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Our Brazil family travel blog explores the wonders of the country from the sights to the sounds, the beaches to the food.

View of Iguazu Falls Brazil from the beginning of the Cataratas Trail.

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Brazil is the largest country in South America and home to the vast majority of the famous Amazon rainforest. Its Portuguese history makes it unique among Latin American countries. In fact, Brazil is the only country in the Americas that has Portuguese as an official language. This global superpower is a wonder of adventure travel. It’s famous for beautiful beaches, untouched wilderness, and, of course, its unique cultural history.

Famous Brazil attractions include the Itaipu Dam (which it shares with its neighbor Paraguay) and Iguazu Falls (which it shares with Argentina), the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, and, of course, its string of world-class beaches. It’s not hard to find fun things to do in Brazil with kids, so if you are planning a trip, start here for some amazing travel inspiration!

Tips For Family Travel in Brazil

If you’re new to international family travel, I highly recommend checking out our well-researched trip planning resources. It’s full of proven family travel hacks.

  • Currency
    • Brazilian currency is the Brazilian Real. The average value of the Brazilian Real is approximately $0.35 USD. You can check out the current value here.
  • Capital
    • The Capital of Brazil is Brasília. Brasília is located in the Brazilian highlands in the center-west of the country. It is also home to Paranoá Lake, a large artificial lake that was built to increase the available water and humidity of the region. The lake is a popular spot for water sports, especially SCUBA diving to a village that is submerged beneath the lake.
  • Electricity
    • Brazil uses the Type N socket. This socket is unique to Brazil. Type N sockets run off 230 V electrical outlets.
  • Cellular Phone Service
    • Cellular service is available throughout most of Brazil. I have used the Airalo eSim app for all of my international travel.
  • Roads, Driving, and Public Transit
    • Driving in Brazil is a popular way to get around. Especially due to the limited nature of the country’s public transit system. Roads are generally in good repair and Brazil has an excellent highway system.
  • Brazil with Kids
    • Family travel in Brazil is extremely popular. Brazilians are generally very inviting towards children. The country is large, which means travel through Brazil can take time, or require numerous flights. But the experiences within this country more than makes up for the effort needed.

Important Words And Phrases To Know When Traveling In Brazil

The main language in Brazil is Portuguese. The Portuguese language can be found throughout much of the world. In the America’s, it’s spoken widely in destinations such as Puerto Rico and Brazil. It has many similarities to Spanish, which makes translating between the two languages easier. But, it’s very much its own language.

It’s always good to be able to say a few words in the local dialect whenever you visit a country. So here are a few important Portuguese words to remember.

Important Portuguese Words To Know:

Yes: Sim

No: Não

Thank You: Obrigado

Thank You Very Much: Muito obrigado

You’re Welcome: De nada

Please: Desculpa

Excuse Me: Desculpa

Hello: Olá

Goodbye: Adeus

Bathroom: Banheiro

How To Stay Connected And Get Internet And Phone Service In Brazil

Most major cities throughout South America have excellent cellular service. If you have an older phone, I highly recommend purchasing a sim either at the airport or as one of your first stops on your travels.

If you have a newer eSim capable phone, you can save yourself time by purchasing an eSim ahead of time and having it activated before you arrive.

There are many companies that offer this service. I have used Airalo for years. It has been seamless in over ten countries. They have World, Regional, and Country-Specific eSims available. The price goes down the more specific you get. The regional sims allow for easy country-hopping if you are visiting multiple destinations.

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