Brazil and the City of Rio

Rio de Janeiro (January River), commonly referred to simply as Rio, is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, boasting approximately 6.3 million people within the city proper, making it the 6th largest in the Americas, and 26th in the world. Rio de Janeiro has become a home of a World Heritage Site named “Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea”, as granted by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 in the category Cultural Landscape.


The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1815 during the Portuguese colonial era, 1815 to 1821 as the capital of theUnited Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves, and 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation.

“Rio de Janeiro represents the second largest GDP in the country (and 30th largest in the world in 2008), estimated at about R$343 billion (IBGE/2008) (nearly US$201 billion)”

It is headquarters to two of Brazil’s major companies—Petrobras and Vale, and major oil companies and telephony in Brazil, besides the largest conglomerate of media and communications companies in Latin America, the Globo Organizations. The home of many universities and institutes, it is the second largest center of research and development in Brazil, accounting for 17% of national scientific production—according to 2005 data.

Rio de Janeiro is a main cultural hub in Brazil. Its architecture embraces churches and buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, blending with the world renowned designs of the 20th century. Rio was home to the Portuguese Imperial family and capital of the country for many years, and was influenced by Portuguese, English, and French architecture.

Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere

It is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer (“Cristo Redentor”) atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums.


Useful Information

Money Exchange / Credit Cards / ATM

Currency: Real
Symbol: R$
Real is available in bills of : R$ 2.00, R$ 5.00, R$ 10.00, R$ 20.00, R$ 50.00 and R$ 100.00.
In Brazil also coins with values : R$ 0.10, R$ 0.25, R$ 0.50, R$ 1.00

You can change your money at the hotels although the exchange rate might be a bit lower than the exchange offices, called “cambio”. Do not change money on the streets.

The major international credit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants. Automatic teller machines for withdrawal are the best option and you may find them everywhere. Visa & Master Card are well accepted.

Weather Forecast in October

Min : 20°C
Max : 26°C
Average : 23°C
Precipitation : 89 mm
Sea temperature : 22°C

Dress Code

Rio de Janeiro is a very casual city so there is no need to wear any tie nor jackets when going out for dinner nor night clubs.
Due to the humidity and high temperature light clothing is recommended.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited inside all public buildings, including hotels, restaurants and bars. It is also illegal to smoke on all public transport including taxis.

The legal age for alcohol

In Brazil, it is 18 years of age. Establishments have the right to request photo identification.

Beach – Sunbathing

The beaches of Rio are beautiful, but also dangerous for even the best swimmers. Watch the locals and follow their lead… Also while going to the beach may seem to be the most common and natural thing to do in Rio, there are some basic rules that the visitor should follow “go native” and enjoy the experience.

1.  Only take along what’s really necessary. No passports and tickets!
2.  Valuables and documents are not for the beach. Leave them at the hotel. Some BRL 30-50 to get some food and drinks will be enough. Ask price before.
3.  You are alone at the beach and want to swim – No problem. Ask the nice people next you to watch your belongings. It is totally normal and everybody helps each other.
4.  For chairs and umbrellas – please ask for information at your hotel as they also have a beach service for towels, chairs and umbrellas.
5.  You paleness will point you out, but be sure, it is better than looking like a “red lobster” after!  Please use high sun protection factor every hour, as the tropical sun is really strong. Don’t forget to use it when it is cloudy.
6.  Even though women wear small bikinis, topless is bad taste and not allowed.
7.  DO NOT walk on the beach sand or near the water at night nor early in the morning as it may be dangerous !

Criminality – Documents

You are in a large city with broad cross-section of social dasses. Act carefully and stay alert as you would in any major city in the world.

Hysteria and exaggerated mistrust are counter productive ! But be sensible: Leave your valuables, flight tickets and passport at the hotel and just take your hotel card with you.

Don’t wear expensive jewels on the streets.

Drinking Water

The tap water is safe for brushing your teeth, but for drinking we recommend mineral water.

In restaurants you can enjoy all fruits, vegetables, salads, desserts, ice cream, fruit juices without risk.

Give your body time to get used to the climate, time change, long journey and different food.


It is usual to give some 10% tips in restaurants(which is mostly included on the bill in case not, don’t worry, the waiters won’t fall to remind you) and round up to the next higher round lot. Brazil does not have any tradition bargaining.


Rio de Janeiro uses 110V/60Hz

Opening Hours

Shops and services are generally open 09.00-19.00 Mon-Fri.
On Sat 09.00-14.00, closes on Sundays.

Shopping Centers are open 7 days a week, during the week and Sat 10.00-22.00, on Sundays/holidays 15.00-20.00.

Banks are open 10.00-16.00 Mon-Fri. ATM 07.00-22.00.

Shopping Centers

Rio Sul

R Lauro Mller, 1166
There is a Shuttle Service to the Shopping Center Rio Sul from all the hotels along the beach line. Ask the receptionist.

Shopping Leblon

Av Afrânio de Melo Franco, 289 – Leblon

Rio Design Leblon

Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 270 - Leblon

Shopping Fashion Mall

Estr da Gávea, 899 – São Conrado



D’Amici – Rua Antônio Vieira 18  tel: 2541-4477
Gero – Rua Aníbal de Mendonça 157  tel: 2239-8158
Quadrucci – Rua Dias Ferreira 233. Tel:  2512-4551
Al Mare – Av. Vieira Souto 80 Hotel Fasano  tel: 3202-4000
Osteria Dell Angolo – Rua Paul Redfern, 40. Ipanema Tel: 2259-3148


Olimpe - R Custódio Serrão, 62. Lagoa. Tel : 2539-4542
Pre Catalain – Av Atlantica 4240. Hotel Sofitel. Tel : 2525-1160
CT Boucherie – Rua Dias Ferreira 626, Leblon Tel : 2529-2329
CT Brasserie – Estrada da Gavea 899, São Conrado Tel : 3322-1440


Marius Degustare – Av. Atlântica 290. Copacabana  tel: 2104-9000
Satyricon – Rua Barão da Torre 192. Ipanema tel: 2521-0627
Al Mare – Av. Vieira Souto 80. Ipanema Tel: 3202-4000

Churrascaria – Barbecue

Porcão Rio’s – Aterro do Flamengo  tel: 3461-9020
Fogo de Chão – Av. Reporter Nestor Moreira, s/n. Botafogo Tel: 2279-7117
Porcão Ipanema – Rua Barão da Torre 218. Ipanema  tel: 3202-9158
Esplanada Grill – Rua Barão da Torre 600. Ipanema  tel: 2239-6028


Zazá Bistrô Tropical – Rua Joana Angélica 40. Ipanema  tel: 2247-9101
Gula Gula – Rua Henrique Dumont 57. Ipanema  tel: 2259-3084
Giuseppe’s Grill – Av Bartolomeu Mitre, 370. Leblon.
Zuka – Rua Dias Ferreira 233b. Leblon. Tel : 3205-7154
Guimas – Rua José Roberto Macedo Soares, 5. Gavea. Tel : 2259-7996


Sushi Leblon – R Dias Ferreira, 256, Leblon. Tel: 2512-7830
Azumi – Rua Viveiro de Castro, 127. Copacabana. Tel: 2541-4294


Mr. Lam – Rua Maria Angélica, 21. Jardim Botanico. Tel: 2286-6661


Antiquarius - Rua Aristides Espínola, 19. Tel: 2294-1049


Nam-Thai. Rua Rainha Guilhermina, 95 – loja A e B. Tel: 2259-2962

Coffee Shops

Alessandro & Frederico – Rua Garcia D’Ávila. Ipanema 147  tel: 2521-0828
Felice Caffé – Rua Gomes Carneiro 30. Ipanema  tel: 2522-7749
Via Sete – Rua Garcia D’Ávila 125. Ipanema  tel: 2512-8100
Market – Av. Visc. De Pirajá 499. Ipanema tel: 3283-1438
Astor – Av. Vieira Souto 110  tel: 2523-0085
Garota de Ipanema – Rua Vinícius de Morais 49  tel: 2523-3787

Bars and Lounges

Rio Scenarium – Rua do Lavradio 20  tel: 3147-9000
Londra – Av. Vieira Souto 80 Hotel Fasano  tel: 3202-4000
Melt – Rua Rita Ludolf 47  tel: 2249-9309
Bar do Copa – Av. Atlântica 1702 Hotel Copacabana Palace  tel: 2545-8790
Astor – Av. Vieira Souto 110, Ipanema  tel: 2523-0085
Mirroir – Av. Epitácio Pessoa 1484, Lagoa  Tel : 2513-3898
Vinícius Bar – Rua Vinícius de Moraes 146  tel: 2287-1497



Endereço: Rua Gal Polidoro, 192 Botafogo
Telefone: 2286-4242


Endereço: Rua Bambina, 98 Botafogo
Telefone: 2535-4000


Rua João Borges, 204
Telefone: 21 2529.4422
Emergência 24 Horas
Telefone: 21 2529.4505


Rua Figueiredo de Magalhães, 875 Copacabana
Telefone: 21 2545-3600

Emergency Numbers

Ambulância – Serviço Público de Remoção de Doentes  192

Corpo de Bombeiros  193

Defesa Civil  199

Civil  197

Federal  194

Polícia Militar  190