Brazil Taxis

Information about taking a taxi in Brazil.

Travelers, please submit information, stories, tips, tricks, problems, and solutions about taxis in Brazil. What do official cabs look like, and are they worth seeking out? Do vehicles use meters? How can you tell if the meter is crooked (charging more than it should)? What's your perception of threat or honesty while taking a cab in Brazil?

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June 17th, 2009

I live in Rio and yesterday I was with some friends visiting and we went to see the Christo statue at Corcovado. When we left I took a taxi at the stand next to the train station thinking it would be safer since the stand taxis normally are. I asked to go to Ipanema and the driver turned to go via the Centro which is 5 times longer when the Rebou├žas tunnel is right next to the stand taking us immediately to Lagoa. I objected and he acted like it was just my preference. If you leave Corcovado going to Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Jardim Botanico, Gavea, Barra make the taxi driver go via Rebou├žas tunnel.

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