Brazil

Basic facts

 

201,032,714 people live in Brazil.

Population density is fairly high with around 24 inhabitants per kilometre squared.

Brazil’s national currency is the Real.

The official, national language of Brazil is Portuguese. In fact, it’s the only country in South America whose national language is Portuguese.

Brazil occupies the southern-half of the South American continent.

It touches borders with Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Cayenne and French Guiana. In fact, that’s all countries which make up the South American continent, except Chile and Ecuador.

Brazil’s coastlines stretches along for about 7500 kilometres.

Brazil’s largest city is São Paulo, but its capital city is Brasília.

It is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world.

It’s the fifth largest country in the world, falling in neatly behind Russia, Canada, China, and the United States.

It covers an impressive area of 8,511,965 kilometres squared.


Reasons to visit Brazil

 

• Brazil’s annual carnival takes place during February/March every year. Some of the biggest carnival festivals are held in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Vitoria.

• Opportunities to learn about Amazonian ecology. Brazil’s rainforests are some of the richest ecological reserves across the globe. There are plenty of opportunities to come into contact with toucans, monkeys, dolphins and alligators. 

• Rest and relaxation. Brazil is one of South America’s most relaxing destinations. There are so many beautiful beaches to visit across the country, plenty of opportunities to lose yourself swimming in warm waters, and a variety of options for anyone who’s looking to switch off from modern-day life and spend some time connecting with the natural world.

 

Life in Brasil

 

The president of Brasil is both the head of state and the head of government. She is also the head of multi-party system. Political and administrative duties in Brasil are shared between the federal government, the various states, the federal district and the municipalities. 

The Ministry of Education, which is managed by Brasil’s federal government, is in charge of all educational matters. It defines the overall principles by which educational institutions organise their curriculums. The various states then implement their individual educational programs by following the guidelines set out by the federal government.

Public healthcare in Brasil is a constitutional right, but there are also various options for anyone who wants to pay for private healthcare in Brasil too. The Health Minister is responsible for the development and implementation of the national health policy. The public healthcare system in Brasil is known as Unified Health System (SUS) and is available to all Brasilian residents, as well as foreigners.

 

Top Destinations

 

Cataratas del Iguazú — These huge waterfalls are located in part in Argentina and in part in Brasil. When visiting either side of the falls, many people choose to make the border crossing for just one day to see what the waters look like when standing on the other side. More than 150 people work at the falls, attending to the needs of the many visitors who arrive every day.

Porto Alegre — Considered to be one of the most important cities in Brasil in terms of ecological conservation. There are two areas of environmental conservation in the city — Parque Estadual del Delta de Jacuí and la Estación Ecológica de Lami. The city is also home to some beautiful architectural monuments and buildings. Make sure you try some Brasilian mate when you visit too.

Recife — Visit Recife for access to some of the most beautiful beaches in north Brasil, with some of the warmest waters all year round. The nearby beach town of Porto Galinhas is particularly pretty and very popular with Brasilians on vacation or weekend breaks throughout the year.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

Passport/ Visa Requirements

 

Is a visa required?: Depending on your country of origin. For more information, please check this website: http://www.projectvisa.com
Allocation of Tourist Visa: Tourist Visa is received at several international airports in Brasil, such as Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro… 
Duration of Tourist visa: Lasts up to 90 days
Tourist Visa Extension: It is possible to extend by leaving the country and flying in again or by paying an extension fee
Passport validation: Must be valid for at least 6 months
Return/onward flight ticket: Generally not required upon entering the country
Confirmation of Funds: Declaration of sufficient funds will not be required

 

Money/Currency

 

Currency: Brasilian Real
Inform Banks: Give the dates of travel and destinations to prevent security blocks on your bank and credit cards
Cash: Always take enough cash to cover your expenses for the first week in case there is a problem with your bank cards or access to ATM’s is limited.
Credit Options: Good idea to have at least two different credit/debit card options i.e. MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, or Cirrus.
Travellers Cheques: Will be able to exchange in major cities and best to take them in Dollars
Western Union: If at any time you have any problems in accessing money you can use Western Union transfer. Money can be sent from your home country and received in Brasil the same day.

 

Healthcare

 

• Vaccinations: Typhoid, Hepatitis A&B, Rabid & Yellow fever recommended
Malaria medication: Recommended for malaria risk areas
See local GP: If vaccinations or medication is required see the doctor 4-6 weeks before your departure
• Less than 4 weeks before you leave: You should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while travelling.
Check the following for up to date information: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

TESTIMONIALS

''I am a graduate student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University. After completing a couple of semesters of basic Portuguese, I wanted to take my language proficiency to the next level by visiting a language school in Brazil. I was impressed by the quality of instruction. My teachers taught me advanced grammar concepts and provided me with written and spoken exercises to practice my new found knowledge. Group lessons provided a context in which to apply what I learned and individual lessons provided me with the opportunity to focus on particular topics. By the end of my six weeks course I was speaking Portuguese better than ever and I was more than satisfied with the results. I have returned to Indiana University where I am currently enrolled in a 500-level Portuguese literature class. I am able to understand and participate in all class discussions because of my experience in Brazil. My teachers there prepared me well! ''Portuguese course. Robert Fritz

 

''I study art history at the University of Delaware. As an art history major I have particularly enjoyed visiting the twin cities of Cachoeira and São Felix. There, I loved the character of Cachoeira and seeing the architectural restoration projects underway. In Salvador I have really enjoyed the “charme of the city;” it was really relaxed while maintaining the commotion of a big city. People in the city are friendly, welcoming and accessible.'' Portuguese course. Angelina Meehan

 

''What I really appreciated about the school was how many options it created for us. We had trips to historic sites, a surfing weekend, day-long excursions, and everything was ready for us, Jailson really took care of us. The school also arranged day trips to local festivals with tour guides who knew the layout of the city and made us feel at ease. In the classroom, the professors are easy going, fun-loving, and professional. They knew exactly what I needed to know to communicate in the city. Because of my Portuguese classes, I was able to chat with locals and experience the city in a different way''. Portuguese course. Paul Nithan


''I spent the month of January in Salvador. As a singer, I took advantage of the city’s thriving music scene. and sang in various places around the city, including the Museum of Modern Art’s weekly Jazz music session. There I found the atmosphere lively and open and the musicians friendly and welcoming. Furthermore I also enjoyed singing at music clubs in Salvador’s Rio Vermelho neighborhood!'' Portuguese course. Marianne, Switzerland