazil’s culture and heritage, a visit to Brazil’s north-east might be what you are looking for. Head to Salvador to feel the country’s rich Afro-Brazilian influences or wander the colonial streets of historic Olinda. 

One of the main attractions for many is a visit to the mighty Iguazu Falls in the south of Brazil, the largest water falls system in the world.

How to get there?  Travellers from the United States have some of the best air access in the world to Latin America. Flights are available from most major cities, as well as fantastic connections through hubs such as Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Miami. There has also been an increase in the amount of low cost carriers such as Spirit airlines launching routes into South America over the past few years.

More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Brazil and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.

Still wondering? Contact us:  You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you.

#Livefortoday and book your Brazil tour with us today. Chimu Adventures can put together an itinerary to suit you.

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Why visit? From cruising the remote waters of the Amazon in Brazil’s north to celebrating the world’s greatest carnival in bustling Rio or sipping caipirinhas at Copacabana beach, a Brazil tour offers a diversity that is second to none.

The most popular starting point for travellers from the US visiting Brazil is Rio de Janeiro, the country’s second largest city. Exploring Rio is one of the highlights of any Brazil or Latin America tour with popular attractions including visits to Sugar Loaf Mountain from where you can enjoy the best views over Rio’s spectacular natural settings, its lush green mountains, endless hills and valleys lined with some world-famous stretches of white beach including Ipanema and Copacabana beach.

Far away from the busy streets of Rio, for an insight into the country’s rich biodiversity, a Brazil tour could introduce you to the diverse ecosystems of the Amazon Rainforest or the Pantanal where you may encounter species such as toucans, pink dolphins and jaguars.

If you want to explore Brazil’s culture and heritage, a visit to Brazil’s north-east might be what you are looking for. Head to Salvador to feel the country’s rich Afro-Brazilian influences or wander the colonial streets of historic Olinda. 

One of the main attractions for many is a visit to the mighty Iguazu Falls in the south of Brazil, the largest water falls system in the world.

How to get there?  Travellers from the United States have some of the best air access in the world to Latin America. Flights are available from most major cities, as well as fantastic connections through hubs such as Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Miami. There has also been an increase in the amount of low cost carriers such as Spirit airlines launching routes into South America over the past few years.

More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Brazil and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.

Still wondering? Contact us:  You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you.

#Livefortoday and book your Brazil tour with us today. Chimu Adventures can put together an itinerary to suit you.

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WHY TRAVEL WITH CHIMU ADVENTURES

  • We offer you flexible travel options in Latin America at an affordable price.

  • You can choose from over 400 suggested itineraries or pick and choose elements to build your own unique experience; cover the areas you want to explore at a pace to suit you.

  • We know each Latin American country by heart and will work with you to determine which activities and accommodations are best suited to your needs.

  • From your initial enquiry until your trip ends, you will be assigned a personal Destination Specialist who will offer a full service for your travel needs: we can book flights, insurance and any ancillary travel required to complete your journey.

  • We have offices across South America so you can be assured that ground staff are close at hand to assist whilst you are travelling.

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BLOGS ON Brazil

Whether you are looking for advice on visas and vaccinations,when to travel, best markets or beaches to visit, wildlife guides or the top restaurants in a city, Chimu blogs are likely to have it covered. The range of topics is vast, with new and fascinating blogs being added regularly. There are airport guides, Galapagos Island guides, what to pack and what not to pack, and even a blog on the most romantic locations to propose in Latin America!

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Brazil REVIEWS

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rio, Paraty, Isla Grande and Iguazzu Our first visit to S.America. We were trepidacious at our age (mid sixties) about going to Rio and whether the transfers were going to be arduous. But we had a whale of a time. All the destinations were fabulous and we felt safe everywhere even in Rio where safety was no different to a city in Europe. Two transfers were arduous but how else can one get around to see these wonderful sights? If you think one waterfall is like another - don't. Iguazzu Falls are totally awesome and must be seen from both Brazil and Argentina. I suggest Argentina first.
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trip of a Life Time Everything was planned and executed according to plan from the very beginning to the end! Amazing trip with great friends.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazon trip - completely recommend Everything was perfect about the trip from the pick up from the airport to us leaving the amazon. The guide (Zacarchious) was superb, really informative, went out of his way to give us the most perfect trip. The itinerary was perfect and the Amazon Eco Lodge was a really great place to stay with good accommodation, helpful staff and really good food. In case you cannot tell, we had an AMAZING TIME!
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Carnival Loved every minute of carnival in Brazil. Unbelievable and a bucket list item truly ticked! Everything from Chimu was perfect and Nick was very helpful on the ground in Rio. Loved our hotel, the tours were incredible (especially the bike tour - I reccomend this to anyone visiting the city ) and Betty was a great guide on our city tour. Transfers worked like a dream, everything was A1 - can't wait to travel with Chimu again. Thanks for the memories!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buzios was Amazing We went to Buzios for a wedding and the destination was perfect but not long enough. Chez Pitu was the pick of the accommodation, fantastic place
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW, Brasil is a buzz The itinerary went as planned with no hiccups. The tour guides were all very helpful. Salvador da Bahia was our hilight.
Date published: 2015-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brazil, Iguecu Falls and Rio De Janeiro The Brazilian side of the Iguecu Falls were very impressive and we had a great time in Rio.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really successful trip! This trip met all my hopes (I won't say expectations because I didn't dare have any). My main focus was to find places where my grandparents had lived in Rio and in Minas Gerais at the beginning of the 20th century, but with advice from Chimu I build in some nice extras, too, which included a couple of days in Belo Horizonte and plenty of sightseeing time in Ouro Preto (lovely hillside town which is full of amazing Baroque churches, museums and interesting old buildings) and nearby Mariana. I found the addresses of the places where my grandparents had lived in Rio, but I needed to have a guide to help me to find the fairly remote area where my grandparents had spent 3 years. The guide that Chimu organized for me was really helpful and also interested in the reason I was in Minas Gerais. Amazingly, he managed to get informaton online for me and then took me to the tiny town near where my grandparents had set up home in 1909 and introduced me to a local man who knew a lot about the history of the area and was able to take me to see a fazenda that was familiar to my grandparents and to see the grave of a close colleague of my grandfather's. We also went to the small town where they had first arrived by train from Rio all those years ago. This was a different kind of a trip, but the whole thing went really smoothly, and was very exciting! My accommodation throughout was very good, but the hotel in Rio was particularly good, with friendly staff and excellent breakfasts - and very close to Copacabana Beach.
Date published: 2017-01-23
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The unit of currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real (BRL). Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.

Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, the only Portuguese-speaking country in South America.

Brazil’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic with Brazil boasting more Roman Catholics than any other country in the world.

The level of fitness needed will depend on the Brazil tour that you choose to take in terms of places to be visited and the types of activities to be included on your itinerary. Hiking and trekking are not activities that are generally associated with Brazil although most Brazil tours that include the Amazon and/or Pantanal do include guided walks, when conditions may be hot and humid. Altitude is not a problem in Brazil as only a fraction of the country lies above 1,200 metres.

Most South American countries have now recognized that tourism plays an important part in their economies and governments have taken great steps in the last few years to change South America’s poor security image. Security has been an issue in Brazil for many years, but there is a strong police presence in the major tourist areas of Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and in coastal areas most frequently visited by tourists. To minimise security risks we recommend the following: - do not show any outward signs of wealth or wear expensive jewellery - keep your valuables in your hotel in safety deposit boxes (you may be charged a small fee for the use of in-room safety deposit boxes in some Brazilian hotels) - keep any valuables that you must carry with you hidden, as pickpockets can be present in crowded areas and around tourist areas - use only taxis with official identification - avoid going on your own to remote areas where tourists would not be expected to go - always keep your day pack and camera close to you and never leave them unattended There has been a huge effort in recent years to clean up many of the favela areas (shanty towns) and as a result of social programs, gang activity in these areas has been drastically reduced. Some of the favelas are now open to tourists and becoming popular inclusions on a Brazil tour. Drugs are an issue in parts of Brazil. Acute poverty, access to drugs and a party reputation all lead to Rio de Janeiro being a hotspot for drug activity. Activity is at its highest around party events such as Carnival and New Year’s Eve. In the Amazon region, mosquito-borne illnesses can be prevalent. In areas such as Manaus, most tourist areas are considered “safe” but we do advise that you take precautions such as using mosquito repellent and wearing long sleeves and trousers. In the Rio Negro section of the Amazon River, the black waters of the river are highly acidic and mosquitos are rare.

A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Brazil for citizens of the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, European Union and South Africa. However, for citizens of Australia, the United States and Canada a pre-arranged visa is required and can be applied for within 90 days of entering the country. The first arrival in Brazil must take place within 90 days from the date the visa was issued. Please contact your local Brazilian embassy for details on how to apply for a visa and allow a minimum of 6 weeks for the visa to be processed by the Brazilian consulate. For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.

You could spend anything from a few days to several weeks or even months on your Brazil travels, depending on whether you plan to explore the entire country or just focus on one experience such as the Pantanal or an Amazon adventure or maybe join in the Carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro or Salvador. Chimu Adventures offers itineraries to suit every time frame.

Our Brazil tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners and buying a few souvenirs at local markets, we suggest a budget of 35-45 USD per day per person.

For some states of Brazil (generally in or around the Amazon Rainforest), it is compulsory for all travellers to have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever. It is also compulsory for all travellers to have had a vaccination against Yellow Fever if entering Brazil through the following South American countries: - Bolivia - Colombia - Ecuador - French Guiana - Guyana - Peru - Suriname - Venezuela We recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through. As a general guide we recommend the following: - Yellow Fever - Especially for jungle areas - Hepatitis - Both A and B (twinrix) - Typhoid - Diphtheria - Cholera - Rabies - Tetanus The risk of malaria is present throughout the year in parts of Brazil, in particular in the Amazon. Malaria precautions are essential. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin and, when necessary, sleeping under a mosquito net.

In Brazil the standard voltage is 110V or 220V and standard frequency is 60Hz. Power sockets are of types A, B and C but outlets are often a combination of types A and C, and can accept either plug. Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/

What you need to pack will depend on when and where you plan on travelling and on the activities that you plan to include whilst on your Brazil tour. The following should act as a useful checklist of essential items: • Passport, photocopy of passport & spare passport photos • Travel Insurance documents • Air tickets and itinerary • Foreign Currency (US$) and/or debit/credit cards, traveller’s cheques • Money belt • Small daypack • Basic first aid kit • High UVA sun block • Sunglasses & sunhat • Mosquito spray & insect repellent • Comfortable walking shoes/boots • Sandals • Long sleeve tops and trousers • Light-weight clothing • Warm clothing (depending on itinerary and time of year) • Camera with spare battery and memory cards • Security code padlock • Adaptor • Small torch If your Brazil travel is to include the Amazon, the climate is hot and humid year round but it can be surprisingly cool at night. Most of the time light clothes such as shorts, T-shirts and sandals are suitable, but for hikes in the forest we recommend long sleeved shirts, long trousers, light rain jacket, good supportive footwear such as trainers or hiking boots and items such as small torch or flash light, binoculars, water and personal effects. Additional Amazon items: • Light rain jacket or rain poncho • Swim suit • Binoculars • Lightweight towel • Dry sack for camera • Water bottle

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