local guide with sloth

Rodrigo Ojeda

Rodrigo Ojeda, our local guide in Iguazu has worked as a tour guide for groups in Brazil for 2 years now. He is German-Brazilian and can speak several different languages including English, Portugese, German and Spanish. Rodrigo enjoys cycling, soccer and swimming and he specialises in geography, history and conservation projects. If he had the chance, he would love to visit India. Although he was brought up in Germany and spent 20 years living there, Rodrigo has fallen in love with Brazil and thinks you will too! Here are some of his favourite tips on Brazil…

‘The best thing about Brazil is the variety of the country. There is the jungle, the Atlantic rainforest, the mountains, the beaches, the biodiversity, the different ethnic groups and religion and the food. My favourite is our Brazilian barbecue, Churrasco. There’s also lots going on – there is more than one carnival and samba for example. Brazil is unique and that’s the best thing about it. Because of our different climate zones people visiting need to be prepared for all types of weather. For example, a good rain jacket and hiking boots are important to bring for trips to the tropicals, such as to the Amazon river.’

rio landscape with christ the redeemer

Heloise Maes

Heloise Maes was lucky enough to start travelling at the age of 15 and has since focused her life on travel and became a flight attendant for an international airline. One day she would love to complete a round the world trip. She grew up in the bustling city of Rio De Janeiro so she has plenty of advice for those visiting Brazil…

‘The natural beauty of Brazil and the caricocas (local people) of the country ensure that visiting Brazil will be an unforgettable trip and there will always be a surprise in each different tour. I would recommend Feijoada, a black bean stew as a traditional dish to try but tasting a Brazilian barbecue would complete a celebration. I think when visiting Brazil people should pack light clothing, including a coat and shoes for rainforest trips. Bring a bikini too but they’re always easy to find sold around the beaches. Lastly, don’t forget to have an open heart so you can relate to the locals!’

local guide on the river

Baruque Bernado

Baruque Bernado was brought up in the city of Recife and describes himself as ‘a guy who loves his place [Recife] and enjoys making people feel at home here’. Given the chance, Baruque would travel all over the globe! Here’s what he has to say about Brazil…

‘You get a bonus when you visit Brazil as there are several places to visit in just one destination. People should visit Brazil to see it, to know it, to love it! Brazil is so vast – a mosaic of culture, people and influence. I try to appease to the clients taste, emphasising on using local transport and observing their itinerary so I’m able to offer them new, unique experiences that match their expectations. The main thing people need to bring on their journey to Brazil is a desire to enjoy a trip to this amazing country!’

toucan in brazil

Inspiration

Go wild for Brazil's wildlife
Search for caiman, piranhas and the elusive pink dolphin, ride horseback western style, snorkel with the turtles and spot pods of dolphin, Brazil has it all
Wildlife in Brazil

Top Tips

From jungle treks to thundering falls | The ultimate Brazil holiday

15th May 2013 by Friends of Rickshaw

Jeremy spent six weeks travelling around Brazil and now he's sharing his top tips for the ultimate Brazil trip, including Rio, the Amazon and Iguazu falls!

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