All travellers must possess a valid passport (expiration date at least 6 months from date of travel).
Canadian and US citizens MUST obtain a VISA to enter Brazil for any purpose. Please do check with the Brazilian Consulate of your country/region.
European citizens do NOT require a VISA to enter Brazil for any purpose. Upon arrival at a Brazilian airport your passport gets a stamp for a max stay of 90 days.
Travel insurance: medical, accident, baggage and cancellation
We highly recommend/insist on travel insurance (medical & accident) for this journey, over and beyond the medical insurance you already have at home. We also highly recommend cancel for any reason insurance for at least the flight portion of your journey to insure you with full flight protection coverage.
Brazil is a tropical country = hot and humid, especially the region you will be visiting. Temperatures can rise well above 30 °C during the day and not drop below 20 °C at night.
You may be coming from severe winter weather with a temperature difference of more than 20 °C and intense sunshine so please bring enough sunscreen, aftersun lotion, a sun hat/cap, and sunglasses.
Other than that you can pack lightly. During summer you don’t even need a cardigan or sweater but you should bring one if you plan to travel between June and September. You may also want to bring a light rain coat and firm footwear (like running shoes) for your adventure trips or for walking through the forest. Other than that light and breathable clothing (better no synthetics because of the humidity) are advisable.
Brazilian’s most common footwear are flip flops. The famous Havaianas can be bought everywhere as well as some cheaper brands.
Tropical weather also goes hand in hand with mosquitos. The rooms all come with quality mosquito nets but we also recommend bringing mosquito repellent (please bring natural stuff – it works too). The nice breeze of the ocean will keep mosquitos at bay but when walking through the forests or at dusk and dawn you may need some protection.
You may get seduced by all the amazing tropical fruits and other delicacies, your body may not be familiar with. Please be cautious and adjust your diet gradually so you don’t get hit by Montezuma’s revenge or get seriously ill.
Something to get used to
Here in Itacaré (and almost all of Brazil, except maybe for the major cities) you are NOT allowed to throw any toilet paper or any other items in the toilet. Waste baskets are provided. Please prepare and get used to this because it can cause serious problems if you do throw anything in the toilet.
When travelling, no matter where you go, be cautious, use common sense, without becoming paranoid. Better to leave valuables at home, be modest, keep your belongings on you and always keep an eye on them. Avoid unlit areas and/or tiny streets, especially at night.
Brazilians are a very warm, welcoming, helpful and genuine people.
They are also very sensuous, show affection openly, and like to compliment you but not in a derogatory way. Brazilians love life, are proud of their heritage and culture, and show this passion through dance, music, capoeira and celebrations.
The Brazilian vibe is ‘infectious’ and makes you want to come back for more!