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Banks & Currency -- Exchange Air Brazil Turismo (tel. 061/3321-2304), in the National Hotel. The Banco de Brasil (tel. 061/3424-3000) on the second floor of the Conjunto Nacional and in Brasilia Airport (tel. 061/3365-1183) has 24-hour ATMs. ATMs are in all of the malls.

Car Rental -- Avis (tel. 061/3365-2344); Localiza (tel. 061/3365-1288); and Unidas (tel. 061/3364-2955).

Dentist -- For dental emergencies contact Instituto Brasiliense de Odontologia, SCLS406, Bl. A, loja 35, Asa Sul (tel. 061/3244-5095).

Embassies -- Australia, SES, Q. 801, conj. K, lote 7 (tel. 061/3226-3111; www.brazil.embassy.gov.au). Canada, SES Av. das Nações, Q. 803, lote 16 (tel. 061/3424-5400; www.canada.org.br). United States, SES Av. das Nações, Q. 801, lote 3 (tel. 061/3312-7000; www.embaixada-americana.org.br). Great Britain, SES Av. das Nações, Q. 801, lote 8 (tel. 061/3229-2300; www.uk.org.br).

Emergencies -- Police dial tel. 190; fire and ambulance dial tel. 193.

Hospitals -- All hospitals are in the Hospital section (SHLS and SHLN). Hospital Santa Lucia, SHLS, Q. 76, conj. C (tel. 061/3445-0000; www.santalucia.com.br).

Internet Access -- Cyber Point, on the bottom floor of the Conjunto Nacional mall (tel. 061/3036-14955; R$6 per hour), is open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 10pm, Sunday noon to 6pm.

Pharmacies -- Try Drogaria Distrital, Shopping Conjunto Nacional, ground floor (tel. 061/3328-0405).

Weather -- Brasilia is hot, hotter in the winter than in the summer. In the summer (Dec-Mar), cooling rains fall almost daily. In the winter, temperatures climb to 35°C (95°F), and rain holds off for weeks.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.