Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region. It is the worlds fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population. It is the largest Lusophone country in the world, and the only one in the Americas.
Natural areas are Brazils most popular tourism product, a combination of ecotourism with leisure and recreation, mainly sun and beach, and adventure travel, as well as cultural tourism. Among the most popular destinations are the Amazon Rainforest, beaches and dunes in the Northeast Region, the Pantanal in the Center-West Region, beaches at Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina, cultural tourism in Minas Gerais and business trips to Sao Paulo city.
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The climate is mostly tropical. It has good, hot and humid weather almost all year round. The seasons are inverted with regard to Europe, as the country is in the southern hemisphere. Summer begins in December and finishes in March. At this time, the temperatures vary between 30 and 40 C. In winter, the thermometer reads from 15 to 25 C in Rio. In Salvador, the winter and summer temperatures are very close. There is slight rainfall from June to August. If you choose Amazonia, the best time to visit is from June to July. Rain, heat, and humidity are less heavy, and the river is at its highest.
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Brazil spans four time zones: Rio and Sao Paulo: GMT -2 (GMT -3 April to October); Brasilia and Belm: GMT -3 (GMT -2 October to March); GMT -4 in the West.
Brazilian Real (BRL).
UK passport holders do not require a visa for either business or holiday travel for stays of up to 90 days. A valid passport is required. Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are recommended for all travellers.
There are flights to Brazils Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International, Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International and Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International from the UK. There are few direct flights to Brazil from the UK, but connections through Lisbon offer a wider range of choices. The flight from London takes approximately 10 or 11 hours, depending on layovers.
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