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Planning on visiting Rio de Janeiro?

Planning on visiting Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro is a great place to vacation and look for potential startup opportunities. Come and experience the culture and the magic of Brazil. At Brazil Hacks we take out some of the stress of planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro.

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How do get a CPF in Brazil

It is possible for foreigners not residing in Brazil to obtain CPFs so you have no excuse for not having one.  CPFs are very useful; from getting discounts in the Zona Sul supermarket or registering on some Brazilian websites. You will need a copy of one of the following documents translated by a sworn translator and consulorized at your local Brazilian consulate. Valid ID from your country RNE/CIE (Foreigner’s registration… I’m guessing you don’t have …

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How to get a cell phone when visiting Brazil

I would recommend getting a local phone as soon as you arrive in Brazil.  Most Brazilian phones are locked from calling internationally and therefore few people can call you. There are four big cell phone companies, TIM, Vivo, Claro and Oi. For a pre-paid phone I would recommend TIM. It has one of the fastest data plans (R$0.50 per day) and the coverage is pretty good, at least in Rio de Janeiro. Whilst it is …

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How to find a doctor in Brazil

Finding a doctor in Brazil is surprisingly hard.  Most Brazilians have health plans (Unimed, Amil, Bradesco etc.) which supply them with a written list of approved doctors from which to choose.  For most, this manual is the first port of call.  More often than not, it is common to ask friends and family for recommendation as in most Latin cultures. Slowly, the search for a doctor is moving online.  There are a few websites that …

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9 tips to learn Brazilian Portuguese outside of Brazil

I would recommend starting to learn Brazilian Portuguese before you arrive in Brazil.  It can be a daunting task and it does require focus and discipline.  To help you out, here are my top 9 hacks to learning Portuguese. 1) Site and learn “ser” and “estar”. You need these verbs to describe things. The best way to learn verbs is to write out the verb tables by hand. Its tedious but writing things out by …

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Learning Portuguese if you already speak Spanish

Many people who come to Brazil can already speak Spanish, either a little or fluently.  As an English speaker, it’s actually much easier for someone who speaks Spanish to learn Portuguese than for someone who doesn’t speak Spanish. Firstly, it’s easier in general to learn a third language than a second language. You already understand the grammatical structure of your own language You know the process of how you learn new languages You must be …

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8 steps to make a great caipirinha

You can usually tell a gringo at parties in Brazil because they make some key errors when making a caipirinha.  It’s really hard to find a good recipe online so here are the tips I learned from the Brazilian. 1) Wash limes (1-1.5 limes per caipirinha). 2) Cut the lime down the middle and remove the white pith. The white pith gives the caipirinha a sour taste. 3) Cut rest of lime into cubes and …

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Top 4 misconceptions about Brazil

I recently went to a school reunion in the UK and I was surprised at the reactions I got when I told my former school-mates that I lived in Brazil.  Even in 2012, the most common misconceptions about Brazil are decades old.  In an effort to debunk the most common of misconceptions about living in Brazil: 1) Language: People don’t speak Spanish, they speak portuguese. 2) Capital city: The capital is Brazilia (not Rio de …

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5 things to pack for a trip to Rio de Janeiro

A friend came to visit me recently in Rio de Janeiro and we spend some time discussing what she should bring.  Coming to Rio you can travel really light but here are some items you shouldn’t forget: 1) Beach stuff.  Don’t bother bringing anything warm for the evening because the evening are hot too. 2) Sunscreen.  For some reason its crazy expensive here for some unknown reason. 3) A good book.  It’s hard to find …

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Top 5 foods to order at a bar in Brazil

Bar food is often called “petiscos”. Here are the top 5 petiscos you can’t leave Brazil without trying: 1) Bolinho de bacalhau – fish balls! 2) Pastel de camarão – shrimp pasty. A classic. 3) File acebolado – meat and onions, usually served with bread. So good. 4) Appim frito – fried manioc, like huge chewy crispy fries. 5) Caldinho de feijão – bean soup, a classic in Rio.

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