If you are thinking about travel to Brazil, you might want to research some information first. Here are 10 things you should know before visiting this country.
- English isn’t spoken widely
Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking country in South America. If you visit Brazil after traveling to other places like Southeast Asia or Western Europe, you might get a little shocked. Communicating in English is not easy here and you will have to make an effort to learn some Portuguese, and body language also. Not many Brazilians speak English, especially outside Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo.
- Religion plays an important part of Brazil’s culture
If Buddhism is a significant aspect of culture in countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, Christianity is an important part of Brazil’s culture. Remember that over 80% of the population in Brazil belongs to the Roman Catholic church. This is their culture and it should be respected like any religions throughout other parts of the world.
- The juice bars are amazing
Brazilians are experts in the creation of tasty fruit drinks, or sucos, maybe because they’re surrounded by so many varieties of exotic fruits such as caju, camu-camu, pitanga. It seems that every street in Rio has a juice bar. Brazilian juice is a great kind of drinks on a hot day. It’s subtle, not overly sweet, a kind of natural squirt.
The Brazilian banana is the tastiest in the world and it makes for super savory drinks.
- Brazil is an outdoor world
As a tropical land, Brazil is a place to be outside with the sidewalk cafes of Rio, backyard barbecues, beaches up and down the long coast, and the wild interior. Brazilians have the world-class natural environments to play in, beaches, jungles, waterfalls.
The Pantanal, one of the largest wetlands in the world, is located in southwestern Brazil. It’s home to a thousand species of birds and hundreds of different mammals.
- The Subway Features Women-Only Carriages
Subways in the main cities in Brazil offer carriages for women only during the peak hours from 6 a.m to 9 a.m and 5 p.m to 8 p.m from Monday to Friday. If men enter these carriages, they may be imposed a fine on as much as R$1,000 ($320USD). Outside the peak hours, men are permitted to use these carriages also.