The Rough Guide to Brazil

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This Brazil guidebook is perfect for independent travellers planning a longer trip. It features all of the must-see sights and a wide range of off-the-beaten-track places. It also provides detailed practical information on preparing for a trip and what to do on the ground. And this Brazil travel guidebook is printed on paper from responsible sources, and verified to meet the FSC’s strict environmental and social standards.

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

Inside this Brazil travel book, you’ll find:


  • A wide range of sights – Rough Guides experts have hand-picked places for travellers with different needs and desires: off-the-beaten-track adventures, family activities or chilled-out breaks

  • Itinerary examples – created for different time frames or types of trip

  • Practical information – how to get to Brazil, all about public transport, food and drink, shopping, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, tips for travellers with disabilities and more

  • Author picks and things not to miss in Brazil –  Views from the Corcovado, Salvador, Brasília, Paraty, Carnaval, Fernando, Fernando de Noronha, São Paulo, The Pantanal, Churrascarias de Porto Alegre, Trekking in the Chapada Diamantina, Olinda, Ilha Santa Catarina Beaches, Rio Nightlife, Serra Verde Express, Iguaçu Falls, Brazilian Futebol, Colonial Rio, Morro de São Paulo, Ouro Preto, Copacabana, The Aquário Natural 

  • Insider recommendations – tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money, and find the best local spots

  • When to go to Brazil – high season, low season, climate information and festivals 

  • Where to go – a clear introduction to Brazil with key places and a handy overview 

  • Extensive coverage of regions, places and experiences – regional highlights, sights and places for different types of travellers, with experiences matching different needs

  • Places to eat, drink and stay – hand-picked restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels

  • Practical info at each site – hours of operation, websites, transit tips, charges

  • Colour-coded mapping – with keys and legends listing sites categorised as highlights, eating, accommodation, shopping, drinking and nightlife  

  • Background information for connoisseurs – history, culture, art, architecture, film, books, religion, diversity

  • Essential Portuguese dictionary and glossary of local terms 

  • Free download of the eBook – available after purchase of the printed guidebook to Brazil 

  • Fully updated post-COVID-19

The guide provides a comprehensive and rich selection of places to see and things to do in Brazil, as well as great planning tools. It’s the perfect companion, both ahead of your trip and on the ground.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781839059902
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 6/4/2024
Pages: 664
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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