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Has the Brazilian Real (BRL) been weaker than other regional currencies versus the dollar recently?

Answer: Yes.

Now at 2.27 to the dollar, it wasn't so long ago that the Real was under 1.50 per greenback and serious people were seriously talking about parity. But now things are weaker and that's good news for people thinking World Cup and Olympics, as the country will only cost you an arm instead of an arm and a leg to visit. If you think I'm joking, go ask Al Jazz's expert journalist on Brazil, @elizondogabriel, all about the prices for a hotel or a pizza in Rio or SP.