The Rough Guide to Brazil

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Practical travel guide to Brazil featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Brazil. The Rough Guide to Brazil also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Brazil, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Brazil covers: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Bahia, the Northeast, the Amazon, Brasília and the Planalto Central, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, The South.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences selection for every kind of trip to Brazil, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in The Pantanal to family activities in child-friendly places, like Fernando de Noronha or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Chapada Diamantina National Park.


Essential pre-departure information including Brazil entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Brazil give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for trekking, snorkelling or trying out typical gaúcho barbecue houses.


Rough Guides' rundown of Olinda, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Salvador's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Brazil, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Brazil, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Brazil, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Iguaçu Falls and the spectacular Ouro Preto.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Praia da Pipa, Belém and many more locations in Brazil, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241280669
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 7/31/2018
Pages: 704
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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4.5 out of 5, 2 global ratings

Amazon Customer

As expected

Reviewed on November 30, 2018
Paperback | Verified

Great book!

Amazon Customer

A readable and informative guide

Reviewed on September 03, 2018
Paperback | Verified

This 696-page book - the 9th print edition of August 2018 - is an interesting and readable (the two are not always found together) guide to the South American country of Brazil.

Unlike many guides, this is not a glossy booklet dotted with colourful photographs to make it look superficially attractive, but a (literally) rough guide in terms of comparative paper finishes, but well-designed and presented, with readable text, useful maps, and (well-chosen) photographs only where space allows. The excellent design and layout means that you don’t need unnecessary spot illustrations to break up column after column of small-printed data.

The Contents are
P004: Introduction (Where to go, when to go, what to see, itineraries, etc.)
P026: Basics (travel, transport, accommodation, shopping, eating & drinking, and other “essential” stuff needed to plan a visit there)

The Guide:
P053: Rio de Janeiro
P137: Minas Gerais & Espirito Santo
P203: Bahia
P249: The Northeast
P327: The Amazon
P401: Brazillia & the Planalto Central
P437: Mato Grosso & Mato Grosso do Sul
P479: Sao Paulo
P537: The South

P632: Contexts (articles on history, arts, the Amazon, etc.)
P676: Language
P683: Glossary
P687: Index

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