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Aracaju

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Aracaju is the capital of the state of Sergipe, Brazil. It's the capital of northeast with best quality of life (according to Federal Government). It's located on the coast, and cut by rivers such as Sergipe and Poxim. According to the population count conducted by the IBGE in 2013, the city has 614,577 inhabitants. In addition to the populations of cities that form the Great Aracaju, Nossa Senhora do Socorro, Barra dos Coqueiros, Laranjeiras and São Cristóvão, number passes for 760,000 inhabitants. The toponymy "Aracaju" derives from the expression indigenous "ará acaiú", which in Tupi-guarani means "cashew of parrots". The element "ará" means "Parrots" and "acaiú", "fruit of the cashew."

Get in[edit]

Bus and airplane connects with the whole country by São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other cities.

Airport: Santa Maria Airlines: TAM, GOL, AZUL, AVIANCA

  • From the airport, travelers can take a taxi or a bus. It is recommended that taxis are taken from the second row and are labeled "taxi comum" since these taxis are cheaper than the airport taxis. The bus 008 will take travelers from the airport all the way to Rua Santos Durmont, the Orla, and the Passarela de Carangejo, which is where most hotels are situated.

If arriving from Salvador, travelers can take a 5-6 hour bus ride North through the company Bomfim. This route is considered safe, but travel during daylight is encouraged.

If arriving from Recife, travelers can take a 7 hour bus ride South with the company Progresso or Real Alagoas. It is highly recommended that you do not travel this route at night. Armed robberies are a common occurance.

Get around[edit]

By bicycle[edit]

Similar to that of Rio, Aracaju has recently received "Bike Caju", an app available on all smartphones. Once you download the app, you can pay either a "monthly" fee of 10 reais, or a "daily" fee of 5 reais. The blue bike stands are stationed all through the Orla, as well as on the main streets such as Beira Mar and some streets in the downtown "Centro" district. After paying for the monthly or daily pass, you can use these bikes for up to an hour before needing to park them at any of the blue bike stands. After waiting 15 minutes you are able to take a new bike for up to an hour, before having to park and wait again.

By bus[edit]

The bus system in Aracaju is not the best that you will find in Brasil. Buses can pass every 5 minutes or ever 45 minutes, depending on the location and the time of day. On weekends, buses run much slower, especially Sunday. This is because the number of buses is reduced by half. Buses are entered through the front door and cost 2.35 reais.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis start at the low price of 2.35 during the day, but rise to 4.15 in the evening, throughout the night, and on weekends. If you do not feel comfortable traveling by bus, taxis are are a good way to travel, as they are not as expensive as other cities in the Northeast.

By foot[edit]

If your hotel is on the Orla and you are planning to spend most of your days at the beach, you can easily walk from one place to another. If you wish to see the downtown area or the "Mercado" you will need to take either a bus or a taxi.

See[edit]

  • Beaches. In this City you can have the guarantee that you will see many natural beauties. As an example, you can go to the most famous beaches in town. One of them is called "Praia do Saco".  edit
  • Parque da Cidade Zoológico e Teleférico. a place to see lakes and animals on exhibition for free  edit

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Mercado Thales Ferraz. A a wonderful place to buy all type of merchandise such as crafts, fruit, clothing and electronics.  edit


Eat[edit]

Crabs are the typical dish, often eaten with a good and cold beer. You also have good fish, fried or cooked as "muqueca"

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Most tourists will choose the beach at Atalaia, some 5 km from the center. There are many good hotels and bed-and-brakefast to stay in.

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • To the south, at the border with the state of Bahia, is Mangue Seco, an easy day trip.
  • Inland is the artificial lake of the river Xingo.
Routes through Aracaju
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