Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city surrounded by mountains, rainforest and, of course, spectacular white-sand beaches. It’s the second largest city in Brazil after Sao Paulo and has the 30th largest GDP in the world. Rio is a juxtaposition between the breathtaking cityscape and the more grungy urban areas. Needless to say, Rio is an exciting and exhilarating place to do business and holds true to its nickname, CidadeMaravilhosa or "Marvelous City."
Landing and Airport Transportation
You will most likely land at Galeao International Airport which is the main airport serving Rio. Galeao is among thebusiest airports in the world,ranking 2nd in terms of transported passengers, and it is the largest airport in Brazil.
Once you arrive, there will be a few different transportation options including: taxi, city bus,airportexecutive bus, and shuttle.
Using the taxi is a good way to get to your final destination, but be aware there are different rates based on when you use the taxi. From 9a.m. until 8 p.m. there is a daytime rate and from 9p.m. to 9a.m. you will be charged the nighttime rate.
The city bus will be less expensive than a taxi, but is not recommended for business travelers most of the time. However, if you are going to ride a city bus, be sure to do so during the day time, as the buses have been subject to criminal activity at night.
There is also an executive bus called “Frescao” which is a “nicer” air conditioned bus. These buses are much morecomfortable and safer for visitors than the city bus. However, these buses only run during the weekdays, so if you arrive on a Tuesday and are leaving on Sunday, you will not be able to use this option as transportation.
The final option is a shuttle; some hotels will even have their own shuttle that will pick you up from the airport and drop you back off at the airport for your departure. This is a safe and reliable option if available. Contact your hotel and check for these accommodations and the cost.
Passport and Visa Requirements
Brazil will require a valid passport and visa when entering the country and isknown for being fairly strict at immigration. There will be no “airport visas” given in Brazil, so make sure you have all the proper documentation before boarding your airplane.
Learn more about the entry requirements and required documentation to enter Brazil.
Exchange rates and money in Rio
Brazil’s money is called “real” and uses both dollars and coins. Travelers checks are generally not accepted, so make sure you have cash and a few major credit cards on hand in Rio. ATMs will be available and are a good source for withdrawing cash.
You can use Yahoo’s Currency Center to get the most recent exchange rates.
Doing Business in Rio
Rio’s rapidly growing economy is one of the reasons it’s a great place to do business and invest. Recently, theFinancial Times reported that Rio had become the number-one destination for foreigninvestments in Latin America. Much of the reason for that economic growth comes from Rio’s unemployment rate, which ranks as one of the lowest in the world.
The business culture in Brazil is somewhat informal, but Brazilians are still fashionable. Make sure that you dress professionally and conservatively when meeting for the first time. However, you may learn that it’s acceptable to dress down for subsequent meetings.
In Rio the business hours are typically 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with an hour for lunch, but you may find that if you have scheduled a meeting later in the afternoon, your meeting may extend past 5:00 p.m. Brazilians love to socialize and building relationships is an important part of business in Rio and Brazil as a whole. Make sure to schedule only one or two meetings a day as the socializing may prolong the meeting, and it’s typically difficult to get anywhere quickly due to bad traffic on the roads of Rio.
Things to do in Rio
Rio is the most gorgeous and marvelous city in Brazil and a great place to do business, but when you have free time make sure you get out of your hotel room and see the city. There is much see and even moer to do.
Here are a few things that you’ll definitelywant to check out when you have some downtime in Rio:
Head over to Grumari beach and take in the beautiful views of clear blue water and white and red sand that stretches for a mile. This is one of the cleanest and most peaceful beaches in Rio, and a great place to get away from the noise and relax.
Witness the Christ the Redeemer statue and the Corcovado Mountain. Widely recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this 125-foot-tall statue sits on top of the Corcovado Mountain, elevated at 2,330 feet.
If you are a lover of art, Rio’s Museum of Modern Art is a must visit, especially for those with an affection for contemporary works. The Museum of Modern Art (Museu de Arte Moderna) has over 1,700 works of art displayed. One of the best things about the museum is the price, it’s only about $4.50 US to check out some of the world’smost beautiful contemporary works of art.
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