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Money and costs

Currency
Real (R$)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated December 16, 2014 15:02
Budget up to
R$200
  • dorm bed R$40-70
  • sandwich and drink in a juice bar R$10-15
  • long-distance buses R$10-15 per hour of travel
Midrange
R$200–400
  • Standard double room in a hotel R$150-300
  • Dinner for two in a mid-range restaurant R$70-150
  • Jungle trips R$200 per day
  • Admission to night clubs and live music venues R$20-50
  • One-way flight from Rio to Salvador/Iguaçu/Manaus from R$300/361/530
Top end over
R$400
  • Boutique hotels R$500-800
  • Upscale jungle lodges outside Manaus per night R$500-1000
  • Dinner for two at top restaurants R$180-400

Brazil’s currency is the real (hay-ow; often written R$); the plural is reais (hay-ice). One real is made up of 100 centavos.

Banknotes are easy to distinguish from each other as they come in different colors with a different animal featured on each. There’s a green one-real note (hummingbird), a blue two (hawksbill turtle), a violet five (egret), a scarlet 10 (macaw), a yellow 20 (lion-faced monkey), a golden-brown 50 (jaguar) and a blue 100 (grouper fish).

Tipping

Workers in most services get tipped 10%. In restaurants the service charge will usually be included in the bill and is mandatory. If a waitperson is friendly and helpful you can give more. When the service charge is not included, a 10% tip is customary.

On jungle trips, it’s customary to tip your guide at the end, and certainly appreciated if you can give a little to the assistant or boat operator(s).

Tipping is also optional for low-wage earners such as hotel housekeepers, juice-bar baristas, beach vendors, hair stylists and shoe shiners.

Parking assistants receive no wages and are dependent on tips, usually R$2 or more.

Most people round up taxi fares to the nearest real, but tipping is not expected.