It’s a leap year. The year which sees sportspersons leap faster, stronger and higher to the coveted Olympic Gold. The summer Olympics this year is being hosted at Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro city. The Cidada Maravilhosa (The Marvelous city, as Rio is nicknamed) is at its most welcoming spirits with a pleasant cool weather, plenty of gentle sunshine and an event sports enthusiasts have been waiting for the last 4 years.
If you are a part of the at-home TV audience, then enjoy the sporting events on the small screen. While at it if you find yourself lusting after Rio then you can plan out your next big vacation in Rio in next year’s February as the Rio Carnival is celebrated then and there is no other place you would want to be in.
If you are among the lucky few flying off to the Brazilian City to be a witness to the sporting giant then here are some tips from Team Fxkart for your travel.
Familiarise yourself with the currency notes and coins in advance for having an easier way around. The Brazilian currency is called Real (plural- Reais) and the coin is called Centavo. The Reais are in denomination of 1,2,5,10,20,50 and 100. The Centavos are in denomination of 1,5,10,25,50 centavos and 1 Real.
The symbol is R$. The current value of one real is equal to 0.31 $. Aside from cash be sure to get a travel card loaded with your cash on Fxkart.com. With the Fxkart travel card you can be sure to get the best rates, be protected from any day to day market fluctuations in rate and stay away from hidden charges that come with using credit cards in foreign countries.
Places to Visit
The landscape of Rio is as diverse as it can get. You have gorgeous beaches such as Ipanema and Copacabana for a relaxed time. If you are looking for some adventure then follow the trail to the lush flora of Tijuca forest which is heralded as an urban forest with waterfalls and thick vegetation as well as restaurants and recreation areas.
A fan of architecture? Be sure to pay a visit to one of the seven wonders of the world The Statue of Christ the Redeemer atop the Corcovado mountain. There are half day guided tour packages available, so be sure to look them up before finalising your itinerary.
Rio is as safe and as dangerous as any other city. Stay clear of trouble and move around with a companion or two in the city. Avoid travelling alone especially at night and beware of pickpockets and muggers.
Buses and subways are the cheap mode of public transportation. But use cabs rather than public transport at night. (Tipping waiters and cabbies is neither encouraged nor advised but is certainly appreciated.)
Be sure to protect yourself from mosquito bites as Brazil is Zika endemic currently. Apply mosquito repellant lotions (‘odomos’ is one such lotion available in India). Long sleeves, pants, and socks during the day are a must as the mosquito that spreads Zika is a day biting mosquito. Wearing permethrin treated clothes is advisable for pregnant women to protect themselves from the mosquito bite.
Have a safe trip to Rio and give our Indian contingent an extra cheer from us all praying for them back at home!