“Brazil is always a party. You can tan and mingle with the locals on the country's seemingly endless beaches, from Rio's glamorous Copacabana to the unspoiled treasures along the northeastern shores. In the vast interior, outdoor adventures thrill: take a spray-soaked boat ride into Iguaçu's raging waterfalls or spot exotic wildlife in the Pantanal.” - Fodor's Travel Guide
Brazil is a country that inspires many people. From its beautiful beaches like those at Copacabana to its cultural monuments like Christ the Redeemer, there’s something for everyone. Brazil isn’t the most popular country among European visitors. However, the number of services in Brazil has jumped up from 61.2 million in 2017 to 75 million in 2018, a growth of 23%. Many of these services include hotels and accommodation. After all, when you travel to Brazil, the first question you’ll ask yourself is where you should stay.
Why are you going to Brazil and what’s your main destination?
Here’s our guide to how much accommodation costs and where you should go.
Find out more about budgeting for a trip to Brazil.
Brazilian Hotels, the Classic Solution
The first question you’ll be asking yourself is what kind of accommodation you’ll be getting and how much you can afford. For many years, hotels were the only type of accommodation in Brazil (they counted for 74% of accommodation in 2005) but now there’s a competitive market when it comes to accommodation.
The average cost per night is around £40.
Hotels are the simplest option when organising a trip to Brazil. They’re usually in good locations, affordable, and comfortable. A big advantage of hotels is that they often get the best locations near attractions like UNESCO world heritage sites such as Christ the Redeemer. Brazil's most popular cities have a lot of choices when it comes to hotels:
- Local modern hotels
- Charming little hotels
- Large hotel chains
- Budget hotels
To make reservations, you can use sites Booking.com or Hotels.com. You can also filter your search results to a spa hotel, full-board hotels, or hotels near beaches or historic city centres. This is a great way to find the best prices on the market.
Hotels are bombarded with bookings during Carnival as early as 9 months in advance so make sure you’re prepared!
Did you know that in Brazil the term “pousada” refers to a special type of luxury hotel that’s classed as a historic monument?
This is where you can have a glamorous stay in a historic area. Uacari Lodge, for example, is a 4-star hotel in the heart of the Amazon!
Rustic, modern, authentic, or luxurious? Which type of hotel do you prefer?
There are also motels in Brazil. These don’t often have the best reputation but if you’re in a big group, you could save a lot of money.
Renting Holiday Apartments in a Brazilian City
Holiday apartments and flats are becoming increasingly popular in places like Brazil and its many coastal resorts including:
- Salvador da Bahia
- Ilha Grande
- Guanabara Bay
If you’ve been dreaming of a tailor-made trip to Corcovado, renting an apartment or holiday home is a great way to enjoy the local culture in a city centre or by the sea. Furthermore, in some of the less touristy places, there might be a lack of places to stay you’ll need to look at local rents. More and more people are starting to opt for seasonal rents over hotels and campsites.
So what exactly is a holiday home?
There are plenty of options including:
- Seaside wooden cabins
- Furnished holiday homes
- Seasonal rents by the sea
Do a bit of research to find these holiday homes or holiday rents or check out Airbnb. There are also sites like HousingAnywhere or Latin Exclusive to have a look at.
Find out the best time to visit Brazil.
Youth Hostels: The Budget Option
If you want to save money in order to stretch your budget for visiting other attractions in Brazil, consider staying in youth hostels. This type of accommodation isn’t just for young people on a road trip! These are places where you can meet people and have unforgettable moments.
There are several types of youth hostels in Brazil:
- Hostelling International youth hostels
- International Youth Hostel Federation hostels
- Independent youth hostels
In most cases, you might need to pay a fee to reserve (around 5%). Many independent hostels take payment on arrival. You can make reservations in Brazil using the following sites:
Did you know that some youth hostels in Brazil can cost as little as a couple of quid per evening?
There are plenty of youth hostels that are more comfortable than hotels. You can sit around a pool sipping a caipirinha, a few steps from the beach, for as little as a tenner per night. Of course, you won’t enjoy as much privacy as you would in a hotel.
When choosing motels, make sure you do your research. You can also find stuff on Airbnb and there are over 200 motels on Booking.com.
Why not stay with a host family off the beaten path?
Other Types of Accommodation in Brazil
South America is full of surprises and Brazil is no exception. In terms of places to visit, the Amazon rainforest and the Iguaçu falls are unmissable.
Why not stay in a wooden cabin in the Amazon?
Now there’s an experience you won’t get in just any hotel!
If this doesn’t appeal to you, there are plenty of other options for where to stay. There are other types of tourist accommodation if you’re still not sure where to stay. You could stay in redários in a hammock in the Amazin if you want. These are incredibly cheap since its just you, your hammock, and the sky. This is a unique and cheap way to experience Brazil.
You can also find holiday villages and campsites along the coast in coastal resort towns. Just like in Europe, they aren’t necessarily the most interesting places and they’re not necessarily more comfortable than the hotels you’d find in the city. The advantage is that they’re geared towards tourists. If you want a relaxing time in Brazil, holiday villages are a good way not to get homesick.
Finally, for a successful holiday, make sure you check that where you want to stay is available. During the high season like the Rio Carnaval or the New Year, you may have to book a certain number of days at a fixed price. Despite how awkward this may seem, these deals sell like hotcakes.
Don’t forget that it’s a good idea to learn a bit of Portuguese to make things easier once you arrive and to get cheap flights using sites like Skyscanner. Destination Brazil!
Now you know more about Brazil, when will you be going?
Brazil is the largest country in South America and you can visit Brazilian cities like Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia (the capital city), etc. However, there's also plenty of things to do for nature lovers such as visiting the Amazon rainforest, the Iguazu falls, or hike up the Corcovado river.
Additionally, as a foreigner, there are visa requirements if you want to visit Brazil. You'll need a tourist visa from the Brazilian government before you go. This is easily obtained by applying to the Brazilian embassy or consulate and will be valid for five years.
Finally, before you visit Brazil, you should get a yellow fever vaccination!
Keep in mind that Portuguese is the official language of Brazil (not Spanish like most other South American countries), so you might want to brush up on your language skills 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. 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 and you're more likely to find native Portuguese speakers as you can broaden your search to anywhere in the world!
In group 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.