Brazilian money is the real, and the exchange rate is approximately R$2.25= $1. To find the most up to the minute Brazilian currency exchange rates go to XE.com Currency Converter.
It is always a good idea to budget for a trip so you don’t run out of money. Here are a few sample prices so you have plenty of dosh for your Brazilian vacation:
- Caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) = R$5
- Men’s hot pants (swimwear) = R$30
- See the views from Sugarloaf Mountain = R$44
- Soccer game at Maracanas stadium = from R$80
- Hang gliding in Rio = R$200
- Average room prices = you’ll pay around R$35 for cheap accommodation, R$80 - $100 for something mid-range, and R$128 and upward if you’re going all out.
- Average meal prices = R$8 for a cheap dish, R$20 at a mid-range restaurant, and R$40 and upwards if you go somewhere swanky.
These prices are in Brazilian real, are correct as of 03/20/09 and are subject to change.
It would be rare to find a hotel that didn’t add a 10% service charge to the bill, as with restaurants. Generally taxi drivers aren’t tipped but some people will often round up the total.
The normal banking hours in Brazil are from 10 am till 4 pm, Monday to Friday with the exception of vacations. Credit cards are accepted but some restaurants may only accept visa. Traveler’s checks don’t offer the best value for money and you will lose money when you cash them in.
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