Getting to Brazil

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Brazil: Bem-vindos ao Brasil!

If you're looking for a place where you can follow up a jungle adventure with a visit to an exciting city, or conclude a day of wandering historic neighborhoods with a walk along a sandy beach, you can find that and more in Brazil. This land of samba music and Carnivale intrigues scores of visitors each year, and you can be next, with help from the Web. We’ve rounded up some excellent online resources revealing Brazil’s most sought-after cities and features, tools to help you find and book your accommodation and transportation to and within the country, plus sites connecting you with other travelers.

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Getting to Brazil

Maybe you’ve got your heart set on arriving in Brazil via the mighty Amazon, or perhaps you need a flight that won’t break the bank. Below you’ll find general tools to help you find and book transportation anywhere in the world, as well as Brazil-specific sites catering to travelers who will settle for nothing less than an authentic journey.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Flights to Brazil typically land at airports in São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, both of which are served by most international airlines. From the United States, some of the airlines offering flights to Brazil are United Airlines, Continental, and Delta. It may be worth visiting individual airlines’ Web sites to find slightly lower fares; airfare search sites sometimes tack on extra fees for their services.
  • If you want help contacting a Brazilian airport directly, visit the Brazil Tourism Portal for an interactive map that provides airport contact information.
  • A number of great discount airfare sites like Kayak and Sidestep provide the same basic service: they search through flights to any destination by collecting and comparing values from various consolidators (like Travelocity and Orbitz) and individual airlines. For more on the differences between these sites and how best to use them, see the findingDulcinea Travel Web Guide.
  • For travelers planning a more inclusive South American sojourn, consider a Mercosur Air Pass, which is valid for flights between Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile for up to 45 days. The cost of a pass varies depending on how many miles you intend to fly. For additional details, visit Aerolineas Argentinas, the site of the Argentinean airline. To learn more about different countries on the continent, see our findingDulcinea South America Travel Web Guide.
  • Train travel between South American countries is not a popular or generally safe option. In fact, there is a backpacker train often referred to as the “Train of Death” that travels between Bolivia and Brazil.
  • You can take a bus to Brazil from Paraguay, Argentina, or Uruguay on relatively good roads. However, you’ll probably have to purchase tickets when you arrive, as most bus Web sites for South America are neither helpful nor in English. The National Land Transport Authority of Brazil provides listings for international bus lines, but only in Portuguese.
  • It is possible to reach Brazil from Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela via an old-fashioned Amazon River Boat, but the trip is a 12-day upriver marathon, making it more of an expedition than a mode of transportation.

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