(A work in progress, as economic situations fluctuate. This is accurate as of the date of this posting.) Following discussions in various threads, and with various experienced M4Mers and others familiar with the Brazilian sauna scene, here is a general guide to pricing and avoiding misunderstandings: 1. In Rio and São Paulo, the current standard (fair market) price for a romp in a cabine is R$50. This buys you 30 - 40 minutes of a sauna guy's time. In smaller cities, like Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, etc. the going rate is usually R$30. 2. To avoid unpleasantness and surprises, ALWAYS be sure to confirm that the guy you're with will accept R$50 (or R$30) BEFORE you go to a cabine with him. Some guys expect more because they're local stars or have posed in national magazines or have been in videos. They don't always realize that, as a foreigner, you're not aware of their star status, and this can lead to misunderstandings later. ALWAYS check beforehand. If, for some reason, you go to a cabine with a guy without either of you having discussed rates beforehand, the standard price is understood to apply. However, the likelihood of an unpleasant scene afterwards increases significantly in this situation. Save yourself from this by always settling on the fee beforehand! 3. If you have a good experience with the guy, tip at least an extra R$20. 4. It's good form to offer to buy a drink or snack for a guy you've been with. You should do the same if you've been chatting up a guy for a while but haven't decided if you want to go with him, or decide against it. You've been taking up time he could have used to find another client. 5. The standard price covers basic vanilla fun and games for a set period of time. If you want extra services or extra time, you will need to pay extra. You should discuss all of this first with the guy you're with (even if your expectations are basic vanilla) to avoid misunderstandings after the fact. 6. If you're into group scenes, you will need to pay EACH guy you take to a cabine their individual fees, separately. There are no two-for-one rates!!! 7. Most of the guys expect extra payment (in Rio or SP an extra R$50) if they cum while they're with you. Cumming puts them out of commission for a longer time between clients, which eats into their earning potential. For some, it's the end of their evening, because it's not as easy as you might think to stay aroused to the point of orgasm all night with multiple clients. However, they should tell you first they expect an extra payment, and ASK if you want them to cum with you. If they don't, you shouldn't be obligated to pay more. 8. You will meet sauna guys you like and want to spend more time with. If you just ask them to join you for dinner or a snack, it's not necessary to pay extra for their time. If you want them to spend significant parts of the day or evening with you, showing you around town or helping you feel more secure, that's another story. Figure at least R$50 if they're with you for 4 hours, and R$100 if they're with you for 8 hours. If your companion is an experienced tour guide and/or fluent interpreter you should plan to pay more than this (up to double). Any fun-and-games, meals, transportation, admission and tips are extra, of course. 9. Overnights are worth R$100 - R$150. Tipping is appropriate if it was a good experience! 10. For being with you 24 hours a day (including accompanying you on an out-of-town trip) figure at least R$250 per day. A few rolls in the hay are understood to be included in the rate. You must expect to offer more if your companion is an experienced guide/interpreter and/or you spend the entire 24 hours wearing your guy out in hanky-panky! Meals, transportation, lodging, admissions, etc. are additional, of course. Again, tipping is appropriate if you have a good experience! 11. The easiest way to avoid unpleasant scenes and hard feelings about money and payments is to be SURE of what you're agreeing to with a guy. If you're not certain you're understanding each other, try to find someone who can interpret for you. Even if nobody is available, you can always get a pen and piece of paper from the bar or front desk and write out the amount you're agreeing to and also the amount of time ("2 horas/4 horas/24 horas, etc.") if you're engaging a guy for a more prolonged period, whether in or out of the sauna. Be sure he indicates his agreement. You can ask, in Portuguese, "Concorda?" ("Do you agree?") If he answers affirmatively, you should respond, "OK, concordado!" ("OK, it's a deal!") Brazilians are pretty careful to live up to their formal agreements, because it's an issue of honor. 12. All of the above applies to sauna guys. Agencies and guys you hire through websites are usually more expensive (in the R$80 - 150 and up range for an encounter). Ordinarily, though, you're getting more time with a guy than the typical short sauna "programa," so proportionately it's not that much more expensive. Also keep in mind that you don't have to pay sauna admission, drinks and snacks, cabine rentals, etc. which you have to figure into the costs of a sauna visit. 13. Avoid giving large amounts of extra money to guys with whom you become friendly. It creates unrealistic expectations. Instead, give nice gifts like fashionable imported T-shirts or polo shirts, athletic shoes, cologne, extra-large condoms, etc. Brazilians love giving and getting gifts, and a nice gift (especially an imported one) will be meaningful. 13. Some guys you become friendly with may contact you later on asking for financial help. You have to decide for yourself if you want to do this. The fact is that none of these guys have easy lives, and often need financial assistance. However, you're not obligated. If you do help out, avoid large sums and doing it frequently. If you don't want to do this, and someone keeps pestering you, feel free to use Tomcal's copyrighted response: "I like you very much, but we need to understand each other: you don't give sex away for free and I don't give money away for free."© This information should help you manage your experiences in Brazil and enjoy your stay!