About the City
Rio is a unique city. Few places in the world can put together, in harmony, abundant nature and a city in full swing. You’ll find stunning beaches – some wild ones –, an urban forest, lagoons, waterfalls, and a breathtaking bay, all within the same city. Here, we welcome all tourists with open arms!
When you think of Rio or even Brazil, the Christ the Redeemer is usually the first image that pops into your mind. The famous Sugar Loaf cable car, from which you get to witness a beautiful encounter between the sea and the mountains, is also iconic. The duo also graces the Copacabana, Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca beaches, as well as the Botanical Garden, the Tijuca Forest, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and so many other places.
In Rio, the night does not rival the day and the historical goes hand in hand with the modern. Here, the closeness of differences transforms its many-hued prism in an intense and beautiful way. But Rio’s ace in the hole is the “carioca spirit” that turns its almost seven million residents into special ciceroni, always willing to welcome visitors as old friends.
The official currency in Rio is the real (BRL), the symbol is R$ and its denominations are 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 R$. The currency exchange houses are mostly located in the neighborhood of Copacabana.
Rio de Janeiro has a tropical oceanic climate, warm temperatures almost all year round, make the city a place of infinite summers. The hottest seasons are in December and January and the coldest in June and July. Autumn in Rio de Janeiro begins on March 21 and ends on June 21, this is an ideal time to travel to Rio de Janeiro as temperatures are moderate and the chance of rain is minimal.
The electric current in Rio de Janeiro is 110 or 120 volts. Many hotels and buildings have alternate plugs for 220 volts.
Rio has a large fleet of taxis, almost all equipped with air conditioning. Ordinary taxis, identified by yellow, circulate on the streets with a taximeter. Special taxis operated by authorized companies serve airports and hotels or can be called by phone. At airports and shopping centers, most special taxis operate with fixed rates per area, which can be paid in advance at the company’s counter, where the price list must be published.
For current regulations to entry into Brazil and general COVID information, please enter: https://www.gov.br/mre/en