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Brazil Vacation

Don’t go without checking the climate and holiday schedule.

Since Brazil is located in the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are the opposite times of year as those in the United States. Brazil’s summer runs from December 22 to March 21 and winter goes from June 22 to September 21. Since Brazil is so large, temperatures vary widely, especially during winter months. Rainy seasons are also at different times of the year. Besides the weather conditions, you will also want to check the holiday schedule. There are quite a few Brazilian holidays related to historical events or religious celebrations. You certainly don’t want to travel to Brazil when most things are closed or overly crowded.

Don’t act like an ugly foreigner.

The term “ugly” refers to your attitude. Don’t be ethnocentric. Respect the local culture. Participate in and learn from the traditional events and activities. Mingle with the people. Get to know some of them. It’s not that hard. Brazilians are very friendly and usually go out of their way to befriend strangers. Try learning a little Portuguese both before you depart and during your trip. Sure, you’ll make mistakes but you will also make friends. Many things will be different. Don’t criticize. Take note and learn what it means to be Brazilian.

Don’t forget to get a tourist visa to Brazil.

On more than one occasion I have seen tourists barred from entering a plane destined for Brazil because they did not have the appropriate visa to Brazil. While there are many countries in the world that allow U.S. citizens to enter without a visa, Brazil is not one of them. The visa applications process it pretty straightforward.