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Rio de Janeiro is just one of Brazil's attractions.Rio de Janeiro is just one of Brazil's attractions. (Photo: Images )

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Brazil may be synonymous with white-sand beaches and gorgeous scantily-clad locals, but the country's scenery only begins with the 5, 000-mile shoreline. The cities have a vibrant party atmosphere, the architecture dates back hundreds or thousands of years and the Amazon rainforest is a sight unlike any other place on Earth. The weather will likely be hot no matter when you visit, but your specific packing list will vary by season and destination.

Documentation

Travel documentation when visiting Brazil involves more than having a valid passport, although anyone entering the country must have one. You must also apply for and receive a visa before you'll be allowed into Brazil, and this process takes advance planning. Contact the Brazilian Embassy (brasilemb.org) for information about where to apply for a visa; you'll have to travel to either the embassy or the closest Brazilian consulate. If you've visited any other Latin American countries recently, you may need to show proof that you've been vaccinated against yellow fever when you arrive at Brazilian customs.

Clothing

When you're choosing clothing to pack, keep in mind that Brazil is in the Southern Hemisphere, so December through March is the hottest time and June through September is cooler. Even in the cooler months, though, many parts of the country will have temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You'll mostly need hot-weather items like shorts and tank tops, but will also want a pair of long pants and a jacket during cooler months. Unless you're on a business trip, you'll fit in just fine in casual clothes. Avoid any items that are clearly pricey, like shirts and bags with designer logos, since these will telegraph "rich tourist" to local thieves.

Other Personal Gear

If you're going to be near the beach, a bathing suit is the most important item you'll need, and in Brazil's hot and humid weather, you'll be glad for the chance to cool off. Don't forget a cover-up. In the cities, nightlife is a booming business, and the locals show skin. You don't have to compete and may want more comfortable clothing when trying the high-energy Samba dancing you'll witness. Tank tops or casual sundresses are fine for this scene. Perspiring is a given, so take enough underwear for the visit along with a pair of very lightweight pajamas. You'll also need cushioned socks, sturdy walking shoes and sandals for the beach and clubs.

Miscellaneous Items

Carry insect repellent with you while you're in Brazil, particularly if you're touring the Amazon. You'll also want sunblock and sunglasses year-round. Don't bother taking other basic toiletries; your hotel should provide most of what you need and you can get anything else at a supermarket. Do pack an adequate supply of any necessary medications. Take a money belt, or use a cross-body zippered bag to hold your cash, documents and camera, since opportunistic thieves can easily grab these items from a shoulder bag or backpack. If you're taking electronic devices, make certain their labels indicate 110 and 220 volt compatibility, since different areas use different voltages, and buy a universal adapter that can be converted into many different shapes, since Brazil also has plugs of varying types.



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