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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - DOC HOLIDAY - EMAIL DOCHOLIDAY@NEWS.COM.AU PER­SONAL REPLIES ARE UN­FOR­TU­NATELY NOT POS­SI­BLE.

DOC HOL­I­DAY WORKS CLOSELY WITH HEL­LOWORLD TRAVEL TO EN­SURE YOU GET THE MOST REL­E­VANT, AC­CU­RATE TRAVEL AD­VICE.

can’t eat any­more – a pop­u­lar one is Car­retão Ipanema Clas­sic Grill, not far from Ipanema Beach. You could look into see­ing a foot­ball match at the Mara­canã – Rio’s most pop­u­lar team is Fla­mengo and any game with them is usu­ally crazy.

Un­for­tu­nately, Rio is known for its street crime so take pre­cau­tions – don’t wear ex­pen­sive jew­ellery which can be eas­ily grabbed, for one thing. Uber is widely used and rec­om­mended over taxis, ex­cept when leav­ing the air­port.

Rio can be ex­pen­sive, so be pre­pared for that. One Brazil­ian real, or reais, equates to about 38 Aus­tralian cents at the mo­ment – so for $100, you’ll have $R265 Brazil­ian to spend. For ref­er­ence, a mid-range meal at a restau­rant will cost about $R75, and a cap­puc­cino $R13.

The Ar­gen­tine peso is also worth about 38 Aus­tralian cents.

In Ar­gentina, Palermo is an in­ter­est­ing neigh­bour­hood in the north of the cap­i­tal Buenos Aires and boasts the pop­u­lar botan­i­cal gar­dens, zoo and Latin Amer­i­can Art Mu­seum. Buenos Aires is fa­mous for its steak restau­rants and one of the best known, La Cabr­era, is also in Palermo.

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