Transportation in São Paulo – Part II: Getting a driver’s license


A repost from the link below which I highly recommend reading for anyone interested in driving a car. Unfortunately, since I don’t have a car I can’t speak to the details of actually driving around the city, but this should give a good start.

Find the original here:


I thought this would be a useful post for those who want to apply for a Brazilian Driving License in Sao Paulo. I am a British national who has been living in SP for 3 years. I applied and got my license 1 month ago. The experience was a good one!! I hope this information helps you!

I believe I read somewhere in this forum that if you dont apply within the first 6 months of living in Brazil it becomes more difficult to apply for one. This is not the truth. It is exactly the same as I applied after almost 3 years of living here.

So in order to get the licence you need to-

Get your driving license translated by an officially recognised translator. Brits, this is just your driving licence card, not the paper part. Dont need paper part translated.

To get an idea of costs it cost me R$65.

Go to DETRAN site and book an appointment (I think it is marked under estrangeiros) It will tell you the documents to bring but off the top of my head it was-

Original Driving Licence along with photocopy
Certified translation of driving licence and a photocopy
Original RNE card and a photocopy
Original CPF and photocopy
Some sort of bill showing your address. However I didnt have this as pretty much everything is in my wifes name. So therefore you can provide the original bill in her name plus a photocopy plus your Brazilian Marriage certificate and a photocopy.

Photocopies do not need to be stamped at Cartorios. Hooray!!

If you forget to make a photocopy when you arrive at DETRAN, dont worry they have a photocopy room. Prices are reasonable and there were no big queues.

So you have marked your meeting online and have all the documents. You go to DETRAN at the appointment time. More than likely it will be in Armenia (where I went). The metro station is close to the building (5 mins walk).

When you arrive through the front gate go into the building on your left side. After entering the doors you will see the first queue on your right side (1 o clock). When i went the queues were only max 10 mins waiting time. Get in that queue. Give the lady your documents. She will then stamp them and send them upstairs. She will then send you to the area behind you to do finger prints and photo.
Then in the same room another lady will give you back the documents and then enter them in the system. She then will ask you to pay R$90.80. My card, a brazilian HSBC debit card, they didnt accept so I had to go upstairs to Banco de Brasil. Who again didnt accept my card only Banco de Brasil or cash. I had R$90.40 and they luckily accepted it. So take cash with you for this part!!!

Then you have to go and have a medical and Psicotecnico test nearby which you dont need to book in advance, so can go straight away. Its about 10 mins walk away. If I remember correctly it cost around R$160 and they accept debit /credit cards!! If you wear glasses make sure you bring them. They then will do some basic tests.

Then in the same place you will do this psicotecnico test. It involves drawing loads of straight lines for 5 mins. Then another test with images duration 20 mins (eg a drawing of a horse without a tail and 4 pictures of tails at various different angles, it then gradually gets more difficult). However this is not hard.

The lady then will inform you that you passed and tell you some interesting information about what type of person you are by those lines you drew. This part I found interesting as a lot of it for me was true!! Made the fee worthwhile.

You will then pay them and get the certificate. Now walk back to DETRAN and get in the first queue you went to. Give them the certificate. They will then give you a document saying come back in after 2 weeks or so to collect your licence. So this day in total on arrival at DETRAN took me 2 hours 30 mins. So there is no actual driving test, or written test you will need to take!!. Yes this is correct, you will not do a driving or written test in order to receive the Brazilian driving license!! Great news!!

Then when you go back to get your license its the first building straight in front of the gates. Show them the document DETRAN gave you and your original RNE and you will receive your Brazilian Driving License. Queueing time for this part 10 mins!
Congratulations you now have a Brazilian Driving License!!

Additional info about owning a car in Sao Paulo-

1. You insure the car not the driver.
2. Depending on the last number of your cars number plate, 1 day a week you will not be able to drive your car during rush hour or you will get an R$85 fine and some points.Excludes weekends and bank holidays.
3. Once every year your car will need to be booked in to do an emission test that is obligatory and costs R$45. Amazingly just for the city of Sao Paulo. So if for example you live in Campinas you are exempt. Again this is booked through DETRAN site. I have head that you can claim this money back now through DETRAn but havent done this. Again the deadline month depends the last digit of your number plate.
4. There is no MOT like the UK. So that is why you see some rusty deathtraps on the roads.

All this information above is about my experiences, which was a pleasant one. If anyone has additional information to add/correct please feel free to. Hope this helps you.




Transportation in São Paulo – Part I: THE METRÔ

The subway in São Paulo apparently carries more people daily than any other metro system on earth, and I believe it. Try passing through the Sé station around 6:30PM on a weekday and you’ll see what I mean. Note: this entry deals exclusively with the metro system and not the light-rail (CPTM) suburban lines.


Official Website:



  • Weekdays and Sundays: 4:40AM – 12:00AM+ (I say “+” because each station closes at a slightly different time between 12:00 and 12:35.
  • Saturday: 4:40AM-1:00AM

Price: R$3.20, except before 6:15AM, when fares are reduced to R$2.67


Types of tickets

(official information in Portuguese here)

  • Bilhete Único [comum]: an electronic card that works for the metro and most busses. You can also switch up to 3 times between metro and busses (only one metro ride, up to 3 bus rides)  without getting re-charged within two hours of the first charge. It works like a debt card and you can pass it back to another person if you need to no problem.
  • Vale Transporte: would be provided by your employer. This card allows you four trips in two hours no restrictions on type of transport, BUT to use the card on the same vehicle (or at the same metro station) you have to wait 30min, meaning you can’t pass it back to someone else.
  • Student: special card available for students who register. Institutions registered as educational with the metro company will be able to provide a login password for their students to register.


Comfort & Safety

All reports seem to confirm that the metro is one of the safest ways to get around São Paulo. Not only have I never heard of an incident (not even pickpocketing), but Paulistanos seem very comfortable taking it anytime its running – and they’re a pretty paranoid bunch (forgive the generalization). Kind of like New York, you will notice the socio-demographic composition of your fellow riders tends to vary quite a bit with the line you’re on and the time of day. Your physical comfort will vary according to the same variables – each line has different cars, and obviously the number of people riding with you changes with the hour. The yellow line (L4) is the newest and swankiest with powerful A/C. Plus the cars look like bumblebee the transformer (seriously, check it out). BEWARE rush hour on some lines and passing through the some stations. It gets PACKED. Lines will develop at the turnstiles and at the doors to the train itself. At Faria Lima in the afternoon, for instance, I’ve seen the turnstile line wind hundreds of meters around the station, up the escalators and out into the street. My suggestion if you find yourself in these is to talk to your boss about shifting your work schedule an hour forward or back.


Bikes on the Metrô

(official information in Portuguese here):

During some hours you can bring your bike* on the metro for no extra charge. In my experience, metro staff are actually very polite and helpful, opening the little side gate so you don’t have to lift it over the turnstile, etc. Bikes are always supposed to go in the last car, as marked at most stations on the platform, but I’ve disobeyed sometimes as long as there’s not many people on the train and nobody seems to mind. Beware you will likely have to shoulder your bike a fair amount because of the stairs and escalators nearly ubiquitous to all stations. Technically you’re allowed to go up escalators (not down), regular stairs either way, but not go in the elevator. Again, in the Paulista station where there are a million long flights of escalators I took the elevator and nobody said anything.

[officially] Allowed Hours:

  • Mon-Fri: after 8:30PM
  • Sat: after 2:00PM
  • Sun: all day

Once more, I’ve never paid that much attention to the hours and they’ve never stopped me. I think it’s more just about whether they think it’s too crowded.

*Note: folding bikes are allowed anytime, anywhere on the metro. The official max size is 150x60x30cm folded.

When prestige and exponential citation patterns bite back

The problem is that being wrong and figuring things out through debate is a healthy part of academia, but when it comes to macroecon (a) the policies have to be made and implemented on a much shorter timescale, (b) nobody really knows what they’re talking about, and (c) the people to suffer the consequences are not the economists, and rarely the policymakers. Anyways, go U-Mass Amherst!!

BUT WAIT THERE`S MORE!! Getting a Brazilian work visa Part II – Upon Arrival.

Just in case you thought you were done with things when you got your visa, fear not, you will have plenty of chances to interact with Brazilian bureaucracy once you get in-country as well. Two general notes: (a) From here on out the details and specifics are for São Paulo only, although I imagine the process is similar in other cities. (b) I’ve done my best to outline the process with as much detail as possible, but it seems that everyone that goes through it has a different experience, including the requirements at each step (there actually are multiple ways to get authorized). A lot depends on your own motivation, your level of Portuguese, how much help your company gives you, and the side of the bed that the bureaucrats you deal with woke up on that morning. As always, patience and persistence, then more patience, and more persistence.

To be officially authorized to work in Brazil you will need to get three (3) more documents: (1) an RNE number, (2) a CPF number, and a (3) a Carteira de Trabalho e Previdência Social (CTPS). Ordering & scheduling these can be a hassle, so start ASAP. Now it seems only a few people really go by the book here, but if you want to, I would allow at least 2 weeks if not more to get everything settled before starting work. Finally, your company will need to register you as an employee, and this will also require a couple of small extra steps.

1. Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros (National Registry of Foreigners, RNE): When the lady at the Boston consulate told me I would have to “check-in” with the Polícia Federal, what she meant to say was “you will need an RNE number to work and there are a number of intermediate steps you need to go through to get one within 30 days after arrival in Brazil.”

a. Scheduling: First you need to schedule an appointment with the Polícia Federal. I recommend scheduling EARLY (8-9AM) because the place can get pretty clogged up during the day. How to schedule:

(i) Online: You can schedule (“agendar”) online at Right now (November 2012) the links from the homepage are Estrangeiro > Requerer registo e emissão/renovação de Cédula de Identidade de Estrangeiro (#2) > clique aqui (under #1). Alternatively, you can try this link. The form on this page will only work with certain BROWSERS. Chrome does not work, but Firefox and Internet Explorer do seem to work, running on Windows 7. A work colleague of mine said that he tried with various browsers on a Mac and none worked. When you finish filling out the online form, you should get a .pdf page with a bar code that is the receipt for your appointment. Print it out.

(ii) In Person: If for any reason you can’t schedule online, the same work colleague told me that he went with all of his documentation to the Polícia Federal in person and they simply registered him there at the information desk (second desk, first floor. They’ll point you in the right direction when you check in at the security desk, which is required whenever you enter the building).

b. Location: R. Hugo D’Antola – 95, Lapa de Baixo, Sao Paulo, 05038-090, Brazil. Getting there is easiest by busses which leave you about a block away. The light rail (CPTM) station Lapa (R. John Harrison, 71 – Lapa, São Paulo 05074-080) is a bit further away. For bus directions use Google maps or SPTrans. Google “Sede Polícia Federal” in google images and you’ll see that the huge grey/blue building is easily recognizable.

c. What to Bring:

 i. Agendamento (your schedule receipt you printed out if you managed to register online. Not sure how this works if you scheduled in person).

ii. Formulário (Form): This is the receipt they gave you back at the embassy when you got your visa that has your photo on it.

iii. Two (2) 3x4cm photos. You can get these at a number of places including several small shops right by the Polícia Federal building.

iv. Passport

v. Authenticated (Notarized) copies of every page in your passport that has been stamped + the first page with your picture/info. This can be done at any notary around town. Ask where you can find one. Since I had maybe 10+ pages of stamps, this cost me ~$R43.

vi. Receipts of payment of two GRU (Guia de Recolhimento da União) taxes: GRU 140120 ($R 124,23) & GRU 140082 ($R 64,58).(1.) Do it yourself: There are 2 steps here. First you need a form that says you need to pay the taxes. They say that you can find these online, but I was unsuccessful. Apparently you can pay them online as well, or go to a bank and pay them. I couldn’t figure out how to do this, though granted I didn’t try too hard. (2.) Alternatively, go across the street from the front entrance to the building to the small shop just to the right of the little café and the guy will print out the first document for you for $R5. Then, go to the lady with a newsstand in the square between the bus stop on Av. Ermano Marchetti and the Polícia Federal building and she will pay the taxes online and give you the receipt for a $R10 service fee. This was much easier for me. There may also be other places nearby that offer the same or similar services.

d. The Appointment Itself: Fairly straightforward, but tedious. Just check in at the security desk and they’ll send you upstairs to a waiting area. There was a lady who would call out certain appointment times that are allowed to stand in line. Anyone with later appointments would have to wait until there time was called. Once you’re called the bureaucrats will hem and haw at their computer system for a while, occasionally calling over a colleague to check random figures as an excuse to gossip about the new girl and taking frequent breaks to go over an puzzle at the printer before realizing “Ah! I didn’t click the print button!” etc. Then they give you a number and you go back out to a slightly removed waiting area. When your number is called, go to Escritório #1 where they will take your fingerprints. At the end of it all, you should get your passport back with two pieces of grayish paper with a bunch of stamps and your RNE number. Whew!

2. Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas (Registry of Physical Persons, CPF): This is like a US Social Security number. It comes in handy for a number of things like getting a cell phone, and if you want you can provide it at stores to get a certain percentage of your purchases back at the end of the year (purchase in São Paulo state only). You don’t have to have a work visa to get one, and they can be useful for tourists as well. Again, there are a couple of options for the exact process. Some sources online talk about being able to get a CPF number directly from the Post Office (Correios) or consulate in your home country. This is just the process I went through.

a. Pay the tax: It’s only $R5.60 and can be paid at any Post Office. There is a Post Office Bank on the same floor as the Receita Federal. Keep your receipt.

b. Receita Federal (equivalent of the IRS): No need to schedule this one, but again, the earlier the better because it will get crowded. I heard horror stories of 4-hour waits from noon-5, although in my case the whole show only lasted about 30min.

i. Location: Shopping Light (pronounced Lye-tch – former headquarters of the first big electricity company in São Paulo), Rua Coronel Xavier de Toledo, 23 – República, São Paulo, 01048-100. 2nd andar (what in America would be the 3rd floor). Very close to Metro Station Anhangabaú on the red line.

ii. What to Bring:

1. Your receipt from the Post Office

2.  Passport with visa

iii. The Appointment itself: Simply hand over your passport to the lady at the front desk. Get your number. Wait your turn. Sit down with your bureaucrat and confirm your information when they ask. Voila! Apparently before they gave you a real card, but now they just give you a couple of printout pages with your number. They should also put a sticker on the receipt from the post office and give it back to you, so that just in case you lose the pages you can go online and print them out again (haven’t had to confirm in practice).

3. Carteira de Trabalho e Previdência Social (CTPS): This is a fun one because you’re not dealing with the federal police or the post office, but with our old friends at the Ministério de Trabalho e Emprego (MTE) again. Yay! The semi-helpful website for the subject is here.

a. Location: The official place is the regional superintendence of the MTE  (“sedes das Superintendências Regionais do Trabalho e Emprego”), in São Paulo located at Rua Martin Fontes, 109 near the República stop on the metro in the center. Now, there are other places where you can get it (at least two others), but I only know the address for one: Av. General Ataliba Leonel, 2764 close to metro Parada Inglesa.

b. Scheduling: The problem is each place has their own rules about scheduling and the number of people they see per day, so I can only speak with confidence on the former (Martin Fontes).

i. Martin Fontes: Up until a couple of weeks ago (now 3rd week of November, 2012), you used to be able to make an appointment here, but the slots filled up so fast that people were waiting months. So in their infinite wisdom they decided to change the system to first-come-first-serve without notifying anyone. They still have a long list of people with appointments, however, so they alternate between walk-ins and scheduled appointments. I got there around 7:45AM and left at 2:30PM (although I did leave and come back twice). Good luck!

ii. Ataliba Leonel: apparently the only accepts 20 people per day and most of the slots are occupied by people that professionally help others get through the process and somehow magically get to the front of the line ($?). Have to get their well before 8AM.

c. What to bring: On the website they ask for the originals plus normal (non-authenticated copies) of all of these. When in doubt if you’re missing a copy there’s a place that can do it quickly right out on the street by the building.

i. 2 of the 3x4cm fotos against a white background.

ii. Proof of Address: a gas bill, light bill, or bank statement with your name on it. If nothing is in your name try getting one of these from your host or someone you know and get them to write out a note confirming that you live there with their CPF number, the address, and your passport number. Have them sign it.

iii. CPF (I’ve been told that technically it’s not necessary, but I brought it and they asked for it)

iv. RNE

v. Passport (only copies of photo page, visa page, and page with stamp of federal police are necessary)

vi. The page from the Diário Oficial da União (DOU) where your visa authorization was written. You can get this from the DOU website by searching your name or your company’s name. I actually found it by just googling DOU and my name.

d. The Appointment Itself:

i. When I got to the building, there was a long line well before 8AM. Around 8, they let everyone in and give you a ticket with a number. Then you wait up on the first floor for them to call your number. In the morning there is only one person doing the CTPS procedure, so things go quite slow (20 min/#), but in the afternoon there are two and it speeds up. Still, took until 2PM for them to call me. The procedure is simple enough – hand over the documents and watch them click and stamp away. You’ll have to confirm your information, then they give you a receipt (protocólo) with a date in a few weeks at which point you will have to come back to pick up the actual CTPS.

e. Second Appointment Itself

i. Same place, same faces. Tell them you’re here for your Carteira but that you already have a “protocólo” or just show it to them. They’ll give you a number. You go to the same room and wait for them to call your name, at which point they hand it over and you’re set. Took about 30min for me, not nearly as bad as the first appointment.

​Final Steps

The last step, you’re so close to the end now! You’re company will need a few things from you to send in to an accountant to be able to pay the correct taxes etc.

  • CTPS (original)
  • RNE (copy)
  • CPF (copy)
  • Proof of address
  • Some sort of evidence of your level of schooling – I sent a printed out version of my diploma that I had scanned long ago.
  • Passport (copy)
  • A 3×4 photo (hopefully you have some left over from one of the previous steps)
  • EXAME MÉDICO ADMISSIONAL: This is just a receipt that you had an appointment with a doctor to get a super short medical exam. I found a place through a friend (called Ocupacional Saúde Medicina do Trabalho at Rua Coronel Xavier de Toledo, 121 near República metro), but several also pop up if you google maps “exame admissional” near São Paulo. At least at this place you don’t need an appointment and they [supposedly] attend people between 7AM-4PM
    • The appointment itself: I arrived at 8:10AM, and despite the phone guarantee, the doctor had not showed up yet. Luckily, there were only about 6 people in front of me waiting and once he did show up 15min later, the procedure went pretty quickly. You fill out a form pretty much like anytime at a new doctor’s office and then sit with the doctor in a cubicle for about 5min and answer some quick questions while he takes your blood pressure. No undressing, very basic. Pay the R$30.00, keep the receipt and you’re good to go!

​Once you’ve collected all of your tokens, put it all in an envelope and give it to whoever they tell you to at your company.

That’s it! Easy, right?

Getting a Brazilian Work Visa: A Ballad of Bureaucratic Intrigue

Uncle Google rarely fails to dig up my exact desires, but when I started my application for a Brazilian work visa, I could not find a complete, detailed description of the process. No doubt this lacuna has been elsewhere filled, but I still wanted to write down my experience and put it out there just in case someone runs across this site first. No doubt also the difficulty of finding said description also has something to do with the fact that the process requires dealing with two different ministries of the Brazilian government and a maze of websites, documents, and requirements. Still, it is possible with some perseverance! Maybe reading this will help you to not make some of the mistakes that I did and make everything go a little smoother, too.

​First, my relevant specs:

Nationality: USA
Profession: Researcher (technically it says ‘Sociologist’ on the application)
Applying for: Vitem V type visa under RN-80 14/10/2008. This is a temporary work visa for employment with a company incorporated in Brazil. I do not know how the process works with multi-nationals, but hopefully if you’re in that situation the company will be large and used to these processes, so they’ll be able to hold your hand through it.

Some additional notes on strategy: When you apply, you will designate a consulate at which you will wish to receive the visa, which can include consulates outside of the US (but NOT in Brazil). If you are moving, choose carefully, and remember that the exact amount of time things takes is highly unpredictable. Near to the end of the process, you will be either bring or mail in the final round of documentation, which includes your passport, which you will not have for a week or so (no international travel possible).

So, where to start?

  1. GET A JOB! There may be ways to get a Brazilian work visa without a job offer, but I’m not aware of them. From here on out I’m going to assume you’ve been formally offered a position, and have completed negotiating the contract. You’ll need to be in touch with someone in the company as well during the process, probably several times.
  2. DOCUMENTATION: The application requires “legalized”/”authenticated” documents, translated into Portuguese. Preparing these takes time and is probably the most complicated step of the whole process.
    • “Legalized” copies mean that they have been authenticated by a Brazilian consulate or embassy. Each consulate has a jurisdiction, so pay attention to where your documents were issued. My diploma was from Tulane in Louisiana, for instance, which meant that I had to mail the original to the Houston Consulate which can “legalize” documents produced in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. When submitting your documents for legalization, you will have to bring or mail a number of things. The minimum processing time is 10 days in Houston, so get this step out of the way ASAP.
    • In some cases (not diplomas) you can submit copies of documents instead of the originals, but they have to be notarized by a notary public from within the jurisdiction of the Consulate doing the legalization.
    • When you get back the legalized copies, you will have to get them translated by a translator approved by the consulate. In my case, I sent the legalized copies to my company in Brazil and they had the translations done by someone in Sao Paulo. This also takes time, obviously.

3. REGISTER yourself on MigrantWeb. The first ministry you will deal with is the Brazilian Ministério de Trabalho e Emprego (MTE, Ministry of Work and Employment), and MigrantWeb is their online application platform. I also received an application form from my company which I had to complete and send back to them.

4. WAIT: Once you have registered on MigrantWeb and all of your documents have arrived at the MTE, it should take roughly a month for them to get back to you. Check MigrantWeb for changes often, because the time can vary a lot. I heard from a Portuguese guy that his application was approved in about two weeks. In my case, it took 24 days. You will also see them register it when they receive your documents (though you won’t be able to tell which ones). In the end, there are two potential outcomes:

    • “Deferido” (Approved): This actually means that the lower-down functionary who reviews applications approves that all of your documents are in order. The application then passes to a superior. In my case, it took three business days for the superior to check it out and finally the MTE website registered the status as Awaiting Publication “Aguardando Publicação.” If you’re already at this step, skip the next couple of paragraphs and go to next step.
    • “Exigência” (Requirements): If something is not right with your paperwork, or sometimes if they simply want to hassle you a little to slow things down, the MTE will issue requirements. You will have 30 days to comply with the requirements. This happened to me and my requirements were:

i. Provision of notarized copies of an official transcript and post-graduate diploma (this was awarded to me on the 18th of May and thus not included in the original application materials). Because I had not had the diploma legalized, this was the point when I had to send it to Houston, which delayed my process by several weeks. Lesson: think ahead.

ii. Modification of the work contract to say that the contract would begin “on the date of the foreigners entry into Brazil.”

iii. Notification that the firm had contracted additional Brazilian workers. My boss sent a letter confirming this including their names and tax ID numbers.

In my case, I submitted these requirements and they came back with another exigência for nitpicky changes. For instance, I had modified my contract to say that it would take effect the first work day after I arrived in Brazil, and they said that it had to begin exactly on the date of my arrival. They also changed the third requirement so that my boss had to send signed copies of the contracts of the other Brazilian workers in the firm. Lesson: given them EXACTLY what they ask for, because even then they may mess with you.

Once the MTE deems that all of your requirements have been met, you should get the go-ahead and your status on the MTE website will change to “Deferido.”

5. REGISTER: The application from here on out is fairly similar to applying for a tourist visa if you’ve done that. Your application passes on to the Ministério de Ralações Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Relations), which includes all Brazilian consulates.

    • You will have to register on the Sistema Controle e Emissão de Documentos de Viagem (SCEDV, System for the Control and Emission of Travel Documents). Once you fill out some forms on their website, you get a pdf receipt with an application #. You don’t technically need the receipt for the application (only the application #), but it’s highly recommended.
    • Collect a few other items. The list of documents varies depending on exactly which visa type you’re applying for. In my case the list was: (1) my passport, (2) a USPS money order for $290, (3) a recent bank statement for proof of address, (4) a bank statement to prove I had necessary funds to stay at least 90 days in Brazil, (5) a state police criminal background check, and (6) my original birth certificate. NOTES: I was a bit confused as to whether these documents had to be legalized/translated/notarized as well, but when I got to the embassy they did not seem to care much and just took the originals. Also, the lady at the embassy immediately gave me back #s 3, 4, and 6, saying they were unecessary. Still, probably good to bring everything just in case.​

When I took the documents in they gave me a receipt with a pickup date, and true to the information on the consulate website, the visa was in my passport and ready for pickup within a week. Just make sure to check when the Consulate is open, because in Boston’s case they close at 12:30PM every day. (FOR MORE ON WHAT WILL BE NECESSARY UPON ARRIVAL IN BRAZIL SEE SUBSEQUENT POST)