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Direct flights to Recife are available from New York (seven-and-a-half hours) and Miami (four-and-a-half hours).
Flights typically leave in late evening. Sleep on the plane and awake in Brazil in the morning - Recife is two hours
ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Entry Into Brazil - American citizens must show a passport (valid for six months from intended date of arrival) and a
visa, which can be obtained from the Brazilian consulate in Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles,
Miami, New York or San Francisco.
Customs - Dive gear and photography equipment are considered part of your baggage and require no additional
payment or paperwork.
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The Brazilians' own brand of Portuguese - soft and sensual - is the national language. English is widely spoken in the
tourist industry in Recife, Rio and Angra. But not Noronha.
The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real, currently trading at approximately R 2.56 per dollar. Cash, traveler's checks and
international credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops in Recife and Rio. Have reals ready in
Full country name: Federative Republic
Area: 8,511,965 sq km (3,319,666 sq
Population: 158.7 million
Capital city: Brasilia.
People: 55% European descent, 38%
mulatto, 6% African descent (according
to the 1980 census). In reality, these
figures are skewed by whiteness being
equated with social stature in Brazil.
Religion: 90% Roman Catholic.
Government: Federal republic.
President: Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Visas: A 90-day visa (five years for US
citizens) obtained in advance is required
by most visitors to Brazil.
Health risks: Chagas' disease, dengue
fever, malaria, meningitis, rabies, yellow
Time: GMT/UTC minus 3 hours in the
east, northeast, south and southeast;
GMT/UTC minus 4 hours in the west;
and GMT/UTC minus 5 hours in the far
Electricity: Unstandardized; 110 or
120V, 60 Hz in Rio and São Paulo.
Weights & measures: Metric.