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Things you need to know before visiting Brazil


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Are you planning to visit Brazil? This lesson is for you!


In this post, I will share some helpful information to help you prepare to travel to Brazil and understand what to expect when you get there.


1. Brazilians do not speak English or Spanish



Very few Brazilians speak any language other than Portuguese. So, if you are planning to go to Brazil, I recommend that you start studying Portuguese now! Unless you only want to stay in the more touristy areas where you will have a better chance of finding people who speak English.


2. It can get very cold in winter.



Do you imagine Brazil is a paradisiacal place with lots of sunlight all the time? I'm sorry to say it's not always like that!


If you are planning to go to Brazil between June and August, remember that these are winter months in the Southern Hemisphere. Some states in the southeast and south of Brazil can get very cold!


3. Don't drink tap water



Theoretically, tap water in almost all of Brazil is considered potable, but no Brazilian has the courage to drink unfiltered water. I recommend that you do not drink water directly from the tap.


You can use tap water for cooking and washing your hands. You can take a shower without fear. But drinking the water? I recommend that you don't.


4. Brazilians are not in the habit of tipping



In the United States, it is common to tip 20% when you receive any type of service. This is not usual in Brazil.


In Brazil, it is common to tip a little in restaurants and hotels. Other than that, it's unusual. Some restaurants include a 10% service charge on the bill. You are not required to pay this fee, but most people do.


5. The power outlet in Brazil is very different



It sounds silly, but this sort of thing catches us off guard. In Brazil, we use a type N outlet and power plug with three round pins. I recommend you bring an adapter with you on your trip, or you won't be able to charge your electronics.


Also, be aware that each city has a different voltage. Some cities have 110 volts, others 220. So, if you’re not sure, ask before plugging in your electronics.


6. Brazil can be a dangerous place



I don't like to say that Brazil is dangerous because I don't want to feed this stereotype. Brazil is not as dangerous as some people think or some movies show.


On the other hand, some tourists are very careless in Brazil. That's why I think it's important to talk about this topic. Whenever you travel to a foreign country, it is important to research which places are safe to visit and how to behave in that country.


That's it, everyone!


Até a próxima!


Your teacher,


Virginia

 

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