Brazil is not only a crazy carnival in Rio de Janeiro, the impenetrable jungles of the Amazon and the thundering Iguazu cascades, but also the famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, great hotels, great cuisine, and great football.
The jungle of the Amazon, the gold of the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, the delicate aroma of the coffee, the roar of mighty waterfalls – all this, like a magnet, attracts millions of tourists from all over the world to Brazil. In addition, the beaches in the country are completely world-famous (Copacabana alone is worth it), the sea is warm and transparent, and tourists invariably talk about Brazilian cuisine – like Brazilian women – with a breath. One thing is sad: only travelers with very bulky wallets can get into this fairy tale (at least from Russia) – the high cost of tours to Brazil, which depends primarily on the cost of a transatlantic flight, affects.
Unless you’re entering Brazil overland from a neighboring country, you’ll almost certainly arrive by air. Airfares always depend on the season: specific dates vary between airlines, but high season is generally July and August, then again mid-December to Christmas Day; low season is any other time. Fares don’t normally rise over Carnaval (Feb – March), but getting a seat at this time can be difficult. Airline competition is fierce, however, and offers are often available.
The internet is rapidly making specialist travel agents less of an essential first step, but you may want to use one if you prefer to book your first few days ’ accommodations before you arrive or you’re looking for a tailor-made package. Apart from discounted tickets, it’s worth checking fares directly with the airlines that fly to Brazil; they frequently offer competitive fares, especially during low season, although these may carry certain restrictions such as having to spend at least seven days abroad (maximum stay three months).
If you plan to do a fair amount of traveling within Brazil, think about buying a TAM air pass with your main ticket, available whether or not you fly your international legs on TAM – though the price will be higher if you arrive with a different airline … Depending on your itinerary, it can save you a lot of money, but can only be bought outside South America. For more information, see Getting around for details of the various options.
The climate in the country is typical for tropical countries, varies greatly in different areas: from equatorial to subtropical. You can ride the coast of Brazil all year round. Winter happens only in the extreme south (Sao Paulo and below), and even then, winter here is when the temperature can suddenly drop below +10 ° C. The rainy season (in Rio – from January to March, in Salvador – from April to June), as a rule, means, as a rule, not so many tropical showers as increased cloudiness, and also does not pose much of a hindrance to travel. The “peaks” of the tourist season fall on the New Year and the carnival (in February): hotels for this time are booked in advance, for at least 4 nights – and cost several times more.