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  • #223882

    Steen
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    Hi folks, Just a question from a dumb gringo. Is it safe to walk from the Windsor Atlantica Hotel on Avendia Atlantica in Copacabana to the nearest metro (Cardeal Arcoverde)? I’m going to Rio on business so I’ll be walking around in a business suit everyday. Will I stand out and become more of a target as a result? I keep hearing Avendia Atlantica is full of robbers and prostitutes. I imagine that walking in a business suit probably attracts both. Thanks in advance.

  • #223885

    Derekcool
    Member

    If you will be walking in a business suit on Av. Atlantica and taking metro, the only risk (aside from getting a heat stroke) is to be arrested and placed in a mental hospital. Nobody uses business suits in Rio.

  • #223886

    Steen
    Member

    Haha. I’ve been told I have to wear a suit everyday for meetings. The reason — because the Brazilians will be wearing suits. Those Brazilians work for large Brazilian company. Is this unusual?

  • #223889

    Pedro
    Member

    Sorry no offence gringolite but brilathat was funny.. LOL

  • #223891

    Derekcool
    Member

    [QUOTE=gringolite] Haha.¬† I’ve been told I have to wear a suit everyday for meetings.¬† The reason — because the Brazilians will be wearing suits.¬† Those Brazilians work for large Brazilian company.¬† Is this unusual?¬† [/QUOTE]
    Yes it is. Most probably they will wear suits on the first meeting because of a stupid gringo who will wear a suit.
    Even in São Paulo suit becomes less and less mandatory, and for sure someone wearing a suit in RJ or Recife is seen as a Paulistano or a foreigner.
    Seriously if you WANT to wear a suit in Rio, get yourself a lightweight and light coloured COTTON or LINEN based suit. You will still wear a suit (but will have an option to wear down by taking off tie and jacket), and dont risk your life and reputation.
    Otherwise you risk of making it in the Guinness book of records as the first cooked gringo.
    brila2012-10-16 16:04:23

  • #223892

    sven van ‘t Veer
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    [QUOTE=gringolite] Haha.¬† I’ve been told I have to wear a suit everyday for meetings.¬† The reason — because the Brazilians will be wearing suits.¬† Those Brazilians work for large Brazilian company.¬† Is this unusual?¬† [/QUOTE]
    In Rio, only bankers and lawyers wear suits every day.
    Besides those, it really depends on the company you are going to do business with. Day one, wear a suit, of noone wears a suit, feel free to dress accordingly the next day.
    It may also happen that on the first day everyone wears a suit and after that normal clothes, in that case, on day three, do as your hosts.
    Be aware that summer suits from Europe are actually too warm for Brazilian winters, so bring your lightest suits.

  • #223893

    sven van ‘t Veer
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    [QUOTE=brila]
    Yes it is. Most probably they will wear suits on the first meeting because of a stupid gringo who will wear a suit.[/QUOTE]
    As I mentioned to the OP, it really depends on the company. It’s definitely possible that every one will dress up all fancy for the Gringo Hotshot, it’s also possible that it’s company policy, which is easy to figure out. If the people you are in a meeting with seem to be the only ones in suits in the company, then definitely, they are dressing up for the gringo.
    [QUOTE=brila]
    Seriously if you WANT to wear a suit in Rio, get yourself a lightweight and light coloured COTTON or LINEN based suit. You will still wear a suit (but will have an option to wear down by taking off tie and jacket), and dont risk your life and reputation.
    [/QUOTE]
    I actually like the micro fiber suits I have. Beside being cheap and decent looking enough, they are extremely light and cool (in comparisson to other suits).

  • #223894

    Derekcool
    Member

    I second Sven, he is absolutely right and reiterate – any wool or polyester based suit is a shortcut to suicide. Buy a cotton or linen suit.

  • #223965

    Steen
    Member

    Thanks. I checked and it is the company policy of the Brazilian company. The fact that I need to wear a suit has nothing to do with me being a gringo.
    I appreciate the humor, but back to the original question: would dressing in a business suit make me more of a target while walking on Av Atlantica? I’m really talking about crime obviously.
    gringolite2012-10-17 00:40:17

  • #223985

    Derekcool
    Member

    You will have absolutely no problems. Dont be paranoid.

  • #224012

    Anonymous

    Given what you have written, gringolite, you will be very surprised with the reality of the situation “on the ground” once you arrive, nothing as you imagine. CoolOn Avenida Atlantica, you will see joggers, people of all ages going and coming to/from the beach, recreational bicyclists on the path along the ocean-side sidewalk, open air seating for pleasant restaurants and kiosks, but no crowds of “working” women openly soliciting you or loitering gangs of thieves. Put your imaginings to rest.

    I often find YouTube videos to be a good resource for seeing what places look like, for example:
    Here is more of what Copacabana looks like off the beach:
    Here’s Cardeal station:
    And the metro train:
    And I concur with the comments about wearing a suit in the extreme heat and humidity–misery in wing-tips. Thumbs%20DownAs a frequent casual visitor to Rio, I think the only time I’ve seen someone in Rio wearing a suit was the lawyer (played by Ant√¥nio Fagundes) in the film Bossa Nova, and even he had his jacket off !
  • #224024

    sven van ‘t Veer
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    [QUOTE=Solteropolitano] As a frequent casual visitor to Rio, I think the only time I’ve seen someone in Rio wearing a suit was the lawyer (played by Ant√¥nio Fagundes)¬†in the film Bossa Nova, and even he had his jacket off ! [/QUOTE]
    Making it clear that there are many areas you havent visited. You’ll see many men and women in Rio’s Centro wearing suits.

  • #224025

    Anonymous

    The OP asked particularly about Copacabana.

    But really, I see few guys even in Centro wearing suits (as opposed to maybe just dress slacks and a button down ‘social’ shirt with or probably without tie) and even less so around Tomas Coelho or some of the “train” neighborhoods where I sometimes stay, nor similar areas that I havevisited.
    Not like in S.P.
    For example:
  • #224031

    Finrudd
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    I was there two weeks ago, in a suit (no tie) walking from Pestana Hotel, on Avendia Atlantica to just after Copacabana palace, carrying a laptop in a bag, and lived to tell the tale.

  • #224038

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Solteropolitano]
    The OP asked particularly about Copacabana.

    But really, I see few guys even in Centro wearing suits (as opposed to maybe just dress slacks and a button down ‘social’ shirt with or probably without tie)¬†and¬†even less so¬†around Tomas Coelho or some of the “train” neighborhoods where I sometimes stay, nor similar areas that I havevisited.
    Not like in S.P.
     
    For example:

    [/QUOTE]
    So, your knowledge on whether people wear suits or not is totaly dependent on videos on YouTube

  • #224043

    Anonymous

    No dear, but they can often help to show those who have never visited our charming adopted country and have no idea of the reality, but do have wildly unrealistic imaginings of same, how a place might be (at least in the experience of the video-er).As in: Proof. Isn’t that a lawyer thing?Solteropolitano2012-10-17 16:24:34

  • #224046

    Liliqtozin
    Member

    The OP should take a taxi to his meeting. This will allow him to keep his mind on business and not have to worry about identifying attackers, as well as help preserve the myth that no one walks the streets of Rio in a suit. Last time I was in Rio taxis were still a good value (though they have always been a reimbursable expense for me when attending a business meeting).

  • #226902

    majazac
    Member

    I’m a little lost on the logic of this post – if the OP is working in Rio it’s extremely unlikely to find potential muggers and/or working women at 8-9am. In the evening change at your hotel out of your suit and walk around in something comfortable…..

  • #226948

    jaenicoll
    Member

    I see people wearing suits every day in the center of Rio. Also some must be wearing suits in COPA because that is where some of my students live and those that are managers are made to wear thier monkey suits from monday through thursday.

  • #227074

    If your on business in Rio why walk to the place of work, why not get a taxi if your so scared of being mugged?

  • #23695

    Stunning
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