Direct flight from Campinas to Ilheus
I live near Campinas in São Paulo State, the Viracopos Intern'l Airport ( VCP ) is a mere 20 minutes max from my house..... Always half if not completely empty, a delight for travellers, 3 minutes for check-in..... Azul airlines which prides itself for being 100% brazilian ( all their aircrafts built in Brazil by Embraer ) has various daily direct flights to Ilheus. We Brazilians ( I'm Austrian national but after 27 years here consider myself somewhat brazilian ) pay everything in ten installments, so not to feel the burden of paying the hefty airfares here in Brazil at once. I paid somewhat 350 U$ both ways, don't know if this is expensive or not. If it sounds cheap, then only because the U$ vs the B$ is very high..... the highest in a few years.... Anyway, the flight was trouble free, soft drinks and snacks, 2 hours and 15 minutes.....
But the surprise came at landing.....Ilheus Airport, one of the weirdest I have ever seen, a real LOL !!! The only runway strip within the city and ending just short of a street and behind that the beach and ocean.... But this wasn't the weird part, there are other airports like this in the Carribean. The LOL part was that all along the runway, to both sides, at a distance not further than maybe 40 meters or even less there were residential houses..... families living right next to and glued to the runway !!!! Can you imagine living in a place 30 or 40 meters from an airport runway ????? And don't get me wrong.... These houses were no shacks, they were built in concrete stone, with glass windows and all.... Go figure....
Very sorry, no pix of IOS ( Ilheus airport )
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Travel to Ilheus
The bus from Salvador to Ilheus took seven hours, from 0900 to 1610. The 'Plus Service' coach of the Aguia Branca line was comfortable, with a clean restroom and a snack service (coffee, bottled water, and cookies) in the rear. Passengers were allowed to debark for a 30-minute lunch break -- at Sao Antonio de Jesus -- and for 10-15 minutes at three other towns.
Though I speak no Portuguese, buying the ticket -- at the Salvador rodoviaria -- was a snap, as I had printed out exactly what I wanted on my computer. ('Rodoviaria,' by the way, is pronounced 'roe-doe-vee-are-zhu.')
I sat in a seat, elevated, directly behind the driver and had a superb view of the road ahead and of the countryside (including remaining portions of the Atlantic rain forest). The fare was a mere R$56,20 (about US$19.60).
By contrast, my return flight to Salvador, on VASP, took barely 45 minutes (in the air) but cost R$531,60 (about US$185.23).
Incidentally, Salvador's rodoviaria is a long way from the center of town, near the huge Iguatemi shopping centre. I took a bus to get there; it cost only R$12 for the 65-minute trip. On the way back I took a taxi: $80, with tip, for the 20-minute ride.
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