"There is no man more complete than the one who travelled a lot, who changed the shape of his thoughts and his life twenty times.” - Alphonse de Lamartine
Whether it’s just because you love football or because you want to enjoy the Brazilian countryside, Brazil is one of the best travel destinations. An increasing number of tourists are choosing to travel around Brazil rather than spend a week in a hotel.
Authenticity, nature, and discovery is what makes Brazil so attractive to tourists. Before we talk about travelling, we’ll need to talk about the budget.
Which expenses are unavoidable? How can you plan ahead?
In this article, we're going to have a look at essential expenditures when travelling to Brazil, how much you can expect to pay for accommodation in Brazil, budgeting for tourist attractions and activities, and how planning ahead can help you make the most of your budget.
What Are the Unavoidable Expenses when Travelling to Brazil?
If you’re travelling to Latin America, Brazil is a very popular destination. Whether you’re interested in trekking through the Amazin, visiting cultural sites and UNESCO world heritage site, Brazil has a lot to offer.
Big cities, relaxing by the beach, or the Rio carnival? What do you want out of your trip to Brazil?
Flights are one of the first expenses you’ll need to consider as the prices can vary wildly from one season to another. According to the site Skyscanner, the cheapest flights to Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo are £325 or £430 respectively.
Accommodation will be the second thing you’ll need to think about before going to Brazil but we’ll get to that later on.
In addition to these expenses, you’ll need to keep some of these smaller expenses, too:
- Public transport
- Food and drink
- Travel insurance
- Preparation costs before you go.
These types of expenses are secondary expenses that you won’t immediately think of.
On average, you’ll have around £200 to £350 per person of supplementary or secondary expenses depending on what you do there and the type of insurance you get. For example, you might need to pick up a bathing suit, gear for trekking in the Amazon, walking or hiking boots to head up to see Christ the Redeemer, or a waterproof poncho if you’re heading during the rainy season.
Generally speaking, you could end up spending close to £1000 for 10 days in the country.
So what else do you need to budget for?
The Cost of Accommodation in Brazil
For your holidays in Brazil, there are plenty of different types of accommodation. Usually, accommodation accounts for around 60% of a holiday’s budget so you should carefully choose where you’re staying.
Whether you’re staying on the coast, inland, or in the mountains, Brazil has plenty of different types of accommodation for families, couples, or friends. Here’s a non-exhaustive list:
- Traditional hotels
- Hotel chains
- Luxury Hotels
- Youth Hostels
- Holiday apartments
- Holiday villages
- And not forgetting unusual accommodation like log cabins, eco-lodges in the rainforest, etc.
Prices can vary from just a few quid per night to hundreds, especially if you’re heading to a spa resort! If you’re staying for less than 9 days, we recommend opting for accommodation in the centre of the city.
There are also cruises if you want to visit the Brazilian coast. You can book accommodation on sites like Booking.com, Hotels.com, Airbnb, or HostelWorld.
Booking a hotel at the last minute is a way to save money but you also run the risk of having nowhere to choose from! We’d really recommend booking well in advance so that you’ve got nothing to worry about.
It’s important to take your time researching places to stay as they’ll be a significant part of your budget. The price will vary a lot whether you’re full-board, half-board, or self-catering.
Find out the best time to visit Brazil.
How Much Should You Budget for Attractions?
Interested in travelling off the beaten path?
That’s good because Brazil has plenty of things to visit like Copacabana, Ipanema, Ilha Grande national park, or the Iguaçu falls. Your budget will depend on where you’re going, too. For example:
- If you’re visiting Recife, you might want to budget for diving, etc.
- Large cities like Brasilia are home to colonial Brazilian architectural and UNESCO world heritage sites to visit.
- Natural wonders like the Iguaçu falls are perfect for enjoying Brazilian nature.
In terms of your budget, it could vary wildly depending on what you’re wanting to do during your time in Brazil. It’ll also depend on whether you’re travelling as a family or with young children since there are discounts available. There are also reductions for couples in some cases.
On average, a family can spend between £350 and £500 on activities.
Would you like to work out your activities budget?
Try to work out how much you’ll spend travelling between towns. While public transport is relatively cheap, it can quickly add up.
The exchange rate will help you get the most out of your trip, too. For example, the Rio Carnival is technically free... you just need to get there and be in the right place.
So which attractions will take up most of your budget?
Plan Your Trip to Calculate Your Budget
If you want to get the most out of your trip, you need to plan your trip carefully. Here are a few tools to help you:
- Trip planners
- Language apps
- Budget calculators or programmes like Excel
65% of those planning a trip around the world include Brazil in their itinerary.
If you’re travelling in a group, these tools will help an awful lot. Make sure you’re all in agreement before you go. For example, certain activities are non-refundable!
According to Budget Your Trip, you should expect to pay around £400 per week in Brazil. This price includes all your expenses but will vary depending on what you want to do. Travelling from one city to another averages around £20 per person.
Before you go, check sites like Tripadvisor to get an idea of your budget. While some attractions may seem essential, it’s a good idea to check other tourists’ experiences of them.
You can also go through specialist travel agencies if you really want to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture. After all, Brazil is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
What do you think?
When you travel to Brazil, much like other countries around the world, there are visa requirements. Fortunately, for South America's largest country, you just need a tourist visa. You can get a tourist visa (valid for five years) by applying for one from the Brazilian government from either the Brazilian embassy or consulate.
Once you've got your visa, you can start enjoying the best Brazilian cities, the Amazon rainforest, Carnaval, or the Iguazu falls!
Warning: It's strongly advised that you are immunised against yellow fever and other illnesses before travelling to Brazil. In fact, check all the immunisations you'll need before you go!
Would you like to learn some Portuguese before you go?
You can always get a bit of help from one of the many talented tutors on Superprof. There are three main types of tutorial available on the site: face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials. There are pros and cons to each and the best one for you really depends on your situation.
Face-to-face tutorials are the most personal and have you and your tutor working together for the whole session. Of course, this bespoke service comes at a cost, making it the most costly type of tutorial available. If shyness has been getting in the way of your language learning, this is probably the best option. Additionally, the tutor can tailor each lesson to exactly what you need to learn or what you've been struggling with.
Online tutorials are similar to face-to-face tutorials with the main difference being that the tutor isn't physically in the room with you and you're more likely to find native Portuguese speakers as you can broaden your search to anywhere in the world!
Finally, there are group tutorials. In these types of tutorials, there are several students and just one tutor. With all the students sharing the cost of the tutor's time, these tutorials are usually the cheapest per person per hour but each student won't get the bespoke tutoring or one-on-one time that they would in the other types of tutorials. However, you will get plenty of opportunities to practise your language skills with the other students in the class.