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Destination Information

Brazil is the fifth-largest nation in the world, comprising almost half of the South American continent. The country is blessed with 5,000 miles of coastline, much of it undeveloped, plus the natural wonders of the Amazon Basin. Most Brazilians are urbanites, living in huge southern cities such as São Paulo, which has a metro population of close to 20 million.

Entry Requirements

Passport (U.S. citizens no longer require a visa). Visit, and for travelers’ health information,

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels in Brazil, dial 011 (international access) + 55 (Brazil code) + city code and local numbers in listings.


Brazil has several climatic regions. São Paulo and Brasilia have mild climates, while east coast cities such as Rio de Janeiro are warmer and rely on trade winds to moderate the seasonal heat. The Amazon Basin is constantly warm, humid and rainy.


Two hours ahead of New York (EST).


Brazilian real (BRL). Fluctuating rate valued at BRL5.28 = US$1.00 as of April 2020. Note: Most of our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.

U.S. Embassy

Brasilia, Tel. (55) 61-3312-7000. Consulates: Recife, Tel. (55) 81-3416-3050; Rio de Janeiro, Tel. (55) 21-3823-2000; Porto Alegre, Tel. (55) 51-3345-6000; and São Paulo, Tel. (55) 11-3250-5000.