About Rio de Janeiro

About
Rio de Janeiro

Among the various tourist attractions in the “Marvelous City,” are the famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, filled with beautiful and warm-hearted people, soft white sand and the cool sea breeze, and the outstanding views from Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado.

Event Venue
Windsor Barra Hotel

Experience incredible moments at the five-star Windsor Barra Hotel, located in front of the beautiful beach of Barra da Tijuca. The hotel has comfortable guest rooms, a terrace with two swimming pools and well-equipped recreation areas. It is one of the largest and best event venues in Rio.

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Time Zone

Rio de Janeiro
Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC - 03:00 hour

Banking, Currency and Exchange Rates

Banks are open 10 am to 4 pm weekdays. ATMs can be found almost everywhere; some ATMs provide 24-hour withdrawals. Check with your bank and/or credit card company regarding the use of your credit card and ATM card and any additional fees.

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 and traveler’s checks, especially in U.S. dollars, can be exchanged in almost every bank, currency exchanges, travel agencies and hotels. All major credit cards are accepted in Brazil; some stores accept foreign currency. You can check the day’s exchange rate and convert amounts here.

Rio de Janeiro Electricity

Rio de Janeiro electricity is 110V, 60Hz, as it is in most other parts of Brazil. An adapter is not needed for American appliances. The most common electrical outlet allows for plugs with two round pins, as well as American-style plugs that have two flat prongs. Many hotels also offer 220V outlets to accommodate European travelers. These outlets almost always will be labeled 220V; do not plug a 110V appliance into it.

Mobile Services

The city of Rio de Janeiro is set up with cell phone towers and cell phone providers. Calling cards are also very popular in the city. As it can be very expensive to make a phone call directly from the hotel room it is advisable to rent a cell phone, purchase a calling card or use a computer at one of the Internet Cafes. Most hotels rooms do have phones. While making international calls can be pricey it is good to know how to use the phones. To make an international call, dial 00 plus a telephone company code that can be 21, 31, 23, 15 (and others) and then the country code followed by the area code and the phone number. While there are pay phones throughout the city they usually only carry calling cards and most of them are out of order.

Opening Hours

The vast majority of shops are open every day throughout the year: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm (Monday to Saturday) and 3:00pm - 9:00 pm on Sundays.

Tips

At almost all restaurants and bars, a standard service fee of 10% is included as a line item at the end of the bill. While it may appear to be mandatory, the service fee is determined by the guest. Most guests pay this fee unless the service is below standard.