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The city of Belo Horizonte is predominately tropical. The medium temperature is approximately 24°C, with small variations from one season to the other. The coolest average min/ low temperature is 10 °C (50 °F) in June, July.

Time zone

Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro lies 03 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time during Brazilian summer and four hours behind during Brazilian winter.


Around 12 hours of sunlight, from 6AM to 6PM. The sun in Brazil can be extremely strong and UV levels can be higher than at home. Always take sufficient precautions when going out in the sun.

Business Information

Currency & Credit Card

The Brazilian monetary unit is the real (R$) (plural, reais).
Access the online currency calculator 
Most major international credit cards are accepted in Brazil.

 Business hours

  • Offices: 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Shops: 9am – 7pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am -1pm on Saturdays.
  • Banks: 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Supermarkets: 8am -10pm, Monday to Saturday. A limited number also open on Sundays or are open 24 hours.
  • Post Office (Correios): usually 8am-16 pm, Monday to Friday and until noon on Saturday.
  • Petrol Stations are allowed to operate 24 hours a day.

Calling to and within Brazil

+55 is the International Country (Calling) Code for Brazil.

Areas code: Belo Horizonte: 31 -  Rio de Janeiro: 21-   São Paulo: 11

To ring from Brazil: dial 00 + the long distance operator code (21 for Embratel or 23 for Intelig) +  the number you want to contact.

It is possible to use foreign mobiles within Brazil but you should first check with your service provider as to exactly what coverage to expect.

General Information

Emergency Numbers: Ambulance:192      Police:190       Fire: 193

Internet: Most hotels offer web access and there are cyber-cafes in the main shopping centers.

Electrical Current: 110 volts, but many of the larger hotels also offer 220 volts.

Dress Code:  Brazilians, even in the major cities, dress casually outside the office.