Brazil, the country with the largest area in Latin America, has the largest road network with over 1.6 million kilometers. Longer distances are best traveled by plane, but a rental car is good for traveling in regional areas. This allows you to reach those destinations independently and without complications that are often difficult to reach by public transportation. 

An international driver's license is required to be able to drive in Brazil. The traffic regulations in Brazil generally correspond to the international standard, are however often ignored by the locals. You should not rely on the European "right before left" rule. Brazilians also pass in unclear situations, buses and trucks often take the right of way simply because of their size. Bicyclists, pedestrians or animals are also found on the highways - drive very carefully.

The speed limit is 60 km/h in the city, only 40 km/h on rural roads, 80 km/h outside the city and 100 km/h on highways. 

Apart from gasoline, pure ethanol is also sold at petrol stations. Most vehicles can be run with both fuels and you will be informed thereof at the rental station. The network of gas stations is generally rather dense. This however does not apply to the widespread Amazon area. There it is recommended to fill the tank regularly and to take a reserve canister along.

Which rental car is the right one?

Not all rental cars are suitable for all routes in Brazil. Many of the roads in the east and south of the country in particular are in very good condition. In other areas and outside the metropolitan areas there are also gravel and dirt roads for which an off-road vehicle is recommended. This especially applies to the Amazon area, in which many roads are difficult or impassable during the rainy season from November to March. For this reason, you will find the necessary information concerning road conditions, estimated travel times and distances for every trip on the maps from If an off-road vehicle is absolutely necessary, this is clearly indicated on the section of the map. Use this information when planning your trip in Latin America.