You are travelling to Brazil North East and naturally, there are
some key points you want clarified in relation to the currency of
You'll also want to know about the various ways in which you can access
your holiday spending money in Brasil.
The most common form of Brazil currency used in payment throughout
Brasil, is cash in small note denomination. This is especially
true in smaller towns and tourist destinations.
commercial outlets are required in law to accept and offer change
to consumers with larger Brazil currency notes, this in practice
is not always the case, since many shops etc., will often struggle
to find smaller Brasil money in note form to make up change.
Be sure to keep a good supply of smaller Brazil currency, especially
for making those smaller, yet essential purchases.
Credit cards v Brazil currency
You of course have the option of using your credit card in Brasil,
in place of using Brazilian money for mid-to high rate spending.
The major credit cards are widely accepted even in rural areas,
in hotels, restaurants and shops etc., These include Mastercard,
Visa, Diners Club and American Express, (in order of the most
Be sure sure to inform your credit card company of your Brazil travel
northeast. This will prevent any likelihoold of them stopping your
card on the grounds of suspicious or uncharacteristic use,
while you are in Brazil.
In addition to having a ready, though moderate stash of Brasil
money, you will also need to be able to access additional cash
as and when you need it.
By far, the easiest way of Accessing cash in larger cities
will be via cashcard machines ATMS, which are plentiful.
Though you might well struggle to do so in the smaller northeast
towns since ATMS in these areas are unlikely to accept cards
that are not of Brazilian card holders. Larger petrol stations with
shops, most supermarkets, many pharmacies and all airports will
usually have an ATM machine as well.
Visa cards are among the most commonly represented cards for cash
advance money in Brazil and especially in the larger cities. Amex,
MasterCard and other credit cards are also featured.
You can identify
a Visa plus cash advance ATM among others, by the well-known sticker logos
displayed on the cash advance machines. You will also see the term -
Cirrus, along with the Visa and any other card network you
You should target ATM's at banks such as Banco do
Brasil, HSBC, Bank Boston, Citibank and Bradesco, which accept Visa
Plus and Cirrus ATM cards. Cash advance machines are also more likely
to work. On a slight downside, althhough Banco do Brasil have
numerous ATM cash machines, there is in general only one machine
allocated at each branch that will deal with foreign credit or debit
As a consequence, the cash machines at Banco do Brasil can become
over-run with large queues, (including local people) which can prove
a little bit on the frustrating side. For shorter queues, you might
be better off accessing cash machines at the other banks mentioned
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