Were you able to resolve your problem with the bank account?
I am new at upwork and have my account in Santander Rio as well, but I don't know if I should put my bank account or make a paypall account, because of the fees that the bank could charge me. Have you received any payment in your bank account? Did they charge you with a fee because of being a foreign transfer or does it look like if it was a local transfer?
If you could reply to me you would help me a lot,