About Rio de Janeiro

MONEY

The Brazilian currency is the REAL. The bank notes are in denominations of 100, 50, 10, 5:02; Coins: 1.00 real; 50 cents, 25 cents, 10 cents, 5 cents and 1 cent. In general, exchange houses accept exchange a wide variety of foreign currencies, however we recommend that you bring US dollars in the same currency, since this exchange more easily than any other.

TIMETABLE

The Brazilian territory covers several time zones. From GMT, the official GMT, then also in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, is three hours earlier (2 hours earlier in summer) .

ELECTRICAL TENSION

The voltage in Rio de Janeiro is 110 volts.

LANGUAGE

The official language is Portuguese. English is also widely spoken, especially in major cities, but the closest language to Portuguese is Spanish with which you can understand.

WEATHER

The weather in Rio de Janeiro is maritime tropical, hot and humid. According to the precipitation there are two seasons: a rainy season from December to April and a relatively dry season between May and November. Temperatures vary throughout the seasons and the rainy season is also the hottest period.

GRATUITIES

Most restaurants and bars include 10% service the account. more sophisticated places can charge up to 15% more. If the service is not included, there should be a stamped notice in the account. Taxis do not expect gratuity, but it is common to round the fare up. At certain times it is possible that the amount you see on the meter is not the exact amount due. Check for a table stuck to the rear window of the car. There you can check the exact amount due.

FOOD AND DRINKS

Many people think that Rio de Janeiro has a typical cuisine, which is not true. The typically Rio foods are closely linked to revenues of Portuguese cuisine, which were adapted to the reality of this state. For nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1960, the city was the capital of Portugal and perpetuated, mainly, the influence of taste and lusas traditions in our food. A very carioca and traditional option are dishes cod base, an obvious and delicious Portuguese heritage that extends to today without many changes. In fact, there are many restaurants specializing in serving cod throughout Rio de Janeiro. And for those who do not know what to order, start with a delicious codfish balls, which is very well accompanied with some oil drops! Dishes like oxtail, tongue, liver steak and fried sardines can be considered something typical of Rio's cuisine. After all, they are eaten very common for locals restaurants, especially the most traditional, and we do not see easily anywhere else. But perhaps the most carioca of all food is feijoada, so dear throughout the state. The feijoada carioca has to be with black beans and lead various parts of the pig (from nose to tail, will almost all!). Tracking, white rice and manioc flour that neat! The feijoada is so typical that all samba school court serves the dish at least once a year. And there's nothing better than feijoada and samba?

CLOTHING

Tropical prints, polka dots, stripes. In Rio de Janeiro you will see prints! Even use them at the same time. The Rio fashion is defined by the appreciation of comfort when dressing. For example, you hardly find locals with much production to go out at night. High heels: almost rarity. The style of Rio de Janeiro is more quiet, not very concentrated than asking for "dress code" of haute couture. So, in Rio you will see a multitude of patterns, colors and light and loose clothing options.

SHOPPING

Several craft fairs, antique and fashion take place in Rio de Janeiro on weekends. Among the traditional are the Fair of Ipanema, Sunday at Praça General Osório; the Fair of the Association of Antiquaries, which takes over the Praça Santos Dumont, in Gávea, also on Sundays; Feira da Praça XV, on Saturdays at the Centre; Fair and Old River on Saturday of the month primero, at Rua do Lavradio (Lapa). To gather shopping, dining and entertainment, head to the Fair Northeastern Traditions in St. Kitts, full of bars, restaurants, craft shops and intense schedule of shows with forró bands. Beautiful decorative items and clothing the best summer style can also be found in the varied trade of Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana or the workshops and shops of Santa Teresa. Fans of shopping are good options in the city, such as the South River in Botafogo; the huge Barra Shopping; and sophisticated fashion mall in São Conrado; and Shopping Leblon.

BEACHES

The Rio not live without having the beach nearby - is to snorkel, sunbathe, play ball or simply serve as a setting for walking, jogging and cycling. No wonder that on Sundays, when the slopes of the Copacabana beach, Ipanema and Leblon are closed to cars, is intense movement of people on all sides, leaving the asphalt, kiosks and boardwalks as crowded as the sand . See the map of the beaches!

CHEERS

So you have a great trip in Brazil, and take back home only good memories, see practical and essential information tips that will help protect your health and make your most pleasant and tranquil stay. Access the Health Portal and check the general care and health services in Rio de Janeiro. Look!

SAFETY

Tourists unwary may suffer assaults in Rio de Janeiro. Avoid calling attention showing valuables and come out with more money than you need.