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Monthly Archives: March 2017

All about Backpackers and Brazil

The main language spoken in Brazil is Portuguese, unlike the Spanish spoken in the rest of South America. If you take the time to learn a few key phrases in Portuguese, the people will be even friendlier as well as patient with the language barrier. You will need a visa to spend time in Brazil. For United States citizens, that will cost you $100 (free for Europeans!). You will also need about $35 a day to live on while in Brazil. Your best bet is not to visit during December through February, as this is summer in Brazil and prices tend to go up when the country goes on vacation. If you want to be in the country for Carnival, however, you’ll need to spend the extra money and travel to Brazil in the end of February.

One problem that Brazil tends to bring up for backpackers is the large distances between cities and regions. This is not a country that is easily seen on foot or even by bus or train. Most of the inner sites in Brazil require plane transport, and you can find some discount airlines that leave from some of the bigger cities in Brazil. It’s also important to take a good guide book with you that includes plenty of maps, books such as those by Lonely Planet tend to be the most accurate and up to date. You will also want to be prepared for the extreme weather and heat that is common in Brazil. Remember, the Amazon River is located in this country and rainforests abound. That sounds romantic, but dehydration can be a major issue as can heat stroke.

If you enjoy the beach life, Brazil is definitely for you. You can spend days on the beach in hotspots such as Rio de Janeiro. This is by far the touristiest area of the country, so try to get out and about to other areas. Salvador da Bahia and Recife are worth a visit. Sau Paolo and Brasilia are not so hot and probably should be avoided. Remembering to bring all of your necessities with you, including enough money to get along and your passport, as well as an open mind will make your trip to Brazil a memorable and interesting journey.

All Inclusive Vacation Packages

Here are a few ways that can help you get everything from your vacation while also saving:

• If possible, try to get a small room where your family can fit into. Getting a big room can eat up a big part of your budget and the money paid for the hotel rates could have been paid for more important things like food and transportation.
• Try traveling off season. Go to a place or a resort not during the holidays or the traveling season. You will find dozens of cheap accommodation deals. There are tons of advertisements set up by hotel chains just to attract guests during the off season. You can always call a travel agent to find out when the off season begins, or you can just surf the Internet for information regarding this.
• There are times when some days are cheaper and other days are not. Hotel rooms are usually cheaper during the weekdays compared to the weekends.
• Choose to stay in smaller hotels rather than in big hotel chains. Large hotels attract big clients so their prices may be a little higher compared to smaller hotels.
• If you have kids, try to save by availing of kid’s rates. There are some resorts that attract parents because of kid’s rates. So try to take advantage of this one.
• Research about all inclusive vacation packages. You can save a lot if you buy a vacation package. Vacation packages may cost a little more, but you and your family can get a lot in return compared to putting up a vacation by yourself. Vacation packages already include deals like travel arrangements, hotel reviews, entertainment and food all for the price of one.
• You always have the option of trying out the travel section of auction sites. Here you can buy non-refundable tickets at very affordable prices.

Brazil Surf Camp

Much more than your run of the mill Brazil surf camp, Nexus takes things to the next level for its clients. Deluxe beachfront accommodations in private residences, expert surf instruction or guided surf tours (depending on ability level), private rental car, VIP nightlife tours, access to a number of outdoor adventure sport options, breakfast service, local cell phone use, and continual access to the expert and dedicated Nexus team, whose aim it is to make sure you have the best time possible while vacationing in Brazil.

Already featured in Riviera Magazine and in a case study by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (Entrepeneurship Seminar), Nexus caters primarily to higher end, young professional clients who love to surf (or have a burning desire to learn to surf) but are not willing to sacrifice the other aspects which make a vacation special — excellent dining options, some of the world’s best nightlife, a mesmerizing culture, stunning natural beauty, high-end accommodations options, and the convenience and well thought out organization that such a traveler expects.

Testimonials of customers who have experienced Nexus’ Brazil surf holiday to date have been “three thumbs” up, and it’s no wonder why, as the Nexus team really goes out of its way to make sure that all the leg work is done prior to a client’s arrival, allowing him or her to sit back, relax, and see the best of what the magical island of Floripa has to offer, both in terms of surf, culture, nature, beaches, dining and nightlife. Again, much more than a regular surf camp, Nexus brings you a truly personalized Brazil surf trip that will be one to remember.

Guided Tours of Brazil

Most guided tours of Brazil begin in Rio de Janeiro, the largest city in Brazil. After getting you settled, your tour guide may begin by taking you on a spectacular two-stage cable car tour of the Sugar Loaf Mountain. At the top of the mountain, you’ll need to have your camera ready to take mountaintop pictures of Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Beach and the lovely Guanabara Bay.

While still in Rio de Janeiro, many guided tours will take you to see the sights of the city, including a visit to the H. Stern Gem Factory the largest jewelry factory and store in the world. You may also visit the Corcovado Mountain, ascending the mountain by means of a cog railway. At the top, you’ll have a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro from the site of the statue of Christ the Redeemer, sitting 2,300 feet above the city.

While in Rio de Janeiro, many guided tours will introduce you to traditional Brazilian cuisine, shopping areas, music venues and areas for further shopping and sightseeing on your own. Another common site for guided tours of Brazil is Foz do Iguar, the fourth largest city in Brazil, located in Southern Brazil. There you will see the stunning Iguassu Falls, a waterfall with a flow capacity equal to three times that of Niagara Falls. The falls marks the demarcation between Brazil and Argentina. Perhaps you’ll stay in a hotel overlooking the waterfalls.

Many guided tours offer you the opportunity to spend a couple of days at the waterfalls, including walking tours of the Brazilian side of the falls and a motor coach tour of the Argentine side of this spectacular place. You can walk through the Foz do Igua National Park with views that take you to spots directly over the falls including one called the evil Throat?

Take an early morning flight out of the falls area, where many guided tours of Brazil will take you to Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon River valley. You may stay at a hotel on the Rio Negro just before it meets with the more expansive Amazon River.

Guided tours of this area of Brazil would be remiss if they failed to take visitors on an actual Amazon River tour. So hop on an Amazonian riverboat for a day-long tour down the Amazon River. Many such tours will let you stop off for an amazing hike through the jungle and a picnic lunch in this pristine area of Brazil.

Guided tours of the city of Manaus are also available, where you can see the Indian Museum, the municipal market and a famous Italian opera house. Then it’s off to fly to Brasilia, Brazil planned, national capital. You’ll go on a lovely tour of the city, including the President’s residence, the Military Ministries, the Itamaraty Palace and many other sites of interest.