|I've been all over the world with all sorts of tour guides, and I can honestly say that Renata and LUSH Pathways was the best experience I've ever had while traveling. Her attention to details, knowledge, and laid back and personable style was a perfect combination for a tour leader. By the end of the trip I didn't consider her my tour leader, but one of my friends. If you are considering a trip to Brazil, PLEASE use Renata and LUSH Pathways...you won't be disappointed!
|Heath C - United States
|I really enjoyed the tour and I will recomend it also to friends. Renata was a very caring and compassionate tourleader. She sorted everything out efficiently. It was a pleasure to travel with LUSH Pathways.
|Sarah C - South Africa
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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TRAVELLING WITH LUSH Pathways
- What kind of people travel with LUSH Pathways?
Our tours appeal to a wide range of travellers and are designed to attract people whom share an adventurous spirit and a desire to get close to the Brazilian culture. They are ideal for friends, couples, honeymooners or for those of you who are travelling alone. Our tours run in English with travellers coming from different countries such as the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, South Korea and Japan, among other countries. The mixture of nationalities in our Group Tours and Special Departures is an enjoyable part of the experience which allows for great interaction within the members of the trip. Our travellers are generally aged between 20 to 60 years old although our tours can be made up of people of all ages. Back to Top
- What are the age restrictions on your tours?
For Independent Tours and Volunteer Programs you must be at least 18 years of age.
For Group Tours and Special Departures anyone 18 years or older can join our tours. In special circumstances travellers under the age of 18 may be allowed on a tour if accompanied by an adult family member over the age of 21.
Our Custom Trips are open to families with children over the age of 12 years. For children under the age of 12 years, special cases may be considered depending on the circumstances and location chosen as the Brazilian laws are quite strict for children travelling without the presence of both parents.
Most of our travellers are in the range of 25 to 45 years old. However there are no upper age limits and people of all ages have enjoyed the tours as long as they are reasonably fit and with an attitude ready for fun and adventure. You need a minimum level of fitness and mobility. As a minimum requirement, you must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off of buses and carry your own luggage. For older travellers we stress that adventure travel is inherently more rigorous than conventional vacations and can be physically demanding.
While our Tour Leaders (for Group Tours and Special Departures) work hard to ensure that all of our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Back to Top
- What are the physical ratings of your tours?
Our tours are considered to be easy to moderate, with some level of adventure. Below you have some aspects of our tours that may give you a better idea of the physical requirements.
Most of theincluded activities don’t require a high level of fitness. There is free time for you to choose and join optional activities that suit your interests and physical capacity.
Most of the places that we go to in the Southeast & South regions are well developed, have a solid infrastructure and well-maintained, paved roads. However, in the Northeast and Central West regions, the infrastructure is not as developed and often the paved roads are poorly maintained or the roads are unpaved. The same applies for modes of transportation used during our tours. Most of the public transport we use is comfortable (big coaches with a toilet) although in a few areas, the transport is rougher. This allows us to see the contrasts existing in the country and is what makes part of the essence of our tours.
For some travellers the most tiring part of the tour is moving from place to place. Considering the size of Brazil, journeys can be relatively long, depending on the tour chosen. Some journeys from one place to another are quite short while other journeys can be up to 14 hours long. We normally (whenever possible) do long journeys at night by taking night buses. For most travel days the start time is reasonable and you'll have time to rest properly. During most of the journeys there are 2 to 3 stops for approximately 15 to 20 minutes each to stretch your legs, use the toilet and grab something to eat.
You are usually required to carry your luggage for a block or 2 at a time, or in bus stations, ports, airports and other transport stations.
The heat and humidity in some areas can be high at certain times of the year and may affect people that are used to living in cold places. Click here to know more about the weather in Brazil.
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- How many people are necessary for an Independent Tour, a Budget Trip, a Volunteer Program or a Tailor Made Tour?
Independent Tours, Budget Trips, Volunteer Programs and Custom Trips* run with a minimum of 1 traveller. Back to Top
- How many people can join a Group Tour or Special Departure?
For Group Tours and Special Departures* we have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 travellers. This intimate size allows for great interaction within the members of the group and ensures that the Tour Leader is able to deliver a tour with quality and attention.
Occasionally, we may consider adding more travellers depending on the location, up to a maximum of 15 travellers.
*For all tours/programs, "Force Majeure" applies as per clause 11 in the Booking Conditions.
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- What kind of places do we stay in?
We stay in comfortable, locally-owned, mid-range guesthouses (pousadas) or small hotels. In remote areas, we stay in simple guesthouses that characterise the area. Accommodation is in a Twin or Double room on a shared room basis with a private en-suite bathroom. In some of the locations we may stay for a few nights in rooms for 3 to 4 people or in the more remote areas, in communal rooms. A Brazilian breakfast is included every day.
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- Can you provide me with a list of the places we will be staying at?
Starting and ending hotels/guesthouses will be listed on your booking confirmation and voucher. We will provide you with a list of the hotels/guesthouses you will be staying at 10 days prior to the start of your tour so that your family will be able to contact you in Brazil if necessary. We suggest the use of the internet for communications as often the staff working in some of the places we stay in will not be able to speak English and will not be able to understand what you are asking for. We suggest that your families contact the hotels/guesthouses only in the case of emergencies. Back to Top
- What type of transportation is used on your tours?
In most cases we use public transportation, which is part of the essence of our tours. We find that how you get there significantly influences the tone of your journey and local transportation allows face-to-face interaction with the Brazilian culture. Transportation can be a mix of local public buses, collective vans, taxis, boats and flights on occasion - it will all depend on the location. In certain parts on our route, we might hire the local transportation available for more flexibility or in other cases, we might use shared or private transportation in order to reach remote areas.
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- I'm going on a Group Tour but I am a single traveller. Will I be charged a single supplement or can I share a room as well?
Most of our Group Tours and Special Departures do not have a single supplement. This means that the accommodation in those cases is on a twin share basis. So, if you are travelling alone, you will be paired with another traveller of the same sex. If there are an odd number of travellers and it works out that you end up with a room on your own, you do not have to pay anything extra in these circumstances.
If at some stage during the tour you wish to have a room to yourself, the Tour Leader can arrange this and charge you the difference in the cost. This is subject to availability. Back to Top
- I want to stay an extra day or two before and/or after my tour. Can you book these extra nights accommodation for me?
Yes, you just need to let us know when you book your tour through our Booking Request form. In most cases we can organize extra pre/post-trip accommodation in the places where your tour starts and finishes. We also organize arrival transfers in most of the locations that your tour starts in. Back to Top
INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
- What is included in my tour?
Our tours include all terrestrial travel - accommodation and transportation. The must-see highlights and some activities are also included (as specified in the chosen itinerary). This way you avoid carrying lots of extra spending money on you. In some tours, you will get a few meals included. You will also count on a full time Tour Leader for Group Tours and most of our Special Departures and Local Assistance for Independent Tours, Custom Trips and Volunteer Programs in some of the locations. Please check each specific trip to find out what is included in your tour. Back to Top
- Do your tours include flights?
International Flights and domestic flights to/from the beginning and end of the tour are NOT included. Our travellers arrive from different countries for our tours and as such it is not possible to include international airfare in our tour costs.
We suggest that you check the TAM Airlines website and look for "TAM Airpass", which is a convenient and affordable ticket to use for flights within Brazil (up to 9 cities) at a reduced rate. You can also ask your travel agent about this affordable option when you buy your international flight. These tickets must be purchased from outside Brazil and it must be issued in conjunction with your international round-trip ticket to Brazil. Back to Top
- Do your tours include arrival and departure transfers?
Arrival and departure transfers/taxis are NOT included although you can book an arrival transfer with us at an additional cost through our Booking Request form. You just need to let us know your flight details. You can also arrange a taxi locally upon arrival (this is the most economical way of getting to the start point of the tour). Back to Top
- What else is not included in my tour?
Travel Insurance (mandatory) - you choose and buy insurance for your trip from your preferred insurance company.
Visa fees (if required) and airport tax (usually included in the airfare nowadays). Click here to read more about visas.
Optional Trips/Services - we understand that everyone has different interests so there is plenty of free-time on our tours for you to explore the wide variety of optional activities available according to your individual taste and budget.
Meals, beverages not specified in the chosen itinerary, including items from the guesthouse/hotel minibar, or any other item/service not mentioned in the tour description such as laundry, internet, phone calls and other personal expenses.
Tips to Local Guides and the Tour Leader; Tips/ service fee charged in restaurants (normally 10% on top of the bill). Back to Top
- Do I need travel insurance?
Yes. All travellers that join our tours are required to have travel insurance. You will be required to show proof of travel insurance after the full payment for your tour has been made no less than 30 days prior to the tour departure date. In the case of a Group Tour or Special Departure, you will also be required to show proof of travel insurance to the Tour Leader on the first day of the tour. Note that you will not be able to travel without travel insurance.
Our minimum insurance policy for medical emergency, evacuation and repatriation is $200,000 USD (or equivalent in other currencies). Cancellation insurance is optional but recommended.
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- Can I get travel insurance through LUSH Pathways?
LUSH Pathways does not offer this kind of service. You choose and buy travel insurance for your trip from your preferred insurance company. Alternatively, you can also buy travel insurance through your travel agent. Back to Top
- Are your tours guaranteed to depart?
Most of them yes! Our Independent Tours, Budget Trips, Volunteer Programs and Custom Trips are guaranteed to depart* with a minimum of 1 traveller. For Group Tours and Special Departures we guarantee departure* with a minimum of 4 travellers. That means that when you make your booking request, if there are 3 or more travellers already booked on the tour, you will receive a booking confirmation by email and you can confidently book flights and make all the necessary travel arrangements for your trip. If there are less than 3 travellers booked on the tour, you will receive a booking confirmation by email, holding your place on the tour. Note that this is the natural procedure for all of our Group Tours and Special Departures. As soon as the tour is guaranteed to depart (with a minimum of 4 travellers booked), you will receive an email reconfirming your booking and stating that your tour is now guaranteed to depart.
*For all tours/programs, "Force Majeure" applies as per clause 11 in our Booking Conditions.
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- Will you let me know when my tour is guaranteed to depart?- only for Group Tours or Special Departures
Yes, as soon as we have 4 travellers booked on the tour, an email will be sent to you reconfirming your booking and stating that your tour is now guaranteed to depart. You can then make all travel arrangements for your trip.
In the case of a Group Tour or Special Departure not confirming 30 days prior to the departure date, you will still be able to enjoy your trip to Brazil by doing the same route independently. LUSH Pathways will then place the client on a very similar Independent Tour. You also still have the option to choose any other available tour, tailor making your holiday or receiving a refund (in this case, the company will retain $70 or EUR €55 or GBP £45 cancelation fee to cover administrative costs).
**Because our tours have different prices, you might be due a refund or have to pay the difference in price depending on the new tour chosen. Back to Top
- I've completed a Booking Request through your website. Is availability guaranteed?
No. Availability will only be guaranteed when you receive an email confirming your booking and/or holding your place on the tour. We recommend that you do not make any other non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive a booking confirmation from us. Back to Top
- Can I pay in full right away?
Of course you can, that speeds up the whole booking process. Please let us know through our Booking Request form. Back to Top
- I've booked a tour. What if for some reason I have to cancel my booking?
When your Confirmation Deposit is made and we confirm your booking, it is non-refundable and cancelation fees will apply as per clause 8 in our Booking Conditions. Because of this, we recommend that you buy comprehensive coverage so you know that your investment is secure. Back to Top
- How will I receive my travel documentation?
As a sustainable company we try to limit the amount of paper that we consume. All documentation in regards to your tour will be sent by email. Shortly after we receive your payment we will send you your booking confirmations. Final documentation will be sent no later than 10 days prior to the departure. Back to Top
MONEY IN BRAZIL
- What is the Final Payment?
The Final Payment is a common practice in the tourism industry for these kinds of tours. The Final Payment is a convenient and easy way for us to get cash to the Tour Leader to pay for some of the expenses during the tour. It is a nominal proportion of the funds that are required to run the tour. The Final Payment is in addition to, and not included in, the base tour price.
The Final Payment (required only for Group Tours and a few Special Departures) must be paid locally to the Tour Leader on the first day of the tour. This will be accepted exclusively in cash: USD American dollars or preferably the Brazilian currency, the Real, which can be withdrawn from an ATM machine in Brazil. The traveller will be informed of the amount to be paid in Brazilian Reais in the welcome letter, which will be found in the start hotel on the first day of the tour. The welcome note will also contain other information relevant to the tour. The rate used will be the exchange rate according to www.xe.com on the starting date of the tour.
Unfortunately, if the Final Payment is not paid to the Tour Leader, you will forfeit all included activities and potential complimentary services offered by LUSH Pathways and will have to pay for these out of your own pocket at local rates and with no special prices or discounts. Back to Top
- How much spending money will I need in Brazil?
Final Payment is only required for Group Tours and a few Special Departures. This is usually $150 American dollars for most tours but please check each specific trip for information on how much the final payment is.
Brazil is more expensive than most developing countries in South America. How much you take along with you on the tour is obviously a personal matter. If you intend to purchase souvenirs or if you enjoy spending on a big night out, we recommend that you take more than the estimated amounts below.
Taxis from the airport to town usually cost between $20 to $50 American dollars per ride, depending on the location.
For meals, we suggest you allow around $30 American dollars per day.
The must-see highlights/activities are generally included in our tours although there are many optional activities available.
See below a reference price list for some of the most popular activities available. All prices are stated in American dollars (USD$), per person and may vary according to the season, exchange rate variation, and the number of people doing the activity.
- São Luis: City Tour $30 - minimum of 2 persons; Day trip to Alcântara $75 - minimum of 2 persons.
- Lençóis Maranhenses: 4x4 trip to the national park $40. Typical local lunch $15.
- Jericoacoara: Buggy trips to lagoons $120 per car (up to 4 persons); Quad bikes $60 per hour (up to 2 persons); Horse riding $12 per hour; Capoeira lessons $13 per hour; Sand boarding $7 per hour.
- Salvador: Visit to Praia do Forte & sea turtle conservation project $40; Boat trip with lunch included $40; Candomblé ceremony $40; Folkloric Show $25.
- Rio de Janeiro: Half-day City Tour $90 - includes entrance tickets to Christ the Redeemer (Corcovado) and the cable car up to Sugar Loaf (Pão de Açúcar); Half-day Favela Tour $40; Favela Funky Party $40; Football matches vary according to the games available, usually around $65; Samba Schools Rehearsal $40; Hang-Gliding $180.
- Paraty: Boat trip with lunch included $35; Kayaking $45; Scuba Diving $120; Jeep Tour to see waterfalls and cachaça distillery tour $35; Hikes to remote beaches through the Atlantic Rainforest $35.
- São Paulo: : City Tour $50; Entrance to museums - average $5; Entrance to nightclubs varies a lot - average $30.
- Bonito: Entrance to Balneário do Sol or Praia da Figueira (bath resorts) $15; Entrance to Aquarium $12; Snake conservation project $12; Snorkeling at Rio da Prata or Rio Sucurí $85; Visit to Estância Mimosa Resort to enjoy different waterfalls $45; Tubing $30. Prices don't include transportation to/from the places and are dependent on the number of people doing the activity chosen.
- Iguassu Falls: Helicopter ride over the national park and falls $110; Bird Park $18; Jet boat tour $60; Ecological boat tour $15; Panoramic tour at Itaipú Hydroelectric Dam $12 (doesn't include transportation to/from the dam); Visit to Paraguay for shopping $20 - minimum of 4 persons; Rodízio - All you can eat BBQ $35.
Note that some optional activities may not be available due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions or for not having the number of people required to run the activity. Back to Top
- How much should I budget for tipping?
Tips are not included in the tour price. It is a common practice in many of the places we visit in Brazil and especially appreciated by the people who make minimum wage, which is usually not enough to live on.
There are times during the tour where there is opportunity to tip the local guides and other people who ensure that we travel safely and have a good time. Tipping is at your discretion and a good way to show your appreciation for the services received. You may do this individually for Independent Tours, Custom Trips and Volunteer Programs, or for Group Tours and Special Departures, your Tour Leader may offer to collect the money in an envelope and tip as a group. Also at the end of the tour, if you felt that your Tour Leader did a great job, tipping is appreciated.
Below you will find some suggested tipping amounts. Note that "R$" stand for Real, the local currency in Brazil.
- Local guides on half-day activities: R$5 per person.
- Local guides on full-day activities/excursions: R$10 per day, per person.
- Tour leader: R$50 or USD$30 American dollars per week, per person.
- Restaurants: usually there is a mandatory service charge of 10% included in the bill.
When the service charge is not included, a 10% tip is appreciated.
- Taxis: Most people round taxi fares up to the nearest Real, although tipping is not expected.
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WHAT TO BRING
- What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?
You will be on the move for most of our tours so we recommend that you pack as lightly as possible. We recommend the use of a backpack, a duffel bag, or even a travelcase with wheels - as long as it's not too big and can easily be stored in buses, taxis, under seats, etc. A small daypack or a day bag is useful during the day or for activities to carry water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat and other items. Keep in mind that you will have to carry your own luggage on and off of buses and up and down hotel staircases. Remember that wheels may not work well on dirt, sand or cobblestone streets. Back to Top
- What should I bring?
Brazil has warm weather almost all year around and it can get very hot and humid, especially during the summer months (December to February). In general, the climate is hot and tropical during the day so light clothes are recommended. Here are a few suggestions on what to bring: long trousers, shorts, skirts, tops, t-shirts and shirts, long sleeve tops, a few warm jerseys or fleece tops, tennis shoes, sandals or sport sandals, flip flops, raincoat or plastic poncho, small towel, swimming gear, sun hat or cap, sun glasses, watch or alarm clock, money-belt, sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, toiletries, and first-aid items such as Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets, rehydration powder sachets, and any personal medications that you may be taking. Optional items: cover for backpacks, small flash light, and binoculars. You might also want to bring second hand clothes, small toys or other gifts to give away/donate (on route).
For going out in the evenings, casual dress is acceptable almost everywhere you go. São Paulo and certain places in Rio de Janeiro are the exceptions so you may wish to bring an appropriate pair of shoes especially for this. Brazilians love to dress up whenever they can.
Note that during our winter months (June to August) some places like the Pantanal, Iguassu Falls and São Paulo can get quite cold, particularly during the evenings, with temperatures between 7°C to 12°C. Sometimes the temperature can drop even lower than this. It is recommended to bring a few warm tops or a good jacket for these months. Click here to know more about the weather in Brazil. A warm top can also be useful on journeys in public buses which can be quite cold due to the air-conditioning, even in summer months. Back to Top
- Can I bring things to donate to the local people during my tour?
Anything that you can donate is appreciated, especially second hand clothes and small toys. Keep in mind that things like school supplies, food and toiletries can be bought locally which saves you bringing the excess weight over, plus it supports local businesses.
Here are a few suggestions on who you might like to donate to: cleaning staff at the guesthouses, kids and workers in small communities and remote places, day care center while doing a favela tour in Rio or a similar place or a school that you are able to visit during the tour, people working as street vendors, etc. We suggest donating to people with whom you have some sort of positive interaction during your tour. Back to Top
COMING TO BRAZIL
- Do I need a visa for Brazil and if so, can you help me to get one?
Visa requirements change frequently and are dependent upon your nationality. Brazil has a reciprocal visa system, so if your home country requires Brazilian na¬tionals to secure a visa, then you will need a visa to enter Brazil. At the time of writing American, Mexican, Canadian, Australian, Chinese and Japanese citizens need visas but citizens of the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Scandinavian and most European countries do not. The fee for visas is also reciprocal. Tourist visas are usually valid from the date you arrive in Brazil for a 90-day stay.
LUSH Pathways is unable to arrange visas on your behalf. If you do need a visa you can arrange it yourself through your local Brazilian consulate or embassy or use the services of a travel agent or visa processing company.
On entering Brazil, all tourists must fill out a cartão de entrada/saída (entry/exit card); immigration officials will keep half and you keep the other half with the Brazilian stamp in your passport. Once you leave Brazil, the second half of the entry/exit card will be taken by immi¬gration officials. Make sure that you don't lose your card as your departure could be delayed until of¬ficials have checked your story and you may have to pay a fine.
Visas and entry cards are usually renewable for an additional 90 days at Brazil's Policia Fed¬eral (Federal Police) which have offices in the state capitals and border towns. You must apply before your entry/exit card or visa lapses.
Note that any information provided here is for reference only and should not be taken as official. The traveller understands and assumes full responsibility for checking with your local Brazilian embassy or consulate for the lat¬est information as visa regulations change from time to time.
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- What vaccinations will I need to visit Brazil?
The vaccination against yellow fever is recommended and should be taken at least 10 days prior to entry into Brazilian territory and remains effective for approximately 10 years. Depending on where you are coming from when you arrive in Brazil, you may be required to show an International Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate. If you have visited the following countries: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Venezuela you ARE required to have an International Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate to enter Brazil. To avoid unexpected problems upon your arrival in Brazil, we recommend that EVERYONE has the original International Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.
Malaria occurs in almost all South American countries and it is transmitted by mos¬quito bites, usually between dusk and dawn. There is no vaccine, so taking malaria tablets is recom¬mended if you intend to visit deep, forested regions in the Amazon and the Pantanal, in¬cluding the states of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Maran¬hão (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Pará (except Belém city), Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins, and for urban areas including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapá, Man¬aus, Santarém and Marabá. Transmission is greatest in remote jungle areas where min¬ing, lumbering and agriculture occurs and which have been settled for less than five years. Malaria risk is negligible outside of the states above. Travellers visit¬ing only the coastal states from Maran¬hão to the Uruguay border and Iguassu Falls do not need malaria tablets. Protecting yourself against mosquito bites by using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent bites is just as important as taking malaria pills as none of the pills are 100% effective and can have side effects. Dengue fever also occurs, especially after rain in densely populated areas. There is no vaccine and again, the best prevention is protecting yourself against mosquito bites.
It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the regions that you will be visiting from your physician or a specialist in a travel health clinic. Most vaccines don't produce immun¬ity until at least 2 weeks after they're given, so we recommend that you visit a physician 4 to 6 weeks before departure. There are a number of websites that contain excellent information related to travel health issues although these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional.
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- When is the best time of the year to go to Brazil?
Brazil's high season runs from December to March. This is our summer and it is a holiday time for Brazilians (school holidays run from mid-December to Febru¬ary). The country also fills up with foreign visitors as this is the most festive time in Brazil with Carnival happening around February or March. It is a great time to travel as you can get a closer look at the Brazilian culture. Prices for accommodation and tours increase at this time and you may face more crowds, especially at the beach.
Peak season is between Christmas and New Years when hotels, flights, and excursions can be booked out and you may experience a lot of traffic, flight delays and cancelations. We do not operate any tours at this time.
Brazil's low season corresponds with its winter to spring seasons, running from May to September - except for July, which is also a school holiday month. Low season is also a good time to visit Brazil with a much less crowded experience.
The weather may be a significant factor in your travel plans depending on where you go. Most parts of Brazil enjoy beautiful and moderate warm weather year around. The average winter temperatures ranges from 13°C to 18°C and summer temperatures are in the high 30s °C. Along the coast, summer is quite hot and can be very humid depending on the location.
The Amazon area (the North) is one of the world's rainiest places and rain occurs most frequently from January to May. The rest of the year the region still receives plenty of rain although showers tend to last only for an hour or two.
The Pantanal has its rainy season from October to March and the dry season is from mid-April to late September. The Pantanal and the Amazon are areas with high levels of humidity.
In the Northeast, between the states of Bahia and Maranhão, rains are more frequent from mid-April to mid-July. You will still encounter beautiful days travelling around the coast, with temperatures close to 29°C and a pleasant, tropical breeze and less humidity.
In the Southeast, the weather tends to be hot with rains occurring from December to March (summer months), occasionally causing floods and landslides. Rio de Janeiro generally has high levels of heat and humidity in summer, with temperatures close to 40°C. Frequent, short rain showers cool things off with most rain falling from October to January. Winter temperatures are around 23°C, with a mix of rainy and sunny days.
The South has the most extreme temperature changes in Brazil and during the winter months (June to August), the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná can have very low temperatures.
During winter months, places like Pantanal, Iguassu Falls and São Paulo can get quite cold, particularly during the evenings, with temperatures between 7°C to 12°C. Sometimes temperatures can drop even lower.
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- Is Brazil safe?
Fortunately Brazil's reputation for crime is worse than what it actually is. We believe that this is due to the international media showing only the bad news about not just Brazil, but most of the developing countries all around the globe. This ends up giving the wrong impression to foreigners who are unable to see the actual situation in the place itself and limits travelling to those places. Fortunately there are a high number of people that have first-hand knowledge of Brazil and its realities other than those that are shown by the international media. Simply ask a friend who has been to Brazil for their opinion.
Dangers to travellers do exist although they are often exaggerated. It is neither necessary nor helpful to became paranoid. Remember that by using common sense and taking general precautions as you would do when travelling to any other country or even at home, you can reduce the risks and have a very enjoyable and safe visit to Brazil. Back to Top