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Money and costs

Currency
Real (R$)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 26, 2016 10:35AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
R$200
  • dorm bed: R$40–60
  • sandwich and drink in a juice bar: R$14–20
  • long-distance buses: R$15 per hour of travel
Midrange
R$200–400
  • Standard double room in a hotel: R$160–300
  • Dinner for two in a mid-range restaurant: R$80–160
  • Jungle trip: R$250 per day
  • Admission to night clubs and live music venues: R$20–50
  • One-way flight from Rio to Salvador/Iguaçu/Manaus: from R$450/500/510
Top end (more than)
R$400
  • Boutique hotel: R$500–800
  • Upscale jungle lodges outside Manaus: per night R$500–1000
  • Dinner for two at top restaurants: R$200–400

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.

Tipping

In restaurants the 10% service charge will usually be included in the bill.

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.