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Capital city: Brasília.
Currency: Real (in R$5, R$10, R$20, R$50 and R$100 notes).
Cuisine: Try feijoada – hearty black bean stew – or experience authentic Brazilian barbecue and seek out churrasco.
Saying hello: “Olá” – or, when speaking to friends, locals say “oi”.
Shopping: Treat yourself to jewellery made from colourful gemstones, or seek out traditional crafts like carved masks and woven hammocks.
When to go
With buzzing cities, deep rainforest and vibrant coastal villages to choose from, deciding when to visit Brazil is down to what you want to see. In the cooler months, the Amazon is a wildlife spotter’s paradise. There’s never a bad time to be on the coast, but April to December are particularly lovely. And if you’re coming for Carnaval, over Easter or in July – a month of school holidays in many areas – be sure to plan ahead.
Take a Jorge Amado book with you to Brazil. Born in Bahia, he’s celebrated across the country as a master storyteller, with tales bound up in Brazilian culture.
Top Tip from SLH