Rio de Juca, Brazil — There’s a new way to pay to visit Rio de Juárez, a city of some 3.4 million people on the Gulf of California, and it’s cheaper than ever.
The U.S. government recently released a list of ways to get to the World Cup games, which are scheduled to kick off Feb. 12.
Some of them are easy: You can go to the airport, pay with cash, or use the Visa or Mastercard cards of people in your country of origin.
Others require you to use a debit card.
But most of the time, the cheapest way to visit the games is with an Uber, a ride-hailing service that offers the convenience of a smartphone app.
It’s a bit like the first time you walked into a bar, Uber said.
You don’t have to pay or get any identification and you can order a drink.
There’s no waiting for your ride.
But there’s a downside to using Uber in Rio: The service’s drivers can’t operate in a vacuum.
There are no sidewalks, no traffic lights, and no traffic signs to indicate when a driver is coming to pick you up.
Uber is offering free rides to people who don’t speak English or who have trouble navigating the city, and is providing discounts for people who use the app with their local currency.
For some, Uber is the cheapest option.
For others, Uber has the least choice of routes.
“I’m here because I love the city of Rio de Fuca, but I’m here not because I want to pay with my credit card, or because I like the city because it has the best restaurants and bars,” said Ana Báez, a 20-year-old student from the Rio de João neighborhood.
“I’m trying to save money.”
Báez has come to the city from the U.K. to work, so she’ll be using Uber to get around.
But she said she will still have to carry around a $50 bill and bring it to the hotel, even though it won’t cost much to do so.
“It’s not really a problem.
I know it’s a lot of money, but it’s not that much,” she said.
“You can do it easily with a credit card.
If you’re buying anything, you can just put it in your wallet.”
Bacolod, Brazil, on a sunny day.
A taxi driver in a red polo shirt and green shorts picks up a young man for $3.90.
Báaz has a girlfriend and her boyfriend.
The taxi driver has no idea where she is, but says he’ll take her to the next destination.
The couple is staying at a hotel near the Olympic village, which is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the center of Rio.
Bacollod, a port city on the Pacific coast, has seen a resurgence in tourism in recent years as people come to escape the smog that often accompanies the Olympics.
It’s a city that once had a population of more than 100,000 people but now has fewer than 20,000, according to the municipal government.
There is a bus line that runs to the beach where the athletes will be staying, but no taxi stands to take people to the beaches.
The people in this village of around 500 are used to the air pollution, and have seen it through.
“You have to do it from a hotel, but if you have a good car, it’s easy,” said Carlos Soto, a 32-year old construction worker.
“It’s the most fun.
You can have a party, you know?
It’s really fun.
It really makes you feel like a superstar.”
But for many people, a trip like this to Rio is only a dream.
In Rio, where people often don’t live long enough to see the games, the price of a trip can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, according for a number of reasons.
For some, it comes down to cost of living.
“If I am staying in Rio, it might cost about a million dollars,” said Rufina Silva, a 23-year, married mother of three who works in a restaurant in the center.
“But if I stay in the city and don’t want to travel, I can buy a ticket to a bus or car.”
Sara Saldivar, a 25-year employee of a coffee chain, said she’s had to make compromises on the trip.
She’ll travel to the nearest airport and pay the taxi driver to take her there, and the cost of an Uber ride will be $1,000 or more.
“We are living a very difficult life here,” she told me.
“We don’t even have a roof over our heads.”
She said she sometimes tries to save $50 to $100 on the price and avoid the hassle of finding a taxi. For