Tips for a great Brazil break
Following are a few tips to make your trip to Ceara, Brazil, more enjoyable:
- Take along a Portuguese language phrase book. Even better — learn some key Portuguese words and phrases before you go. It’ll be a big help, and the Brazilians will love you for trying. While English is spoken in the major hotels in Fortaleza, it’s rare elsewhere. All street signs, store signs, menus, etc., are in Portuguese.
- Canadian citizens require a Brazilian visa. Make sure you allow for delays and get one at least two weeks before departure.
- Brazil’s summer is from November to April and Ceara is only three degrees south of the equator — it’ll be warm and dress is very casual, even in five-star restaurants.
- The domestic rum and beer in the Fortaleza hotels and nearby resorts is good. However, the wines are dreadful.