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    Rio de Janeiro – a brief overview

    One of the world’s favourite party cities, Rio also has one of the most stunning natural settings on the planet. Its white-sand beaches curve around Guanabara Bay, with a tropical backdrop of jungle-clad mountains. Rio’s carioca residents don’t just live for the beach and their equally famous Carnaval. As the main host city for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Rio will continue showing its fervour for futebol – ‘the beautiful game’.

    The 2016 Olympics is also taking place in Rio, which is sprucing up for the expected flood of visitors. You can get away from the crowds, however, with leafy suburbs such as Santa Teresa offering bohemian cafés and art galleries. Or take a schooner cruise down the Costa Verde to one of the hundreds of paradise islands that lie just off shore.

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    Cristo Redentor, Corcovado

    Parque Nacional da Tijuca
    20531-590 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    Tel: (21) 2558 1329
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2000

    The statue of Christ the Redeemer looking benignly over Rio from his perch atop Corcovado Mountain, is one of the most iconic city sights, visible from every corner. Take the cog railway up and check the weather first, as tropical mists sometimes shroud the peak.

    Pão de Acucar

    Avenida Pasteur 520, Urca
    22290-240 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    Tel: (21) 2546 8400
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1950

    Cable cars have been shuttling up the twin peaks of Sugarloaf Mountain for over a hundred years, and the journey remains one of Rio’s most popular activities. Go up at sunset and see the city below light up, including the Cristo Redentor statue illuminated on the horizon.

    Copacabana

    Copacabana
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Rio’s most famous beach stretches in a sumptuous arc around the bay, lined with soaring skyscrapers, housing many of the city’s top hotels and restaurants. The wide flat sands are filled with sun-lovers: playing volleyball, working out, or just working on the tan.

    Ipanema

    Ipanema
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Adjacent to Copacabana, Ipanema has an equally pristine sandy beach, attracting many of the city’s trendiest set. Likewise, the beachside neighbourhood is a magnet for Rio’s wealthiest young hip crowd, with chic boutiques, nightclubs and bars to keep them entertained all night long.

    Jardim Botânico

    Rua Jardim Botânico 1008, Jardim Botânico
    22460-030 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    Tel: (21) 3874 1808
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1200-1700
    Tue-Sun 0800-1700

    These superb gardens house one of the finest tropical plant collections in the world, founded by Emperor Dom João VI in 1808. The shady avenues lined with towering palms, ponds filled with giant Amazonian water lilies and steamy glasshouses provide an idyllic oasis in the middle of the city.

    Parque Nacional da Tijuca

    Estrada da Cascatinha 850, Alto da Boa Vista
    20531-590 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    Tel: (21) 2491 1700
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1800

    The world’s biggest urban forest embraces the whole city. The lush, mountainous jungle is home to many exotic plants and animals, as well as several of its highest peaks, including Corcovado. A network of trails criss-crosses the park, leading past sparkling waterfalls and streams, with lookout points providing breathtaking views over Rio and beyond.

    Estadio do Maracanã

    Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo
    20271-130 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    Tel: 0800 062 7222
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    Opening times: Matches usually at 1700; guided tours Mon-Sat, hourly from 0900, last tour starts four hours before kick-off on match days.

    Rio’s giant stadium is one of the largest and best known in the football world. It was built for the 1958 World Cup Finals and is renowned for the carnival-like exuberance of its fans. It also hosts concerts for mega-stars, from Madonna to Prince, and will once again be the setting for the 2014 World Cup Final.

    Santa Teresa

    Santa Teresa
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    This attractive hillside neighbourhood overlooking downtown Rio was one of the city’s earliest residential districts, and its cobblestoned streets are still lined with age-worn mansions. Today, Santa Teresa is home to many of Rio’s artists, and has several excellent museums and galleries, along with atmospheric local bars, restaurants and boutique hotels.

    Mosteiro de São Bento

    Rua Dom Gerardo 68
    20090-030 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    Tel: (21) 2206 8100
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1800

    This sumptuously gilded church and Benedictine monastery, on a city centre hilltop, is one of Rio’s most precious historic treasures, founded in 1590. The church’s interior is richly decorated with carvings and paintings in the Brazilian Baroque style, and is considered one of the finest examples in the whole country.

    Praca XV de Novembro

    Praça Quinze de Novembro, Centro
    20010-000 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    This downtown site was the ceremonial heart of Rio when it was the Brazilian capital. Many important buildings, including the Imperial Palace, overlook the square. An ugly modern flyover sadly blights Praça XV, as it is known, today, but it has witnessed many historic events, including, in 1889, the ousting of Emperor Dom Pedro II.

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    Country overview

    From the jungle calls of the Amazon to the curves of Copacabana’s thong-clad crowds, Brazil is a heady celebration of the big, the bold and the beautiful. Brazil’s vast coastline is fringed with sandy beaches and island getaways, while buzzing Rio de Janeiro and stylish Sao Paulo offer nightlife and culture galore – as well as an annual dose of Carnival fever. Whether it’s the big surf of Santa Catarina in the far south, or the sand

    dunes of northern Natal, you could spend months hopping from one sun-baked beach to the next.

    Hard as it may be to drag yourself away from the coast, this enormous country also offers many inland attractions. Not least the Amazon Basin, the lungs and freshwater supply for much of the subcontinent.

    Geography

    Brazil covers almost half of the South American continent and it is bordered to the north, west and south by all South American countries except Chile and Ecuador; to the east is the Atlantic ocean. The country is topographically relatively flat; at no point do the highlands exceed 3,000m (10,000ft). Over 60% of the country is a plateau; the remainder consists of plains. The River Plate Basin (the confluence of the Paraná and Uruguay rivers, both of which have their sources in Brazil) in the far south is more varied, higher and less heavily forested.

    North of the Amazon are the Guiana Highlands, partly forested, partly stony desert.

    The Brazilian Highlands of the interior, between the Amazon and the rivers of the south, form a vast tableland, the Mato Grosso, from which rise mountains in the southwest that form a steep protective barrier from the coast called the Great Escarpment, breached by deeply cut river beds. The population is concentrated in the southeastern states of Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The city of São Paulo has a population of over 12 million, while over 7 million people live in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

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    Key facts

    Population: 201.009.622

    Population Density (per sq km): 24

    Capital: Brasília.

    Language

    The official language is Portuguese, with different regional accents characterising each state. Spanish and English are also spoken, particularly in tourist areas. Four linguistic roots survive in the indigenous areas: Gê, Tupi-guarani, Aruak and Karib.

    Currency

    Real/Reais (BRL; symbol R$) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of R$100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of R$1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, and 1 centavos.

    Electricity

    Brasília and Recife, 220 volts AC; Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, 127V AC or 220V in larger hotels. Plugs are of the two-pin type. Most hotels provide 110V- and 220V-outlets, transformers and adaptors.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1800.

    Country information

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Regional observation only.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Founding of Rio de Janeiro: 20. January 2014
    Founding of São Paulo: 25. January 2014
    Carnival: 03. March 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Tiradentes: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Independence Day: 07. September 2014
    Our Lady of Aparecida: 12. October 2014
    All Souls’ Day: 02. November 2014
    Republic Day: 15. November 2014
    Christmas Eve: 24. December 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014
    New Year’s Eve: 31. December 2015

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Founding of Rio de Janeiro: 20. January 2015
    Founding of São Paulo: 25. January 2015
    Carnival: 16. February 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Tiradentes: 21. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Independence Day: 07. September 2015
    Our Lady of Aparecida: 12. October 2015
    All Souls’ Day: 02. November 2015
    Republic Day: 15. November 2015
    Christmas Eve: 24. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    New Year’s Eve: 31. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Rio de Janeiro

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    Cariocas love to party, late, loud and lively. From sensuous samba to sultry jazz to rough and raunchy Baile Funk, you can dance all night in hundreds of clubs and bars all over Rio.

    The live music hotspot though is Lapa, a historic downtown district packed with top-quality venues.

    Rio Scenarium

    Rua do Lavradio 20, Lapa
    20230-070 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Excellent live samba performed in a restored old depository, its three floors decorated with eccentric collectibles and vintage memorabilia.

    Estudantina Musical

    Praça Tiradentes 79, Centro
    20060-070 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    One of Rio’s most venerable gafieira samba dancehalls. Locals of all ages come here for the pure joy of dancing, and they are only too pleased to teach novices their smooth moves.

    Oi Futuro Ipanema

    Rua Dois de Dezembro 63, Flamengo
    22220-010 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    An innovative cultural centre, promoting local talent, with a changing programme of live music and art events.

    Casarao Amena Resedá

    Rua Pedro Américo, 277
    Catete, Rio de Janeiro
    RJ, 22221-011
    Brazil
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    A relative newcomer to Rio’s arts scene, this rambling old building hosts a vibrant mix of live music, dance, poetry and theatre.

    Circo Voador

    Rua dos Arcos, Lapa
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    A giant white marquee in the shadow of the famous Arcos da Lapa, this live music venue attracts some of Brazil’s top bands, and is hugely popular with a young crowd.

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    Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

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    Reflecting the cultural melting pot that is Rio, the cuisine here spans the Amazon to the Andes, enriched with Brazil’s historical European, African and Asian roots.

    You can blow your budget on fine gourmet cuisine or just grab a mixto quente – toasted sandwich – washed down with an ice-cool beer at a street-corner boteco bar.

    Le Pré Catélan

    Avenida Atlãntica, 4240
    Copacabana
    22070-002 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Price: Expensive

    Stunning fusion cuisine created by celebrated French chef Roland Villard; try the Amazonian gastronomic banquet, serving up a mouth-watering medley of tropical fish, fruits and vegetables.

    Roberta Sudbrack

    Avenida Lineu de Paula Machado, 916
    Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro
    RJ, 22470-040
    Brazil
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    Price: Expensive

    One of Rio’s most feted chefs, Roberta Sudbrack takes deceptively simple fresh ingredients and conjures up wonders of culinary delight. An expensive but unforgettable experience.

    Palaphita Kitch

    Av. Epitácio Pessoa, s/n Quiosque 20
    Parque Cantagalo, Rio de Janeiro
    RJ, 22471-003
    Brazil
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    Price: Moderate

    This romantic lakeside restaurant serves up Middle Eastern cuisine, with diners seated on low-slung sofas under the stars, and late-night dancing at weekends.

    Casa da Feijoada

    Rua Prudente de Moraes 10b,
    Ipanema
    22420-040 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Price: Moderate

    On a shady street corner in Ipanema, this is one of the best places to get a belly-busting feijoada, the closest thing to a Brazilian national dish: a rich stew complemented by exotic side dishes.

    Cervantes

    Rua Prado Junior 335
    22011-040 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Price: Cheap

    One of Rio’s most beloved street cafés, with loyal customers queuing around the block for one of its classic high-stacked sandwiches.

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    Calendar of events

    Rio International Film Festival

    24 September – 8 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Rio.

    The ‘Festival do Rio’ is the city’s International Film Festival. In recent years Brazilian films based in Rio, such as Central Station, City of God, and Favela Rising have received worldwide acclaim. This major festival showcases well over 500 feature films, documentaries and shorts, with screenings taking place in various venues throughout the city. Proceedings are dominated by the award of the coveted Golden Lion prize. In addition to the films, there’s also an entertainment programme including live music and parties.

    Rio de Janeiro Pride

    11 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    The Rio de Janeiro Pride (Parada de Orgulho Gay) is one of the biggest gay pride parades in the world. More than two million people take part in parties, on the Zona Sul beaches and across the city, in celebration of sexual diversity and equality. Visitors will be hard pressed not to find a samba band or sounds system somewhere around the capital.

    Fashion Rio

    8 – 11 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: Jockey Club Brasileiro.

    One of the biggest events in the Brazilian fashion calendar is Fashion Rio, a twice-yearly event taking place in the summer and winter. It will feature major Brazilian designers as well as showcasing of the most exciting emerging young talent around.

    Iemenjã

    31 December 2014

    Venue: Zona Sul beaches.

    Iemenjã is a watery tribute to the Afro-Brazilian Mother-Goddess of the Sea, with religious ceremonies taking place at sunset on beaches along Zona Sul. In this visually impressive and moving event, Umbanda devotees dressed in white take to the sea to make offerings in little paper boats to Iemenjã.

    Reveillon

    31 December 2014 – 1 January 2015

    Venue: Copacabana Beach and seafront.

    Outdoor concerts and parties all over the city culminate in a massive fireworks display on Copacabana Beach to mark Rio’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, its second biggest bash after Carnival. Up to one million people gather on the sands, so get there early to stake your place.

    Rio de Janeiro Carnival

    28 February – 4 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Sambódromo and throughout the city.

    Simply the world’s greatest party, the annual carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the wildest extravaganzas on the planet. The main carnival parade in the huge, purpose-built Sambódromo comes alive with a riot of colour, outlandish floats, throngs of gyrating dancers and pounding drummers, all shaking to intoxicating samba rhythms.

    Rio’s carnival starts on Saturday and ends on Ash Wednesday. Escolas de Samba (‘Samba Schools’) from each city neighbourhood compete to see which can parade the best, loudest, and most creatively decorated floats, carrying samba bands and accompanied by dancers and other performers. Before, during and after the main parades (held on Sunday and Monday), there are many other events across the city, including music shows, carnival balls and separate parades for the lesser samba schools.

    Good Friday

    3 April 2015

    Venue: Catedral Metropolitana, Avenida República do Chile 245, Centro, and throughout the city.

    The most important date in the Catholic calendar, Rio marks Holy Week with religious processions, ceremonies and masses across the city. One of the biggest ceremonies takes place at the Catedral Metropolitana, home of Rio’s patron saint, Santo Sebastião, with a commemorative liturgy celebrating the passion and death of Christ. Afterwards there is a procession accompanied by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, bearing a fragment of the Holy Cross. The Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Copacabana (Church of Our Lady of Copacabana) also conducts a procession, with drummers and participants dressed as Roman soldiers.

    Dia do Indio (Indian Day)

    19 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Museu do Indio.

    The annual Day of the Indian is an important date celebrated throughout Brazil, but with special activities held in Rio’s superb Museu do Indio, honouring the nation’s 600,000 indigenous peoples. Events at the museum include ceremonial dances, live music performances, exhibitions and film screenings.

    Festas Junina

    13 – 29 June 2015

    Venue: Various.

    This is a New World twist on an old European Catholic tradition, brought to Brazil by the first Portuguese settlers. In Mediterranean countries, the Fiesta de San Juan (Saint John) falls on the summer solstice, and is celebrated with bonfires. Rio extends this June festival to include Santo Antonio (Saint Anthony) on 13 June, São João (St John), 11 days later and São Pedro (Saint Peter) on 29 June.

    On three separate evenings, in private homes, in clubs, and in public places all over Rio, stalls are set out to resemble village market places and are decorated with streamers and lanterns. Against the glow of bonfires there is much dancing, eating and drinking. In mock weddings, couples follow the old tradition of leaping the flames. Many other events also take place in the weeks before and after the saints’ days, in venues all across the city.

    FLIP – Paraty International Literary Festival

    30 July – 3 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Paraty.

    Launched in 2003, this book-fest in the historic little coastal town of Paraty, close to Rio, is now rated as one of the best of its kind in the world. Leading Brazilian authors are joined by major international names, with previous visitors including Margaret Atwood, Carol Ann Duffy, Nadim Gordimer, Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan and Colm Toibim. The five-day festival features readings, conferences, and round-table debates, plus a lively mix of music, food and dance.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

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    Rio has hundreds of hotels to suit all tastes, though it’s not a cheap city these days.

    Most major chain hotels are concentrated in Copacabana and Ipanema, though suburbs such as Santa Teresa have some chic boutique hotels, while booming Barra, out west, has larger resort-style accommodations.

    Sofitel Rio de Janeiro

    Avenida Atlãntica, 4240
    Copacabana
    22070-002 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Category: Expensive

    With a magnificent location at the far end of Copacabana Beach, this large luxurious hotel has a reputation for impeccable service and for its well-appointed rooms.

    Hotel Santa Teresa

    Rua Almirante Alexandrino, Santa Teresa
    20241-260 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Category: Expensive

    Oozing tasteful style, this exclusive boutique hotel is hidden away high up on a Santa Teresa hillside; its 40 rooms and suites are decorated with cool fabrics and tropical hardwood flooring.

    Savoy Othon Travel

    Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana 995, Copacabana
    22060-001 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Category: Moderate

    This large modern hotel is well situated in the heart of Copacabana one block from the beach; no frills but highly rated as good value.

    Jucati Seasons Apartments

    Rua Tenente Marones de Gusmão 85, Copacabana
    22041-060 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Category: Moderate

    This block of 55 modern apartments is ideal for families and those coming to Rio for a week or more. The apartments sleep up to six people and are well equipped with kitchen, cable TV and wireless access.

    Rio Nature Hostel Adventure

    Travessa Dona Marciana, 31, Botafogo
    22280-120 Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
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    Category: Budget

    This friendly and small, budget hostel is handily located in Botafogo, a coastal neighbourhood next to Copacabana. Breakfast is included, as well as WiFi access, cable TV and kitchen.

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    Climate & best time to visit Brazil

    Brazil is something of an all-year round destination, as the country sits within the tropics, meaning temperatures rarely dip below 20°C (68°F), apart from in the southern regions. The climate varies from hot and dry in the arid interior to humid and sticky in the tropical rainforests of the Amazon jungle. The Pantanal and Amazon areas in the north of the country tend to get very hot during the summer, reaching highs of around 40°C (104°F).

    Coastal Brazil tends to be hot and sticky for most of the year; the best time to visit is generally from March to November during the dry season. It can get cold in the south and in the mountains during the winter months, with temperatures sometimes hitting 0°C (32°F) during winter. Rainy seasons occur from January to April in the north, April to July in the northeast and November to March in the Rio/São Paulo area.

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    Aug36 °C11 °C25 °C18 °C77 %48.6 mm6.35.8 h
    Sep37 °C10 °C25 °C19 °C79 %63.1 mm8.54.6 h
    Oct39 °C13 °C25 °C20 °C80 %83.9 mm9.45.1 h
    Nov38 °C15 °C27 °C21 °C79 %102.2 mm9.15.6 h
    Dec39 °C13 °C28 °C22 °C80 %152.3 mm11.75.2 h
    year39 °C10 °C27 °C21 °C79 %1183. mm98.45.7 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +55

    Telephone

    Public telephones accept cartões telefônicos (telephone cards), which can be obtained from newspaper kiosks. International calls from Brazil are expensive and in most cases it will be cheaper to use VoIP services such as Skype for outbound international calls.

    Mobile Telephone

    Mobile coverage is generally very good. Coveragge is provided with a number of mobile phone carriers including Oi, Vivo, Claro, Tim, CTBC, Sercomtel and Nextel. Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies, but travellers should check with their service providers. An unlocked GSM tri- or quad-band cell phone works in Brazil, with SIM cards widely available. Sim cards can be bought at newsstands, shopping malls and a variety of other outlets. Minutes can be added via cartões pre-pago (prepaid cards), available at newspaper kiosks.

    Internet

    Many hotels provide guests with internet access using Wi-Fi, although this may be added to the bill at the end of your stay. Internet cafés can be found in main towns and cities, and there are often internet booths at airports. In smaller towns, public access is sometimes available at post offices.

    During the World Cup free Wi-Fi will be available in airports related to the event. 4G should be available in the host cities.

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    Shopping in Rio de Janeiro

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    Key Areas

    In its obsession with the body beautiful, Rio is hugely fashion conscious, particularly for beachwear, jewellery and cosmetics. Its Havaiana flip-flops alone are a major worldwide brand. Ipanema is the hub for chic boutiques, with slightly more affordable department stores along Avenida Nossa Senhora da Copacabana in neighbouring Copacabana.

    Markets

    Perhaps surprisingly, Rio is not very big on local markets, but there are a few worth visiting. Ipanema’s Hippy Market, every Sunday on Praca General Osorio, sells mostly handicrafts and souvenirs, as well as clothes and other bric-a-brac. Two decent antiques markets are the Feira do Rio Antigo, in and around Rua do Lavradio on the first Saturday of the month; and the Feira de Antigüidades, Sundays opposite the Jockey Club on Praca Santos Dumont, is smaller but sells more specialised ornaments, paintings and jewellery.

    Shopping Centres

    Shopping malls are dotted all over Rio. Giant modern centres line the broad Avenida das Américas in the western suburb of Barra, with outlets of all top Brazilian and international designer labels. The biggest mall, Barra Shopping, has some 600 stores, as well as restaurants, cinemas, a bowling alley and even a monorail. Free shuttle buses run between many malls and major hotels.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    In informal situations, it is common to kiss women on both cheeks when meeting and taking one’s leave, whilst handshaking is customary between men. Frequent offers of coffee and tea are customary when visiting a host; if invited to someone’s home bring a gift. Flowers either before or after your visit will be appreciated, as will small gifts from your country or origin.

    Time-keeping is loose and fast in Brazil, so whilst punctuality may be expected from visitors, don’t expect it in return – arriving 30 minutes later than scheduled is quite normal and acceptable.

    In terms of what to wear, casual wear is normal, particularly during hot weather. Brazilians are known for their love of skimpy beachwear (thong bikinis for women and Speedos for men are the norm) but going shirtless anywhere besides the beach is generally frowned upon.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 192

    Food & Drink

    Water should not be drunk unless boiled or sterilised first. Even filtered water in more remote areas should be avoided and bottled water should be drunk instead. Pasteurised milk and cheese is available in towns and is generally considered safe to consume. Milk outside of urban areas is unpasteurised and should be boiled; travellers should also be wary of products that could have been made with unpasteurised milk, such as ice cream.

    Other Risks

    A polio vaccination certificate is required for children aged between three months and seven years old. Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is present within Brazil, as are several other infectious diseases such as dengue fever (which is more prevalent after rain in densely populated areas). There have also been cases of meningococcal meningitis in and around the Bahia area. Rabies is present; if you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay. If visiting remote parts of the Amazon or more rural villages, be sure to take the usual precautions, stocking up on mosquito repellent, sunscreen lotion and wearing suitable clothing.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Ralph Dr. Strattner
    Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana
    1018/602 – Copacabana
    Rio de Janeiro – 22060-000
    Brazil
    Tel. +21-2521-3723
    Tel. +21-2521-2646

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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