Brasília and Recife, 220 volts AC; Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, 127 volts AC or 220 volts in larger hotels. Plugs are of the two-pin type. Most hotels provide 110-volt and 220-volt outlets, transformers and adaptors.
From the jungle calls of the Amazon to the curves of Copacabana’s thong-clad crowds, Brazil is a heady celebration of the big, the bold and the beautiful. Brazil’s vast coastline is fringed with sandy beaches and island getaways, while buzzing Rio de Janeiro and stylish São Paulo offer nightlife and culture galore – as well as an annual dose of Carnival fever.
With the World Cup due to take over Brazilian stadia in 2014, and the Olympics coming to Rio in 2016, the largest country in South America is gearing up to take centre stage – and whether strolling down orderly São Paulo streets, or kicking back in the spotless coastal resort of Buzios, it seems Brazil is confidently rising to the challenge.
Prices are steadily increasing, so even the simplest Brazilian holidays don’t come cheap. Crime does happen, especially in the cities, but those who keep their wits about them and avoid certain areas are highly likely to have an incident-free trip.
Last updated: 10 March 2014
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The football World Cup will be held in Brazil in 2014. for travelling fans.
There are some ongoing protests in a number of Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Recife and Belo Horizonte. There have been violent incidents and injuries. You should avoid all protests and demonstrations. Monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities.
If you’re a single parent or guardian travelling with a child, you may need additional documentation.
Levels of crime and violence are high, particularly in major cities. You should be particularly vigilant before and during the festive and Carnival periods. Bank card fraud is common.
155,548 British nationals visited Brazil in 2012. Most visits are trouble free.
There is an underlying threat from terrorism.
Drug trafficking is widespread in Brazil, and incurs severe penalties.
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