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RIO DE JANEIRO

Hotels in Rio

Apartments in Rio

Rent a Cell Phone

Single Men Guide to Rio

Night Life in Rio

Restaurants in Rio

Sightseeing Tours

Hang Gliding / Helicopter

Rent Sail /Motor Boats

Travelers Checks / Credit Cards

Basic English-Portuguese

Car Rental

Electricity / Business hours / Banks

Weather Forecats

Visas /Airport/Airport Tax

 


Rio is beauty of itself, 50 miles (90 Km) of beaches, towering mountains, or the mountain greenery that so spectacularly links the high ground to the sea.
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People

Rio de Janeiro has a population approximately 11 million.

 


Language

The national language is Portuguese, with English as the second language widely taught in schools.
Brazilian Portuguese varies from European Portuguese including pronunciation and vocabulary. Some aspects of Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation might seem unusual to native English Speakers. The use of nasalize vowels. Nasalized vowels are indicated in spelling by a following "m" or "n" or by "~" over the vowel.
English words of Brazilian Portuguese origin include cashew, ipecac, macaw, petunia, piranha, tapioca and toucan.


Basic words and phrases in Brazilian Portuguese

 


Travelers checks / Credit cards

Cash and traveler checks, can be exchanged at most banks or exchange stores as well as the major hotels.
US dollar travelers checks can be conveniently cashed at all provincial banks and authorized money changers.
Major international credit cards, such as American Express, Diners Club, VISA or Master Charge are accepted by major banks, restaurants, hotels and shops.

 


Currency

Real (R$) is the Brazilian monetary currency since July 1, 1994
Exchange facilities for cash and traveler cheques are available in banks, hotels, and foreign exchange stores located in tourists areas.

Check the actual currency exchange rates

 


Business Hours

Most offices are open from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M., Monday through Friday. Stores are open from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M., Monday through Friday and from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Saturday.  Most of the large shopping centers such as Rio Sul and Barra shopping are open Monday through Saturday from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M and Sunday from 12 P.M. to 9 P.M.

 


Banks provide standard services nationwide, Monday through Friday from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M., except public and bank holidays.
 

Climate

Tropical to semi-tropical. Spring and summer clothes generally suitable. Seasons reversed from northern hemisphere.


Spring

September 22 to December 21

Summer

December 22 to March 21

Autumn

March 22 to June 21

Winter

June 22 to September 21


Weather in Brazil

 


Clothing

Rio's tropical weather makes light summer clothing most practical, especially for outdoor activities like sightseeing. Most restaurants and nightspots are not restrictive on the dress code - polo shirts, t-shirts, jeans, slacks, blouses and skirts, sun dresses and sneakers are acceptable at most places. Although some establishments require formal wear for the evening, suits and evening dresses will never be out of place in Rio's trendy night-spots. It is always advisible to ring up beforehand to check on dress regulations, if any.

 


Time Zone

One hour difference ahead to New York when daylight savings time, 3 hour difference ahead to New York when standard time.

 


Visas

Visitors from certain foreign countries will require a visa which is usually processed within 2 working days by applying to the nearest Brazilian Embassy or Consulate.
Requirements for a tourist visa include a passport valid for at least 6 months, one passport-sized photograph and a round-trip ticket.

 


Airport

Rio's international airport itself is conveniently located on Ilha do Governador which has excellent access to Rio's south zone where most of the major hotels are located. The airport is served by 28 international carriers.


International Airport

(55 21)3398-4526, 398-4527

Domestic Airport

(55 21)2210-2457


Airport Tax
Outgoing passengers on international flights from Rio de Janeiro's airport must pay US$36.


Electricity in Rio de Janeiro operates exclusively on 110 Volt or 120 Volt, 60 cycles.



Useful Telephone Numbers

 

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3813-5510

Ambulance

192

Federal Highway Police

3371-8011

International Operator

000-111

Long Distance Operator

101

Phone number information

102

Police

190

Rio de Janeiro Tourism Authority

2217-7575

Telegram

135

Tourist Services Center

2541-7522, 2542-8004, 2542-8080


Sightseeing

Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer statue)
The most memorable attraction in Rio de Janeiro, standing over Rio on top of Corcovado mountain.  From there you can see all of Rio-Guanabara Bay, Yacht Club, Sugar Loaf, the south zone with the Jockey Club, Botanical Gardens, and the Atlantic Ocean and beaches.
513 Rua Cosme Velho (Cosme Velho).

Tel (21) 2558-1329

Tijuca National Park
Tijuca National Park is the largest urban natural park in the world.

Tourist Sights in Tijuca Forest
The Chinese Lookout with views of Ipanema, Corcovado, Leblon and south beaches.

Sugar Loaf
The second most sought-after landmark in Rio de Janeiro, a huge granite rock rising form the entrance to the bay, reached by cable car. The cable cars is open daily from 8 A.M. to 10 P.M.
520 Avenida Pasteur (Praia Vermelha)
Tel. (21)2541-3737

Botanical Garden
The 340 acres containing trees and plants from around the world and Brazil. When you are in the center of the gardens, look up, you will see Corcovado mountain.
The Botanical Gardens open daily from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
The main entrance is located at 1008 Rua Jardim Botanico.

 


Tourist Organizations

Brazilian Tourist Authority
174 Rua Uruguaiana, 8th floor (Downtown)
Tel: 2509-6017, Fax: 2509-7381.


City of Rio de Janeiro Tourist Authority
10 Rua da Assembleia, 9th floor (Downtown)
Tel: 2542-8080, Fax: 2531-1872.


Rio Convention and Visitors Bureau
547 Rua Visconde de Piraja, 6th floor (Ipanema)
Tel: 2259-6165, Fax: 511-2592.


State of Rio de Janeiro Tourist Board
10 Rua da Assembleia, 7th and 8th floor (Downtown)
Fax: 2531-1898.

 


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