Brazil: the biggest party in the world

Brazil: the biggest party in the world

Blame it on the bossa nova or the cultural concept of jeitinho (Portuguese for knack), but the Brazilian people just like to have fun. And that devil may care attitude can be contagious for vacationers who venture to this country, one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world. The upside of this attitude is the warmth and friendliness with which Brazilians greet strangers. As symbolized by the famous statue of Cristo Ridentor, the redeeming Christ with arms stretched wide who welcomes all at the entrance to the port of Rio de Janeiro, when interacting with Brazilians, you don’t remain a stranger for very long.   The downside of attitudeis one of the highest crime rates in the world. Come see Brazil with both your arms and your eyes wide open.   Getting in, out, and about Brazil   Brazil practices a border policy based on reciprocity. Whatever requirements a country has for entry by Brazilians is the official policy for those citizens to enter Brazil. For US travelers, you have to apply for a travel visa in addition to having your passport up to date and valid for six months beyond the duration of you stay, as supplied by your entry visa. In addition, US travelers must pay an entry fee of at least $160 USD. The amount of the fee is tied to how long your visa runs, with it being possible to be granted a visa for up to 10 years.   In addition to being up to date on the common vaccinations in the US, the CDC recommends that travelers going to Brazil also get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and for typhoid. Depending upon what parts of Brazil you go to, particularly if you enter the Amazon rain forest which covers much of the country, other suggested vaccines include those against Hepatitis B, rabies (if your activities will expose you to potential bat bites), yellow fever, and malaria, which requires treatments before, during, and after your trip. To also avoid contracting other diseases through insect bites, wear long sleeves and pants, and sleep with netting around your bed unless you have a well-sealed room with net screens around the windows. Also, use insect repellant, particularly the kind with high concentrations of DEET (about 24-35% for adults over aged 12) and reapply every five to six hours you spend in an area where you...

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