Brazil has the largest road network in Latin America, with over 1.6 million kilometres. Booking a car hire is a good idea if you want to explore scenic areas, like the historic cities of Minas Gerais, the Rio-Santos highway or the beaches in northeast Brazil. Many roads are in good condition, especially in the east and south of the country and along the coast. In other areas and outside the metropolitan regions, there are also gravel and dirt roads for which an off-road vehicle is strongly recommended
Most areas of Brazil are 3 hours behind GMT. Brazil observes Daylight Saving Time and, in the summer, Brazil time difference from the UK goes as follows:
Early February - Late March: -3 hours
Late March - Late September: -4 hours
Late September to Early February: -2 hours
Portuguese is spoken by nearly 100% of the population.
Brasilia and Recife operate on 220 volts AC. Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo use 127 volts AC, or 220 volts in larger hotels. Plugs are of the two-pin type. Most hotels provide 110-volt and 220-volt outlets, transformers and adaptors.
As a great start for your Brazilian holiday, you can collect your car hire in Rio de Janeiro and even return your car hire in Recife or other Brazilian city of your choosing, but don't forget to take other details into consideration, such as, for instance, the exchange rates. The currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real (BRL).
When booking a car hire in Brazil, be sure to have a look at the following websites to find out Brazil tourism office locations, places to visit and further information you may need before travelling. To know more, visit the official Brazilian Tourism Site.
British citizens planning a holiday with a car hire in Brazil are allowed as tourists without a visa for a maximum initial stay of 90 days. However, any visitors must comply with Brazilian immigration laws upon arrival and inform the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of the intended purpose of visit.
It is particularly important to be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient money to fund the duration of your stay, and that you also have details of your accommodation and a return airline ticket or evidence that you are going to leave the country by other means of transport. If not, there is a considerable risk of being denied entry into the country.
The British Embassy in Brazil is located in the capital city of Brasilia. For more information on UK Embassies around Brazil, refer to the website provided.
Before you hire a car, it's probably worth taking a look at the above essential Brazil travel information, which includes everything you need to know when planning your holiday, as well as all the arragements you need to make before travelling.