Be welcome

The Amazon forest, the dunes of the North East, Rio's stunning coastline, Florianópolis beaches, the history and culture of Minas Gerais and the gigantic business hub of Sao Paolo make Brazil an unbeatable place to explore. Often earning mentions as a top tourism destination, this land of samba, carnaval revelry, caipirinha's and football is not just a great destination for fun but also boasts the greatest biodiversity of anywhere on the planet and hard-to-beat natural landscapes.

Safe as a LGBTQ destination to a certain extent, any foreign traveller should be careful in the country's far out regions. Sao Paolo, Rio, Florianópolis and Salvador city centers are safe and LGBTQ-friendly, but avoid the absolutely unsafe peripheral areas and favelas.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1830 in Brazil, and the rights for the LGBT community have made huge strides in last decade. In 2011, same-sex couples earned equal rights, and in 2013, registry offices were obliged to validate same-sex marriages nationwide. The State also pays for sex change surgery, and transgenders may change their sex and names on their birth certificates.

In 2004, the government launched the 'Brazil without homophobia' program nationwide, including a hotline dedicated exclusively to report homophobic crimes. And in 2008, homophobia (explicit criticism of a person based on their sexuality) became a crime punishable with up to five years in prison. "Soft homophobia", however, persists - a widespread problem which often goes unpunished.