17 articles Tag Rio de Janeiro

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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Rio de Janeiro versus São Paulo

Rio de Janeiro versus São Paulo

At Brazil Hacks, we have all the information you need to start a tech company in Brazil…

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Top startup meetups in Rio de Janeiro

The startup scene in Rio de Janeiro is growing quickly.  Several accelerators have setup recently in Rio de Janeiro along with angel groups like Gavea Angels which a large interest in stimulating the local startup community.  There are several meetups for people interested in startups in Rio de Janeiro; here is the pick of the litter: Rio Meetup; meetups every 2 months on Wednesdays at Cafe Del Mar in Copacabana (organized by Tiago Asevedo, costs R$40-70 …

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Renting an office in Brazil

I am not sure about other cities but renting for a startup in Rio de Janeiro is not straight-forward at all. Aside from the mountains of paperwork, which are given in Brazil, here are some of the main issues you will face: High cost per m2: Expect to pay R$80-100 per m2 for anything with half decent transport access and security in Rio de Janeiro. I have spend 3 months searching for a decent office …

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How to find a good apartment to rent in Rio de Janeiro

Finding a good apartment in Rio de Janeiro takes a lot of time, effort and patience.  The Jornal Globo newspaper on Sundays still has the largest offering of apartments to rent and buy in Rio and its hit and miss. Online sites like zap.com.br and vivareal.com.br are a good source since many of the local estate agents advertise on these sites. Of course you can call estate agents directly to enquire but we warned they are …

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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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Top 5 açaí bars in Rio de Janeiro

One of the things I love most in Brazil is the açaí.  Its more delicious than icecream but healthy.  I have developed an açaí addiction during my 4 years in Brazil and contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t make you fat. I am quite fussy about my açaí since depending on where you go the taste and consistency can vary.  Here are the top 5 lanchonetes (snack and juice bars) in Rio de Janeiro. 1) …

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Top 5 meat restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

Eating meat is part of the culture in Brazil and the quality of the meat in Brazil knocks the socks of most Northern Hemisphere countries.  When in Rio de Janeiro, you can’t miss the opportunity to eat some great meat.  I haven’t seen which restaurants are recommended by guide books, but since I rarely see gringos in the places I like to go, I can only assume that the recommendations are no good. So, here …

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