Travel to Brazil
Since daring Portuguese adventurers mapped the Brazilian coastline in search of Eldorado, travelers from all over the world are attracted to this vast country. The expectant explorers were disappointed when the mighty continent was not flooded with flour, gold and honey. But the rest of us today can enjoy a paradise of nature with rushing waterfalls, endless jungles, mighty rivers and beautiful, white sandy beaches.
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Population: 204 million
the capital Brasilia was built in just 41 months?
São Paulo is South America’s largest city in terms of population? There are about 10 million people living in the big city – and almost 21 million in the entire metropolitan region – which is otherwise known for its many skyscrapers.
Geography of Brazil
Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country and covers almost half of the South American continent. Most of Brazil is relatively flat, but otherwise it is a country with an incredible variety. About half of the country is covered by forest. Among other things, it is found along the coasts and in the Amazon’s large rainforest areas, which, however, are disappearing at a furious pace due to the rest of the world’s demand for rainforest mahogany, walnut wood and acacia wood. In the far north and in the highlands to the southeast there is tropical savannah, and the southern regions are characterized by subtropical grasslands. In western Brazil, close to the border with Paraguay and Bolivia, is the world’s largest wetland, the Pantanal, with countless small rivers and a huge variety of aquatic plants.
Religion and population in Brazil
With its 206 million inhabitants, Brazil has the world’s fifth largest population. Most Brazilians belong to the Roman Catholic Church, but some also profess Native American religions, remnants of African cults and spiritualism. The majority of the population are descendants of Portuguese colonizers or come from other European countries. The second largest population group is of African origin, and in addition there are mixtures of Africans, Europeans and Indians. Quite a few Indians, about 200,000 in total, live deep in the jungles of central Brazil.
The history of Brazil
In the 15th century, when the first Europeans began to arrive in South America, relatively few Indians lived scattered over the vast land. The Brazilian Indians had not reached the same level as, for example, the Maya and Inca Indians, and lived primitively with agriculture, river fishing and hunting. The Portuguese colonization of Brazil began in 1531, and soon many slaves from Africa began to be brought here when the native Indians could not cover the Portuguese’s need for slaves in the country’s diamond and gold mines and out on the farmland. Cotton and sugar were grown here, which were shipped to Portugal and sold in the rest of Europe.
Passport and visa Brazil
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after returning from Brazil. Swedish citizens do not need a visa to Brazil for stays of 90 days, but on some of our trips you must send a copy of the photo page in your passport. This is stated in your invoice.
Get more information about vaccinations in connection with trips to Brazil.
There is a risk of infection with Zika virus in Brazil. The virus is transmitted via the same mosquito that can be infected with dengue fever and yellow fever. There are no vaccinations or preventative medicines against zika virus. Bare skin should therefore be protected with mosquito spray. The disease is very similar to a mild flu and is only serious for pregnant women. If you are pregnant and infected with zika virus, there is a great risk of birth defects, among other things, the fetal brain does not develop properly. Therefore, we do not recommend traveling to Brazil if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
If you are traveling from Brazil to Argentina at the Iguazú cases, you may be asked to present a vaccination card proving that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever. For it to be valid, the vaccination must have been carried out at least ten days before arrival. The recommendation so far has been that a refill dose is required after ten years when staying in areas where the disease is present. The World Health Organization (WHO) has now determined that a dose provides lifelong protection.
In the Minas Geraias region north of Rio, there is an epidemic of yellow fever and we therefore recommend that all travelers to Brazil be vaccinated.
It has been observed that older people sometimes have a tendency to have more severe side effects and therefore one should be careful about vaccinating the elderly.
If you do not want to be vaccinated against yellow fever because of this, you should ask a doctor or the clinic where you are vaccinated to write in the vaccination card that you have not been vaccinated against yellow fever for medical reasons. This is accepted by the immigration authorities.
There is malaria throughout the Amazon region, and it is recommended that malaria prevention medication be taken while traveling in this area. You must also be very careful and prevent mosquito bites (mosquito spray with DEET or AUTAN, use of impregnated mosquito net or stay in hotels with air conditioning). The malaria mosquito only stings when it has become dark.
Dengue fever Dengue
fever occurs throughout Brazil, including in the cities. There is no vaccine or preventative medicine for dengue fever and you should be careful to protect yourself against mosquito bites with mosquito spray with DEET or AUTAN. The dengue mosquito usually sticks around sunset and sunrise.
Climate and weather Brazil
Read about the climate and weather in Brazil – see for example temperatures for the capital Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro on the southeast coast and Manaus in the Amazon.
|Rio de Janeiro|
According to bridgat, the climate in Brazil varies due to its large surface area, but it is mostly tropical. In the northern regions is the Amazon rainforest, here the weather changes with the rainfall. The average temperature is about 25 ºC. Significantly less rain falls in the northeast and in some areas desert-like climates occur. The central parts of the country are located at a higher altitude than the Amazons and have a savannah climate with more seasonal rainfall. To the south, the climate is temperate with four seasonal variations – spring / summer / autumn / winter.