• Colombia!

    Colombia: Caribbean Sea coast. Go Now!

    Although most of the people live inland, Colombia also has its share of coastline along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea (pictured). Go Now!

  • Ecuador!

    Ecuador: Sally Lightfoot Crab. Go Now!

    The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador are home to incredible wildlife, such as the famous Galapagos Turtle and the lesser known, but more common Red Rock or Sally Lightfoot crab (pictured). Begin Your Journey!

  • Chile!

    Chile: Torres del Paine National Park. Go Now!

    The Andes dominate much of Chile, including the breath-taking Torres del Paine National Park (pictured). However, the country also hosts the world's driest desert and a thriving metropolis. Begin Your Journey!

  • Venezuela!

    Venezuela: Los Roques. Go Now!

    Rooted in Europe, Venezuela boasts an impressive history, culture, and beauty, including the Caribbean Coast (pictured). Explore Venezuela!

  • Bolivia!

    Bolivia: Salt flats. Go Now!

    This hidden gem is full of surprises, from the impressive salt flats (pictured) to the migrating flamingos. It also clings to the most historic indigenous culture on the continent. Explore Bolivia!

Social Life in Brazil


The international image of the Brazilians is of a people who are very liberal and this can be seen in their political representatives as well as their enjoyment of partying at their huge Carnaval celebration. However, most of the time the Brazilians are much more conservative, especially after getting off the country's most popular beaches. This is primarily based on the tenants of the Catholic Church.

As a visitor to Brazil try to follow the lead of the locals by dressing conservatively when not on the beach (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette (see our Brazil Dining & Food Page), and avoid sensitive conversation topics, such as politics, finances, and business unless initiated by your local counterpart. Also try to avoid being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or getting noticeably drunk in public (except during Carnaval of course).


The dress in Brazil varies from region to region and even from neighborhood to neighborhood both now as well as in the past. In the way of traditional clothing in Brazil there is no consistent as the people are quite diverse and there was clothing from Africa, the Far East, and Europe among others. Due to this the traditional clothing was more dependent on ethnicity and geography than on anything else. Today this diversity in dress continues.

On some beaches skimpy outfits are the norm, while on other beaches, especially in the south, the dress and swimwuits tend to be more conservative so try to stick with shorts or short-sleeved shirts that aren't too revealing. Moving away from the beaches and further inland the dress generally becomes more conservative. In most places shorts are uncommon as the people tend to wear simple shirts, slacks, and perhaps even a sweater for colder weather.

As a visitor to Brazil you can wear just about anything without offending the locals, but do cover up when not on the beaches, especially if visiting churches. Also be ready for rain as much of the country is covered with rainforests and the rains can arrive any time of year throughout the country. If going out or doing business in the country, the Brazilians tend to dress quite formally and you should follow suite as how a person dresses tends to indicate status and the respect you will receive as a result. Women should also take care to have their nails done as this will be notice, or at least not having them done will be noticed.

Although dressing nicely for business and meals out is important, also try to avoid dressing in a way that indicates wealth or attracts excessive attention. Wearing shirts that indicate you are foreign or wearing a flashy watch are great indications that you are from out of town and in many places this is an invitation to potential criminals. Also try to avoid wearing the colors of the Brazilian flag, which are green and yellow, particularly in business settings.

This page was last updated: November, 2013