Favorite thing: Hi.
It is true that a lot of statistics show that the violence isn't under control here is Brazil.
However, I have to say that I've never been robbed ou suffered any kind of violence here for 10 years.
If you bear in mind some advices, I think you can spend your vacation safe without problems.
First of all, don't go to the place everyone says "it's dangerous". I know a lot of tourists that want to visit favelas just out of curiosity. Just don't do it.
Also, try not to use the clothes that call atention and try to avoid the place where few people go around.
It's important to ask someone you can trust like hotel manager before doing something if you aren't sure.
Of course I can't guarantee your safety for sure. Nevertheless, with my advices and your efforts, I'm pretty sure that your vacation will be nice and safe.
Favorite thing: If you want to know what is going on in the city, this is the right website. I try to update it as often as I can and to give you all a good idea of what's new down here.
So, make sure you check:
Favorite thing: If you would like to see Fortaleza in near real time then the Hotel Luzeiros has a webcam on their site at www.hotelluzerios.com.br
Not an advert for the hotel though, excellent quality but too pricey for the region in my view !
Favorite thing: Hi, my name is Vincent, and I have found out a very interesting tip for foreigners wishing to have plastic surgery with a worldclass plastic surgeon here in Fortaleza : Estetica Brasil, website www.bbinstitut.com. You will be taken care of by english-speaking staff.
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Favorite thing: You have no problems with ATM's.. I think it's the best thing to do, cause you pick the money you want and you don't need to get around with lot's of it..
But you can change money at numerous places down on the beach and, in the city centre, at Tropical Viagens, Rua Barão do Rio Branco 1233 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 8am-noon).
Favorite thing: Fortaleza is geared towards catering for visitors. The main information office of the state tourist office, SETUR (Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Sun 8am-noon; tel 085/212-3566), is in the Centro de Turismo in the centre, at Rua Senador Pompeu 350, and should be your first port of call; the staff know their stuff, and are especially good on the complicated bus journeys that are often necessary to get to the out-of-town beaches. The tourist information posts are also friendly and efficient; they give out free city maps, and if you're planning to travel in the state outside Fortaleza you should stock up on the relevant information here. There are information posts at the airport (24hr; tel 085/477-1667) and at the Rodoviária (daily 6am-6pm; tel 085/256-4080). The best maps of Fortaleza are usually to be obtained from the municipal tourist organization, FORTUR , who have an information post (daily 8am-5pm; tel 085/252-1444) on Praça do Ferreira in the centre.
Favorite thing: My mom used to work and teach for this priest when he lived in Italy and she got involved with his plans to build a village in a favela in Fortaleza, where he moved 20 years ago. This priest died last year, but he did so much for this little favelados.. he is not that kind of priest who wanted foreigners to adopt children. he built this village and with his van everyday he picked up kids from the favela, took him inside the mission, where they could be feeded, taught, washed and where they could start living a life as individuals, making plans for the future and so on.
A lot of these kids have grown up and now they are at universities and so on. This mission has changed the face of Fortaleza favelas in the past 20 years. The aim of this priest and his mission was not to involve favelados in religion, but in social activities so that they would feel alive and could produce something out of their brains/hands. So here a lot of jobs were created and we keep working on this mission here with another priest, even helping with money. A lot of my friends and i keep going every now and then for short/long time to help the people who work there permanently.. now the mission is like a new heaven for these kids and their poor warm hearted families..
Fondest memory: I usually get emotionally exicited when we talk about this, cos my dream is to take 6-12 months off and give all my knowledge, love and culture to the harmless and poor kids and help this mission make a better life for them..
well, if you wanna know more about this.. the mission is called Madonnina del grappa.
Volunteers are always welcome!
Favorite thing: Rent a car because is very cheap, and you can get the best prices in local rentals (locadora local in portuguese)
This is one of the best and recomended
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Favorite thing: This is a picture of "Praia do Futuro". "Praia do Futuro" is a place where you can go to enjoy the beach. It is in town and it is close to most places. If you don't have much time in Fortaleza but you want to check out the beach, that is the place to go... there are dozens of individual "barracas" that you can go and eat, drink and etc. It is not the most beautiful beach you will see, Fortaleza has waaaaay preatier ones, but it is pretty and in town.
Fondest memory: It is always good to go to "Praia do Futuro" because I always get to see my friends. During vacation, it is always packed full with very good looking people, from natives to tourist. Just sit back and relax!!!!!
Favorite thing: Visit the beaches.
This is the beach at Canoa Quebrada. I fear it may be quite crowded now, but in 1995 it was wonderful. Quiet during the day and bustling at night. Also it was the first time in 3 months I spoke Dutch again. I met some very nice people there.
Favorite thing: Fortaleza is a big city (over 2 million people)that still holds on to a certain small town's charm. By walking thru Beira Mar Avenue around 6pm you can see many people jogging and exercising. I must say that Beira Mar is right by the beach. Now tell me who can actually refuse a nice walk (or jogging) feeling the nice ocean breeze? And after burning some calories you can get them back by drinking a cool coconut water or a beverage made of a tropical fruit called 'Guaraná'. If you get lucky you can even see some people performing 'Capoeira' (leg-wresteling, an afro-Brazilian form of self-defense, also praticed as a sport).
Favorite thing: Fortaleza to me, means home! I was born and raised in Fortaleza, and there I spent the best years of my life. Fortaleza is a great place to live. It is a big town and there is lots to do! I haven't been home in almost two years...
Fondest memory: And what I miss the most about Fortaleza??? I miss the sunshine all year long. I miss the cool breeze from the ocean and the white sand on the beach. I miss the happy environment and the happy people. I miss going out all the time and just having a blast! I miss the positive energy involved in every single place you are at, and in every single person you are with!!!
Favorite thing: The city is a bit abandoned, and the beaches along the coast are polluted. Praia do Futuro, however, is very beautiful and nice to spend some time on. The coolest places I visited were outside Fortaleza and the bus trips were endless!
Fondest memory: Something I really miss when I remember my trip is the good weather and the beautiful view from my hotel room.
Favorite thing: The capital city of the state of Ceará, Fortaleza is known for its beautiful beaches, the year-round sunshine, soft breeze and rich handicraft. It is home for the best lacemakers of Brazil. enhance the coastline of Fortaleza and surroundings from where you can watch the constant arrival and departure of the colorful sails of the ‘jangadas’ , fishing rafts typical from this region of the country. at Cumbuco beach; or sliding down a water ‘tobogã’ at are just two of the many attractions of Fortaleza, not including a visit to nearby scenic and the Pe. Cícero statue, among other interesting sites in the state.
Fondest memory: The weather is tropical and warm with January and February as the warmest month. Temperatures between 30 and 40°C is the normal.
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