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 Brazil - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -3. Summer time UTC -2 (October to March).

Fernando de Noronha UTC -2.

Yachting Essentials

Voltage: 110/220 V

Frequency: 60 Hz

110 V found in states of Bahia, Paraná (including Curitiba), Rio de Janeiro, Paulo and Minas Gerais (though 220 V may be found in some hotels). Other areas are 220 V only, with the exception of Fortaleza (240 V). Outlets are often a combination of type A and C and can accept either type plug.

Money

Real (RI) of 100 centavos (introduced 1994).

Communications

International dialing code for Brazil is +55.

A prepaid SIM card for Brazil is a trouble-free option for using your existing world phone as a prepaid Brazil cell phone,a better rate than a Brazil cell phone rental. The SIM chip, combined with an unlocked GSM World cell phone, helps you keep the lines of communication open without being burdened by high international roaming surcharges applicable when you use your “home” SIM card abroad.

Transport

Public bus transport is cheap and efficient and the standard of the buses is also very good, especially long-distance buses.

There are very few trains.

Diplomatic Missions

Diplomatic Missions / Embassies

Consulate of United Kingdom - Avenida Conselheiro Aguiar, 2941 - 3º floor - Boa Viagem. Tel: +55(0)81 34650230, Fax:+55(0)81 34650247

Consulate of United States - Rua Gonçalves Maia, 163 - Boa Vista Tel:+55(0)81 34212441, Fax: +55(0)81 32311906

Consulate of Netherlands - Avenida Conselheiro Aguiar, 1472 - room 142 Tel: +55(0)81 34656704, Fax: +55(0)81 33251399

Consulate of France - Avenida Conselheiro Aguiar, 2333 - 6° floor - Boa Viagem. Tel: +55(0)81 34653290, Fax: +55(0)81 34663599

Consulate of Germany - Rua Antonio Lumack do Monte, 128 - 16° floor Tel: +55(0)81 34635350 Fax: +55(0)81 34654084

For full list of Foreign Embassies in Brazil see link
Foreign Embassies in Brazil

Events

Carnival starts on Friday night, four days before Ash Wednesday, and is celebrated throughout the following days and much of the nights as well. Although Rio Carnival is the most famous, it is celebrated all over Brazil.

Cape to Rio Yacht Race - 2014. Read about it here.

BRally - Coast of Brazil Northbound
Posted December 2016.
Tentative BRally for 2017. Boats interested on a BRally sailing northbound up the coast of Brazil during the 2017 season, please get in touch. Approximate itinerary on the website. Organised by Silvio P. Ramos, Port Officer for OCC and Local Representative for CA in Southern Brazil.

Emergencies

Emergency numbers in Brazil

Police - Tel 190
Fire Service - Tel 1923
Emergency Health Services - Tel 192

POLTUR is a special police unit set up to assist foreign visitors. In Rio de Janeiro the office is at: Avenida Afranio de Melo Franco, Leblon. It is open 24 hours.

The public health system is poor, although emergency treatment is free. Private treatment is expensive, so medical insurance is recommended.

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Cruising Guide to the Coast of Brazil Part 3: South Brazil
By Pete Hill
Published by RCC Pilotage Foundation (Dec 2016)
As with parts 1 & 2 it is in kindle format, ideally used on a colour tablet or iPad. It is available from Amazon.co.uk for £5 or $6.47.

Cruising Guide to the coast of Brazil Part 2: North Coast from Paraiba State to Maranhao State
By Pete Hill
Published by RCC Pilotage Foundation (Dec 2014)
Also available as an eBook from Amazon.co.uk
Covering the islands of Sao Pedro & Sao Paul, Fernando de Noronha and the north coast from Cabedelo to Ilha Lencois.

Cruising Guide to the Coast of Brazil Part 1: East Coast from Paraiba State to Bahia State
By Pete Hill
Published by RCC Pilotage Foundation (Dec 2014)
Also available as an eBook from Amazon.co.uk
Covering the islands of Sao Pedro & Sao Paul, Fernando de Noronha and the east coast from Cabedelo to Arquipelago dos Abrolhos.

See this report for a review of both parts of this Brazilian Cruising Guide.

Brazil Cruising Guide
By Michel Balette
Published by Imray (1st Edition 2010 / update 2013)
ISBN: 9781846232015
Originally published in France, this cruising guide to Brazil has been produced to the same high standards as Imray's major pilot books. Over 250 harbours and anchorages are described and illustrated in full colour with charts and photographs.

South Atlantic Circuit
By Tom Morgan
Publisher: RCCPF 1st Edition 2002
ISBN13 9789541900338
South Atlantic Circuit is the comprehensive reference work for anyone wishing to travel the South Atlantic Ocean and explore the fascinating coastlines of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, the South Atlantic Islands, South Africa and Namibia. The preparations required for ocean cruising are covered. Strategies included are winds, currents and routes around the South Atlantic and communications etc. There is also pilotage for major destinations.

Havens & Anchorages: A companion to the South Atlantic circuit for the South American coast
By Tom Morgan
Publisher On Board Publications (2002)
ISBN-13: 978-0954190040

Brazil and Beyond
By Annie Hill
Publisher Tiller Publishing April 2001
ISBN 13: 978-1888671216

Cruising the Coast of Brazil
By Marçal Ceccon
See www.veleiro.net/rapunzel
Available in English from Bluewater Books
Updated by the author every two years. It describes 30 different destinations along the coast from Belem in the north, to Rio Grande in the south. Each destination is described in detail with the anchorages, marinas, etc. services, and general information.

Brasilian Coast Cruising Guide (in Portuguese)
Region: All Saints Bay - Bahiarom Ilheus to Morro de São Paulo - Bahia
Author: Hélio Magalhães
Whilst this guide is written in Portuguese, there are many useful pilotage diagrams.
Purchase by emailing: mantrapb@gmail.com
Price: U.S. $ 35.00 + Shipping

Brazilian Tourism Board

www.angra-dos-reis.com. Has English pages.

www.sailbrasil.com.br This site contains some very useful information including nautical charts, lists of marinas, yacht clubs, boatyards, supply and repair services. It is in Portuguese but a translation program allows it to be easily navigated.

Update History

October 2016: All fromalities checked/updated.
November 2015: Immigration checked/updated.
June 2015: Publications checked
November 2014: Customs formalities checked.
October 2014: Clearance updated with information from Jason of s/v Two Fish.
November 2013: Update from Iain and Meg of SV Ariadne.
June 2012: Added security section with details of latest attacks against yachts with information from Ron Llewellyn of SY Sula and Rachel Emery of SY Ventana.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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banuD
banuD says:
Oct 03, 2016 01:23 PM

We're on anchor in ıtaparica for almost 4 months now, and havent been anywhere else so comfortable so far. You can leave your dinghy at marina, get fresh water for free, and people are very friendly if you're friendly. Had no safety problems so far, however we lock the boat as been warned by many people. It's also lovely to sail around, to Rio Paraguacu, Tororo waterfall etc..Nature is amazing, loved it all...Just finding yatching equipments even in Salvador is very very difficult. So if anyone has any experience finding rigging materials, would be great to learn.
banu, S/Y Gezi

svRevelations.com
svRevelations.com says:
Jul 16, 2015 01:28 AM

We spend 5 months in Brazil and thoroughly enjoyed it! Three months at Terminal Nautico, Salvador, two weeks in Recife and four weeks at Jacare Village Marina in Cabedelo. Nor once did we feel threatened in any way nor did we encounter any difficulties. Everybody was helpful and mostly went out of their way to be of assistance. We extensively sailed around the Salvador (Bahia de Todos Santos) area and visited many popular and remote anchorages. We hired a vehicle and drove over 2400 kilometers visiting many inland towns and villages. Everywhere we went, we met generous and helpful people across the entire spectrum - rich and poor, old and young. Marcello Brochini from Bahia Boats in Salvador went out of his way to show us more of Brazilian life - he can also assist in importing spare parts and yacht equipment duty free. Crime is certainly not as common some people would want you to believe and we have seen far worse in some sophisticated first world countries. Learn a few Portuguese words (hardly anybody can speak English), relax, take it easy, mix with the laid back Brazilian people, don't expect things done in a rush, make sure to stock up on their Cachaca - you will have a great time and then some more!

kathmcnulty
kathmcnulty says:
May 18, 2015 02:34 AM

Salvador and Bahia de Todos Santos are brilliant. Everyone is friendly, welcoming and helpful. We have been here two months and loved every minute. We have stayed at the Terminal Nautica in Salvador and sailed to many places in the bay. We have visited many places in Salvador by bus and on foot and been to Chapada Diamantina NP. We have felt safe and had no problems - only friendship and generosity. Come to Brazil, you'll love it. Don't let the security column put you off, just take the precautions you would anywhere. And learn a bit of Brazilian on the crossing, it will go a long way. Kath, Caramor, Salvador de Bahia

Thomas Rupp
Thomas Rupp says:
Mar 30, 2015 11:20 AM

I'm in Itiparica since one week. During this time one boat was boarded during the night and robbed (the owners and their dog were on the boat sleeping and the boat was open, they noticed the theft the next morning),
one couple were attacked by 4 locals with machetes whilst on the beach to the left of the marina during the afternoon, and their bag was stolen and one boat was boarded during the day while the owners were at the marina. Luckily another boat noticed the thieves on board and chased them in their dinghy.
Whilst these thieves were caught and hopefully the nightmare is over, cruisers should be careful.
All of the involved boats are in the anchorfield directly outside the marina.
I will tell the 3 couples about noonsite and see if they can send in first-hand reports.
Tom
Itiparica, 30.03.2015

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