Here's a quick reminder of things you should do before
you leave for an extended trip.
If you take prescription medication, be sure you have
enough for the trip
Check with your health care provider regarding coverage
Stop routine services such as mail, trash collection,
Pack lightly. Even in the night, Brazilians are very
informal on way of dressing. Prefer clothes that can
be dried easily.
Leave your jewelry at home. Remember you are going to
ecologic destination. You will not need them.
To avoid problems on customs, keep medications in their
original labeled containers.
Make sure you have luggage tags for each suitcase.
Leave a copy of your itinerary with your family in case
they need to reach you
Check to see that no important bills are due while you're
Lock windows, doors and set alarm system
If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, it's a good
idea to have an extra pair
Be sure you have enough money, travelers check, and
a valid credit card
Note the limit on your credit card(s)
FROM HOME: Don’t Forget
Valid Passport - check if you need a visa
2 pairs of comfortable shoes
Battery-operated travel alarm clock
Camera and films
Happiness and good humor
IN BRAZIL: Don’t forget
- Let the Brazilian happiness contaminate you
- Ask for a right window seat leaving from Rio
- Listen the Brazilian music
- Learn how to dance local music
- Try not to look too tourist…
The Brazilians are very relaxed, informal and warm.
Some foreign people may feel invaded sometimes. However,
let you to be contaminated by the receptiveness, good
humor and rhythm of the Brazilian people. It is contagious…
Leaving Rio de Janeiro from Santos Dumont Airport, ask
for a right window seat. This view from the Wonderful
City inspired the musician Antonio Carlos Jobim to make
the famous music "Samba do Avião". You'll understand
The Brazilian music is very diversified and happy. It
is a good soundtrack to make your trip even better.
If the Lambada, the Forró and Samba seem too sexy for
you to dance, try to leave any kind of shy you have
in your own country and ask someone to teach you how
to dance. People are always happy to teach you how to
dance and this is quite normal to us…
Try not to look too tourist… People using huge cameras,
jewelry and acting like being lost attract the pickpockets.
Like everywhere, avoid empty places in big cities. Remember
the slogan: don't be a tourist, be a traveler…
SHOPPING: Don´t forget
- Jewels with Topazio and Água Marinha
- Bikinis in Rio
- Handmade lacework in Northeast
- Wood products in Amazonia
- Brazilian CD's
Shopping in a foreign country can be a wonderful experience.
Brazil offers some great opportunities for shopping,
especially on handmade products, jewelry, clothes and
shoes. You may get terrific bargains.
Biosfera Brasil does not recommend nor guarantee any
particular shops or merchants, even though the bus stopped
there and the tour escort may have given their own personal
For women, try not to be ashamed and don't forget to
buy the world famous bikinis from Rio. They are very
sexy and have good quality. For men, you find good shoes
and inexpensive suits.
Brazilian precious stones are also very famous. Look
for the Brazilian yellow Topazio and the blue "Agua
Marinha". The jewels with these stones are very beautiful
and normally sold in good prices.
The northeast is the paradise of handmade lacework.
In Amazon, you can find all kinds of wood products made
by local Indians communities. Beautiful and cheap…
Brazilian music is worldly famous. Some of our suggestions
- Os Tribalistas
- Daniela Mercury
- Zeca Pagodinho
- Tom Jobim
- O melhor da Casa de Samba
- Cidade Negra
COUSINE and DRINKS: Don´t
forget to eat… and drink…
- Queijo coalho
- Local fruits
- Guaraná Soda
- Cocoa juice
The most traditional dish of Brazilian cousine is the
Feijoada. Created during the slavery period, the Feijoada
is made with black beans and pork meat, because the
slaves owners did not use to eat these products. Accompanied
with rice, farofa (manioc flour), slices of orange,
and stir-fried cabbage, it's a meal by itself. It may
not look nice, but it is really delicious.
The Pão-de-queijo (cheese bread) is a treasury of Cousine
Mineira. It's a bread made with local cheese, crisp
outside and soft inside; this bread is already being
exported to US and other countries.
Picanha is the noble part of cow meat in Brazilian cut.
Very soft and juice, this part is anxiously waited in
The Queijo Coalho is a delicious raw king of cheese
served in every beach in Brazil, after being cooked
in small cans.
Bahia's most famous snack is the Acarajé, a fried biscuit
made of beans, stuffed with shrimps, tomato and okra
pasta. You will look for the recipe…
The moqueca is a rich stew made with fresh fish or seafood,
coconut milk, spicy peppers and flavored with the oil
from a dendê palm, which gives this dish its characteristic
red color. Wonderful!!!!
Brazil offers a huge number of different fruits. Some
you will never find abroad. Try the Siriguela, the Graviola
Almost everyone has heard of Brazil's most famous cocktail,
the caipirinha. Made with a squeezed lime, sugar, ice,
and cachaça (rumlike hard liquor made from sugar cane).
You'll also find caipirinhas made with kiwi, maracujá
(passion fruit), strawberry and coconut. Visit Brazil
and not try one, is like going to Mexico and don't drink
Brazil's tradicional beverage is the Guaraná, a sparkling
ginger ale-like drink made with Amazonian Guaraná berries.