GMT - 3 hours
The climate is predominantly tropical with some variation according to the region. The average annual temperature is approximately 28ºC in the Northern region and 20ºC, in the South. Extreme temperatures are rare, but they may occur in winter, where some cities in the south of the country experience negative temperatures, with frost and snow. And in Rio de Janeiro, in the peak of summer, the temperature may reach the 40ºC mark. Typically, Summer is from December to March, Autumn is from March to June, Winter is from June to September, and Spring is from September to December.
The official language is Portuguese; the accent and the intonation, however, are very different from what one hears in Portugal and other former Portuguese colonies. English is widely spoken and understood in most tourist hotspots.
Electricity in Brazil is mainly 110 volts but some places are 220 volts. Plug type N & C work at most places. Some accommodations can have adapters, although we recommend bringing your own if possible.
A delectable spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is served at all the lodges. Pure vegetarian and other special food requests are taken care of on prior information. If you are allergic to any food items, kindly inform at the time of the booking.
During the summer season (Dec-Mar), we recommend light cotton tops, shorts or trousers, hats and sunglasses. In the winter months, temperatures may drop dramatically in the southern part of the country, so please pack warm clothing. Mid July to early August are the coldest months but since we use open jeeps for safaris, mornings and evenings can be quite chilly, sometimes even up to September end. Practical colors to wear to the national parks are khaki, beige and white in all seasons. Please avoid bright and flashy clothing and strong perfumes/deodorant. It is advisable not to wear sandals or shorts during nature walks. Here are some of our packing suggestions:
For winters, pack extra:
You can arrive in Sao Paulo at any time on the first day of the trip. Return Journey needs to be planned from Foz do Iguacu airport on Day 11 of the trip.
It will help for you all to carry some easy to access medicine on the trip, for headaches, diarrhea, constipation, and some re-hydration. powders like Electral etc.
Internet may not be reliable at all times as breakdowns take time to fix as the lodges are remotely located. Expect Rio De Janeiro and Iguassu Falls accommodations to have good wi-fi connections.
This journey can be offered for 2 people as well as a larger group not exceeding 15 people.
In most of the main cities, most hotels, restaurants and shops will accept international credit cards (traveler checks are acceptable but not so often as credit cards). ATMs are easily found in major cities. Feel free to ask your arrival guide to help you locate an ATM for obtaining local currency; he or she will be glad to help. We recommend to not go out carrying lots amounts of cash. Most establishments in main cities should accept credit cards. Some destinations, as remote jungle lodges, may not accept credit cards so its advisable to keep some cash handy when you are travelling to the interiors.
Tipping is not that common in Brazil, and you should do what you feel comfortable with. If you would like to give a tip, tipping is usually done at the end of a stay in a specific area or region, when all services are completed, not on a day-to-day basis. In case you are at a lodge, you can search for a tipping box at the reception, or during check-out you can request for an envelope. These are usually designated to the lodge staff at the kitchen, room maids, maintenance, and so on. Therefore, if you wish, you can tip your guide in person.