Brazil in brief
- Surface area: 8,514,876 sq km
- Capital: Brasilia
- Official language: Portuguese
- Currency: the Real
- Religions: Catholicism (64.6%), Protestantism (32.2%)
Useful facts for your stay at Rio Das Pedras Club Med
Main public holidays and events in Brazil
There are numerous festivals throughout this vast country. Besides the Rio Carnival, many towns also have their own carnival.
Each town also celebrates its own “anniversary” date, and that of its patron saint:
- in January: New Year (1 January)
- in February: the Rio Carnival takes place every year between Epiphany and Lent, 4 days before Ash Wednesday (in February or March)
- in March: Good Friday and Easter Monday (March or April)
- in April: anniversary of the death of Tiradentes, martyr of Brazil’s Independence, considered a national hero (21 April)
- in May: Labour Day (1 May)
- in June: Festas Juninas, a celebration of the saints of the month (Anthony, John and Peter), in many towns throughout the country / Bumba Meu Boi, a Brazilian folk theatrical tradition of death and resurrection, featuring human and animal characters (end of June to August)
- in August: Assumption of the Virgin Mary (15 August)
- in September: Independence Day (7 September)
- in October: our Lady of Aparecida, the patron saint of Brazil (12 October)
- in November: Day of the Dead (2 November) / Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic in 1889 (15 November)
- in December: St Nicholas (6 December) / Christmas (25 December) / New Year’s Eve is also the Festa de Iemanja, goddess of the water, in the Umbanda religion.
Brazilian culinary specialities
- Starters: Salgadinhos (assortment of savory snacks with meat, fish, etc), frango a passarinho (small pieces of chicken with garlic and black pepper, caldo de sururu (mussel soup)
- Dishes: rice and beans are the staple ingredients of Brazilian cuisine: feijoada (red or black beans, rice and pork), churrasco (beef, lamb, pork or poultry), virada a paulista (beans, rice, cabbage, garlic sausage, thin steak, banana and fried egg), carne do sol (salted or smoked beef with manioc puree)
- Desserts: pudim (milk flan), pé de moleque (a peanut and caramel sweet), romeo e julieta (sweet fruit paste with cheese) and exotic fruits (acai, acerola cherries, caja, mangaba, passion fruit
Flora and fauna in Brazil
- Flora: partially covered by the Amazon forest, Brazil is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of biodiversity, with savannah, pampa, tropical forest and marshland… Rio Das Pedras Club Med is located in the second largest protected nature reserve in Brazil
- Fauna: toucans, colibiris, pumas, jaguars, dolphins, monkies, turtles, lizards, snakes
Shopping in Brazil
- Craftwork: precious and semi-precious stones (amethyst, diamond, emerald…), ceramics, Brazilian sandals, lace doilies or table mats, Havaianas flip flops, wooden objects…
- Local produce: chocolate-covered fruit jellies, cashew nuts, mangoes, cachaça (sugar cane liqueur)…
A few useful expressions for your stay in Brazil
- Hello (in the morning): bom dia
- Hello (in the afternoon): boa tarde
- Good evening, Goodnight: boa noite
- Thankyou: obrigado (pronounced by a man), obrigada (pronounced by a woman)
- Yes / No: sim / nao
- Please: por favor
Places of interest to discover in the area surrounding Rio Das Pedras Club Med
Make the most of your stay at Rio Das Pedras Club Med to discover the natural beauty and fascinating culture of the region.
Mangratiba is 15 km from Club Med
From this small town with a pretty port you can take a boat to Ilha Grande, the largest island in the state of Rio de Janheiro. It is a paradise island of mountains and jungle.
Travel time: a 15-minute drive
Angra Dos Reis is 40 km from Club Med
A lively town with a thriving fishing port.
Travel time: a 45-minute drive
Paraty is 137 km from Club Med
This small colonial town is a major tourist attraction for its colonial architecture, churches and port. In addition to its wealth of cultural and historic interest, there are some 25 beaches in the surrounding area.
Travel time: a 2 and a half-hour drive