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Last night I took an UberX in Rio de Janeiro to the International Airport. The 14-mile trip took an hour in rush hour. I was charged $12. (I gave my driver his first tip ever, 50%.) Of course, the driver's share was less than $12. Unbelievalbe, how little we drivers are making... worldwide. On a positive note, Rio is awesome!
 

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Uber in Brazil in general is cheap - Sao Paulo is even worse considering the horrendous traffic and how cheap it is. Was in London this past week and they apparently just had a recent price cut... Went from LHR to my hotel, witch traffic it was almost two hours and the final cut for the driver was probably around 20 GBP (+/- $32 before Brexit).
 

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Last night I took an UberX in Rio de Janeiro to the International Airport. The 14-mile trip took an hour in rush hour. I was charged $12. (I gave my driver his first tip ever, 50%.) Of course, the driver's share was less than $12. Unbelievalbe, how little we drivers are making... worldwide. On a positive note, Rio is awesome!
Hope you didnot drink the water
 

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I'd avoid Brazil like the plague. It's one of the most corrupt places on earth. I got a good belly laugh when I heard that Rio had won the rights to host the Olympics.
 

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It's true that Rio de Janeiro has more challenges than the last Olympics host London, but I disagree that "the Olympics are going to be a complete disaster". Despite many doubts, Brazil successfully hosted the last World Cup. Expectations of perfection at these Olympics will not be met. An adventurous attitude and an open mind are required to travel and enjoy this great world. Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city with very welcoming and fun people. Rio definitely knows how to throw a party. I hope potential visitors to Rio- for the Olympics or any other time- don't let fear prevent them from enjoying this incredible city.
 

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Two words for anyone going to the Olympics whether using Uber or not - Kidnapping Insurance. If I went I would be afraid that I would be kidnapped and nobody would pay the ransom.
 

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Haha, exactly. Ive had the opportunity to study and deal with many brazillians , even dealt with the BR government; its way worse than folks here in the US realize. That government absolutely treats its people like trash. It's as close to a socialist-kleptocracy as I've ever seen. Bribes and kickbacks are common place , goods are so expensive over there.....

$300+ for a pair of shoes when the person is making $500 a month.....PEOPLE FINANCE THEIR SHOES!

The BR currency is down about 50% from where it was a few years ago.
 

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And not to mention trying to get things built it finished over there......I laughed my ass off when j heard they were going to try to build an Olympic stadium.
 

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lived all over south america for quite some time. i feel more threatened at night in downtown phoenix than i ever felt anywhere over there. of course financially those places are not like america, i never said they were.
 

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lived all over south america for quite some time. i feel more threatened at night in downtown phoenix than i ever felt anywhere over there. of course financially those places are not like america, i never said they were.
You must be a real ***** if downtown Phx scares you. Bet you check under your bed at nite for dust bunnies and boogie man. Try Washington, DC at nite. Now that is scary
 

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