Going for the Gold: Driving for Uber in Rio 2016

Going for the Gold

Just like in the United States, there are several ways to get around in Rio de Janeiro. But if you don’t know where you’re going, it’s very easy to get lost.

Thankfully, there’s a familiar way around that. Uber. And if you don’t speak Portuguese, just wait for an Uber driver who speaks English.

Daniel Bidales is a native Brazilian. He’s been an Uber driver for about a month. While on a 25 kilometer (approx. 15.5 mile) drive out of the city, he was listening to Maroon 5. He says he doesn’t know a lot about the music, but he does know that Uber, while popular in the United States for being cheaper than a taxi with arguably better service, was banned for a few months last year in Rio. It was a protest from taxi drivers. The courts eventually overruled the ban in December.

Daniel says they have some problems like every place has, but that they can live there happy. And for the last month, Daniel Bidales has been happy playing tour guide. 

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