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Brazil Trip Planning

Hotels are the most popular option for lodging in Brazil and understanding the room descriptions can help you choose the hotel that best meets your needs. Hotel descriptions include:

  • Apartamento – room with a shower as Brazilians don’t use baths
  • Apartamento de luxo – room with a shower and a refrigerator filled with drinks for sale, similar to the American mini-bar
  • Casal – a double room
  • Quarto – room without a bathroom
  • Solteiro – single room


A higher end apartamento may have a telephone, air conditioning and cable television. A room listed with a ventilador has a fan and sem fio is Wi-Fi. Hotels often add a service charge, and it is expected that you will tip the receptionist. Room rates often include breakfast


In Brazil, although tourists may stay in motels, they usually offer rooms that are rented by the hour, so it is rare to find one available. However, small, family run hotels, called pensao, pousada or hotel familiar are often found in small towns. They are often quaint hotels that offer a lot of character and some luxuries.


There are hostels in Brazil, usually located near bus stations and in poor areas of towns. They are very inexpensive, and they often have the bare minimum as far as amenities. It is not unusual to see people traveling with hammocks that they then hook up in a corridor or patio for the night.


In order to visit Brazil, you must have a valid passport and one page must be available for the entry stamp. More than 10,000 BR must be declared. United States citizens do not need a visa if they are traveling for tourism, business, transit, artistic or sport activities as long as they have no intention of establishing residency. You can learn more about entry restrictions at the Brazilian government site.

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