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Recife.

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Recife (map), the capital of *Pernambuco. This lively capital, founded by Dutch colonizers, is brimming with a vibrant culture, an interesting old town (which includes the oldest synagogue in the Americas) and some nice beaches.

Upon visiting Recife, you might be shocked to see how similar it is Venice, thanks to the many canals around the city. Due to the prevalence of waterways in its geography, Recife is known as Veneza Brasileira (Brazilian Venice).

Recife is also one of the best cities in Brazil to relax by the beach. It is built on a reef, which means that its beaches are among the best in the country. The nicest beach is widely recognised as being Boa Viagem (map).

Recife stands out as a major tourist attraction of the Northeast, both for its beaches and for its historic sites, dating back to both the Portuguese and the Dutch colonization of the region.

The historic centre of Recife is one of the best preserved in all the cities in Brazil. The best sights are Teatro Santa Isabel (map), Catedral de Sao Pedro (map) and Basilica de Penha (map). The Casa de Cultura (map) is also worth a stop, as this ex-prison is now home to a large, indoor market selling traditional, handmade souvenirs.

Convento Franciscano de Santo Antônio (Franciscan Convent of Saint Anthony, map). One of the city’s biggest attractions, a convent containing the ostentatious Capela Dourada (Golden Chapel), which certainly lives up to its name. Built in 1588, it is one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Brazil.

The *Historic Centre of Olinda (map), 7 kilometers (4.3 mi) north of the city, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, and both cities’ Brazilian Carnival are among the world’s most famous.

The beach of Porto de Galinhas (map), 60 kilometers (37 mi) south of the city, has been repeatedly awarded the title of best beach in Brazil and has drawn many tourists.

The carnival of Recife and Olinda (which has its historic town centre considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982). Very different from its carioca counterpart, in Recife street shows and parades play contagious rhythms like frevo and maracatu.

In the city, the carnival festivities begin in January, as locals begin preparing for the official Carnival, which starts the week before Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday in the Christian liturgical calendar. The pre-Carnival parties usually consist of percussion groups practising in local clubs, city streets and squares, and even Carnival balls.

 !  Recife’s reputation for safety is not one of the best. Robberies on streets and buses are fairly common. Do not be alarmed — odds are you will have a fabulous time here — but be aware of your surroundings and take the usual big city precautions.

 

#1 Rio Carnival

It is considered the biggest carnival in the world, with two million people per day on the streets. Information about Rio de Janeiro.

#2 Visit Manaus.

Manaus is located in the center of the world’s largest rainforest. Information about the city’s attractions, and activities.

#3 Salvador.

Salvador is considered one of the birthplaces of Brazilian culture. Information about the city’s attractions, culture, events, and activities.

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Guichê Virtual is an online platform that allows you to search and book bus tickets for various destinations in Brazil. It covers a wide range of bus companies and provides a user-friendly interface for planning your bus travels.

The bus schedule for the urban passenger transport service in large and small cities can be consulted on the website ⇒ Horario de Onibus

BUS: Brazil Bus Travel – specializes in bus travel in Brazil. Green Toad Bus – knows that booking local transport and activities around South America can be challenging and confusing at times. Busca Ônibus is a useful resource for finding bus schedules.

TRAIN: The Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos (CBTU) is the official website of the Brazilian Urban Trains Company. + vale.com / Serra Verde Express

AIRPORT: Most all airports with regular passenger traffic are operated by the federal – Infraero. They have a very convenient website, with an English version. By far, the largest international airport in Brazil: São Paulo-Guarulhos International AirportRio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport

FERRY: Amazon Explorers is a tour operator specializing in boat trips and river transport in the Amazon region. Paraty Tours is a tourism company in Paraty, a coastal town in Rio de Janeiro state. + CCR Barcas (Rio de Janeiro) • Internacional Marítima (Bahia).

DIA DO NORDESTINO | Recife é para ficar.

Quem é do Recife tem um orgulho danado de ser nordestino. Das esquinas, batuques, sabores… Recife é única. É a cidade da inovação, dos negócios e oportunidades. Aqui, a gente sabe receber bem. Recife é o que bate dentro do peito e pulsa nas nossas veias. Salve 8 de outubro. Salve o Dia do Nordestino.

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Visas are required for foreigners to enter and stay in the Brazilian territory for any period of time. Special Visa Categories.

Eventbrite.

Eventbrite is a platform that allows you to discover and book tickets for a wide range of events happening in Brazil.

Brazil Bus Travel.

Brazil Bus Travel is a website that specializes in bus travel in Brazil. Search for bus routes, schedules, fares, and book tickets online.

Currency Conversion: Websites like XE (www.xe.com) or OANDA (www.oanda.com) provide real-time currency exchange rates, allowing you to convert your home currency to Brazilian Real (BRL) and vice versa.

Brazil SIM Card: Upon arriving in Brazil, you may consider getting a local SIM card for your mobile phone to have reliable data connectivity. Some popular providers include Claro (www.claro.com.br), Vivo (www.vivo.com.br), and TIM (www.tim.com.br). You can check their websites for available plans, coverage, and instructions on purchasing and activating SIM cards.

The Rio Times is an English-language news website that covers news, culture, events, and tourism-related information primarily focusing on Rio de Janeiro. It provides a valuable resource for international tourists visiting Rio and wanting to stay informed about local news and events.

Eventbrite is a platform that allows you to discover and book tickets for a wide range of events happening in Brazil, including concerts, festivals, exhibitions, sports events, and cultural performances. It can help you find and participate in local events during your visit.