Lodging in Rio
Due to a very favourable rate of currency exchange, prices in Rio are presently very low for foreigners. Confortable and appropriate hotels can be found from US$ 50.00 per night (all hotels and hostels in Rio include breakfast). The prices depend on the localisation and are, of course, higher in the neighborhoods by the beaches. Considering the localisation of both CBPF (parallel sessions) and Casa Rui Barbosa (plenary talks), it is more convenient to stay in hotels in Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo and Catete. They are all nice and lively places, where many restaurants and bars can be found, from simple and cheap to fancy and expensive ones. Ipanema is also a very pleasant and lively neighborhood where there are good hotels and many restaurants, but it is a bit farther.
Concerning prices, we have 3 categories of hotels:
1 - Cheap - prices for one night between US$ 50.00 and 80.00 - 3 stars - Copacabana, Flamengo and Catete
2 - Medium - prices for one night between US$ 80.00 and 120.00 - 3 and 4 stars - Copacabana, Ipanema, Flamengo and Botafogo
3 - Expensive - prices for one night above US$ 120.00 - 4 and 5 stars - Copacabana, Ipanema and Botafogo
Note that in Brazil the price difference for one or two persons per room is around 10%. Note also that brazilian breakfasts are copious and propose a large variety of food, including fruits, different sorts of bread, cakes, cookies, cheeses, marmelades, eggs and cold cuts, and of cold and hot beverages.
It is advisable to take a look at the hotel reservation sites (like, for example, hotel.com, booking.com, trip advisor, etc) as much in advance as possible. An early reservation garantees lower prices and they can be cancelled if necessary.
There are also many hostels in Rio and the prices per night go from US$ 15.00 in a collective room to US$ 50.00 in a private room. They can be found in the same reservation sites.
Eating in Rio
Eating in Rio can be rather inexpensive. In the surroundings of both CBPF and Casa Rui Barbosa there are many restaurants at all prices. In particular, there are many restaurants where you serve your self and pay your food by weight: there are known as “restaurantes à kilo” and you can eat properly by very little money (US$ 5-10.00). There is one of these in the CBPF garden and a few others in the big Shopping Center Rio Sul, which is 200 m from CBPF. Around Casa Rui there are also all kinds of restaurants, on the streets and in the Botafogo Praia Shopping, 400 m from Casa Rui.
We could also classify the restaurants in Rio according to the price (without drinks):
1 - Very inexpensive - from US$ 5.00 to 10.00
2 - Medium - from US$ 10.00 to 20.00
3 - Expensive - above US$ 20.00
Concerning dinner, whether you stay in Copacabana, Ipanema, Botafogo, Flamengo or Catete you will have a large choice of restaurants at a walking distance from the hotels.