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Federative Republic of Brazil/República Federativa do Brasil
Region: South America
Area: 8,514,877 thous. sq. km
Major cities: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte
Climate: Brazil hosts five major climatic zones: equatorial, tropical, semiarid, temperate, and subtropical; the different climatic conditions produce environments ranging from equatorial rainforests in the north and semiarid deserts in the northeast, to coniferous forests in the south and tropical savannas in central Brazil
Languages spoken: Portuguese
Religion: Roman Catholics
Local time: GMT -02/-04
Calling code: +55
Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club
Visa: required for EU, US, Israeli, Japanese, and CIS nationals. For more details please visit http://www.passportsandvisas.com/visas/brazil-visa-faq.asp
Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport
International airports (cities): São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil’s renown around the world is associated with its football, coffee, carnival, and Samba. Lately there appeared another point of attraction for tourists from all corners of the globe which is plastic surgery.
For the last 10 years, Brazil has earned excellent reputation in the sphere of international medical tourism and is continually strengthening its position. The flow of medical tourists is increasing approximately by 30% annually. Compared to 2005, when Brazilian clinics received 48 thousand foreign patients, in 2010 this number has surpassed 200 thousand.
Brazil is internationally acclaimed in the sphere of plastic surgery owing to the outstanding surgeon Ivo Pitanguy. Often dubbed as the “Michelangelo of the scalpel”. He has trained over 500 specialists for 43 countries, invented a great number of surgical methods and technologies. The prices for plastic surgery in Brazil are considerably lower than in the USA (by 20-30%), still sinking rapidly as a result of the depreciation of the Brazilian real. The citizens are literally obsessed with the perfect face and body cult. No wonder that, by the estimations of experts, there are over 1,000 plastic surgeries performed daily in Brazil. Some of the most popular surgeries are endoprosthetics, breast reconstructive surgeries, liposuction on various body parts, abdominoplasty (or “tummy tuck”), size and form correction of nose, ear conches, eyelids and chin, hair transplantation, removal of facial wrinkles and excessive skin around the eyes. Still, the most consumer-demanded type of surgery is Brazilian buttock augmentation (or butt lift) and reconstruction. Brazilian plastic surgeons treat the surgical procedure in a very responsible way. Before the start of a surgery of any complexity type they necessarily perform computer modelling of appearance.
Lately, apart from plastic surgeries, there is a growing interest in other medical services offered by Brazilian clinics, namely, cardio and neurosurgery. Private clinics perform coronary artery bypass grafting, prosthetics of cardiac valves, correction of inborn and acquired heart defects (open heart surgeries). Here they also conduct one-of-a-kind surgeries on restoring the conductivity of spinal nerve endings.
During the post-treatment period overseas patients are welcome to enjoy luxury sea resorts ideally suited for going through a rehabilitation period.
Recommended time for treatment: March to May, September to November.
Carnival atmosphere, an explosion of colours and desires, Latin tunes, and Samba rhythms overwhelm you since the moment you have set your foot on the Brazilian ground. At present the welcoming and hospitable Brazilian country offers its overseas guests not just fun and joy, but also excellent possibilities for recovery and resort recreation. Recovery and spa centres are scattered everywhere along the Atlantic coast. And the depths of tropical forests, the vicinities of waterfalls, and thermal springs hide small hotels and camping sites, where visitors come to immerse in unusual sensations, an atmosphere of calm and balance.
Florianópolis, Esmeralda Coast (Costa Smeralda), Angra dos Reis, Bahia, Costa do Sauípe, Ubatuba, Buzios, North Pantalan, and certainly Rio de Janeiro are the resorts of high demand. Developed resort infrastructure, luxury hotels with access to the ocean, comfortable hotels in lagoons and bays, top-class service, and friendly personnel attract thousands of tourists to the country ever year.
One of the most amazing and mysterious sites in Brazil is the Águas Quentes valley. Visitors come here to immerse in the thermal spring waters amidst the tropical forest. They have a very healthful effect on the musculoskeletal apparatus, eliminate back aches, and help relax and relieve stress.
Porto Seguro is where people come in search of Brazilian exotics and national flavour. Besides, it is a wonderful place for patients who have suffered traumas or serious surgeries. Along the snow-white beaches of the Atlantic coast, among mango and coconut growths there are scores of recovery centres which offer recovery and rehabilitation programmes to their overseas patients.
The largest hydro-thermal Brazilian resort Rio Quente enjoys vast popularity for its thermal mineral springs (located in the state of Goiás, close to Caldas Novas City), and local legends say the only active Brazilian volcano is lost somewhere in the nearby forests.
Many thermal springs of Brazil have a high content of Rubidium. Penetrating through the skin, it produces a beneficial effect on the blood circulatory system and increases the immunity of the organism to hypoxia (oxygen deprivation). Specialists advise undergoing a recovery session with such waters to patients suffering from hypertension and low blood pressure.
Some of the most popular and demanded areas of recovery tourism in Brazil are spa programmes, relaxation and recovery courses applying climatotherapy and thalassotherapy. They have developed really unique and luxury programmes. Aromatherapy, spa procedures applying oceanic water and weed, stone therapy, massages, balneotherapy, and talassotherapy, this is a very approximate list of services offered in local recovery centres.
3*- from €55;
4*- from €75;
5*- from €110.
Рão de queijo (small, baked, cheese-flavored rolls, a popular snack and breakfast food), feijoada (stew of beans with beef and pork traditionally served with rice and sliced orange), Vatapá (Brazilian dish made from bread, shrimp, coconut milk, finely ground peanuts and palm oil mashed into a creamy paste), Moqueca (seafood stew), Brigadeiro (chocolate rolls made of sweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder covered in granulated chocolate).
The Iguassu Falls (waterfall system consisting of 275 falls along 2.7 kilometres of the Iguazu River; the most impressive one is the 82-meter-high, 150-meter-wide and 700-meter-long Devil's Throat), Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (one of the most important art museums in Latin America displays works from the 13th century up to the present featuring Rembrandt, Goya, Van Gogh, Modigliani, Renoir, and Picasso), Ibirapuera Park (central park in Sao Paulo with art museums, planetarium, and the Japanese Pavilion), Christ the Redeemer (gigantic statue offering excellent views on Rio de Janeiro).
The Pantanal (the world’s largest tropic wetland with 650 species of birds, 260 species of fish, butterflies, jaguars, and pumas; perfect destination for boat tours), Copacabana (residential area in Rio de Janeiro with internationally famous Brazilian red light district, cafes, stores, restaurants and hotels), Pao de Acucar (or Sugar Loaf is a 396m peak located in Rio de Janeiro overlooking Guanabara Bay with a glass-paneled cable car), Rio de Janeiro Carnival in March (one of the wildest urban extravaganzas on the planet and the world’s greatest party featuring music shows, carnival balls and separate parade all shaking to intoxicating samba rhythms).