Booking flights to Brazil means booking flights to one of the biggest, most exciting and varied countries in the world. The largest country in South America, it is famed for a dazzling variety of attractions. From the beaches of Copacabana to the depths of the Amazonian rainforests, from teeming cities like Rio de Janeiro to the raw excitement of Carnival, it offers something for every kind of visitor. Whether you want to soak up the sophistication of Ipanema, explore the museums and galleries of São Paolo or learn to dance the samba, Brazil is a country that you’ll never tire of exploring.
The sheer size of Brazil means that there are no fewer than five separate climactic regions, ranging from the tropical to the equatorial. The weather you can expect when travelling to Brazil depends, for example, on if you explore the tropical savannas of central Brazil or the subtropical southern coast. Geographical conditions, such as river basins, plains or mountains, can create specific microclimates. The best advice is to check the specific weather conditions in the area you wish to travel to when you want to visit.
There are two major international airports in Brazil, and the price of plane tickets varies greatly depending upon the time of year. The Orbitz search tool enables you to vary the details of your flight in order to source cheap flights to Brazil. The ‘Nearby airports’ tool allows you to vary the city you take off from or fly into, while if you click on ‘Show flexible dates’ you’ll be given a range of options for the cheapest direct or indirect flights.
There are no fewer than 734 airports scattered across the vast country of Brazil, but São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport is the largest, handling more than 36 million passengers per year. It is located 16 miles outside São Paolo and is linked to the city via the Rodovia Hélio Smidt Highway. Public transport, in the form of EMTU buses, can be taken from the airport to Praça da República, Tietê Bus Terminal, and Barra Funda, while the airport shuttle runs to the most popular hotels.
Officially known as Antonio Carlos Jobim International, this is the airport which serves Rio de Janeiro, which is 12 miles away. It handles over 17 million passengers per year, spread across two terminals, and it handles flights to all other parts of Brazil. It offers a BRT (Bus Rapid Transport) high speed bus link to Rio de Janeiro, as well as standard buses, taxis which can be booked in advance, and direct transfers to a range of hotels.
Airlines which fly to Brazil directly from the US include the following:
At the last count there were nine airlines offering domestic flights within Brazil, making this one of the most convenient ways of exploring such a huge country. Alternatively, 1.6m kilometers of road makes driving a tempting option, though the poor condition of roads outside the bigger cities means that an off-road vehicle might be the wisest choice. Long-distance bus journeys link the bigger cities, and investing in a first class ticket means air conditioning and enough room to stretch out and sleep.
Located in the south east of the country, São Paolo is the largest Brazilian city and, with a population of over 11m people, one of the largest in the world. What it lacks in beaches and a laidback vibe it more than makes up for in theatres, bars, museum and a shopping offer to rival the likes of New York.
Rio De Janeiro
Rio boasts more than 62 miles of beaches and sunshine all year round, which is doubtless why it attracts 2.82m international tourists a year. If you go in January or February you’ll be swept up in the legendary Rio Carnival, but the partying, excitement and vibrant nightlife is on display 365 days a year.
Belo Horizonte translates as ‘Beautiful Horizon’, a name which is doubtless a tribute to the surrounding mountains, natural parks and lush forests. It is located in the southeast of Brazil and is a famed center for the conservation of wildlife, having a zoo which is home to more than 200 species of animals and spectacular public gardens.
Tips and tricks for traveling in Brazil
Visitors from the US require a passport and visa to enter Brazil. The crime rate in some of the larger cities can be high, and tourists should, in particular, avoid entering the favelas. Photo ID must be carried at all times, though the police are usually willing to accept a color photocopy, enabling you to keep your passport in a safe place.
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