Brazil is one of the most fascinating travel destinations in the world. Tourists fall in love with this beautiful country the moment they step foot on its soil. However, every country has certain local customs and Brazil is no different. So here’s a list of things not to do in Brazil to ensure a fun and smooth vacation.
1. Don't leave your bag unattended on the floor
Of course, one of the reasons you should not leave your bag unattended is that it might get snatched without you even noticing. However, there is more to this. You see, Brazil is a tropical country with several species of creepy-crawlies moving around. If you keep your bag on the floor unattended, there are chances that said creepy-crawly species might crawl over it or into it. Oh also, leaving your bag behind or forgetting it is considered bad luck. This is one of those superstitions that you will be warned about.
2. Don't assume locals speak Spanish
Yes, Spanish is similar to Portuguese, but it is still different, so don't be under the impression that you'll speak Spanish and be understood. Brazilians usually speak Portuguese and understand a bit of English. So, don't be an ignorant tourist.
3. Don't take self-guided trips to national parks
There are some national parks that you can check out by yourself like the Tijuca forest in Rio De Janerio but not all national parks are safe. It is always best to take a guide or a qualified person with you to these potentially dangerous national parks.
4. Don't forget to take care of your valuables
Be careful of your valuables and money. Avoid wearing expensive watches or waving around your new camera because it might get robbed. Just take precautions and be attentive in general.
5. Don't be impatient
Well, things move at a slow pace in Brazil. Punctual people might find this annoying but you have to learn to be patient. You might see long queues in supermarkets and ATMs but think of it this way, it's just part of the experience...
6. Avoid tipping
Many locals don't expect you to tip because tipping is not a common practice in Brazil. However, if you are in some fine dining establishment, you might want to leave a little tip.
7. Avoid too much drinking
Just don't get drunk in public. The Brazilians often don't get drunk and they do not respect others who indulge in too much drinking.
8. Don't forget to get vaccinated
Being a tropical country, there are a large number of mosquitoes and outbreaks of certain illnesses that do take place in Brazil. It is always better to be on the safer side and get yourself vaccinated. Keep yourself well informed beforehand.
Let the travel bug bite you.