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Fortaleza

Os ventos são listados no estado do Ceará e ajudar a reduzir a sensação de calor: por que razão as pessoas não se sentem a queima sol. Use um protetor solar e um chapéu ou uma tampa é essencial quando você visitar a região, principalmente porque os índices de raios ultravioletas são termina nesta parte do país. – Normalmente fazer muito calor em Fortaleza. Em preparação para os pobres, coloque as folhas leves e frescas. Uma das principais razões que motivam os turistas em Fortaleza é o mar. Com temperaturas agradáveis durante todo o ano e um vento térmico que alguns nice atenua o calor extremo, a capital do Ceará é distinguido pelo mar e pela excelente estrutura esverdeada oferecidos no La Playa adega. A praia que tornam o sucesso em Fortaleza, sem dúvida é a praia do futuro. Com vários quilómetros de luva e um mar com mais agitada é a praia de megabarracas, que são um sucesso da peça. “barracas de praia “recebe um significado especial em Fortaleza e está longe de ser simples estrutura que tem visto em muitas cidades costeiras. Na praia no futuro, consulte as lojas com piscina, wi-fi, restaurante, um level playing field, segurança e uma variedade de outros serviços que não são vistos ao vivo para compreender.

Onde comer em Fortaleza

Fortaleza é uma cidade onde você pode comer muito bem. A capital cearense de restaurantes para os gostos e orçamentos. Peixes e frutos do mar são parte de uma grande parte dos menus nos restaurantes da cidade, mas a famosa carne de sol e tapiocas também têm o seu espaço. O caranguejo é um clássico solicitado, principalmente na quinta-feira, conhecida com o nome de dia do caranguejo. Se houver dúvida de que comer, aposta no distrito de Varjota, que reúne excelentes restaurantes. Aproveite a proximidade de força com o mar é perfeito para aqueles que gostam de comer os pratos frescos. O coco bambu, rede com sede em algumas cidades brasileiras, é um dos destaques de força quando o assunto são os frutos do mar e, principalmente, nos Camarões. O restaurante se adapta a qualquer pessoa que tenha o grupo porque suas refeições tendem a ser muito bem servido. Outro lugar que chama a atenção pela boa cozinha e para a ocasião para o almoço com os pés na areia é o hut na terra do sol na praia do futuro. Ao mesmo praia La Barraca Chico do caranguejo é a nossa sugestão para tratar os caranguejos quinta-feira noite e ser sempre capaz de ouvir um forró ao vivo ou assistir a um show de humor. Comer peixe ou lagosta em uma atmosfera mais casual, com precinho camarada, certifique-se de visitar o mercado do peixe, Mucuripe, onde você pode comprar um dos pratos de peixe e organizar para preparar o passeio marítimo. A cozinha regional da polpa do sol, o cearense peixada baião dois e você pode ficar a conhecer a colher de madeira, um restaurante sem muita firulas, mas com boa comida e um menu completo de opções. A comer uma tapioca, retire um pouco da área turística da cidade e vá para o centro das Tapioqueiras, onde você vai encontrar vários lugares onde você pode comer uma boa tapioca – recomendamos ir de manhã e tomar um café tomadas de cuidados no campo. Sinto a falta de uma picanha, sugerimos que você vá para Santa Grill, considerado como um dos melhores restaurantes da cidade porque é muito quente em Fortaleza, conhecer uma sorveteria deve ser uma parte da sua agenda. Para o gelado com frutas, 50 sabores é uma excelente opção para inovar um pouco e; um gelado como falso pimpim ou um ninho, o truque é ir para San Paolo, que até mesmo o sorvete mistura ingredientes seleccionados muito interessante.

Rio is famous for it´s nightlife, but where is it?
The most famous disco of Rio de Janeiro is Help on the Avenida Atlantica. It´s probably the place with the highest density of stunning women on earth. But all professionals. Interesting and certainly not boring. Not recommended for couples and women on their own.

In Copacabana and other parts of the city there are also clubs with top DJ´s and matching prices like 00 (Copacabana) Bunker 94 (Copacabana) and Six (Centro). Their aim is to be like a European club, and they are.

For a more Brazilian experience you could head to one of the dancehalls like Estudantina(Centro). And from thursday to saturday the party is on in Lapa. One of the reasons I fell in love with Rio. You can read more about Lapa in the article Year Round Carnaval in Lapa (Rio).

Almost every night there are concerts from popular Brazilian artists in either the CanecãoClaro Hall or in Lapa. See under shows in O Dia or O Globo. Or look in the What´s on in Rio section on this site for my selection. The Casa de Shows like Olimpo (Penha) and Via(Via Dutra) are huge and have live music, but are far from the city center.

How do I get around Brazil once I’m there?

Brazil is as large as the continental USA and is the largest country in South America, so getting around is primarily by air.There is a Visit Brazil Airpass available – it requires staying on the same carrier for all flights, does not allow back-tracking, has a maximum length of 30 days and must be purchased outside of Brazil. Rates vary depending on the version: all of Brazil, just the south or just the northeastern coast, in addition to being dependent upon the number of flight coupons (one per segment) and the time of the year. All flights must be confirmed – no open dates or flights allowed. Once the Air Pass is issued, there are penalties for changes and-or cancellations.

Where should I go in Brazil?

As Brazil is a huge country any itinerary involves making choices.

One Week
Why only a week? Brazil deserves much more! Pick a city and stay put: either Rio de Janeiro, the cidade maravilhosa, or vibrant, exciting Salvador. Going anywhere else, unless you’ve got friends, business or an adventure destination in mind, is a waste of time if you only have a week. In both cities there’s lots of music, and both offer short, interesting side trips. In Rio state, there are four national parks within a few hours of the city for great hiking in the lush Atlantic rainforest; fantastic beaches along the coast toward the colonial gem, Parati; and great surf at Rio itself and at Saquarema. Buzios, the beach resort for Rio’s beautiful people, is a couple of hours to the northeast. Close to Salvador there are some great beaches, and the Reconcavo region, with its colonial towns, is also close by.

Two Weeks and more
An extra couple of weeks means you can move a little more and really start to enjoy Brazil. A Brazilian air pass allows you up to five flights in 21 days, and you can add on extra flights for US$100. If you don’t mind moving around a bit, travel light and have some fun. In 14 to 21 days, your itinerary could include the following. Rio de Janeiro Rio is a good starting and finishing point for any trip. You could easily spend 14 to 21 days in Rio state and never be bored. Instead of buying an air pass, you could rent a car and tour the state. There’s lots of variety, from beaches to mountains (see the one-week itinerary).

Depending on the time you have and your likings, you can ad one or more of the following places

Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte has some great nightlife, and it’s a good base from which to explore the rich baroque churches of the colonial towns set among Minas’ hills. Ouro Preto and Tiradentes are the most beautiful, but there are others close by, like Mariana and Diamantina.

Foz do Iguaçcul 
A sight not to be missed in the southern state of Parana, these falls should be included on any itinerary for a minimum of two days.

Florianopolis 
Partly located on the island of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis is the capital of the southern state of Santa Catarina. Rent a car for a couple of days and explore a lovely island with some great beaches and surf.

Pantanal 
The Central West cities of Cuiaba, Campo Grande and Corumba are the gateways to the fascinating Pantanal wetlands with their teeming wildlife. A three- or four-day tour is not hard to set up and can be inexpensive. If you go to Cuiaba you can also visit Chapada dos Guimaraes.

Salvador 
Try to spend at least a week here, in what’s truly the black Rome. There is so much African heritage here, yet it’s so Brazilian too. A must for music lovers.

Recife 
There are good beaches here and the colonial town of Olinda is next door. You could easily spend three days here.

Fortaleza 
This lively city is a good base for the Northeastern beaches. A few hours’ bus ride will take you to Canoa Quebrada or hip Jericoacoara, where all you have to do is lie among the dunes and get down to a bit of forro music after dark.

Manaus 
Manaus is the capital of the northern state of Amazonas. Three or four days here could easily include an introductory jungle trip. The city itself has some historical attractions such as the opera house and market.

When is the best time to visit Brazil?

The seasons are reversed from the Europe and North America, so when you are freezing up there during winter, it is summer in Brazil. In general Brazil is tropical but within that framework the weather changes from north to south and from coast to interior. Only the southern states experience any major seasonal changes and can experience cool weather. Rio’s summer season (December-March) is extremely humid and can have daily downpours which are welcomed as they cool things down, but the sun is never far away. Temperatures average in the low 30’s but higher temperatures are not unusual. In Rio’s winter (June-August) temperatures are generally in the mid twenties and rain can be persistent. The Amazon is hot and humid all year long so it boils down to “the rainiest months”. The heaviest rains are December through March, causing the river to rise, the creeks and lakes to flood and the animals to seek dry land. In their “dry season” (June through August) it still rains but not as much or as heavy and the heat is less oppressive. The Pantanal is best visited May through September because it is the dry season as well as a major nesting and migratory season – the wildlife is more likely to be clustered together around water or nesting areas, and thus easier to see.

Is it safe to travel in Brazil?

Rio has gotten a lot of press coverage on crime, and often a bad rap. However the last few years have seen great efforts by Rio to alleviate the problem, and there is a special multi-lingual, easily visible police “tourist force” in tourist areas such as the major beaches. As in any big city anywhere, you should use normal precautions – don’t go out alone at night, don’t venture into less desirable neighborhoods, don’t flash money, jewelry or camera equipment. Big cities pose more potential for thieves than smaller cities and countryside towns. The Brazilians created the “around the waist bag”, often called the “fanny pack” but definitely not worn in the back. This keeps your valuables in a compact place, in front of you and snug to your body, all of which make it less desirable and more difficult for would-be thieves. Best solution: leave your valuables at home or in your in-room safe at your hotel or use one of the convenient leg pouches, belts or over the shoulder pouches worn inside your clothing.

Which sites I should not miss in Rio?

There are many things to chose from and you might not even have time for all the things mentioned below. Therefore I put them in order of importance.

Christ the Redeemer
Needless to say because nobody misses Rio´s postcard image. The reason to go there however is not to see the statue upclose, but the spectacular views of the city. This is the best way to experience Rio´s extraordinary physical beauty. It has to be a clear day.

Copacabana
One million tourists can´t be wrong. They just make it a lit harder to appreciate the beauty of the world´s most famous beach. The best way to experience is a day on the beach. You just need to bring your bathing suit, sun blocker and a bit of money. The rest will be catered for. A late afternoon, early morning stroll is also a good option. As the night wears on, prostitution becomes more obvious.

Lapa
Every friday and saturday night Lapa is the stage for a massive street party. On the other nights of the week clubs on the Avenida Mem de Sá have live music. The busiest night is friday. The area has a bad reputation, so be careful. Read more about it.

Floresta da Tijuca
Atlantic rainforest in the middle in the heart of Rio. Easiest way to get away from Rio. Weekdays are the best, because there are less people. On a rainy day it´s even more quiet, and there´s more change of seeing animals.

Museu de Arte Contemporanea (Niteroi)
A beautiful Niemeyer designed building, even more beautiful views of Rio and a nice boat trip to get there. The exposition is a bonus. Best appreciated on a clear day. You pass some pleasant beaches on the way there, so it might be a good idea to take swimming gear.

Centro
To visit the historic buildings and see that Rio is also a city where people work. Very busy during business hours, at other times (this includes the whole weekend) deserted and unsafe.

Concert at Morro da Urca
If you have the opportunity visit a concert here. Great views of Rio at night and good music. During summer there are shows every friday and saturday as part of Oi Noites Cariocas

A game in the Maracanã stadium
It has to be a big game, or you will be one of the few spectators.

A shopping mall
Rio Sul will do, Barra shopping is even bigger. To see where Brazil is going and hopefully never gets. Shoppings are safe and are getting more and more popular. Some Cariocas just leave their house to go to a shopping mall.

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Is Rio de Janeiro safe to visit?

It’s a difficult question to answer. There´s no denying that Rio is a violent city. This is best illsustrated by the number of cops who get killed here on duty. Or by the fact that 2 out of every 3 Cariocas has been robbed at gun or knife point during their life. The violent drug wars have led to an abundance of firearms and an army of poor youngsters who know how to use them and have nothing to lose.

On the plus side the Zona Sul where a tourist will spend all of his time is more heavily policed and therefore safer than the Zona Norte. And authorities are genuinely concerned about Rio´s image abroad. Any grave accident involving tourists will treated seriously. Criminals are aware of this as well.

All put together I feel safe in Rio. The change of anything more serious than an armed robbery occuring are very small. So don´t let it withhold you from enjoying a cidade maravilhosa.

My personal safety tips for Rio are:
– Don´t wear any jewelry
– If you want to use a watch, buy a cheap one in Brazil (R$5).
– Only take your passport and creditcard with you if absolutely necessary.
– Don´t use a wallet or money belt. Even if there´s nothing valuable in it. How will a thief now this?
– Never show how much money you have on you. Just take enough for the day or night.
– Have some money ready in case you are attacked (R$20 upwards)
– I don’t take busses after midnight. Many people avoid them after dark. And some people never use them. The metro is considered safer. If you are with a group taxis are not much more expensive.
– In Copacabana the main problem nowadays seems to be gangs of streetkids robbing tourists. If you see a group of kids and there´s nobody near you, try to avoid them by walking on the other side of the road, or on the road itself instead of the pavement.
– It’s an old trick, but robbers still use it. They ask for the time and when you stop, they attack. So don´t stop but keep walking, no matter how hard it is to be rude.
– STAY CALM, DON´T REACT VIOLENTLY.

In which neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro should I stay?

For many people this is not a question, they head for Copacabana. And this might be the best choice for many people. But there are other neighborhoods, each with their own attractions and drawbacks.

I would definitely stay in one of the Zona Sul neighborhoods. The Zona Norte is residential, poor and unsafe. Barra de Tijuca is far away from everything and designed for people with their own transport. The Zona Sul neighborhoods are build in a string along the coast. From north to south they are:

Centro:
The place for historic sites and museums. Other sights can be reached easily by metro or bus. But in the evening and during the weekend it is deserted and unsafe. So I wouldn’t recommend staying there.

Lapa:
During the weekend one of the centers of Rio`s nightlife ( read more here). During the week you might want to stay there because there are some very cheap and good value hotels. Alongside some very cheap where you wouldn’t want to stay for free. It is close to the center and serviced by metro. Lapa is considered a rough part of town.

Santa-Teresa:
A very pretty neighborhood, but difficult to reach and considered particularly unsafe due to the closeby favelas.

Gloria/Catete:
Popular with backpackers because it is cheaper as Copacabana/Ipanema. Close to Lapa and serviced by metro. Some cheap hotels and hostels.

Flamengo/Botafogo:
Residential areas for well to do Cariocas. Few tourist. Some nightlife geared to the locals. Lively but more relaxed as Copacabana. The beaches here are polluted and quiet.

Leme:
At the north end of Copabana. Everything Copacabana has to offer within easy walking distance but much more quiet. You don’t have to go through Copacabana to reach the other neighborhoods (excluding Ipanema/Leblon), which makes a big difference during peak hours.

Copacabana:
The liveliest area of Rio, for good and for bad. Accomodation to suit all tastes. But very touristy and many prostitutes in the bars and on the sidewalk. If you’re close to the metro you can easily visit the other neighborhoods.

Ipanema/Leblon:
In all respects more upmarket as Copacabana. Good restaurants and bars, chique nightlife. But other parts of the city are difficult to reach due to the lack of a metro station. Bus travel can be very slow. Not nearly as lively as Copacabana at night.

All in all: if you’re a backpacker and plan to do a lot of sightseeing: Lapa/Catete/Gloria. For other serious sightseeers with an aversion of tourists Flamengo/Botafogo. If you’re idea of an holiday is relaxing and eating and drinking, Ipanema/Leblon. In all other cases Copacabana/Leme

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