Tourist Info – Useful Info for the Visitor
This page contains useful tourist info that you might need when you visit Rio de Janeiro. This is the place to find out where to get your visa extended or how the hospitals work. In order to fit all this info in I have sub-sections, just click on the links to get to those pages. First I’d like to state that Rio de Janeiro is a modern city and although everything doesn’t work like a clock it has all the services of a modern 21st century city.
Links to Pages With Tourist Info
The first important article you should read is about Security in Rio and How to Stay Safe. A lot has been said about it, but hopefully this will help you able on how it’s best to behave here.
The next section is about Pharmacies and Hospitals in Rio. Where you should go if you get ill and some useful tips.
Many people want to extend their Visa in Rio go here to find out how and where and what the rules are. Check out Brazilian Permanency & Long Term Visas for all the options available if you have plans to spend a longer time in Rio or Brazil – all about permancies, work-, student- and investment-visas.
There are a few sites about travel in Brazil. The first is the official tourism site for Brazil Embratur, it is truly a great place to find information. Another site is Brasil Turismo, press the American flag and you´ll get a version in English.
How to deal with money & ATM in Rio
To start with it’s important to know what today’s exchange rate is, easy to find out on a site like xe.com. The rate you will get is a flat rate so don’t count on getting all that, but it gives you an idea. Then you will have to go to a travel agent or exchange office (cambio). Many are located along the main streets in Copacabana and Ipanema. It’s a good idea to compare maybe two or three of them, a little negotiating never hurts. Don’t count on them accepting odd currencies although they sometimes do, often with terrible rates though. The exchange rates you get at the airport is not good so just change a little bit there. The exchange offices are open commercial hours, closed on Sundays and open only until about 2 PM on Saturdays.
As a precaution, always before withdrawing money, see if you can yank the part where you put the card in loose, if you can you have saved yourself from getting your card cloned. There has been stories of a little device is placed in front of the slot of the ATM and with the details obtained money has been stolen from accounts. It’s best to make your withdrawals of cash daytime to minimize the risk of getting robbed.
Where you should withdraw is a complicated matter, your bank and the configuration of your card decides what banks you can use. Daily rates change and can make one bank better than another just over night. VISA and Mastercard works in almost all bank machines these days, American Express is more difficult. It should say on the machine what cards it accept.