FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - O VELEIRO BED AND BREAKFAST / RIO DE JANEIRO
Is an Airport Transfer service available between the Galeão (GIG) / Antonio Tom Jobim International Airport and O Veleiro Bed and Breakfast?
Transfers are available on request from both the Galeão International Airport (GIG) also known as the Antônio Tom Jobim airport, or the Santos Dumont City Airport (SDU) or the Cruise Ship terminal, at US$48 per couple one way, or US$88 for round trip for transfers requested at time of booking. This service is a private shuttle service (not a taxi) and offers door to door VIP service! Most of our guests opt for this service, as it saves you from any of the possible hassles when you arrive! If you are interested please provide us with your flight details (arrival and departure): airline, flight number, airport GIG or SDU and scheduled arrival time in Rio, plus a brief description or photo of yourselves. The driver will be awaiting your flight holding a sign with your name on it as you exit the baggage claim/ customs area.
Is an Airport Transfer service available between the Cruise Ship Terminal and O Veleiro Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, transfers are also available on request from the Rio de Janeiro Cruise Ship terminal. This service is a private shuttle service (not a taxi) and offers door to door VIP service! Please contact us for pricing once you know your ship arrival information. Most of our guests opt for this service, as it saves you from any of the possible hassles when you arrive in the city! We need your cruise ship company and vessel name and scheduled time for desembarkation in the port of Rio, plus a brief description or photo of yourselves. The driver will be awaiting your cruise arrival holding a sign with your name on it as you exit the baggage claim/ customs area.
Check In and Check Out times
We are open for room payment and check-in from 8am to 8pm (20hs) daily. But please advise your expected arrival time so that one of our English speaking staff can be here to receive you. If your arrival time is outside these hours please contact us to see if arrangements can be made to accommodate you. Your room will be available by 3pm (15hs) but may be available earlier depending on check out of previous guests. Check Out time is at 12 noon. An early room check in or late check out may be available for an extra charge. Please inquire for more information.
How far is O Veleiro Bed and Breakfast from the Beach?
The most popular and well known beaches for tourists are Copacabana and Ipanema. It is about a 10 to 15 min taxi ride from the house to the beach on average. Or, about 20 min on foot to the Botafogo metro station and then 3 to 10 minutes on the metro depending which part of the beach you want to go to. Ipanema beach is about a 10 min walk from the General Osório metro station. Beaches can also be reached on the public bus system.
However, there are actually 49 beaches in the city of Rio. Most tourists have no idea that the most beautiful beaches by far, are actually about 60km away from the south/touristic zone, on the other side of the city. We can show you photos and explain how to get there or you can book one of our tours to check them out. There is definitely a beach for almost every taste in the city, from the busy Copacabana to the paradisiacal beaches of Prainha, Grumarí and Abricó - Rio's official naturist beach! Or even more beautiful, those that can only be reached by hiking, including: Praia dos Búzios, do Perigoso, do Meio, Praia Funda and do Inferno. Click here and check out Rio's most beautiful less known city beaches!
Is Public Transportation available?
There is a public bus stop near the bottom of the hill (a 12 min walk from the house) and other bus stops along the beach road. Metro is generally a much faster way of moving about the city. However, taxis are generally a cheap option in Rio and more recently Uber and Cabify are offering even cheaper solutions for getting around the city easily. There is also a public bike rental station - Bike Rio - located at the bottom of the hill Click here for Bike Rio Information
How far is the Metro station from O Veleiro Bed and Breakfast?
There is a shortcut for pedestrians, making the journey from the house about 10 minutes on foot down the hill and then another 10 minutes on the flat to the Botafogo Metro station. Or about 6 minutes by taxi (cost of around US$4 or even less using Uber).
Are meals other than Breakfast available at the B&B?
We have menus from several local restaurants offering delivery service to the house - ranging from Pizza to Brazilian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Thai and Western cuisine. There are more than 100 restaurants to choose from within a 25 minute walk from the house. We can also fix you up with a sandwich from our kitchen if you'd prefer.
What is the Voltage/ Electricity in Rio - do I need to bring a Travel Converter?
The voltage in Rio is 120 volts like in North America. If you are only staying with us, all of our rooms offer a choice of North American (flat pin), European (round pin) and Brazilian outlets so you won't need any converters. However, other lodgings have moved strictly to the new Brazilian style outlets, which are incompatible with even the majority of travel adapters on the market. You should be able to purchase an adapter locally though, or the hotel where you are staying may be able to loan you one.
If you are travelling to the north or north-east of Brazil, the voltage is 220 volts in some areas. We suggest you enquire before plugging in your device. Most cell phone, laptop and camera chargers these days work from 100-240 volts, so you won't need to convert the voltage but check your device first to be sure!
Should I exchange my money to Reais before I come?
The Brazilian Real (pronounced "hey-al" or plural, "hey-eyes") is the official local currency. When checking what the exchange rate is, you need to look for the "Tourism rate of exchange" - it will be a little less than the "commercial rate" which the internet generally shows. Regardless, you will generally get a much better exchange rate for US or Canadian dollars, Euros, Pounds and some other South American currencies, if you wait till you arrive in Brazil to exchange. We can give you advice. The airport is generally NOT the best place to exchange.
There are also cash machines or ATM's everywhere (look for Citibank, Bradesco, Banco 24 horas, Banco do Brasil and sometimes Santander) where you can generally withdraw directly from your home bank account provided you know your PIN code. You are advised to let your bank know beforehand of the dates you will be travelling in Brazil so they don't block your account.
US$ or Euros are generally NOT accepted at shops, by taxi drivers, or for purchases on the street - you must use the local currency. VISA and Mastercard are widely accepted and American Express is also accepted at many shops.
What about Mosquitos?
Our rooms offer mosquito screens to keep the critters out. We have had no issues with Zika virus or Dengue fever in our area. It is advisable though, to purchase some good quality mosquito repellant if you are sensitive to bites or tend to attract them (available locally at pharmacies if you forget to bring some from home).
What is the Weather like in Rio de Janeiro?
Those who are travelling to Rio de Janeiro often have the question: what clothes to bring?
The great thing about Rio is that it is very temperate all year round. During the summer (December through March), it can get a bit hot at times, although it is also typically the rainy season so there can be thunderstorms at the end of the afternoon. During the winter (July through September), it rarely gets cold which makes Rio a terrific holiday spot all year long.
In general, February is the hottest month of the year in Rio, with an average temperature of 27°C (81°F) and the coldest month is July, at 21°C (70°F). The month with the most daily sunshine hours (7 on average) is August. December though March are also the wettest months of the year, with an average of 6.6 inches or 169mm of rain in total for the month.
Here is what the weather looks like right now and the forecast for the next few days in the city.