Information about my trip

Being accepted almost all the currencies, the US$ has the best exchange rate, absolutely inconvenient the travelers cheques that further to be exchanged in a few places only, are subject to a 20 $ commission for each TC exchanged. The Casa de cambio generally doesn't apply commission contrarily to the banks; the credit cards (above all the VISA) are very diffused. 

If you travel without hotel bookings, you absolutely need to buy the Guia Quatro Rodas that lists all but really all the available accommodations in the various places with relative prices. In the price of the room is always included the breakfast and practically any hotel have quadruple rooms. In Rio if you want to stay in the Copacabana zone it is worthwhile to choose a hotel in an inside street considering that near the sea the prices come almost doubled. 

I remained more than satisfied by the Brazilian food, very varied and savory, what I have appreciated more is the very well barbecued meat that can be tasted in the churrascarie, in these local ones for a fixed price (normally very low) you can taste a lot of types of barbecued meat on the spits, then the waiters pass for the varied tables cutting the meat directly from the spits into the dish; very diffused are also the kilo restaurants, you can fill the dish from a sideboard and pay to weight. Very good the fruit juices, the national drink: the Guaranà that  remembered me a little bit the taste of the cherry and then naturally the Caipirinha. Between the varied dishes I appreciated quite a lot the pan de queijo: sandwiches with a I mix of cheese, a cheese of which I don't remember the name cooked to the grate on skewers, naturally the national dish: the feijoada, soup of beans and meat. In the Amazon and in the Pantanal can also tasted the piranhas to the grate or in soup but unfortunately I have not succeeded in trying them. Also I have liked quite a lot the Brazilian pizza (cooked as in Italy in the oven to firewood). 

Getting around
As already mentioned for the transportation we used almost exclusively the airplane; the Brazil Air Pass is the most practical and economical way to travel within Brazil, is available only to foreigners and Brazilians residing abroad holding a round trip ticket to Brazil:

Also having made 15 domestic flights fortunately we had no problems of baggage or loss of the coincidences; considering that the airplanes are almost always full it is essential to confirm the varied flight at least the day before the departure. Is necessary to choose with attention the flights considering that a lot of domestic flights foresee intermediary stop (also 3-4) that they lengthen notably the times of flight, in each airport then before embarking is necessary to pay (cash) the airport taxes, with a middle expense of R$ 9 to person for the domestic flights and R$ 60 for the intercontinental flights. 
Even if I have not tried them directly the connections with the buses are very efficient, instead the railway net is practically nonexistent. The taxis are very convenient even if in the biggest city is necessary to make attention avoid cheats and to try to have the taximeter used. 

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