Brazil for Bunnies – How to Experience Life and Culture in Brazil
The exploration of the Amazon rainforest is almost always a part of the itinerary when going to Brazil, but the country has a lot more to offer. Brazil is brimming with life and culture, from its festivals where it becomes almost irresistible to dance to the beat to cities and architecture that seem untouched by the passage of time. There is always a reason to come back for more.
Brazil Travel 101
With all the stuff happening in Brazil, it is a wonder that accommodation is very affordable. Staying in a hostel dorm room can set someone back for only 15 to 30 BRL. A private room with a a comfortable bed is a little more than 40 BRL, while a family room in a budget hotel is about 70 to 100 BRL. A homestay room costs 30 to 50 BRL.
A meal with a few courses and a beverage in a local restaurant can add up to 14 BRL. Travellers not staying in Rio can eat for 35 BRL in a simple but nicely decorated restaurant. Weekly groceries, on the other hand, can amount to 103 BRL. Travel costs are equally cheap. Travelling by bus can cost about 10 BRL for every hour. Travelling by train is perfect for tourists as a steam train can take them through a scenic route from Sao Jao del Rei to Tiradantes, or back.
Travelling on a Budget
The peak season carries inflated prices with it, so when on a budget, tourists should not come to Brazil during Rio Carnival when prices are three times the usual, or from December to March where a swarm of tourists are in the country to escape winter. As taxi drivers often refuse to drive tourists around using a meter, it is advisable to agree on a price with the driver before getting in the cab, or take the bus otherwise.
What to Do in Brazil
Begin the Amazon exploration with a tour of the Amazonia National Park which covers 40 % of the country’s landmass. Trekking, kayaking, river tours, hiking, and birdwatching are just a few activities in the park. Of course there is the Rio Carnival celebration that beckons thousands of tourists every year. Visitors can stay in Rio de Janiero and climb up to the Corcovado to see Christ the Redeemer, visit museums after they have come down, and finally party along the beach in the night. Other things that visitors can do or see in Brazil include:
- Dancing Capoeira
- The Manaus Opera House
- The Manaus Municipal Market
- Salvador or the “capital of happiness”
- Brasilia, known for its modernist architecture
Visitors who crave for wildlife watching should include The Pantanal in the itinerary as it holds the largest wetlands in the world and houses 11,000 animal species. What is a Brazil tour without a visit to the beautifuil beaches of Reclife. There is no better way to spend your nights than spending it in Sao Paulo, which is a city that boasts of its world class nightlife, food, and, of course, music. Brazil is a very lively and tourist-friendly country, and many who came to the country have thought of coming back for more adventures in the rainforest, the cities, the beaches, and the night life.