Rio de Janeiro sits almost on top of the Tropic of Capricorn, which makes its
climate tropical and ideal. From June through August, the winter, temperatures
hover between a comfortable 20°C by day and 16° C by night. The summer months
of December through March heat up significantly, ranging from 25° to 45°C.
Air: Domestic flights arrive in Santos Dumont,
while Galeao International Gate, Rio's international hub, services a wide
array of international carriers: Aeroflot, Aeorlineas Argentinas, Aeroperu,
Air France, Alitalia, American, Avianca, British Airways, Delta, Iberia,
KLM, Lan Chile, LAB, Lufthansa, SAA, Swissair, TAM, TAP, Transbrasil,
United, Varig, Rio Sul, Vasp, Continental, and Spanair.
Rail: Rio's two train stations, Estacao Leopldina and Estacao
Dom Pedro II, offer service between the downtown area and the suburbs.
Subway: Rio's subways consists of a major line from Botafogo
to Saens Pena, and a branch from Estacio de Sa to Maracana.
Taxi: Rio has an abundance of yellow metered cabs, which
can easily be hailed on the streets. Special taxis are also common at hotels
and the airports, and can be booked by phone.
Rio de Janeiro has a number of internationally respected hospitals, clinics and
doctors, but treatment is expensive so visitors are strongly advised to take
out medical traveler's insurance before traveling to Brazil. Public hospitals
are also available.
Most offices are open from 9am - 6pm, Monday through Friday. Stores are open
from 9am - 7pm, Monday through Friday, and 9am - 1pm on Saturdays. Most of the
large shopping centers are open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 10pm.
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