Portuguese is the official language in Brazil. English is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and larger shops.

Passport and Visas:

A full valid EU passport is required. We recommend that it's valid for at least 6 months after you return to the UK. No visa is required for British citizens.

Voltage & Electricity:

110/220v 60HzHz. Either European plugs with two circular metal pins, American style plug with two flat blades above a circular grounding pin or Japanese style plugs with two parallel flat blades are used.

Events & Festivals:

•   February/March: Carnival. Celebrated all over Brazil but most famously in Salvador and Rio.
•   February/March: Parade of Champions. At the end of the week following the Carnival the leading samba schools of Brazil parade through the streets of Rio.
•   December: National Samba Day. A huge musical party celebrating the national dance of Brazil.


Most restaurants levy a 10% service charge automatically. However, if service has been good you should give the waiter an additional 5 %. Taxi drivers should be tipped

approximately 10% of the fare. Porters expect one USD for 2 suitcases.