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Brazilian Culture: Travel

An introductory guide to library and online resources for Brazilian Culture.

Guidebooks

Check out a travel guide from UIUC or a local public library. Search the online catalog for Brazil - Guidebooks or South America - Guidebooks.

Frommer's offers an online travel guide to Brazil.

Preparing to go

University of Illinois Study Abroad Office Before You Leave: If you're traveling through one of UIUC's study abroad programs, make sure you check this site out before you leave.

Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago Visa information: Citizens of certain countries need visas to enter Brazil, this website details the necessary procedures to obtain one. In English.

Brazilian Embassy Travel Tips : Great information about traveling within Brazil, banking, business hours, Carnival dates, customs, dress codes, electrical currents, telephones, weather, and more. In English.

Brazilian Tourism Portal: Official tourism website for Brazil. Includes tourism information by region of Brazil. In English.

Study Abroad resources from the Undergraduate Library

Travel within Brazil

Busses

Brazil has an extensive long-distance bus network. Major bus companies sell their tickets online in advance, but you can also buy your ticket at the local bus station. The national authority for land transportation offers a search engine for all available domestic bus lines.

Airlines

Traveling extensively within Brazil and/or South America? Consider buying an air pass from Tam or Gol before you go.

Trains

"The passenger rail network in Brazil is extremely limited and not a viable option for travelling around the country. There are, however, a number of scenic routes. Brazil has only 17,500 miles of railways compared to over one million miles of roads." Currently plans are underway for a high speed railway connecting Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.

Source: Travel Tips from Brazilian Embassy

Local Recommendations

Brazil has some Yelp.com equivalents for finding recommended activities, restaurants, etc. Check out: