What R$5,000 Rents in Rio de Janeiro in 2015

What R$5,000 Rents in Rio de Janeiro in 2015

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Even though the market is currently cooling down and rents are mostly increasing below inflation, real estate in Rio de Janeiro is quite expensive. Yet, a budget of R$5,000 (before condo fees and taxes) can already get you two to three bedrooms in the city’s […]

Metro Price Will Increase in Rio de Janeiro Next Month

Metro Price Will Increase in Rio de Janeiro Next Month

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After the bus and taxi prices have already increased at the beginning of the year, Rio de Janeiro’s metro is set to follow with new tariffs that go into force on April 2nd. The rate for a one-way ride will rise from R$3.50 to R$3.70. […]

Brazil’s Real Falls Due to Weakening Economy

Brazil’s Real Falls Due to Weakening Economy

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s currency, the real, fell to its weakest level against the U.S. dollar since 2005 in February this year and according to an international economic consultancy group the reason is not the current corruption scandals at oil giant Petrobras, but deteriorating economic fundamentals. According to […]

Traffic in Centro Changes Again with New Rio 450 Tunnel

Traffic in Centro Changes Again with New Rio 450 Tunnel

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The latest piece of infrastructure in the project to replace the Perimetral highway in Rio’s Centro and Port Zone, the Rio 450 tunnel has been inaugurated on Sunday March 1st, the city’s 450th birthday. With the tunnel, traffic in Centro changes again considerably. The 1,480 […]

Rio Film School Hosts A Week of Screenings and Lectures

Rio Film School Hosts A Week of Screenings and Lectures

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – From Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th, the Academia Internacional de Cinema will host will its Semana de Orientação (Orientation Week) in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In both cities, there will be free public film screenings and lectures given by special […]

Photo Exhibition Celebrating Rio’s History Opens Today

Photo Exhibition Celebrating Rio’s History Opens Today

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A free, public exhibition featuring 450 photos that chronicle Rio de Janeiro’s history from 1840 through 1930 will open in the Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS-RJ) in Gávea on Sunday, March 1st, the 450th anniversary of city. Following the public opening, the exhibition will remain […]

La Calaca in Leblon is Rio’s Latest Gourmet Mexican Restaurant

La Calaca in Leblon is Rio’s Latest Gourmet Mexican Restaurant

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Sitting on the same block as iconic late night destination Pizza Guanabara on the far end of the typically quiet and chic Leblon is the new open space “Mexican gourmet” restaurant La Calaca. American expatriate Kristen Caverly Peixoto from California and Carioca husband Marcos Peixoto […]

Truckers Continue to Block Highways in Brazil’s South

Truckers Continue to Block Highways in Brazil’s South

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite an agreement between Brazil’s federal government and several truckers’ associations on Wednesday, February 25th, to unblock federal highways, a report by the country’s Federal Highway Police on Thursday afternoon showed that truckers continue to protest on at least 88 federal highways, blocking traffic on […]

Olympic Preparations in Rio ‘On Track’ According to IOC

Olympic Preparations in Rio ‘On Track’ According to IOC

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has visited Rio this week in order to assess the progress of the preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games that at one time had been described as the “worst” in Olympic history. However, this time the IOC was full of […]

Truckers Agree to Unblock Brazil’s Federal Highways

Truckers Agree to Unblock Brazil’s Federal Highways

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A meeting held on Wednesday afternoon, February 25th, between government officials and truck driver associations may put an end to the week-long protests, which blocked several federal highways throughout Brazil and caused thousands of dollars in losses, according to officials. According to the government among […]