advice for clients considering scalp micropigmentation in brazil
Ok, let’s try and get our heads around the very king of the South American jungle – Brazil! “But what’s there to get our heads around” we hear you cry? Oh dear reader, do you know just how big this crazy country is? Well, it’s 8.511.965 km², the 5th largest country in the world & you could fit the whole of Europe inside of it. Yup, it’s huge!
What does this mean? It means you’ve got a load of things to see as well as getting your Scalp Micropigmentation treatment done. There are beaches (and pretty darned nice ones at that), buzzing cities with huge mardi gras’ packed full of colour, rainforest (the Amazon in case you weren’t sure which one) & sand dunes and lagoons along with delectable culinary delights.
Regarding visa applications, it’s always advisable to investigate each and every individual case before you even begin. For British nationals who are solely visiting, theoretically, the process is very straightforward. Validity of passports, proof that you can support yourself and have accommodation for the duration of your visit etc. However, for further information regarding the rules and regulations of Brazilian travel, check this out here.
Concerning vaccinations, verify that your standard boosters are up to date and always verify the need for yellow fever certificates as it regulations change regularly. It’s recommended, should you be travelling to the smaller towns and villages, that you protect yourself against typhoid and malaria, albeit not mandatory.
Another useful thing when planning a trip to Brazil will be a brush up on those language skills. Surprisingly, you’ll find that there are substantial number of people who don’t speak English – also in the larger cities! The official language is Portuguese & there are also a good few dialects… so the very best of luck!
The only legal tender in Brazil is the Brazilian Real. It’s advisable to take some with you before you begin but you can certainly exchange money on arrival.
NB AND IT’S IMPORTANT. ATM’S ARE WIDELY AVAILABLE BUT CREDIT CARD FRAUD IS ALSO JUST AS WIDE AND VAST IN BRAZIL – BE CAUTIOUS OF USING AIRPORT ATM’S AND CARD CLONING & KEEP A BACK-UP STASH OF CASH FOR EMERGENCIES.
Packing your bags for a trip to Brazil isn’t a complex affair, clearly you’ll be wanting to spend some time on the beach so swimwear and flip flops will be essential. However, you’ll also need some great bug repellent and very good sun protection, especially for the more delicate skinned amongst you. We have to stress that time on the beach should really be limited to before you have your scalp micropigmentation treatment. And we recommend you wear a lightweight hat post treatment and avoid using suncreams.
It’s true, the weather can be glorious in Brazil but it does actually rain on occasions – and big time. Ensure that you’ve got some waterproof coats that are lightweight and easy to dry out. Additionally, ensure that you’ve decent walking shoes and if you’re planning to take a trip to the Amazon you’ll need hiking boots along with some long trousers to protect against bites from bugs. Also remember that albeit that it can be really very warm, it can cool down substantially in the evenings so don’t forget a cardigan or pullover.
Wifi can be a little hit and miss in Brazil so you’ll also need to pack a phrase book as you’ll not necessarily be able to rely on the internet for this.
Finally, don’t forget to take copies of all documents, passports, driving licences etc. Petty theft is not unheard of in Brazil and people do lose stuff – they’re much easier to replace if you have a copy of them! Better to be safe than sorry!
The standards are fairly variable but generally, if you hunt for long enough, you’ll find a decent quality that’s clean and functional for under a 100 USD per evening.
You can also look at the lower end of the scale and there’s a great selection of family run hotels that can accommodate this.
For a more detailed guide to booking accommodation in Brazil, why not check out the rough guides to South America. And if you fancy the idea of really integrating, why not consider the option of a homestay.
And let’s chuck a wild card in here… if you’re planning to remain for a while check out this fabulous link.
First and foremost, if you’re thinking of train travel – ditch the idea. Trains have been pretty much diminished to zero! There are a few smaller routes that you can take via steam train but essentially, there are easier modes of transport.
Essentially, given the size of Brazil, the easiest way of travelling within the country is via domestic flights. They’re reasonably priced and the country is well geared up. Click here for information about an airpass and to book internal flights.
Bus travel for long distances work well in Brazil & to boot, they’re clean, on time & plentiful. There’s a plethora of private companies that operate and here’s a site where you can check out times and prices.
It’s useful to note that bus travel in the centre of the busy cities (and when we say busy, we mean busy) can be a slightly slow and painful experience. For this reason, taxis are a preferred inner-city mode of transport. You can take either a taxi or a minivan and the fares are metered except in smaller towns. If you find that there isn’t a meter ensure that you agree on a price before you leave for your destination and note that during the month of December the fares can go up!!
If you’re planning on driving in Brazil, it’s useful to know that parking is a proverbial nightmare in the cities. It’s probably also useful to know that the death rate owing to crazy driving is one of the highest in the world. Yup, it’s for the brave and the bold! But if you are one of those brave and bold people, we suggest you try Kayak for Brazil car rental.