Understanding a country before visiting is vital for a fulfilling and responsible travel experience, and this principle holds true when planning a trip to Brazil. Being a country with rich cultural diversity, visitors will benefit from a deep understanding of its ways and features. Such awareness not only helps to establish respectful interactions with the locals but also prevent inadvertent cultural misunderstandings.
And this is all this blogpost is about. As local experts in incentive travels in Brazil and Brazilian culture, our team at Go Together DMC will, of course, provide the best solutions to your team, ensuring the best tour guides and bilingual staff, but what harm a little bit of education can do? Learn in advance a little bit more about our rich culture will sure help visitors to enjoy an even more fun and rich stay in Brazil. Let’s go!
- History – Brazil’s rich history is indelibly intertwined with its Portuguese colonial legacy. As you traverse this vast and diverse nation, you’ll be captivated by the myriad cities that proudly showcase architectural treasures harking back to this pivotal era. Among these historical gems, two stand out: Ouro Preto, a city frozen in time from the 17th century, and Olinda, a colonial historic center that exudes charm and heritage at every cobblestone corner. Immerse yourself in Brazil’s past through the lens of these architectural wonders, where the echoes of a bygone era still resonate strongly today.
- Nature – Apart from the renowned Amazon rainforest, Brazil offers a plethora of other natural wonders that are a must-see on your Brazilian sojourn. One such gem is the Pantanal, an expansive wetland region that serves as a habitat for a myriad of wildlife, among them the enigmatic jaguar. Additionally, the spectacle of Iguaçu Falls, featuring an astonishing ensemble of 275 waterfalls straddling the Brazilian and Argentinean border, promises to be a breathtaking highlight of your journey. Prepare to be captivated by the sheer diversity of Brazil’s natural landscapes, making your visit an unforgettable adventure.
- Beaches – Brazil’s coastline is renowned for its breathtaking beauty, boasting some of the world’s most stunning beaches and beach destinations. From the iconic Copacabana and Ipanema beaches in Rio de Janeiro, where the vibrant city meets the sea, to the pristine shores of Fernando de Noronha, a protected island paradise, there’s a beach destination for every traveler. The golden sands of Bahia’s coastline offer a taste of Afro-Brazilian culture, with lively rhythms and traditional ceremonies. In the northeast, Jericoacoara is a hidden gem with its sand dunes and crystal-clear lagoons, while the picturesque fishing village of Búzios has transformed into a chic beach resort.
Bonus tip from locals: Beach Style – Don’t turn up on the beach with a towel: Brazilians just don’t lay out towels and lie on them to sunbathe. They use cangas, which you wrap around your body like a sarong. Brazilians also rent chairs. So you dry-off stood up under the sun or sat on the rented chair. You can bring your own beach chair. Rent a parasol for R$15, because the sun is unbelievably hot. Beaches from the State of Espírito Santo southwards have cold water as the currents come from the Antarctic. Therefore, in Rio de Janeiro, be ready for an icy dip. From the State of Bahia northwards the water becomes deliciously warm.
- Nightlife – Brazilian nightlife is renowned for its vivacity and diversity, reflecting the nation’s exuberant spirit. When the sun sets, the country comes alive with a pulsating energy, offering something for everyone. The major cities, such as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, are known for their bustling nightlife scenes, featuring an array of nightclubs, bars, and live music venues. Samba clubs and forró dance halls provide a rich dose of Brazilian culture, while electronic music parties and DJ-driven clubs draw international crowds. Street parties, known as “bloco” or “balada,” are common during Carnival and other celebrations, where revelers dance and sing through the night. Brazil’s beach cities offer a unique experience, with beachside bars and open-air parties lasting well into the early morning. Whether you’re seeking the beats of samba, the thrill of electronic music, or a relaxed beachfront gathering, Brazilian nightlife perfectly complements the country’s passion for celebration.
- Food and Drinks – Brazilian cuisine is a vibrant and diverse reflection of the country’s rich cultural tapestry. Known for its bold flavors and a fusion of influences from Portuguese, African, Indigenous, and immigrant traditions, Brazilian food offers a captivating culinary journey. Some iconic dishes include feijoada, a hearty black bean stew with pork, and coxinha, deep-fried dough filled with chicken. Churrasco, the Brazilian barbecue, is a carnivore’s delight, featuring a variety of grilled meats. The country’s love for seafood is evident in dishes like moqueca, a fragrant fish stew with coconut milk and dendê oil. In terms of beverages, Brazil is famous for its coffee, with its rich and strong flavors. The national cocktail, the caipirinha, combines cachaça (a sugarcane spirit), lime, and sugar, offering a refreshing burst of citrusy sweetness. Additionally, açaí bowls and tropical fruit juices are popular choices for a refreshing treat in the warm Brazilian climate.
Bonus tip from locals: Tip Is Included – Tipping is included on the bill in Brazil. Indeed, paying this tip is not technically mandatory, but unless your plate came out bearing a cockroach you should pay it. The tip is 10%. On your receipt the tip is called “serviço.” For big groups or if a waiter who went above and beyond, they deserve an extra cash tip. Note that occasionally restaurants will ask you to pay the tip in cash on the side so that this gratuity goes directly to the staff and isn’t pocketed by the restaurant owner, though this is uncommon.
- Carnival – Brazilian Carnival is a spectacular and world-famous celebration that captures the essence of Brazil’s vibrant culture. This grand festival, typically held in the days leading up to Lent, is a riot of colors, music, and dancing that engulfs the entire country. It’s most famously associated with Rio de Janeiro, where the samba parades in the Sambadrome draw international attention, featuring dazzling costumes, ornate floats, and sizzling samba rhythms. However, Carnival is celebrated throughout Brazil, with each region adding its unique twist, from the freewheeling street parties of Salvador’s Bahia Carnival to the traditional maracatu of Recife and Olinda. The festivities are a joyful fusion of African, Indigenous, and European influences, creating an exuberant atmosphere where people from all walks of life come together to sing, dance, and revel in the spirit of unity and freedom. Brazilian Carnival is an unforgettable spectacle, a cultural extravaganza that showcases the country’s love for music, dance, and living life to the fullest.
Bonus tip from locals: Get Whatsapp – From communicating with your DMC to make a restaurant reservation, Whatsapp is going to be your go-to tool. You’ll save money on international calls and Brazilians reply fast. It’s also the best way to contact new friends you’ve made in Brazil and the way most groups communicate. Be aware though, once you enter a group chat, be ready for a bombardment of messages on the daily.
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