Frequently Asked Questions, travel information about Brazil
- What does approachingBrazil offer?
approachingBrazil specializes in private holiday, tailor made, honeymoons, sports travel and group travel to Brazil. This means that we organize the whole trip for you: accommodation, tours and transfers, giving you the freedom and independence you want. Although we do not sell flights, because our customers organize their own international flights or want to use air miles, we can advise you as to the best routes and airlines to choose from. Our idea is to take the stress out of organizing your vacation so your arrival in Brazil is easier. We will provide you with all travel information about Brazil
- Weather in Brazil
The climate in Brazil varies from hot and dry in the Midwest to the tropical humidity of the Amazon rainforest. The coast of Brazil is usually hot and humid all year but it can be cold in the South and in the mountains during the winter months. The rainy season occur from January to April in the north, April and July in the northeast, and June to August in the area of Rio de Janeiro/São Paulo. The seasons are the exact opposite of those in Europe and the United States. Brazil has different climatic zones: in the Amazon region the average temperature is 27 °C, in the Northeast temperatures can exceed 40 degrees, in the South, near Uruguay, average temperatures are 17-19ºc. In Rio de Janeiro, during the summer, temperatures can reach 40 degrees or more, which often coincides with the carnival. Do not mind to request us any travel information about Brazil.
- What payment methods can I use?
In approachingBrazil you can pay your booking by credit card or by bank transfer. Our secure servers accept all credit cards. The payment information is protected using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) that guarantees the confidentiality of payment data by encrypting information.
- How will I receive my travel documents?
A month before traveling, we will send you a complete dossier with all your travel documents via email with all travel information about Brazil.
- Can I cancel or modify a travel reservation? What expenses can generate the cancellation or modification of the trip?
At all times the user or consumer may cancel the services requested, and be entitled to a refund of the amounts paid, whether it is the total price or a down payment, but the consumer shall indemnify approachingBrazil for the items listed below : 1) 65,00 euros (VAT included) per person for administration costs plus cancellation fees, if any. 2) As we do nonrefundable deposits to hotels and service providers for the reservation, we are forced to charge cancellation fees. The cancellation penalties schedule is as follows, subject to change: A penalty consisting of 50% of the total trip if the withdrawal occurs at 150 days before the start of the trip, 75% within 120 days prior to the departure, and 100% within pre-departure 90 days. If the client doesn’t show up at the scheduled departure, will not be entitled to any refund of the amount paid, unless otherwise agreed between the parties. In the event that any of the hired and annulled services is subject to special recruitment economic conditions, such as chartering of aircraft, ships, unique ground services, special airfares, etc., cancellation fees for withdrawal shall be determined in accordance with the conditions agreed by both parties. And since our programs include services subject to special economic conditions, we recommend you consult these special conditions. If you foresee the possibility of having to cancel your trip, we recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. You can buy it with approachingBrazil, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not mind to request us any travel information about Brazil.
- Is it advisable to take travel insurance?
It is advisable to purchase travel insurance. Better to be covered for any eventuality that may arise during your trip. You can buy it with approachingBrazil, just email us at email@example.com.
- What kind of travel insurance is right for me?
Please ask us about it. Do not mind to request us any travel information about Brazil.
- Is it mandatory to purchase health travel insurance?
It is advisable to take health travel insurance. Better to be covered for any eventuality that may arise during your trip. To become ill or have an accident outside your country is not a pleasant situation. Therefore we recommend that you always carry health coverage during your trip. You can buy it with approachingBrazil, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When I can hire my insurance?
You can hire it with approachingBrazil when making the booking of your trip, just email us at email@example.com.
- What expiry date must my passport have to travel to Brazil?
The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond stay in Brazil.
- Do I need a visa to go to Brazil?
U.S.A.: A visa it is required if traveling to Brazil. And original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay in Brazil, and with at least one blank passport page available for Brazilian visa stamp; together with air ticket return (the return date must already confirmed). U.K.: British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as a tourist. You must satisfy the Brazilian immigration authority of your intended purpose of visit. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you have enough money for the duration of your stay, and provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return travel. Make sure your passport is stamped. If it is not, you may be fined on departure. Keep your immigration landing card. You’ll need it when you leave. If you lose it you may be fined. European Union Citizens, Albania, Andorra, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland: Valid passport, no visa is needed traveling as a tourist up to 90 days. Anyway we suggest you check with the consulate of Brazil for your place of residence for updated information. Do not mind to request us any travel information about Brazil.
- Arriving in Brazil
Upon arrival, all visitors must complete a ‘cartão de entrada/saida’ (entrance/exit card). Immigration officials retain half of the card, and you must keep the other part during your stay in Brazil, as you will have to hand it over to immigration officials at your exit of the country.
- Do I need any vaccinations?
Mandatory: Brazil requires the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis for entry into the country only in the case of coming from one of the countries considered at risk of yellow fever transmission in the 90 days before travel to Brazil. It is recommended that if you want to visit the Amazon, Pantanal or Northeast, to get vaccinated against yellow fever and take precautions against malaria. Also we recommend vaccines against hepatitis, which offer more security against possible infections, especially in regions like the above. You will get all the travel information about Brazil from us
- Where should I go upon arriving at the airport of destination?
It will depend if you’ve hired a guide or decided to rent a car. In the first case, the driver will meet you at the airport to which you arrive.
- What do I do if the transfer booked to go from airport to hotel or vice versa has not arrived? / Where can I contact if the transfer does not come to collect me?
You can contact approachingBrazil via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone. We will provide you with all travel information about Brazil and your trip asap you book with us.
- Where I can make a claim?
For any claims please contact us by telephone on or by email at email@example.com.
- Language in Brazil
The language of Brazil is Portuguese. Spanish is also widely spoken or understood. English is not spoken out of the best hotels and major tourist attractions.
- What currency is used in Brazil?
Since the Brazilian currency, the Real, is unlisted overseas, you must bring U.S. dollars or Euros for exchange to arrive in the country. Overall, ATMs work well with credit cards. There are usually no problems paying with credit cards in most shops, hotels and restaurants. However it should be noted that in some regions of Brazil they only accept cash, and you can not use debit or credit cards. Therefore we suggest buying all activities through approachingBrazil prior to your departure in order to make your vacation more relaxing.
- What is the system of weights and measures?
The metric system, as in continental Europe.
- What type of electricity is used in Brazil?
The voltage varies in Brazil between regions. Even some houses have lines with different voltages. In Sao Paulo and Rio is usually 110v, and in some areas there is no electricity. In Brazil electricity is 60 cycles, so many European appliances do not work.
- How is the telephone and Wi-Fi service?
The quality of telephone service is good. Prices vary widely depending on the company and the plan you choose to use. To make calls to mobile, if the recipient is in a different city, the caller must dial the prefix of the corresponding city. However, consider that some areas of the country are remote and do not have any coverage. Same applies for Wi-Fi service. We suggest checking with us prior to booking. We will provide you with all travel information about Brazil and your trip as soon as you book with us.
- How I can get the latest news from approachingBrazil?
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- I am a professional photographer and would like to promote my pictures on your website, how I can do it?
approachingBrazil is looking for new images to improve its website. We love to promote all artists such as photographers, painters and musicians who can help us showcase the treasures of Brazil and its different environments. Our main mission is for approachingBrazil to show the world the natural beauties of Brazil, customs and cultures. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How do I request an invoice?
If you have already completed and paid your reservation please send us an e-mail requesting an invoice of your purchase. To do this you must provide your booking reservation details, and information to make the invoice (name, CIF / NIF and address).
- What should I take into account when paying by bank transfer?
If paying by bank transfer it is your responsibility to send us by fax or e-mail, a copy of the receipt of such operation. Without proof of payment approachingBrazil will not proceed to booking the trip, and will not issue any ticket or travel documents until the money is paid into our bank account, thereby running the risk that the reservation is canceled or the deadline for emission expires. The customer must ensure, and it is its sole responsibility that the money is credited to the accounts of approachingBrazil in the time and manner requested.