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 the  beautiful neighborhood of Barra Tijuca, just west of Rio de Janeiro. Conference attendees will enjoy this neighborhood’s quiet and pleasant streets as well as its beautiful beaches, restaurants and more. 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. Is a perfect combination of hotel and convention center at the same place, offering comfort to all participants and avoiding loss of time with traffic.

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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. Check with your local phone company before to fly to Rio regarding any change at your calling plan. It can be expensive to use your phone for international calls in Brazil. We suggest you to buy a prepaid sim card to use during your stay in the city. Phone companies offer this product and to buy it you just need to present your passport at the phone company store.

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.


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.