Tom Jobim international airport, located on Governor's Island is easily accessible by modern highways, the center and the south of the city, where the major hotels. Twenty-six international airlines and all Brazilian airlines operating at the airport, which recorded in 1998 a movement of about 8 million passengers between domestic and international flights. The Santos Dumont Airport, located in the city center, operates regional flights linking the main cities of the country, business jets and smaller aircraft. An excellent taxi service and bus links the airport to the main hotels and residential areas.
The official time in Brazil is 3h behind GMT (London).
Most offices open from 09:00 to 18: 00h Monday to Friday and from 09:00 to 13: 00h on Saturdays. Most major shopping malls such as the Rio Sul and the Barra Shopping is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22: 00h and on Sundays from 15:00 to 21: 00h. Rio has several convenience stores open 24 hours / day. Banks are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 16: 00h.
The language spoken in Brazil is Brazilian Portuguese. English is widely taught in schools and a large share of the population understands Spanish.
The Rio de Janeiro is a subtropical city. Summer extends from December to March with temperatures ranging from 25 ° C (77 ° F) to 42 ° C (108 ° F); Winter lasts from June to August, with the temperature around 20 ° C (68 ° F) during the day and 16 ° C (60 ° F) at night.
There are sunny skies throughout the winter period, which means it is perfect to enjoy the beaches and the many tourist attractions.
Spring and autumn 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 in both can be quite high, especially at the end of spring and start of autumn.
The sport suit prevails in Rio, although during working hours men often wear a suit and tie and women thinner clothes. Few places in Rio require formal attire. For men slacks and sport shirt are sufficient; for women casual. A light jacket is enough for winter nights.
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.
Rio has an excellent telecommunications system. Direct dial and collect calls can be made from any telephone. Pay phones are available across the city and are phone card operated. Portable cell phones are available to visitors for a small rental charge. The International Direct Dial (IDD) code for Brazil is 55 and the city code for Rio de Janeiro 21.
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.
The main credit cards are accepted in Brazil, particularly in Rio. Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express are accepted in almost all commercial facilities.
Rio has a large fleet of taxis, almost all equipped with air conditioning. Ordinary taxis, identified by the color yellow, roam the streets metered. Special taxis operated by licensed companies serving the airports and hotels or can be called by telephone. At airports and major shopping centers, most of the special taxis work on a fixed fare by area which is paid in advance on the company's counter above which must be affixed to the price list.
Hotels: hotels generally include the service charges on accounts.
Restaurants: tips are optional but are often found at the end of the bill as a "suggestion". Rio normally pay up 10%.
Taxis: Taxi drivers do not require a tip, although most passengers round for more tariff to be paid when you are satisfied with the service.
Hotel Chargers and airport: R$ 3.00 per bag.
Carts to load bags at the airport: Free
The Rio de Janeiro has an intense cultural life, offering more than 200 places to film, theater, musical and artistic exhibitions, more than 50 museums and 87 libraries. In addition to traditional museums, the city is home to museums dedicated to trains, planes, trams, jewels and gems, sports, Indian, Brazilian primitive and even Carmen Miranda, among others.
In Rio de Janeiro and Brazil there are a number of public holidays during the year. Are these:
January 1 – New Year
January 20 – San Sebastian – Patron Saint of the city of Rio de Janeiro (Rio only)
Mobile – Carnival
Mobile – Passion and Easter
April 21 – Tiradentes – Martyr of Independence
April 23 – St. George
May 1 – Labor Day
Mobile – Corpus Christ
Sept. 7 – Independence Day
October 12 – Our Lady of Aparecida – Patron Saint of Brazil
November 2 – All Souls
November 15 – Proclamation of the Republic
November 20 – Zumbi dos Palmares – Black Consciousness Day
December 25 – Christmas
Movable holidays for the year 2017:
Carnival – 25 to 28 February
Passion – March 14
Easter – April 16
Corpus Christ – June 15
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