Tip #2 Etiquette


Every country has it’s own etiquette. Here are the Do’s and Don’ts while touring Brazil:

  • DO greet and say good-bye to each person present.
  • Women kiss twice, once on each cheek, starting on the left cheek. Men shake hands when greeting one another, while maintaining steady eye contact.
  •  DO arrive about a half hour late for dinner. For a larger party, arrive about an hour late.
  • The thumbs up gesture is used everywhere and all the time in Brazil.
  • DON'T make the "OK" sign with your hand. It's considered a very rude gesture in Brazil.
  • DON'T tip at restaurants unless the service was outstanding. It's not customary in Brazil. There is usually a 10 % service fee at the end of the bill, but paying it is optional.
  • DON'T tip cab drivers. The bill for a taxi ride is rounded up to the next whole number.
  • DO give a small tip to hotel porters. R$5 ($5 U.S. dollars) to R$10 ($4.50 U.S. dollars) will do.
  • DO NOT sit on your towel, while at the beach, sit on a chair or the sand.
  • DON’T bring food to the beach; there are plenty of friendly vendors in case you get hungry.
  • DO leave everything at home. Avoid making yourself a target for thieves. Leave your expensive jewelry, watches, cameras, phones and tablet devices at home. 

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