Cost of Rio?
Rio De Janeiro is not one of the cheapest places in the world but come on it is Rio De Janeiro. The following prices are average for Rio De Janeiro just to give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive.
Liter of gas = R 2.20
Bottled water = R 1. 50
Glass of Beer = R 4
T Shirt = R 25
Caipirinha = R 5
Pair of Havaianas = R 15 to 20
Admission to Samba Club R 10 to 25
Dinner for Two = R 65
Cable Car Ride = 35
COPACABANA - HOW TO UNDERSTAND IT!
Locals call the beach as COPA, so it is better for you to get used to refer to Copacabana in a very private way...IT IS NOT COPACABANA, JUST SAY "COPA"
The whole beach is divided in 4 parts:
LEME - Because of a fort with the same name, in the right corner of the beach
MERIDIEN - It is a huge hotel that changed name, now it is IBERO STAR and it is located on the Atlantica Avenue corner with a very important avenue which connects Copacabana to the Bay Area of the city in Botafogo. This avenue is called PRINCESA ISABEL.
SIQUEIRA CAMPOS - Very busy street which concentrates the best part of the district for shopping (ATTENTION GIRLS!!!), it is also lcoated in the middle of the beach and very close to the famous COPACABANA PALACE.
POSTO SEIS - Most exclusive part of Copacabana, here everything is more ellegant and calmer than the rest of Copacabana. Sometimes Copacabana is not only a simple neighborhood of Rio, sometimes Copacabana turns into a huge urban city..But at Posto Seis you still can live without hurry, you forget a little bit about stressing life and by the end of the afternoon you can have a nice coffe in a nice café at Copacabana Fortress, enjoying the view of the whole beach and also the rocks of Diabo beach abd Arpoador!
For those who stays in Copa, it is always better to be located from the Copacabana palace to the end of the beach at POSTO SEIS.
THE CITY WORKS
It is one of the most modern bridge in the world, it is a huge one but still very short for the population of Rio and Niteroi, in the peak hour the bridge is unbearable, but if something works worng in your car and you have a problem, you have total free assistance. In the case, my car over heated, and they came to me in 15 minutes. Phillip my german friend was with me and guess what, it was my birthday!!! :)
September 28th, 2005 The real name of the bridge is PONTE COSTA E SILVA, it links Rio and Niteroi and this is the main road to the main highways of the State!
Leave the big bastard bikinis at home
Don't wear those granny pants at the beach. Wear a brazilian or thong bikini bottom. Keep your top on, they don't go topless here.
Don't worry if you do not have the bod to strut a skimpy bottom. Grandmas wear these tiny things too.
Remember... people got no shame.
Rules of Flip Flops
First things first, go buy some Havaianas. They are VERY comfortable! So wear them when you go to and from the beach but not out on the town. Locals don't wear flip flops like we Americans do (or at least we Californians). Wearing them to get something to eat or anything just after the beach is fine but otherwise (if you want to blend in more) put on some cute shoes for girls or cool sneakers for guys.