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RioWeGeo.... is this business legit?

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RioWeGeo.... is this business legit?

Hello fellow travelers and forum responders!

I have been in contact with riowego.com to take care of transportation needs for our group, traveling to GIG next month.

Can anyone verify if http://riowego.com/ is a legitimate business? Is it a scam?

Any information on this helps!

Also, can anyone point my group in the right direction for private airport transfers with a reputable company?

Thank you all!!!

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1. Re: RioWeGeo.... is this business legit?

I haven't heard of them, but just saw that the British newspaper Telegraph has mentioned them: http://tinyurl.com/lahn5np

I'm not sure what's your budget, but in my opinion it can be cheaper and easier to book taxis at a radio taxi booth. Radio taxis are operated by companies and there are booths of such companies at the arrivals area (you won't miss them). Ask for a discount and they may give you 10%. Credit cards are accepted.

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My advice also would be to book a radio taxi at the airport.

Immediately upon exiting the customs clearance area at GIG, you will find three or four booths for the radio taxis. Just talk with any one of the attendants (they speak English) and pay for your taxi (Brazilian cash [Reais] or credit card). Process takes about three minutes. (Ask for a discount and you can get around 10% off.) Now that you've paid your fare you won't have to worry about a driver overcharging you or deliberately taking a detour to run up the meter.

You’ll be given a slip and told where to meet your driver outside of the terminal. You then hand the driver the slip, tell him the name of your hotel, and you are immediately on your way. It’s really very simple.

Radio taxis are for the most part new, clean, and the drivers, many of whom speak some English, are professional and trustworthy. You pay a bit more, but you do avoid the usual hassles.

You can pre-book a radio-taxi return at the airport when you first arrive. Before you are ready to be picked up at your hotel, it’s best to call the radio taxi number to confirm your prearranged time and place for your departure.

Yellow-metered taxis can sometimes be problematic. It’s very likely that 90% of metered drivers are honest and trustworthy, but as TripAdvisor points out in its Rio Travel Guide, you may occasionally encounter a swindler driving a metered cab.

Avoiding Airport Taxi Scams in Rio:

http://bit.ly/1kn0U0X

Taxis in Rio:

http://bit.ly/153rfMD

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3. Re: RioWeGeo.... is this business legit?

Thank you SO very much Igsodore and Monte! People like you sure do make traveling so worth it! :-)

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4. Re: RioWeGeo.... is this business legit?

You're welcome! Make sure to have your visas ready, as you'll be required to show a valid Brazilian visa before boarding your plane in the US (there are no airport visas for Brazil, unlike some other South American countries).

Rio is not as unsafe at it seems, but make sure to follow some tips. One of them is avoiding the ATMs at the airport - for some reason, there have been reports of scams usually targeting US-issued cards. Radio taxi companies accept credit cards and you could also exchange the necessary amount for your ground transportation (airport exchange booths have bad rates, so make sure to exchange only the necessary and then exchange the rest at an office near your hotel), so no need to use the ATMs at GIG. ATMs located inside bank lobbies close to your hotel (HSBC, Citibank, Banco do Brasil, etc) are considered safe.

Have a nice trip!

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Our visas are ready and we are good to go!! :-D

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