Copa América 2019 Final
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . July 5-8, 2019
Geromy Harper

The entire trip was a blast, the organizers were a great help and a ton of fun, and there was no shortage of things to do without feeling rushed or bored.

Geromy Harper

Geromy Harper

The entire trip was a blast, the organizers were a great help and a ton of fun, and there was no shortage of things to do without feeling rushed or bored.

Geromy Harper

Rio Travel  FAQs

Our team has extensive experience in Rio de Janeiro,  accompanying travelers to the 2016 Summer Games, the 2014 World Cup, and many years of Carnival celebrations. Here are some of the most common questions we get from first-time travelers in Rio:

 Do I need a travel visa?

Yes. We are working with a partner company CIBT who will be helping us all get our visas for Brazil and is providing our clients with a discount on processing fees, but if you would like to look into the process, it is easy to check requirements, download applications and get step-by-step instructions.

Simply go to CIBT’s Visas.  Please continue to use this link to receive Bucket List Events discounted rates. If you would like to call CIBT directly, dial  800-577-2428 . Make sure to reference our account code 47135 when calling.

* Important to note: One of the requirements is an original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay in Brazil with at least one blank visa page available for a Brazilian visa stamp. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for visa stamps.


 Should I get travel insurance?

We highly recommend that every traveler has travel insurance. We have been working closely with Travelex Insurance, which provides specific insurance in accordance to your travel plans. Get a quick free quote and see what they have to offer by going to the following link:

Make sure to use this link to receive your Bucket List Events discounted pricing.


 What should I budget for food for each day?

This all depends on you and what you would like to experience. If you like to eat out at nice restaurants, you will spend between Brazilian real (R$)52-95 per person for a meal, which is around US$30-50 for a meal. However, you can eat out on the cheap, buying a traditional salgado or slice of pizza and fresh juice for R$8 (US$4). A typical Brazilian dish of chicken, rice and beans will cost you R$24 (US$11).

So bottom line, you could budget around US$50 per day and get a basic taste of the local cuisine or budget more depending on how often you want to eat at nice restaurants. But most importantly, make sure to budget for cold cervejas (R$5) and caipirinhas (R$12) on the beach!


 Do cabs take credit cards?

It is very rare to find a taxi that takes credit or debit cards. Make sure that you have cash when you hail a cab. Always watch the meter. Cabs have higher rates on Sundays and between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m and the meter will have a “2” showing if it was one of these days or times. If it’s a weekday or daytime and the cab meter is reading a “2”, ask the driver, “Porque dois?” If he does not change the meter, exit the cab.


 What should I carry with me every day?

The following tips are meant to prepare you so that you can stay safe and protect your stuff. Our motto is to travel smart and stay safe.

Most of the hotels have a safe in the room, so it is a good idea to leave all your valuables including your wedding ring, watch and jewelry locked up. You don’t want to be a target, so why risk it? It is better to dress simply and carry a bag that can go across your body or a backpack. Put some of your money in your bag and some in your pocket. If you decide to wear a money pouch, distribute your money there as well. You want to be able to pull out some change to pay a vendor without revealing how much money you have on you.

When you are going to the beach, you want as little on you as possible. If you are going to bring a beach bag make sure that you only bring your beach essentials. Again, distribute your money between the bag and your pocket(s).

Always keep your bag in sight. When you are at the beach, put it in front of you, between your legs. If you are traveling with another person, put your bag between the two of you. If a vendor comes up to you to sell something, make sure to have your hand on your bag and don’t lose sight as you are working out your purchase.


 Do most places accept credit cards? What about AmEx?

Most restaurants and stores take Visa and Mastercard, but it is rare to find a place that accepts AmEx. Most restaurants will bring the machine to swipe your card at the table, but just be conscious to stay with your card at all times. Before you come down to Brazil, check with your bank to see what the fees are for pulling money out and fees to use your card.

Make sure to notify your bank that you are going to South America and ask if you’ll be able to use your debit or credit card. Have your bank’s phone number on hand and don’t be surprised if you have to call them when you are here. Banco do Brazil and Central Bank have been the most reliable for us in terms of pulling money with our debit cards, and we will be able to direct you to these banks’ locations when you arrive.