|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 18% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||October||Best time to find cheap flights, 6% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 1055||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 657||From Toronto to Sao Paulo|
C$ 696 - C$ 1493
When to fly to Brazil
High season in Brazil is from December through to March. The best time to book airline tickets to Brazil is from December until Carnaval season, although accommodation and flights are at their peak. The week of Easter is also another popular time to visit.
Winter in Brazil is May to October, also the best time to find a bargain. Prices are lower and temperatures are in the upper 20s.
The largest country in South America, Brazil, is also the most diverse and populous countries in the world. First time travellers to Brazil may feel slightly overwhelmed by the vastness of the place and find choosing one city to visit difficult but most Brazil flights stop in either Rio or Sao Paulo and from there travelling around the rest of the country is easy.
The first thing most people notice when they visit Brazil is the eclectic mix of its people. Immigrants from Portugal, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia have been living harmoniously here for generations. Sao Paulo has the largest Japanese community outside of Japan while Rio Grande do Sul, Parana and Santa Catarina in the south have the highest concentration of Germans and Italians.
Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly Brazil’s heart and soul, and of course, where Carnaval takes place every year attracting thousands to book flights to Brazil. And while Rio is known as the party city, Sao Paulo is where Brazil’s financial center lies and is also its richest city. Those looking for the secluded legendary beaches of Brazil should head further northeast to Recife, Fortaleza and Natal.
There are a wide range of flights available from Canada to Brazil, but one of the most popular is going to Sao Paulo from Toronto. The various flights into this location may take anywhere from 9h 55m for the quickest flights to 13h 35m for the longer ones. Keep in mind that in many cases, the less expensive flights are going to be longer in reaching the destination. Travellers can also take a flight from Calgary into Rio De Janeiro. These flights tend to take around 17h 25m to reach the destination.
As far as direct flights go, travellers from Canada can reach Sao Paulo through Toronto Airport. There are limited direct, nonstop flights offered by Air Canada. However, there are also many Brazil flight deals on stopover flights between the same two locations. Airlines offering these flights include LATAM Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Air Canada. Those taking a flight into Rio De Janeiro from Calgary can choose from United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and Air Canada for stopover flights.
One of the largest domestic air networks around the globe is located in Brazil so many people use flight to reach various Brazilian cities. LATAM and Gol offer the largest number of flights on domestic routes with airline transfers available between many of the major centres. Car hire companies are located in major cities and at airports with the most popular being Hertz and Avis. Taxis are another option for getting around and are recommended during the night. The most reliable are the official taxies which are yellow and blue. Long-distance buses are also available to most cities.
There is no lack of options when flying into Brazil. Minas Gerais is located in southern Brazil and is known for its gold and diamond discovery in the 17th century. This area has many colonial mansions and Baroque churches. Paraty is another popular place to visit and is located between Sao Paolo and Rio De Janeiro. It’s a wealthy city that is popular for its boutique hotels, gourmet restaurants, and schooner cruises on the bay. Costa Verde is the best place to visit if a traveller is interested in the Brazilian beaches as many of them are located in the same area. Anyone looking to enjoy the natural world in Brazil can visit Diamantina National Park to explore waterfalls, caves, and underground lakes.
In order to spend time in Brazil when travelling from Canada, a passport is required. It must be valid for at least six months after the date of entry. Visas are also required for those coming from Canada. Tourist visas are valid for up to 90 days’ time. In addition to carrying a visa and passport, travellers must also show proof of a return ticket home at the end of the trip.
Getting around Brazil
Because of its size, the best way to get around Brazil is by domestic flights. A Brazil Pass is the most economical way to fly around from city to city, but the pass must be arranged when booking your airline ticket.
Taxis are the safest way to get around the major cities.
Buses are a good option for long-distance travel and all major cities are linked by bus routes.
Driving is not advisable since traffic can get rather frustrating and the roads can be dangerous at times.