General information on Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is considered one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It has more than 7 million inhabitants who are known as "cariocas". The city is divided into two parts: a northern zone and a southern zone, by the Sierra da Carioca. In the National Park of Tijuca is located the symbol of the city of Rio: El Cristo Redentor, located at the top of Corcovado mountain, 710 meters. of height and from where a wonderful view of the whole city.

The Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf) is the typical image of postcards and has two funiculars that transport visitors to the top, at a height of 396 meters over the city of Rio and the Guanabara Bay.
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Rio de Janeiro has a tropical oceanic climate. The hottest seasons are in December and January and the coldest in June and July.
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LOCAL CURRENCYThe official currency is the real (R$), whose rate fluctuates freely. The exchange rate is in recent months flutuating around 3.90 reals to US dollars.
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The currency exchange can be done in exchange offices, located at the airport. It is worth mentioning that the exchange offices outside the airport have limited hours on weekends.
LOCAL TIMEGMT minus 2 (in summer).
ELECTRICITYThe supply of alternating current is 127 VAC +/- 10%. The sockets usually have three round holes with grounding. It is suggested to travel with an adapter to avoid problems with the use of electrical appliances.
WATERDrinking the tap water is not recommended; visitors are advised to consume only bottled water.
SALES TAX AND TIPPINGIn restaurants it is customary to leave a tip of between 10% and 15% of the total bill.
BUSINESS HOURSShops: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Banks: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ATMs are available around the clock.

How to get in Rio de Janeiro

Given the enormous size of the country, if you visit Rio de Janeiro from abroad, it is safest to arrive by plane to one of the two airports in the city, although this is certainly not the only way.

Visas and other entry requirements for Brazil

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The offices and conference rooms set aside for the meeting will have wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi).


The official languages of the meeting will be Portuguese, Spanish and English.