We welcome AIPPI-RJ attendees and invite you to enjoy a Brazilian cocktail tasting in Licks Attorneys’ at our Sugarloaf lounge jointly hosted with GWU Law School.
Jointly hosted with GWU Law School
Named after the traditional sugarloaves used during the yesteryears, the Sugarloaf Mountain is a peak rising from the Guanabara Bay in the Atlantic Ocean.
At the very top, tourists have the chance of a lifetime to capture photo opportunities of sparkling Rio beaches, the statue of Christ and the green forests. The best time to visit the peak is at sunset when the flickering colors of the sun make way for a blanket of stars.
Our lounge can be found at Morro da Urca, at a place called Mirante.
Where: Av. Pasteur, 520 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro
When: October 11-14, 2015 from 9am to 8pm (last cable car at 7pm)
We offer free shuttle services for AIPPI attendees between Windsor Hotel and the SugarLoaf Lounge from 9am to 6pm (leaving every 30 min) from October 10th to 14th, 2015.
Meet our team during the AIPPI World Congress in Rio
Licks Attorneys and The George Washington University Law School
Basic information about our event in English, French, Japanese and German
The best tips to enjoy your trip to Rio de Janeiro.
LanguageBrazil's official language is Portuguese. English is still under spoken in Brazil, even amongst workers in the hospitality sector and at major tourist destinations.
Time / Business Hours
The local time in Rio de Janeiro is UTC/GMT -3. During the winter, the sun sets around 17:00h (5:00 pm), while during summer the sun goes down at 20:00h. Most offices open from 09:00 to 18:00h Monday to Friday and from 09:00 to 13:00h on Saturdays. Most large shopping centers such as Rio Sul and Barrashopping are open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00h and on Sundays from 15:00 to 21:00h. Rio has several convenience stores open 24 hours / day. Banks are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 16:00h.
Rio de Janeiro is a subtropical city. Summer runs from December to March with temperatures ranging from 25°C (77°F) to 42°C (108°F); Winter lasts from June to August with temperatures of around 20°C (68°F) during the day and 16°C (60°F) at night. Temperatures in October are characterized by daily highs of around 28°C (82°F) throughout the month. Sun Glasses and Sun Blocks are highly recommended.
The local currency is the Brazilian Real (BRL). Bank note denominations are $100, $50, $20 $10, $5 or $2 and coins come in $1.0, $0.50, $0.25, $0.10 and $0.05.
Once you get to Rio you can exchange money for local currency at the airport. All exchange rates outside Brazil are high. You can change money every day from 8:00 to 22:00h at Banco do Brasil, located at Tom Jobim international airport (Terminal 1). You can also find ATMs and an American Express Exchange Office at Terminal 2.
Travelers cheques are not recommended as the exchange rate is not favorable. These should be used only as an emergency backup.
While some ATM’s only work with local bank cards, many also work with international cards. HSBC ATMs allow you to withdraw up to R$1000 a day while Citibank sometimes allow you to withdraw as much as R$2.000 or R$3.000 a day. You should take into account that some ATM machines in Rio show messages in Portuguese only. If you need help regarding your transaction, be sure you ask for help from bank personnel ONLY and that you do not show your credit card PIN to others.
Most ATMs in Rio close at 22:00h. While some ATMs are open later, it is recommended to collect money in daylight.
Bank opening hours in Rio are 10:00 to 16:00h from Monday to Friday.
Major credit cards are almost universally accepted. Local money in cash is also very important. US Dollars and Euros are only welcome at tourism locations and at an unfavorable exchange rate.
TippingThe amount of tip given in the city is normally 10% of the total amount of a bill, but this is only imposed in hotels and restaurants.
Hotels: hotels generally include the service charges on accounts.
Restaurants: the law allows restaurants to extra charge 10% as "service tax". Brazilians add an extra 5% if the service is extremely pleasant.
Taxis: Taxi drivers do not require a tip, although most passengers round up the price when they are satisfied with the service.
Hotel Chargers and airport: R$ 3.00 per bag.
Carts to load bags at the airport: free
Tom Jobim International Airport, located on Ilha do Governador, is easily accessible by modern highways from the center and the south of the city, where the major hotels are located. Twenty-six international airlines and all Brazilian airlines operate at the airport, which in 1998 recorded a movement of about 8 million passengers between domestic and international flights. The Santos Dumont Airport, located in the city center, operates regional flights linking the main cities of the country, by business jets and smaller aircraft. An excellent taxi and bus service links the airport to the main hotels and residential areas.
Galeão - Antonio Carlos Jobim Airport:
(National and International flights)
Information: +55 21 3398-5050
Flights: +55 21 3398-4527 / 3398-4526
Santos Dumont airport:
(National flights only)
Information and flights: +55 21 3814-7070
Bring a photocopy of your passport. It is forbidden not to carry identification papers! It is "accepted" for tourists to carry a copy of their passport together with a hotel/ cruise ship card.
In order to avoid dehydration, it is recommended to drink 1,5-2 L of water per day. Bottled water is preferred by most Brazilians.
The standard voltage in Rio de Janeiro is 110 or 120 volts. Many hotels and buildings have alternative voltage of 220 volts. Power outlets are with 2 cylindrical holes and a ground connection.
Bringing power and plug adaptors is clever!
In case you require more detailed information on the above, please consult the following website:
Telephone / Cell phone
The city has an excellent communications system linking Rio to the rest of Brazil and the world. Direct dialing and charge calls can be made from any phone. Payphones are found throughout the city, including at the sandy beaches, and operate with phone cards. Portable cell phones can be rented at low cost by visitors. Brazil’s country code is + 55 and Rio de Janeiro’s area code is 21. If you are dialing a different state or city in Brazil you should first dial the operator code for the call (21 or 31). So, if you are trying to call to a landline or a mobile phone in Rio de Janeiro from other places inside Brazil you should dial the operator code + the code for Rio de Janeiro before the number (operator code +21 + phone number).
HolidaysPlease note that the event we will be held during the following holiday: October 12 - Our Lady of Aparecida - Patron Saint of Brazil.
CuisineThe cuisine in Rio is a mix of Native, African and European ingredients. Most of the preparatory techniques originate from the native cuisine with some adaptations made by the African and the Portuguese communities using the local ingredients. Feijoada, a delicious black-bean stew made with large pieces of pork, sausage and smoked meat, is the typical Brazilian dish served with rice and farofa (toasted Manioc meal). Traditionally, it is served on Saturdays and can be found in almost any restaurant in the city.
Meat lovers can enjoy a classic local dinner at a churrascaria, a Brazilian barbecue restaurant that usually operates under the rodizio system (all-you-can-eat, served at your table) where the waiter comes to your table with the meat on a skewer and cuts the slices of meat that you want (beef, chicken or pork).
Juices are a very important part of Brazilian cuisine, so there are many places to get juice all over Rio de Janeiro, especially in Zona Sul. Be sure to try the wide variety of tropical fruits and fresh juices (suco) served in Lanchonetes (snack bars) that are at almost every corner.
In terms of alcoholic drinks caipirinha is the most popular and can be found everywhere. It is a powerful cocktail containing cachaça, a rum-like liquor made with sugar cane, mixed with crushed ice and lime juice. It is the perfect taste to take in the vibrant atmosphere of this marvelous city.