KITESURFING HOLIDAYS IN BRAZIL
Kitesurfing holidays in Brazil are just an excuse to discover a land of magnificent beaches, vast rain forests and music-fueled cities; Brazil bears an astounding variety of natural and cultural wonders. This is the world’s largest country in the tropics, and with its pristine stretches of coastline fronting emerald seas, warm waters, and jewel-box colonial towns is a perfect kitesurfing destination. Then you have the cities: Brasilia, Salvador, São Paulo and of course Rio de Janeiro; spectacular, sassy, simply unforgettable, you will run out of superlatives trying to do this marvellous city justice. You will find yourselves in contact with nature, sun and ocean, relax and sports during the day and with fun and local folklore every night. If you are looking for wind and emotions, without any kind of doubt Brazil is the place for you.
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MONEYAlthough still cheaper than North America and parts of Europe, Brazil, with its booming economy and strong real, has become South America’s most expensive country. Brazil’s currency is the real (hay-ow; often written R$). ATMs are the easiest way of getting cash in big cities and are common. In many smaller towns, ATMs exist but rarely work for non-Brazilian cards. Even if you are relying mainly on credit or debit cards as your source of funds, it’s not a bad idea to take some cash and traveler’s checks in reserve. You can change these in banks or in casas de câmbio (exchange offices). You can use credit cards for many purchases and to make cash withdrawals from ATMs and banks. Visa is the most widely accepted card, followed by MasterCard.
Brazil’s high season runs from December to March. This is when the country fills with both foreign visitors and vacationing Brazilian families (school holidays run from mid-December to Carnaval, usually in February). Prices rise during this time and you’ll face more crowds, though this is also the most festive time in Brazil. Brazil’s low season runs from May to September. With the exception of July, which is also a school-holiday month, this is the cheapest and least-crowded time to visit the country – though it can be - utterly vacant in some resort areas and cold in the south. Depending on where you go, weather may be a significant factor in your travel plans. In Rio, the humidity can be high in summer, with temperatures hovering around 28°C (82°F). Rainfall is another factor, with October to January being the wettest months. In winter Rio temperatures hover around 23°C (73°F), with a mix of both rainy and superb days.
RECCOMMENDED VACCINATIONSince most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given, visit a physician four to eight weeks before departure. Ask your doctor for an International Certificate of Vaccination (otherwise known as the yellow booklet), which will list all the vaccinations you’ve received. This is mandatory for countries that require proof of yellow-fever vaccination upon entry, but it’s a good idea to carry it wherever you travel.
THE ENTRY REQUIREMENT
UK / EU passport holders should have a full 10 year passport valid until at least 6 months after date of return. Other passport holders please check with Brazilian Embassy (020 7659 1550).