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USEFUL TRAVEL TIPS

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 Voltage in Brazil is not fixed. The electric current in Rio is 110 or 120 volts. Travel adapters are required for certain electric devices. Many hotels and large apartment blocks, however, do have 220 volts outlets.
   
traveltips icons climate Autumn (April–June) in Rio de Janeiro see a gentle cool and warming in temperature with slightly less rain than the summer and slightly more rain than the winter. The humidity can be quite high, especially at the start of autumn
   
traveltips icons currency The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (BRL). Exchange rates are available in every daily newspaper, followed by the U.S. dollar exchange rate used in international business transactions. Cash, especially in U.S. dollars, can be exchanged in almost every bank, currency exchange houses and hotels. See this useful currency conversion tool.



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Banks are open from Monday through Friday between 10:00 and 16:00. They are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
   
traveltips iconstime Rio de Janeiro is currently 3 hours behind UTC/GMT.
   
traveltips iconsnumbers Ambulance: 192
Fire Department: 193
Military Police: 190
Civil Police: 197
   
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The less expensive option for transport is the yellow taxi. However, make sure that the driver turns on the meter and doesn’t quote an extravagant price. Typically, a trip (with normal traffic) from the airport to Zona Sul (Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon) will cost approximately R$40 to R$50 on a yellow taxi meter. A trip to Barra da Tijuca will cost around R$60+ depending on the exact destination. In heavier traffic, this will go a bit higher. Radio taxis waiting on the street will quote a price depending on the destination. This price will be considerably higher than a yellow taxi and possibly higher yet in high tourism periods. It is highly advised to negotiate, however. Please note that if you are planning to visit the top of Corcovado, a train is highly recommended.

Distances from congress center:

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