Accommodations range from great five-star properties to extremely basic. The country recently experienced a hotel building boom, which extended to small inns and bed-and-breakfasts called pousadas. For local atmosphere, a good quality pousada is often a good choice. Along the Amazon, try to book a jungle lodge. Don't ask for a "motel": In Portuguese, the word refers to an establishment that rents rooms by the hour for purposes other than sleeping.