Culture and Language
The people of Rio call themselves Cariocas. In general, they are very relaxed people and never seem to be in a rush. If you are someone who has a habit of punctuality, it might take some time getting used to the laid back vibe. Like many South American cultures, the people in Rio always greet each other with a kiss on the cheek. For foreigners, this way of greeting someone may be new and different but will come natural after being immersed in their culture.
Although most of South America uses Spanish as their native language, the official language of Brazil is Portuguese because it was once a colony of Portugal. If you can speak Spanish it will definitely be a benefit as the languages are very similar and a lot of locals also speak and understand some Spanish.
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival that is considered to be the biggest carnival in the world that dates back to 1723. Everyday during the festival nearly 2 million people flood the streets and let loose. The samba schools prepare all year to display their floats and fancy dance moves. It is a festival that should be on everyone’s bucket list and be experienced at least once in their life.
Cost of Living
The cost of living is relatively high compared to some other possible PokerNomad destinations. Rio has a lot to offer and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. For that reason, the prices of everything has been increasing over the past few decades. Locals has been fighting the rising costs and hopefully something will be done about it soon.
The best mode of transportation is Rio’s subway system. It is the quickest and cheapest way to get around the city. There is also a good Public Bus system as well as Taxi Services that are readily available.
Rio is not always bright and sunny, it has a tropical monsoon climate often characterized by long periods of heavy rain from December to March. Cold fronts advancing from Antarctica cause hail during the winter. During the summer, it is common for inland areas of the city to get very hot. Droughts are common.
A smaller poker crew is there. Internet speeds are average.