Brazil Local Customs

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Brazil Local Customs

  • Beach

    Rio de Janeiro Local Customs

    When you are in Rio you quickly realize that we all love the beach, no matter if the weather is fine or not, but we always find any reason to be close by the sea. Even when the sea is flat you will find a surfer having fun in our coast line! This photo was taken in the Fort of Copacabana in one of the afternoons that I usually go to the beach to...

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  • Portuguese needed... or not?

    São Paulo Local Customs

    it's difficult to travel here without knowing some rudimentary Portuguese (even Spanish helps a lot! for some reason most Brasilian/Portuguese people can understand Spanish, but not the other way around). My big regret is that I didn't learn enough; it would have really helped out! Not so many people speak English, but sign language helped

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  • Bahian dress

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    When you enter Pelourinho in Salvador you’ll be met by baiana women wearing traditional Bahian dresses. The outfit of a baiana woman is turban, starched skirts of colourful pattern, shawl over the shoulder - or tied to the breast - and bracelets and necklaces. Today the dress is normally used in religious ceremonies – or by the women you’ll...

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  • Thumbs Up! Speak Portuguese

    Manaus Local Customs

    Brazil is not a bilingual country and, in Manaus, as well as the rest of Brazil, most people are not fluent in English or any foreign language. In shops and turistic points you' ll probably find someone who manages to understand and communicate in English or Spanish, and although people are often trying hard to do their best, they might not...

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  • Cachaça and Caipirinha

    Rio de Janeiro Local Customs

    Cachaca is a spirit native to Brazil and is distilled from fresh sugarcane juice. Considered a member of the rum family, it is lighter than other rums which are molasses based. Cachaca has a light, smooth flavor with an aroma that is the essence of fresh sugarcane juice. An ageing process at least a year or more improves the cachaca, creating...

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  • Good food !

    São Paulo Local Customs

    The city's Italian community is large and vibrant, and much of their culture has found its way into the daily lives of every paulista (i.e. someone from São Paulo). However, the Italian influence is particularly notable in the local cuisine, and some do say that you can get a better pizza in São Paulo than you can back in Italy.

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  • Bahian Food

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    Bahian cuisine has the influence of Portuguese, African and Indian cultures with a predominance of local exotic ingredients. Is characterized by the generous use of malagueta chili peppers and dende oil extracted from an African palm tree. Several Bahian dishes also contain seafood (usually shrimps), coconut milk, banana and okra. When you are in...

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  • local people

    Manaus Local Customs

    from the Manaus Region, have become very much aware of their Heritage and try to preserve their way of life and culture. much of their land has been confiscated, burned and left the tribes on a knifes edge. birthrates had dropped considerable and western diseases like chicken pox, influenca, measles took their toll..and many have been killed, just...

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  • Fitas

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    I went to Salvador in 2007 and had my wrist covered in these beautiful Bahia Wish Bracelets. Long story short, I long ago forgot about them and the story behind them until I recently came across them again in an article. I miss Salvador and I miss the great tradition of Brazilian Wish Bracelets! All my wishes came true! Anywho, you can buy them...

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  • fishing

    Manaus Local Customs

    fishermen at the port of Belem...the main income source for many in the 70s, has been still is I suppose, a spectaculare pasttime for tourist, when the Fishermen brought their catch home in the late afternoon. but Belem has a 'nasty' surprise around this time. one could put the clock to it .around 5pm it started to rain with buckets, cats and...

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  • Berimbau

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    The Brazilian berimbau is a single-string percussion instrument, braced musical bow or African origin. It consists of a wooden bow (traditionally made from biribi wood) about 1,2 - 1,5 m long, with a steel string tightly strung and segured from one end of a bow to the other. Beside its close assotiation with capoeira, the berimbau has long been...

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  • Capoeira

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    Capoeira is a unique Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, music and acrobatics. But capoiera is much more; it is a ritual and a philosophy, a cultural tradition and a way of life. It was invented by African slaves in Brazil over 450 years ago. The African slaves that came to Brazil brought with them their...

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  • Dance

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    I stayed in Bahia from 16th until 25th June (S. Joao). Everywhere you could hear "forro", and in the night there are forro bands all over. You´ll have to learn and dance it (and very close one each other)! For those like me, who never heard forro before, listen to Calzinha Preta.

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  • Cafezinho

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    At any time of the day you will see these little coffee-cars with with decorations beyond imagination especially in the city center. Some are very basic, but lots of them are equipped with fantastic loudspeakers, and painted like the real trio electricos. They offer coffee and tea and cocoa, always quite sweet, with or without milk, in little...

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  • Acaraje

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    Acareje is street food eaten at any time as a snack. It consists of a patty, made from mashed feijao fradinho (black-eyed beans). The mash is deep-fried in dende oil (derived from a nut found on the dende palm). Acaraje is usually eaten accompanied by camarao (small sundried shrimp), pimenta (hot pepper sauce), vatapa, caruru and salada (diced...

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  • Carnaval

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    New info on the last 2005 Salvador Carnaval in my new Travelogue. Carnaval is Locura Total : for 6 day and 6 night million of people dancing, singing and drinking. The old carnival consisted of big party with brass band, hornet singer.....dancing all the night. In the 50’s Dodo e osmar started to play on little truck with simply soundblaster,...

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  • hang gliding by niteroi

    well used to come to the Rio area a lot and been all over Brazil, now more often by Sao Paulo but the hang gliding activity from Niteroi was fantastic going down over the bay to copacabana beach.now you have some other outfits that do it from elsewhere , but still...

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  • Hammocks.

    In most countries hammocks is something you put up for a few days a year in the garen but in Brazil it's something that many people sleep in every night, especially in the Amazon region.If you travel around Brazil for a longer period of time then i would suggest that you buy a hammock as many hotel rooms have hooks for hammocks and if you travel by...

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  • Brazilian Music: Sertanejo

    I cannot talk about local customs and not mention the ammount of distinct music styles we have in Brazil. Even though samba and bossa nova are the most known by foreigners, there are many other genres spread along the country, each with its share of ethnic heritage and originality.One of those styles is called sertanejo, music typical from the...

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  • How to Use an Electric Shower and Live...

    One of the popular 1960s guide books for American tourists in Brazil, of which I was able to find a copy in one of our local used book stores, says:"Western tourists may be confounded when presented with a Brazilian shower. Instead of a hot and cold water faucet, there is instead a deadly looking contrivance on the shower head with two wires...

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  • Spiritist Cults

    When I was birdwatching on the Theodoro Trail high in the mountains above Rio de Janeiro, I came across a tree whose trunk was surrounded by candles, cups of rum or cachaça, cigars, and fruit (pictured here). This was a place where the rituals of one of Brazil's spiritist cults were performed.Brazil's early economy was based on the production of...

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  • LANGUAGE. LET'S GET STARTED !

    The people of Brazil speak Portuguese as a legacy of their colonial past. Here are a few phrases to get you started! Olá Hi Bom dia Good morning Boa tarde Good afternoon Boa noite Good night Como está? How are you? Muito bem, obrigada Very well, thanks Obrigada Thanks (for a woman) Obrigado Thanks (for a man) Adeus Goodbye Tchau Bye Até...

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  • English to Portuguese

    Knowledge of a few Portugues words will be helpful to anyone traveling in brazil. Try to make a list of just a few of the essentials to bring with you as you travel around. There are many good English to Portuguese dictionaries available on the web and VT is a good source of info too.

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  • Caipirinha

    Cachaça, made from fermented sugarcane, is the most popular local liquor which is the main ingredient for "caipirinha" along with chopped lime, sugar and plenty of ice cubes.Any occasion is appropriate, but sipping a glass or two on the beach is a must!

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  • Drinking beer and watching football.

    Yes i know this sounds like something you do all over the world, but the little local football bars are a bit of an institution in Brazil.They are just hole in the wall bars where the local working class guys meet for a few beers after work and there will always be a TV and if there is any football game on then it will be shown.I just love hanging...

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  • When you are having a beer on the beach.

    In Brazil they generally serve large beers on the beach they are served in containers that keeps the beer cool.The little beach bars often only have a few of these beer coolers, so if you are let´s say 4 guys going there for a beer then you are expected to get 4 glasses and one large beer to start with.tis is often very weird to europeans who are...

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  • do i need to know portuguese to travel...

    haha esperanto. i was wondering if my portuguese needed touching up (it's pretty bad) or if the above poster perhaps used a hybrid lingo. anyway, i have to agree with mccalpin. i have also stayed in remote areas and large cities. i went almost 3.5 months without hearing english in the remote area (of 7 months there, i heard it two or three times by...

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  • Brasil's Buildings

    in the Countryside have always been very pracmatic as well as realy nice to watch at and resemble which immigration background the area has, italian, portugues, german, polish and so on. often white painted, lots of windows for good ventilation, high ceilings.the rooms are generously laid out and not overloaded with furniture. the kitchen the main...

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  • Eye contact

    If you are talking to a brazilian then look them straight in the eyes.A lot of people will think that you don't like them or that you are not interested in talking to them if you avoid eye contact.This is unlike some other cultures in other parts of the world where staring at people is rude, but in Brazil they like when you look straight at them.If...

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  • The jangada

    The jangada is a little fishing boat made from a few pieces of wood, with a little sail on.It's a very important boat in the history of the north east and you will hear it mentioned in many songs and in many brazilian novels.It's used for fishing and you see it all over the northern coastline.The jangada fishermen are some of the people that has...

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  • Take it easy

    Brazil is very casual and laid back.Forget about gucci and rolex and put on your shorts and your thongs (your tanga if you are a girl).The only thing that is compulsory is a positive attitude.Be proud of who you are and smile.That way you are a sure hit in brazil.

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  • Keeping cool

    Many Brazilians believe that Europeans in general and Germans in particular enjoy drinking warm beer. I’ve unsuccessfully tried to convince my Brazilian friends that this is just a rumour. Then I found about how this misbelief originated: Brazilians like to keep their beer in the freezing compartments. It has to be literally “ice cold”, nearly...

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  • Capoeira

    Capoeira is a blend of martial art, game, dance and culture. It was created by enslaved Africans in Brazil during the 16th Century. Participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in pairs in the centre of the circle. Movement is fast and furious, accompanied by rhythmic music. Those sparring use feints,...

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  • Caipirinha

    These days you can get a caipirinha in pretty much any good bar in London, but in 2001 when we went to Brazil we had never come across this, its national drink. However, I always believe in trying the local delicacies when I travel, so on our first evening in Rio we ordered a couple of these in the hotel bar, and were immediately hooked! If you...

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  • Tipping

    Giving a tip is generally nice, but not mandatory. The fancier the place, the more tips are expected.Some general guidelines:Restaurants: most sit down restaurants will add 10% tip to the bill. This is the usual amount tipped and it is not mandatory. If you wish to pay without the 10%, you are entitled to. Most people, however, will pay the...

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  • Typical food: Bem casado

    Bem casado means happily married. These delicate little cakes are a traditional wedding favour. They are wrapped in crepe paper and distributed at the end of the reception. Feel free to take several home - it is expected and the hostess will usually estimate three bem casados per guest.They are made with two layers of a light sponge cake, about 2...

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  • Typical food: Moqueca

    Moqueca is a fish stew. There as many variants of moqueca as there are seaside cities in Brasil.The most famous is the moqueca bahiana, from Bahia. It is fish stewed with green peppers, tomatoes and coconut milk, spiced with dende oil (a very heavy palm oil which adds a distinctive colour and taste), cilantro and plenty of peppers.Its is...

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  • Churrasco: Brazilian meat cooking

    In the USA, you would probably call Churrasco barbecue, but make no mistake: this method of preparing meat is unique to Brazil, requires far more time than Americans are willing to spend preparing food, and results in absolutely wonderful food.One of my Brazilian friends here in the USA purchased an American grill and decided it didn't work well...

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  • Top less??? oh no no...

    Don´t think that what you see on the tv about Brazil is true heheheh...think twice before taking your clothes off on the beach and run naked or do a top less....Okay, that might sound a bit odd, coming from the supposed country of carnnival, land of the smallest bikinis on the globe, where every year naked women dance the samba in international...

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  • the Wildlife of Brasil

    Fauna and Flora and the amazing Wildlife of Brasil is second to none in the World, I confess the northern Regions are more blessed then the South. understandable, there is the huge Amazon Region with its Jungle and waterways, huge VICTORIA REGINA..Waterlilli's, never seen bigger then on the Amazon. Orchids, so beautiful and valuable..Humboldt...

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  • Going to the Beach and what to bring

    Going to the beach is a religion in Brasil and you have to bring...nothing except for handful of reais when you get there so you can buy coconut water (agua de coco) or beer, and rent a beach chair and enjoy the scene.Do not bring valuables to the beach!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • two brasilian Kings

    Jorge Amado and Dorival Caymmi..Jorge the Writer of great Literature and Dori the Master of SambaJorge Amado, born 1912 south of Bahia, as son of a cocoa planter, graduated at Rio's Law School. His first NovelO Pais do Carnaval..Land of Carnaval, 1931CacauCapitaes da Areia.....Captains of the SandGabriela, Gravo e Canela......Gabriela, Clove and...

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  • Twenty Words to Know in Brazilian...

    1. Hello - Oi (more like hi than hello - informal)2. Goodbye - Tchau (Chow)3. Good morning - Bom dia4. Good afternoon - Boa tarde5. Good night - Boa noite6. You good? - Tudo bom?7. I'm good, and you? - Tudo bom e voce?8. Where is the bathroom? - Onde esta o banheiro?9. How much? - Quanto e?10. How many? Quantos?11. Expensive. Caro/Cara12. Cheap....

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  • Icecold beer.

    When you are in Brazil you always get icecold beer. Very nice when it is very hot. Don´t put all hand around the bottle when you pour it into a glass. The beer in the glas will not stay there. I have learnt that from experience.

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  • Beijos - Kisses and greetings

    I am by no means an expert on this, but this is my understanding of giving beijos, or kisses, when meeting or leaving Brazilians. First off, this is usually only done in social situations, and not in the 'business world'... Men give a kiss to a woman while giving a handhake or hug, the right cheek first, then sometimes the left cheek as well. Three...

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