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The Hill up to Olinda
Hi....just wondering if anyone knows how steep the hill is that takes a person into Olinda. Is it too steep to walk up? Is there a bus, shuttle bus, that would take people up the hill from Recife?
Re: The Hill up to Olinda
Taxis are plentiful and cheap in Brazil. When you get into Olinda (which is about 1/2 hour from Recife), there is a little area near the tourist office at the base of the historic district where I'm sure there will be taxis to hire if you wish. If you are not in good shape, it might be easier to take a taxi to the top and walk down. If you walk up, there are a couple of stretches that are steep, but you can take them slowly and enjoy the scenery/shops along the way. There is a small square in front of a church as you first go up where a number of guides wait for potential clients (if the ship tour is not providing one and you wish one).
Re: The Hill up to Olinda
Thank you Bahiana.....I am in good enough shape to go up the hill, we have an 86-yr old on the tour, and lots of folks in their 70's.....so we were concerned about them. This is a private tour with someone from Olinda...who just told us now about the journey into Olinda. Perhaps it was an oversight on her part. Someone else mentioned that the hill was very narrow...and so it's understandable that a bus couldn't go up.
Knowing that there are taxis to take those with difficulties up the hill is reassuring.
I'm really looking forward to our visit.....thank you for your input once again!!
Travel Tips for Olinda
Olinda is an easy walking city, The area is beautiful, it has lots of one floor colonial buildings and streetsa are colourfull and full of trees and palms. There are interesting churches but dificult to visit by yourself unless you have a guide to open them for you, only a fe are open freely for indeppendent visitors.
BLESSED BY NATURE..
Surrounded by Pernambuco north shore beaches,Olinda is only 6km away from Recife's downtown,and 12km from Guararapes International Airport.
Access is easy by modern highways and an efficient urban transport sistem.
Join the poets,artists and intelectuals,passionated by Olinda,on a journey of body and soul through the convents,monasteries and the "jesuitas"colleges.
A FESTIVE TOWN
Few cities in Brazil,during carnaval,have as many and such different manisfestations of folklore as Olinda!
They differ in duration,environment and diversity of expression.
The festive atmosphere,however,is not limited to the comemoration of revelries:it remains representative and popular during the cycles of Lent,the traditional celebrations during the month of June and Christmas season.
Olinda parties all year long,celebration lives in the spirit of its people,and everything that happens is a reason for joy!
You will be able to enjoy ceremonies of the Afro-Brazilian cult,serenaders strolling up & down the hills of Olinda,the musical groups in at the bars and restaurants,and the folklore shows with lots of rhytms!
Olinda is a big "fiesta"for everyone to enjoy,everyday of the week,every season of the year!!
Capoeira at Escola Rotary de Olinda
Beyond avenida Joaquim Nabuco start a barrio of Olinda.
Ask to one of young guides of touristic center (in rua 4 cantos)to bring you there to visit Escola Rotary of Olinda. Is an elementary school where, in the evening, some local voluntary meet children of the Barrio to teach them Capoeira and maracatu. This is a way to take them far from drug, pushers and tricky family situations. We went there and they arranged a special performance of capoeira just for my husband and me.It was an amazing experience and they are very skilful dancers!
If you can, help them with a donation to keep on doing this important project of give children a safe space to enjoy and learn roots of their culture.
PREPARE YOUR FEET TO EXPLORE THE HILLS..
The only and/or best and truly way to explore Olinda is by hitting the cobblestones and setting off on foot.
It's hard to get lost in the Historical part of the city:West - "Da Se" church
Most attractions are open daily,churche usually from 8:00 to 17:00,closed from 12:00 to 14:00 for lunch.
Sunday and Monday it's pretty quiet,if you like it more live and bustling,visit on Friday and Saturday.
Buses from Recife will drop you off at "Do Carmo"square,dominated by the lovely "Nossa Senhora Do Carmo" church.
This 400 years old church is finally undergoing some much needed renovations.
It may be closed,but if not,it' worths peeking in to see the huge ornated "Jacaranda" wood altar.
Outside the church,"Da Abolicao" square(abolition square),with a statue of Princess Isabel,who was responsable for abolishing e slavery in Brazil,in 1888.
Follow "Da Liberdade" avenue,and you'll pass by the 1590's church of "Sao Pedro Apostolo".
San Franscisco convent also worths a visit,built in 1577,this was the first Franciscan Monastery in Brazil,done in Portuguese ble tile,with a beautiful white and gold altar.