Going to RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL from MANILA PHILIPPINESWednesday, August 28, 2013
If you are from the Philippines and you want to go to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for several reasons like witness the 2014 FIFA World Cup, watch the Rio 2016 Olympics, party during Mardi Gras Carnaval or just want to visit Christ the Redeemer and swim in Copacabana & Ipanema Beach here is a brief guide of some of the things I did and wish I did that might help you with your Brazilian Trip.
1. Rio de Janiero is miles away from the Philippine
Because Brazil is located in South America which is on the very opposite side of our country it takes 23 hours to travel without the layover waiting time.
This is one of the things that I love about Brazil, they don't require Brazil Visa for Filipinos yet American Citizens are required to have them- pretty neat huh?
3. However going to Brazil is VERY expensive
Take note that the flight going to Brazil is NOT CHEAP. Mine costs at about P143,125.00 round trip via Emirates- Thank God for Tresemme!!!
|inside Emirates Economy Class|
5. Philippines is 11 hours ahead
So expect to have a 'jet lag' once you arrive in Brazil. My Mama had a very difficult time dealing with it so I suggest to sleep the entire day once you arrive in Brazil in that way you will revive your strength the very next day.
6. Their currency is Brazilian Real
As of this writing the equivalent of R$1 (Brazilian Real) is P18 (Philippine Peso) and $1 (US Dollar) is R$ 2.4 (Brazilian Real). We have our dollar changed at the hotel but it's cheaper (daw) to have your dollars change at Rio de Janeiro Airport.
7. Note down the Philippine Consulate Address in Rio de Janeiro
143 Ipanema CEP 22421-030, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
WHAT TO EXPECT IN BRAZIL
From the very start of my Brazil preparations I heard & read a lot of mugger stories from family, friends and the internet that kept me very paranoid from day 1 till our last day (watching City of God years before didn't help either!) That was why I was veeery careful with our belongings. Because we were both ladies we opted to arrange tours when we want to see famous sites. Important tip that I learned: do not bring all your money with you when you go out, put it in the hotel safe. Also do not bring your passport with you, just bring a photocopy/scanned passport when going out.
3. Brazil locals are extremely nice
Despite the bad tales Brazil is known for, surprisingly for the entire one week of our stay in Rio de Janeiro we never experienced anything drastic at all. No muggers/ pickpockets/ maniacs! All locals were very very nice, in fact there were a couple of locals who told us to be very careful with our stuff, another local lady offered to be a translator in a coffee shop, and a local guy even helped me set up my umbrella at the beach. So I guess being extra safe, alert & PRAYERS will help you survive Brazil. Let the LORD be your tour guide :)
|top: Local lady who offered to translate what we want to say at a coffee shop. |
bottom: Local guy who offered to help me set up my beach umbrella
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GO TO BRAZIL
The best way to go to Brazil is to ask a travel agency to arrange the flight for you, in this way they will know what's the best connecting flight to take plus they will also help arrange your accommodations, transfers and tours.