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How to Plan a Trip to Brazil: Frequently Asked Questions

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Praia do Forte in Brazil.

Captivating and colorful define Brazil, and emerge through a combination of exceptional culture, enticing rhythm, breathtaking wildlife, and unforgettable experiences, with the following information providing insight into the most common questions travelers ask before traveling to the country.

From white-sand beaches to bustling metropolises, legendary landscapes and stunning ecosystems, you can lounge on the coastline or search for scarlet macaws, find pink dolphins or embrace endless floodplains as you uncover the known and hidden treasures of Brazil.

Whether looking for adventure or eager to celebrate the pleasures of daily life, find colonial architecture or embrace the scope of the country, you can find the right experiences for your style of travel on your trip to Brazil.

  1. What should I do when visiting Brazil?
  2. How many days is enough to see Brazil?
  3. When is the best time to visit Brazil?
  4. How far in advance should I plan a trip to Brazil?
  5. Is Brazil safe for travel?
  6. Can Zicasso help me with travel insurance?
  7. What are the best airports to fly in and out of Brazil?
  8. Can Zicasso help me with flights?
  9. Ready to Plan Your Brazil Trip?

What should I do when visiting Brazil?

São Paulo, Brazil.

São Paulo, Brazil.

Alongside our Brazil travel specialists, we have compiled suggestions for the must-see places to visit and a list of things to do when on a trip to Brazil. Every custom Zicasso tour designs your trip around your goals, needs, preferences, and desires, but the following list is a brief guideline of the highlights you can consider when planning your trip.

Rio de Janeiro  | Foz do Iguaçu | Pantanal | The Amazon | São Paulo | Salvador de Bahia | Lençóis Maranhenses | Fernando de Noronha

  • Discover the magnitude of the renowned Christ the Redeemer statue and the views from Tijuca National Park
  • Embrace the stunning beaches of Salvador de Bahia by relaxing on the soft white sand of the city famous for its Afro-Brazilian community
  • Revel in the power and prestige of the remarkable Iguaçu Falls that open the dense rainforest canopy
  • Venture into the tailored trails around the Amazon jungle with a guided trek in search of stunning birdlife and wildlife, set beneath and among the trees
  • Explore the world’s largest wetland to find signs of dense wildlife for an experience unlike any other in Brazil or the world
  • Travel the quiet archipelago of Fernando de Noronha to enjoy the waters and islands at your pace
  • Trek the stunning white-sand desert of Lencois Maranhenses, where you can uncover clear lagoons or bask in the remote grandeur of hidden luxury hotels
  • Wander through a mixture of grandeur and charm when touring the architecture of São Paulo
  • Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal on a boat in search of storks, alligators, or stunning flora
  • Horseback ride along the shorter beaches or inland trails of Fernando de Noronha for a different view of the enticing coastline and landscape
  • Visit the famous highlights of Rio de Janeiro, like Copacabana beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Uncover the stunning layers of art and tradition on display across the museums, galleries, and distinctive neighborhoods of São Paulo
  • Meet local communities and learn about the combination of heritage and biodiversity when touring the Amazon

How many days is enough to see Brazil?

Couple in Furnas Canyon in Brazil.

Furnas Canyon, Brazil.

Between 18 and 21 days is the perfect amount of time for a Brazil trip. Brazil is a very large country and many visitors often underestimate how long it takes to travel between destinations. Three weeks gives you enough time to visit the main points of the entire country so you can experience and discover the highlights, have a good impression of what the heritage, ecosystems, and history of Brazil mean, what traveling in the country offers, and embrace an enticing combination of culture, nature, wildlife, beach, and still have time to explore at your own pace for your perfect trip.

When is the best time to visit Brazil?

Victoria regias and sunset in Pantanal, Brazil.

Pantanal, Brazil.

May to June and again from September to October are great months for visiting Brazil. May to June is the fall and edge into the Southern Hemisphere’s winter, which can still provide nice beach weather in destinations like Rio de Janeiro or allow you to visit places like the Amazon or the Pantana. September and October are mainly Brazil’s spring and are generally great months for warm days on the beach, drier weather in the Amazon, and open flood plains along the Pantanal. By visiting during these months, you have the best opportunity to explore ecosystems and weather influenced by the Tropic of Capricorn in the south and the Equator in the north.

How far in advance should I plan a trip to Brazil?

Ouro Preto City in Brazil.

Ouro Preto, Brazil.

The success of your Brazil trip depends on the experiences you want to have and the destinations you want to visit, and by planning your trip six months in advance you have the best opportunity to book the accommodations and tours you want to create the travel experience you prefer. Whether eager to stay at a four-star hotel with an ocean view or book a secluded luxury lodge in an off-the-beaten-path desert location, six months in advance, especially if traveling during high season, will give you enough time to make sure the trip you always wanted comes to life.

Is Brazil safe for travel?

View of The Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Brazil is very safe for travelers. Unsafe conditions in Brazil are rarely, if ever, associated with tourist experiences, but can be associated with areas such as favelas or metro districts that travelers do not visit. As with the majority of popular international cities, pickpocketing and petty theft can occur. As long as you keep an eye on your belongings, you will not jeopardize your safety and will keep your property safe.

Can Zicasso help me with travel insurance?

Tucan in the Rainforest in Brazil.

Rainforest in Brazil.

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

What are the best airports to fly in and out of Brazil?

View of São Paulo City, Brazil.

São Paulo, Brazil.

The most convenient route for most travelers is to fly into Rio de Janeiro and out of São Paulo, or vice versa. Arriving in one city and departing from another takes away your need to return to the city of your arrival and spend valuable time en route instead of enjoying your trip. The busiest airports in Brazil are:

  • Guarulhos International Airport, São Paulo (GRU)
  • Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport, Brasilia (BSB)
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, Rio de Janeiro/Galeão (GIG)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Aerial view of Iguazu Falls in Brazil.

Iguazu Falls, Brazil.

Zicasso Flights is an international air-ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Ready to Plan Your Brazil Trip?

Mother and baby Golden Lion Tamarins in Brazil.


Brazil can immerse you deep in the untamed wilderness, allow you to uncover paradisiacal coastline, or immerse you in rhythmic daily life, with each new experience celebrating the country’s rare diversity. From folklore to delicious cuisine, colonial towns to breathtaking wildlife, you can uncover the wonders of local culture and the untouched splendor that sweeps across rainforests and the country’s palm-studded coastline. Our sample itineraries can help inspire the right trip for you with our Brazil Tours & Vacation. Speak with a Brazil travel specialist free by filling out a Trip Request or by calling 1-888-265-9707.

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