Brazil is one of the most warm and rewarding countries in the world you can visit, but sadly many people never make it. I suspect that’s partly due to the fact that Americans (and travelers from many other nations) need a visa to enter the country. It’s a pesky requirement that proves to be a hassle for travelers, and that tamps down enthusiasm so Brazil never even makes it onto may people’s radars.

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This year, however, Brazil is waiving that requirement due to the Summer Olympics in Rio, which will take place in August. The new rules will allow travelers to visit Brazil without a visa between June 1 and Sept. 18, Reuters reported. The rules apply to travelers from the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan.

Unless you’re a huge Olympic fan (or have already made plans) visiting Rio during the actual games would most likely be an expensive logistical nightmare. However, the new rules make it possible to visit Rio — hands down one of the most beautiful cities in the world — for two full months before the Olympics actually start.

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Laura catching a piranha in the Amazon. You could do this too.

Or, you could visit anywhere in Brazil. I’ll be writing up a few potential Brazil itineraries in honor of these changes, but for now suffice it to say that Salvador and Manaus are two of the most interesting and worth-while cities I’ve ever seen. And Brasilia is definitely the most bizarre big city I’ve visited (and in that case lived near).

All of which is to say, you should definitely go to Brazil this year. It’s an amazing place, and this is a highly unique situation where it’s suddenly easier to get there.

— Jim Dalrymple II

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Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Editor in Chief of Tripping Over the World. Also, reporter at BuzzFeed News.

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