October has always been one of our favorite months to explore Brazil. October in Brazil means the early days of summer which means longer days and pre-Carnival celebrations. It's also prime jaguar season in the Pantanal and the driest (translate: beach weather!) in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Of course summertime (November - March) is Brazil's peak season, but October has a special place in our hearts.
This year, October has proven to be particularly epic for Brazil. In the past couple of weeks, we've seen no less than three pieces of news that are absolute game changers for travelers to Brazil. If you're thinking of traveling to Brazil in the months ahead, you can't miss the tips in this post!
1. Tourist visas are now available ONLINE!
Gone are the days of printing out an application, going to your local Consulate or Embassy and waiting for your visa to get issued. As we reported earlier this year, the Brazilian government was in the process of establishing an electronic visa application. It is now official and will be introduced to various countries over the months ahead:
AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS: November 21, 2017
CANADIAN CITIZENS: January 8, 2018
U.S. CITIZENS: January 15, 2018
JAPANESE CITIZENS: January 22, 2018
So while Americans won't be the first to experience the electronic visa application to Brazil, we won't be far behind. Tourists from these countries who wish to travel to Brazil will simply need to go to a website, complete the application and submit the fee (the fee remains unchanged at $160 per person, though it is valid for 10 years and for multiple re-entries). Visas will be issued within 72 hours of submission.
A HUGE win for eliminating red tape and bureaucracy, and making it easier for everyone to experience the amazing country of Brazil.
2. Super-luxe Fasano Hotel opens in the Rio beachtown of Angra dos Reis!
If you've ever seen a shot of Rio de Janeiro on Instagram, chances are good that it came from the sexy rooftop pool of the Fasano Hotel, located in the city's famed Ipanema neighborhood. The hotel is a favorite for celebrities and beautiful people alike, and in the less than ten years since its opening has become Rio's premier "it" hotel. Now, the Fasano group is preparing for the launch of their newest venture, Fasano Angra dos Reis, set to open later this year.
The hotel will boast a beach club with full service, pool bar, a more than 15,000 square-foot spa with eight treatment rooms and an exclusive area for children, fully equipped fitness center and multifunctional room for ballet, yoga and dance classes, tennis courts, local boutique shops and an 18-hole golf course.
Fasano Angra dos Reis will also have two restaurants, with one featuring increasingly popular "Raw" gastronomy, as well as traditional Fasano cuisine overseen by the restaurateur Rogério Fasano.
Angra dos Reis is an iconic beach town located approximately 2.5 hours south of Rio de Janeiro extremely popular with wealthy "Cariocas" who drive down to their beach homes for weekends and vacations. The hotel is fantastic news for international tourists as the area has never offered much in terms of recommendable accommodations. It's also a perfect place to stay if you'd like to visit nearby Ilha Grande, one of the most beautiful beach islands in all of Brazil. You could either make a day trip from Angra or add on a few nights on the island for a more low-key -but equally memorable- experience.
Check out some preliminary images below!
3. Jericoacoara gets its own airport!
Continuing with the amazing beach theme, this month we received some big news from the Northeast of Brazil, which "Brazil Nuts" will know as the epicenter of the country's best beaches. The breathtaking beach town of Jericoacoara, known for its pristine white sand beaches and rolling sand dunes, has now opened its own airport.
Jericoacoara Airport (JJD) is now operating 5 flights per week from both Recife and Campinas via Azul Airlines. The airport is just 20 miles from town (around 45 minutes by car to Jeri's hotels) and means visitors no longer need to make the five-hour drive to/from the hub city of Fortaleza (FOR) to experience this truly wonderful destination.
The new flight schedule is as follows:
Recife (REC) / Jericoacoara (JJD)
REC - JJD 13:11 - 14:40 Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
JJD - REC 15:10 - 16:46 Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Campinas - Viracopos (VCP) / Jericoacoara (JJD)
VCP - JJD 12:10 - 15:40 Saturday
JJD - VCP 16:10 - 19:40 Saturday