When to go
to pack before you go…. it will serve to make your trip
easier and more fulfilling.
Passport and visa
US citizens traveling to Brazil need to obtain a
visa in advance. Brazil requires this of any country
requiring visas in advance for Brazilian citizens
(we believe this requirement should be lifted - on
both sides). Please see our
Visa Information page on how to acquire a visa
to enter Brazil.
A mixture of traveler's checks and cash is
best, with ATM and credit cards as backup sources of
money. You don't always get the best rate of
exchange with traveler's checks, but they are a way
of guarding against loss or theft of your money. For
further info, check our
Currency page and our
ATM Locator page.
Do not over pack. It is always wise to pack light;
those who overburden themselves with luggage regret
it later. Ecobrazil.com recommends that you bring no
more than one medium-sized suitcase and a carry-on.
In your carry-on, bring important documents, camera
and accessories, a one change of clothes and any
necessary items in case your luggage is lost or
delayed. We suggest that your carry-on be a backpack
that you can also bring into the field while on
tour. Don't forget to label all of your bags, both
inside and out.
What you wear will depend upon the nature of your
visit, the areas visited and the time of year. To
orient yourself to the seasons, please check our
When To Travel page. Casual clothing is the norm
for travelers. Suits and ties and skirts and dresses
are the norm for business relations (Note: wearing a
tie with a short-sleeved shirt may cause you to be
mistaken for a missionary!). Brazil usually follows
Europe as far as fashion goes. In the north of
Brazil (Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza et cetera)
clothing is rather casual. Always avoid flashy
jewelry or other displays of opulence; don't become
a target for crime.
- Cotton shirts are the best; linen and rayon are
also good fabric choices for the tropics. Bring
along light long-sleeved shirts for protection
against the sun and mosquitoes.
Lightweight cotton work pants, safari pants or jeans
are recommended. Shorts are fine for coastal areas,
beaches and for traveling, but are frowned upon in
churches and some museums.
- Bring two good pairs of hiking or walking shoes.
Expensive hiking boots are not necessary, but please
take precautions in selecting your walking boots if
you have weak ankles. Flip-flops or sandals are
great for going to the beach and for wearing around
Jackets, coats, etc.
- A lightweight jacket, windbreaker or pullover will
be useful in the evenings and during the Brazilian
winter. In the south of Brazil and in mountainous
areas, it can get quite chilly. Also, bring a
raincoat or light poncho.
- We recommend bringing a light hat with a wide
Guidebook and Phrasebook
A good travel guidebook, such as Lonely Planet or
the Rough Guide is indispensable for finding out the
highlights in a particular area and enjoying your
trip to the fullest. Please see our
Bookstore page for our recommendations. A
phrasebook or dictionary for Brazilian Portuguese
will help you understand signs, place names, menus,
and will assist you in making yourself understood.
Camera and Equipment
to bring enough film; but if you run out, film is
readily available in Brazil. Be sure to check the
expiration date, however. 64-100 ASA is appropriate
for outdoor and scenery shots; 200-400 ASA is best
for shaded areas, museums and the rain forest.
Replace your camera battery before you leave, and
bring spare cells.
Bring a sunscreen with an adequate SPF factor.
Fair-skinned individuals should be especially
mindful of protecting themselves from the sun's
Sunglasses with UV protection are recommended for
sunny days. If you wear prescription glasses, you
may want to consider bringing an extra pair.
Great for spotting wildlife and for scanning the
A small pocket light makes for a handy aid. Bring an
extra set of batteries.
This is not a must, but some individuals like to
bring their own water bottle or small canteen. For
our adventure tours, this is a good idea. There are
some sports bottles available with built-in
purifiers, such as Penta Pure, PUR, Exstream
Orinoco, Sweetwater Guardian and the On The Go
These are excellent for storing wet clothes or
shoes. Ziploc bags help protect electronic equipment
and books or papers.
Personal care kit
Although all of our guided tours take the utmost
precaution in ensuring the safety of our clients,
and medical supplies are stored on buses, it is wise
to bring a personal first-aid kit. Include
band-aids, an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin,
gauze, tape, and any medications you'll need while
away from home.
Medication for stomach problems or diarrhea
- Dietary changes may cause uncomfortable symptoms
in travelers, and it pays to be prepared. Traveler's
diarrhea is the most common health problem for
travelers - everywhere. Pepto-Bismol or Tums may be
used to relieve symptoms of stomach problems and
Imodium, Lomotil or similar remedies can be used to
treat the runs. For these maladies, remember to
drink plenty of fluids (use bottled or boiled water)
in order to re-hydrate yourself. Avoid tap water
outside of large cities.
- For personal comfort as well as disease
prevention, we recommend that you bring insect
repellent. Look for repellent with a sufficient
concentration of DEET. Malaria has been eradicated
from Brazil's Pantanal area, but there is some risk
in the Amazon basin region. Anti-itch gel helps
relieve irritation from bites.
Include a sewing kit, nylon string and duct tape
(for possible luggage repair). Also, a pocket knife
or Swiss Army knife is a smart multi-purpose tool to